The Best Gift Ideas for a Nephew's Graduation

Graduation gifts help you offer your congratulations for the recipient's academic achievements and also to support future endeavors. Whether your nephew plans to enter higher education or the professional world after graduation, a gift will help you show him your support and love. Give graduation gifts with your nephew's specific personality in mind.

  1. Dorm Gear

    • For a nephew going off to college after graduation, give him some supplies for his dorm room. Discreetly inquire about what he has already bought for his dorm and what he might need. Choose a decorative gift, such as posters or a mini basketball hoop for the back of his door. Or choose a more practical gift such as a hot plate, which he can use for making ramen noodles or instant coffee in his dorm room.

    Care Package Vouchers

    • Create a coupon book for your nephew to cash in throughout his postgraduation year in return for a care package sent right to his mailbox. Whether your nephew is in college or entering the working world, a care package can help remind him of his family and show him how much you care for him. If he enjoys a particular baked good or you're known for a specific recipe, include it on the coupons. For example, write "Cash this coupon in for one care package full of my famous brownies."

    Event Tickets

    • Give your nephew tickets to a concert, comedian or sporting event you know he enjoys. Choose an event you are sure he will be able to attend based on location and the event date. This gift will give him something to look forward to during his postgraduation year -- often a time of adjustment. For example, if your nephew plans to move to a new city after graduation, buying him tickets for an event in the new city will help him get to know his new area and perhaps meet new people. Buy him two tickets so he can take a friend.

    Magazine Subscriptions

    • Give your nephew a subscription to a magazine that suits his interests. For example, if he is really interested in current events and politics, he may enjoy "The Economist" or "Time." If he likes sports, he may enjoy "ESPN Magazine" or "Sports Illustrated." If he loves music, he might like "Spin" or "Rolling Stone." Giving your nephew a magazine subscription provides a gift he can enjoy on a weekly or monthly basis and shows that you support his interests.

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