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Help a Mom: Graduation gift ideas

Posted April 10, 2012
Updated April 11, 2012

Graduation season will be here before you know it and one sister is on the ball.

Here's what she wrote:

This gift is really for my sister, who is graduating from high school, but I thought other moms might have or want insight. My sister has a lot of things (computer, iPhone, digital camera, car...) so she doesn't need a whole lot for college that she won't get from our parents. I was hoping someone might have a suggestion for a meaningful gift that an 18-year-old would appreciate. I might do a photo collage, but other ideas would be helpful!

I had one idea: I featured Julianne Walther, owner of Patchwork Memories, a couple of months ago. She makes T-shirt quilts which are popular graduation gifts. I'd love to hear other suggestions.

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  • kcastleberry Apr 11, 2012

    I'd like to add rolls of quarters to the other ideas for doing laundry in the dorm. Had a friend that ran out of quarters for drying his clothes so he decided it would be a good idea to just fold his wet clothes and put them away in his drawers. I mean, they will eventually dry, right? He had to throw away all of his clothes because of the mildew and they had to air out the entire dorm!!!!!!!! Quarters are a GREAT idea! LOL

  • LibertarianTechie Apr 11, 2012

    in addition to the toolbox, and the gift cards, sending a gift box of home-made goodies and snackage will become handy and will keep the home-sickness at bay.

  • bsybsybsy Apr 11, 2012

    Bed post cube safe. My son uses his for his extra car key, money, allergy and asthma meds that he must have, etc. Your graduate may have a trustworthy roommate, but maybe a friend visiting the room is not...

  • ArmyMom Apr 11, 2012

    We gave our son a passport when he graduated last year. Now he can go anywhere he can afford to go.

  • blahblahblah Apr 11, 2012

    We gave our daughter a bracelet from Tiffany's. Pricy, yes, but something she will have for the rest of her life and will never go out of style.

  • moppie Apr 11, 2012

    All the girls in our family have received silver charm bracelets for High School graduation with graduation themed charms. I usually add a big disk charm that has their initials, high school and graduation date.

  • ctya Apr 11, 2012

    Use MS dvd maker it's easy

  • ctya Apr 11, 2012

    I'm making my daughter a graduation DVD from birth to graduation. I have asked the people (village) and her favorite teachers and a principle to send a message to her that I will add at the end of the DVD for her. So when she feels alone or needs some encouraging words she can play the DVD and still have us no matter where she goes. I have had fun making it, but need to shorten it a bit. I have songs edited into it to reflect that era. Good luck

  • lorawatson Apr 11, 2012

    Oh, also a health kit, Pepto (a must, trust me), tylenol(or whatever brand), sinus medication,cough syrup, first aid kit, chap stick

  • lorawatson Apr 11, 2012

    Tool box,My niece made my daughter a photo collage with the graduation announcement and things in it, a snack box. Fill the snack box with individual wrapped snacks and drink mixes like crystal light or koolaid also include the 3m wall hangers(you know the ones that wont damage walls) and gift cards for the area they will be in. If it is a smaller town they are going to,research what the restuarants are around the college. I sent my niece dominos, subway and mcdonalds gift cards.