Monday, May 21, 2012

Graduation Time

In approximately two weeks our youngest son, Scott, will graduate High School. This is an event that both Kevin and I are mixed about as it is sad one chapter of our lives is ending but another is beginning.  For Scott, he can’t wait to get out of public school and this last year has been a waste of time and boring.  Scott is so fed up with everything he has made the decision he does not want to walk at graduation. My opinion is that he will regret his decision in the future. 

When I graduated in ancient times, we were mainly given luggage. That was because we were going off to college and needed to have luggage to put stuff into when traveling.  With changing times, I decide to look on the web for ideas.  In general, I know most of the things he would need if Scott lives in a dorm because way back when I did that. He also got a checklist of ideas from the counselor’s office with a coupon from one of the local stores.

OK, I will stop rambling!

The first thing you might consider is a package from a resume writing service - Excellent gift for the teen who will be looking for a job or a college graduate.

Fill a laundry basket with laundry soap, fabric softener or dryer sheets, roll of quarters and directions on how to separate the laundry - Perfect gift for the teen that are moving out or going to college.

Recorder and cassettes for lectures, Tool box with basic tools, Desk accessories, Umbrella, Footlocker, Books about future field of study or career, Calendar, alarm clock, Surge Protector, Printer, Paper, Card stock, Travel mug, Fan, Backrest, Bean Bag chair, organizes and storage containers, slippers and robe, energy saving light bulbs, office/school supplies, towels, bath supplies, batteries, hooks/3M hangers, hand vacuum, flashlight, sewing kit, First aid kit, under the bed storage, and large wastebasket and trash bags.

On Scott’s list from school it listed “bed bug spray.”  This is the first time I ever heard you could buy this item. I really do not know where to buy this item.  I will be looking for it just to see if it is out there in the near future.
Some independent college book stores have gift cards as do the ones connected to Barnes & Noble. This is a great way to pay for textbooks.

If feeding the mind does not grab you, how does feeding the belly? Most colleges and universities will allow you to donate money towards a specific student’s meal plan. And of course, you can do the same with the housing or dorm cost.

For the graduate who is getting an apartment you might want to consider getting a beginner cookbook.

You might just want to make a personal gift as suggested below:

In a previous blog about Educator gifts I gave directions on how to make a memory boards. That idea works as do memo boards.

Counted Cross Stitch Pictures that they can put on their wall.  Counted Cross stitch Book Marks or a Cross Stitch Cover for photo album to share the pictures they take at college.  See some patterns at the following website:

Graduation Memory and T-Shirt Quilts

The best gift to give if you are unsure is money, money, money.  Gift cards for clothing or bedding/bath or supplies are also good idea.

For those who are graduating, enjoy your future endeavors and remember periodically to stop and smell the roses. 

Share your ideas on this or anything here on the blog either here or e-mail me at  I look forward to hearing from you!

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