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What is the Best Graduation Gift You Ever Received - Or Gave?

In the midst of graduation season, thoughts naturally turn to what gift to give to your special graduate.

The giving of a graduation gift has always been a tradition - a way to say "Congratulations - you did it." What has changed, however, is the type of gifts that are given.

Believe it or not, there used to be a time when a great graduation gift was a your own subscription to the newspaper. That won't work anymore. Then there were those bigger gifts - the cruise to cancun to get over the stress of finals or the new car that would be needed for college. Now the focus is definitely digital, a new SLR camera, the smartest Smart phone or the latest Apple product.

Our question today is, what is the best graduation gift you ever received, or gave?

Count Raoul May 27, 2012 at 01:03 PM
a spin on the graduation gift was my mother's efforts in 1970. In the day, lots of modest gifts were given by parents to the graduating friends of their own kids. Whatever the gift was that she gave, she included with it a prewritten 'thank you' note and addressed envelope. The receiver only had to sign their name and drop it in the mail. This way, the most hated part of graduation.... the thank you note..... was avoided. Made the gift itself so much more special.
Sharon Swanepoel May 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM
That was a great idea and, although in a back door sort of way, it was teaching the younger generation the practice of thanking people for gifts given - a lesson often lacking the attention it deserves.
Vanzetta Evans (Editor) May 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
My mother would always give the high school grads an iron and two rolls of quarters... For laundry! But now I think most schools have a swipe card you can use.

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