Everyone loves gifts. From a car to a card, a gift can brighten up your friend’s mood and show that you care.
Graduation is the perfect time to show your friends that you cherish their friendship, and it might even be your last chance. And if you’re looking for a type of gift to get them besides a basketful of cash, we’ve put together a few ideas. They are simple and can even be free – it’s up to you as to how you want to show your friend you care.
This may come as a shock to you, but not everything is as furnished as your parents’ house. I know you’ve always had chairs, silverware, and appliances, but chances are you won’t have those very important things magically appear wherever you go next.
For dorm rooms, you probably aren’t going to need many of those essentials because you barely have enough space to exist much less cook an omelette. However, that doesn’t mean that your friends aren’t going to need things like a microwave and a set of dishes.
Dorm supplies may not be the coolest gift ever, but it’s the practical way to go.
Something To Remember You By
Even the unlikeliest of friends have inside jokes – a shared moment that makes them laugh even years down the line. And after you graduate, those moments are probably all you are going to have left. It’s a sad truth, but it’s still a truth; you just aren’t likely to stay friends with those you have in high school.
Graduate is a perfect time to put the thought and care into a present that will encapsulate your entire friendship with someone. That may sound like exaggerated importance, but it might be true – a unique gift will be much better than the forgettable yearbook signature (because who really reads those in college anyway?).
Even if it’s just a framed picture of you and your friend, it will be something for them to hold onto.
Simply Some of Your Time
I know I said that the memories between you and your friends will fade after awhile, but that doesn’t mean that they are any less important. In fact, you should probably use this summer to make the most of that time.
Many high school graduates will be busy working or traveling to their college, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the time to hang out with your friends.
Also figure out a way to keep in touch when you actually do go off to college. It’s not that hard to skype, text, tweet, Facebook, email, or even write a physical letter to your friends. Going off to college can be a big adjustment, and having friends to talk to when you are just starting out can be crucial.
Whatever you get your friends for graduation, just remember to get them something. College is rough on a lot of students, so graduation just might be your friend’s (and your) last time to live in the past.
Alexander Diedrick is currently an undergraduate student at Columbia College Chicago and a writer for myFootpath, a career and education resource for students of all ages. If you’re preparing to begin your bachelor’s degree program, visit www.myfootpath.com for everything you need to get started.