Choosing A Truly Personal Graduation Gift

Choosing A Truly Personal Graduation Gift

Choose what to present to each graduate without feeling formulaic

Graduation is perhaps one of the most challenging events for choosing gifts. It's difficult to walk that line between personal and practical; while a check or gift card is generous, it's not the most tailor-made gift. And on the other hand, you don't want to give something frivolous when the graduate is trying to get started in life. Compounding the challenge is that we often know multiple graduates each spring, and our well of creativity can easily run dry.

The good news is that it is possible to create a technique for meaningful gifts that are personal and practical. You can have a sort of template for gift-giving that helps you choose what to present to each graduate without feeling formulaic.

The goal should be to find gifts that are applicable to the graduate's particular personality but still have an element of financial value that can contribute in some way to a good financial start. In this way, you're striking a nice balance between personal and intrinsic value. A great place to start is to consider the graduate's career path, so use this guide as a way to start thinking about ways to select gifts.

Political Science & History

Most people who venture into this field have a particular affection for the work or personalities of a few select figures. It may be the steady, unifying hand of Lincoln or the inspirational power of Kennedy. Whatever the case, a gift with relevance to those personalities can be a perfect fit.

A great first stop on your graduate shopping trip is to search for historical autographs for sale. These gifts are a perfect example of what we're talking about. You can give the graduate a gift that makes particular sense for him or her, yet it retains some financial value that can let it serve as an investment as well.

Medicine & Science

These fields are well-suited for gifts involving the tools of the trade. While few graduates of nursing or medical school will accept their diplomas without already having a stethoscope, other instruments may still be needed. Consider consulting other friends already established in the profession for ideas. Ask them what they wish they had received for their graduation.

Should instruments prove too challenging, it's always possible to provide a subscription to one of the prominent medical journals. It's a gift that not only carries real monetary value but can also foster professional growth and competence.

Business & Economics

Speaking of journals, what better gift for the budding financial guru than a subscription to any of countless financial publications? Any of these can provide insight into investments and other opportunities, opening the door for greater success. And it can be a big boost to provide a subscription when the graduate is fresh out of school and doesn't feel he or she can afford it.

For the more entrepreneurial grad, think again about historic documents from legendary figures. Imagine the motivation and inspiration a graduate could draw from having a letter from P.T. Barnum hanging on the wall.

Choosing a gift is all about finding something that makes sense for the recipient. For a graduate, it also means providing some type of financial boost to help start them on the right foot. When you tailor the gift ideas to the graduate's background and future plans, you'll find a gift that really suits the occasion.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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10 Gifts For Your Girlfriend That Prove You Know Her Better Than She Does

Your girl will love these.


Christmas is just days away and the anxiety of not knowing what to get your loved ones is quickly starting to increase.

If you're like me, then you put a lot of thought into your gift and you enjoy getting them something meaningful and/or something they will personally enjoy. But some people are just not the best at getting gifts, no matter how much time and effort they put into it.

So I decided to put together a little holiday gift guide for that special girl in your life. Whether it's your sister, best friend or mom these gifts are some that most, if not all, will enjoy.

1. Summer Fridays: Jetlag Mask and Overtime Mask

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Beauty bloggers Mariana Hewitt and Lauren Gores came out with their beauty line earlier this year and they have everyone wanting to get their hands on it. Even Kim Kardashian has tried it and said she loves the masks. You can find these two masks on Summer Fridays website or in Sephora stores.

2. Witty Company: Jade Roller and Rose Quartz Roller

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These rollers are made from natural stones. They make your skin feel and look rejuvenated. Use one of these rollers right after you put on your night serum and you will definitely go to sleep feeling amazing and relaxed. Both rollers can be found on Amazon.

3. Sephora Sheet Face Mask

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Everyone loves a good face mask. One of the best feelings in the world is when your skin is clean, fresh, and rejuvenated. Most likely, you feel like you can accomplish anything the world throws at you. Sephora offers a handful of types of masks that do all different types of things for your skin, depending on what is needed.

4. Gift Basket

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Can't decide on just one thing? Put together a little gift basket with all her favorite things. Include candy, her favorite movies, even a coffee mug. Fill it up with stocking stuffers that you know they can't resist. There are multiple companies and websites that can cater to your needs. If you're looking for something quick and easy, check out Amazon!

5. Teddy Jacket

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Teddy jackets have become a must-have item in everyone's closet. You can't go wrong with an oversized jacket. Not only are they super soft and comfortable but they're a great fashion statement. Stores like Forever 21, Target and Amazon sell these jackets for a decent price if you don't want to purchase them from boutiques.

6. Colourpop Makeup 

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Top makeup brands can be a little pricey. That is why Colourpop is your go-to brand when wanting to give your best friend that shade of lipstick she's been dying for. Their prices are perfect for that college budget.

7. Pajamas

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Who doesn't love a new set of pajamas? As long as you find something cute and comfortable to wear to sleep, there is no doubt that she won't love her new set! Victoria Secret has some of the cutest ones in all types of materials!

8. Bath and Body Works Candle 

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It's the perfect time of the year to stock up on the delicious candles from bath and body works. With all the sales that happen around this time of the year, people buy these candles like if they were recalled. So any gift that includes one of these candles will greatly be appreciated. Bath and Body Works have the widest selection for all types of scents!

9. Plush Blanket Firefly Collection Ultra Plush Throw Blanket for Couch, Chair, Bed

For obvious reasons, women love to spend their day wrapped around a big, soft, and comfortable blanket. Especially during those really cold days, we love sitting on the couch and watching Christmas movies while being wrapped in a blanket. Amazon offers one that is lightweight, warm, cozy, comfy!

10.  Initial Necklace

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Women love to wear accessories that have a personal meaning to them and that represents them. Better yet, if this is for your significant other, put your initial instead! I guarantee your wife or girlfriend will love wearing your initial! These necklaces come in all shapes and sizes and can be found made by Minthopologie!

Here are 10 easy, simple, and amazing gifts that all of the women in your life will love! It will show them that you care and that you love them!

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