When your son or daughter is graduating from college, it can be as scary for you as it is for them. You want to support them and prepare them for the real world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports twice as many college graduates are in minimum wage jobs as there were five years ago. To get them through these frustrating times and help them find their dream job, it may be wise to treat your recent college grad with an exceptional gift that has a personal as well as business-related impact.
1. Custom Graduate Gifts
Etsy is an online craft store where users upload custom-made items for sale on their own commerce shops. The Etsy platform allows users to dig through all the personal shops by specific keywords, and find something truly unique. Etsy shops tend to only have small quantities of a single item. A keyword search of “graduation gift ideas” provides ideas ranging from engraved jewelry, charm bracelets, knot rings and graduation necklaces. The Etsy store currently has about 300 different graduation-related gifts.
2. Custom Business Cards
TinyPrints notes business cards are older than social media, more physical than the Internet, and more effective in public circles where business networking is so vital. Business cards can be a useful gift for new graduates tackling the world of business. Online custom business cards providers offer premium business cards as well as free themes and layout where buyers only pay for shipping. Even if the design is simple and clean, with only a name and phone number, it sends a message to the student to get out there and begin marketing.
3. Inspirational Reading
“Where Will You Be Five Years from Now?” is a rather straightforward book that dives into the psychological elements of growing up and tackling the future. There are millions of motivational books on the market, but this one has immediate charm and relates well to new college graduates entering their career. At just 80 pages, it is great for reading-averse students.
4. New Cell Phone
For recent grads tackling the world, an advanced phone may be perfect for dialing for dollars and networking. A gift to reduce the bill load could be quite beneficial for a new graduate, too. The Samsung Galaxy S4 along with a data plan could be perfect for relieving the burden of a cell phone bill. The official website boasts a new technology known as the Air View navigation which does not require users to touch the screen. Other new 2014 models offer a similar innovation, making a cell phone and subsequent billing plan a great gift.
5. Tech and More Tech
The tablet has grown into a viable computer technology, and it is being used more like a computer than a smartphone. CMO Research suggests that 48 percent of US households will own a tablet by 2014, and users who browse the Internet on a tablet compared to a smartphone view 70 percent more pages per visit. The Chicago Tribune ranks the tablet as the top graduation gift for 2014, with its computer desktop capabilities and sleek design for business and personal use.