Figuring out how to make graduation gifts for a loved one is not hard at all, it just takes a little time to decide how to turn what they really do need for going off to college into fun present ideas. One great idea is for everyone to get together and create a gift card book that the graduate can take with him when he goes. It’s something that is bound to be treasured for years to come, as well as truly useful to a struggling freshman student in a new town.
Find out about local restaurants, gas stations, stores and entertainment venues around the college that the graduate will be attending. Check out their websites or call them up to find out about gift card policies and the ordering information at each one.
Include a list of these places in the invitations letting everyone that is attending the ceremony and/or party that in lieu of other presents or cash, gift cards from these establishments are preferable. Tell them that something fun will be done with these at the celebration.
Buy a blank journal, a fun graduating themed pen and plastic corner self adhesive card tabs. (These can be found at almost any craft or office supply store.)
Set up your journal and pen as you would have a guest book for everyone to sign at the party. Put them on a decorated table at by the front door and have the adhesive tabs in a small bowl next to it.
Write down the instructions on how to make this graduation gift and place them in direct view, either on the table or on a wall directly above it. Everyone takes four tabs and attaches their perspective gift card to a page in the journal. Underneath it, have them write a few words of wisdom to the graduate or a fun reason that they chose this particular place to get the card from. Then have them sign it however they see fit so the graduating senior knows who to send his thank you cards too after the party.
Present the book to the guest of honor at the end of the night. If he choose to do so, he can share what everyone has written or save it to look through at his leisure later. Whatever the case, when he is miles from home, this book will bring him comfort. He’ll be glad that you figured out how to make this graduation gift every time he grabs a card to use. The money on the card will help him get by and so will the heartwarming words of those he loves waiting for him back in his hometown.