My Story: Creative Graduation Gifts

contributed by Michonda

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I have a few creative graduation gift ideas.

Give the graduate a laundry bag, basic instructions on how to wash laundry, a container of laundry soap, dryer sheets, a small stain remover of some sort, and a small coin purse with quarters in it.

Give a rose made out of dollars. The dollar amount can vary in that it can be made with ones, fives, tens or twenties. Use a piece of florist wire and florist green ribbon. Put the wire around the bills in the middle, overlapping them so that half of each bill is a petal. Shape and crinkle the "petal" to a rose shape. Tie a ribbon around the flower using the graduates school colors. This can be given as a single flower by itself, in a vase, or as a bouquet.

For kids that are definitely college bound, I've given goody bags with school items like pencils, pens, tablets, stationery, postage stamps, a journal, erasers, markers, highlighters and sometimes a study pillow, which is the small lap pillows that have the board on the top to rest a book on. With the exception of the study pillow, the other items can often be found very inexpensively at discount and dollar stores. Put them in a bag using the school colors and it's a creative and personal gift.

Give a flowering plant. I've given this to graduates and included a note that says something to the effect of "may all your hopes and dreams grow, blossom, and bloom." Sometimes you can find a plant in the school colors, but that is not necessary for it to be a great gift.

Give personal items that the graduate will need like shampoos, conditioners, soaps, a towel or two and washcloths, bath scrubby, deodorant, brush, comb, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, facial cleanser, perfume and so on. Again, these items can be purchased inexpensively at discount and dollar stores and presented really cute in a gift bag or basket.

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