Each spring celebrates a new crop of girl graduates from high school. Whether the graduates are continuing their education in college or choosing a vocational route, high school graduation is a milestone. Reward the graduate girl in your life with a gift that honors her achievements and aids her in realizing future goals.
Girls who have recently graduated high school have undoubtedly become familiar with the local community. Allow your graduate to explore the world that awaits her by giving her a post-graduation vacation. Many high schools offer sponsored, relatively inexpensive trips that include teacher supervisors. The vacation does not have to be an expensive trip to Europe if your budget is tight. Merely spending a few days in a town or city different than her own will open her eyes to wider community around her.
If your high school grad is attending college, then a personal computer is essential. Many girls prefer laptops rather than desktops because laptops can travel with them to the library and the coffee shop. A less expensive, yet essential item for all girls is a new cell phone. Girls may need to attend nighttime classes or work the night shift. All high school graduates will feel more secure carrying a mobile phone for emergency calls.
An excellent option for gifts for girls just graduating high school are books about their futures. If she is college-bound, consider purchasing a gift about college life. Books will prepare her for aspects of college living, such as living in dormitories and dealing with roommates. For high school graduates that are undecided about their futures, try books that discuss career paths that do not necessarily include higher education. Both groups will benefit from literature that teaches them how to identify their interests and goals.
Money and Gift Cards
Every girl graduating high school can use more money. If you are simply giving her cash, place it in a graduation card with a money holder (available at drug stores) so the money does not slip out and get lost. You may want to give her a gift card instead of bills. Consider a gas card if she owns a car or a gift card for her favorite clothing store. Finally, if you want to inspire your graduate to think about her long-term future, give her an investment, such as a CD or stock shares.
- "What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers"; Richard Nelson Bolles; 2011
- Fun Gift Ideas: Gifts for the High School Graduate in Your Life; Stan; September 2010
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