Gift ideas for a girlfriend's graduation present

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Gift ideas for a girlfriend's graduation present
Show your girlfriend how proud and happy you are for her. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Your girlfriend has worked hard to complete her education, and now it's time to honour her efforts with a graduation gift. Give her a gift that expresses your love and pride in her accomplishment while helping her make a strong start in the next phase of her life.

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Transportation

You don't have to buy your girlfriend a car to get her an excellent transportation gift. If she's moving, pay to rent a moving truck for her and volunteer to drive it to her new home. You could also buy her a new bike; if she's headed for dorm life, she may need one to get around campus quickly. If a big city is in her future, a yearlong bus or subway pass will save her money and make transportation fast and easy. Or buy her a round-trip plane ticket to visit her parents. Check that she can use it most any time she wishes.

Gift ideas for a girlfriend's graduation present
Help your girlfriend get around quickly and easily. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Career

Show your girlfriend how much you want her to succeed. If she wants to start her own business, pay to have a website or business cards professionally designed. For a new college grad just starting out in the business world, hire a professional to craft a top-notch CV and cover letter. If she's not sure what career direction to take just yet, pay for her to have several sessions with a career adviser. Or use your connections to find her an internship in an industry she enjoys.

Gift ideas for a girlfriend's graduation present
Help your girlfriend get a strong start in her career. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Lifestyle

If your girlfriend is headed for higher education, put together a university survival kKit for her. Find a large laundry basket and fill it with detergent, school supplies, her favourite snacks, a small blanket and a variety of sweet-smelling shower accessories. You could also put together a small DVD library of her favourite movies or get her a subscription to an online movie or book rental service. If she's leaving university (and a well-outfitted gym), get her a gym membership in her new city.

Gift ideas for a girlfriend's graduation present
Give your girlfriend a hand staying in shape after university. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Low-Cost Gifts

You can keep your gifts inexpensive without making them seem cheap. Put all of her favourite candy in a pretty basket, wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a ribbon. Include a heartfelt note telling her how sweet she is and how proud you are. Or buy her a plastic shower caddie and fill it with travel-size toiletries (usually about a dollar at large discount retailers). You could also scour online marketplaces for second-hand books by her favourite author or buy her a variety of £3 gift cards from fast-food restaurants, coffee shops and gas stations.

Gift ideas for a girlfriend's graduation present
Many girls enjoy shower gifts. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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