Gift Ideas for an Associate's Degree

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An associate's degree is awarded to a student after he completes a course of study at a two-year college. Earning an associate's degree is a significant achievement. Let your graduate know how proud you are of this achievement as you celebrate the occasion by giving him a gift. Choose one that will resonate with him and contribute to his continuing independence.

Health

  • Now that she is entering the work force, she won’t be walking the campus or be as active during the day. Keep her trim with a membership to a gym or sign her up for a yoga class. Another option is a couple of exercise DVDs with a pair of 10-pound weights or good running shoes. A pedometer to record her steps and a calorie counter scale also work well.

Interview Outfit

  • Dress your grad for success. Schedule a day of shopping in which you help him find the perfect suit for job interviews. While shopping, point out the differences in fit, style, lapels and design. Look for a shirt that blends well with a suit and a tie and complements both. Other options include a shirt and tie set, a good-quality pair of leather shoes or a trench coat for inclement weather.

Luggage

  • Give her a set of luggage so she will look smart when she is on a business trip or vacation. Choose a durable, lightweight set with a good set of skate wheels. Look for a set with many pockets to hold her essentials, such as a waterproof pocket for her makeup kit or a large pocket for her shoes. Include a small carry-on bag to allow her to have one day's set of clothes with her when she reaches her destination.

Money

  • It's not glamorous, but a gift of money is always appreciated. If it is money he can spend or combine with other cash gifts for a larger one, put it inside a wallet or a card. However, if it is to be set aside to purchase a big-ticket item, such as a condo or a new car, you may want to put it into the bank or a CD account where it can earn interest until it is needed.

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