No New Cars - and Other Thoughts on Graduation Gifts

A big thank you to writer Peggy Noonan (aka “the other Peggy Noonan”) for featuring my suggestions for graduation gifts in this article in the NEA Benefits newsletter.

If you are our niece or nephew, stop reading now – since tells what you are getting for graduation.

#1 – Gift Registries

Many graduates now do gift registries at stores like Bed Bath & Beyond to decorate dorm rooms or first apartments. You give people what they want, rather than guess at what might work in their living space.

#2 – Be Practical

Most new grads don’t want or have room for extraneous things, like family heirlooms or a room full of furniture.

#3 – Give Subscriptions

We are big fans of subscriptions to services like Texture, which has about 200 magazines on a single app, or Netflix.  Make sure the subscription is for a long enough term so they have time to enjoy it – even if they opt not to renew.

#4 - Cash & Gift Cards

For our nieces and nephews still reading this post?  Well, this spoils the surprise of what you’re getting for graduation.  But we love cash for a gift, since everyone has different needs.  If you give gift cards, make sure they are for places the recipient likes to shop or eat.

#5 – Don’t Be Too Extravagant

Give gifts within your means - as well as that of the recipient.  Unless the grad can pay to maintain a car, it may become a money pit.  Tickets for a vacation might be nice, but if they don’t have cash to pay for the rest of the trip, it may cause them to pile on debt. 

New and recent graduates - what other ideas would you suggest?

On-the-Air: Denver

With only one week until Christmas, there is still time to find creative gifts - many of which can be ordered online!  Here are few gifts you can send at the last-minute that I am sharing for several companies this week on Colorado's "Everyday" Show!

Texture - Magazine readers will love the digital magazine app Texture, which gives unlimited access to more than 160 magazines – including back issues – for just $14.99 per month.  That is what you would pay to buy just three print magazines, but this includes all of your favorites.  From People, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair to favorite sports, home, fashion and food titles, literally thousands of issues are at your fingertips on any iOS or Android device. 

Omaha Steaks - Order through December 23, or find a local store.  If you really procrastinate, send an electronic gift card at (literally) the last minute.

Teleflora - Order through December 22 for Christmas delivery.  Since flowers are hand-arranged and delivered by a local florist, they will arrive looking fabulous and ready to enjoy!

SwitchArt - For someone who constantly redecorates, SwitchArt Magnetic Frames and Prints, available exclusively at Art.com, are ideal.  They can switch out magnetized prints on a magnetic frame base as often as they like, updating for each season!  Choose from thousands of art prints, or use the Photos to Art tool to transform your favorite photos into magnetized art to be displayed.  Order by December 20 to receive by Christmas.

CANIDAE - Treat your dog to all-natural Grain-Free PURE Chewy Pet Treats from CANIDAE.  With no corn, wheat, soy or fillers, they boast a simple ingredient list, so you actually know what you are feeding your pet!  Since they are available at more than 10,000 specialty stores - including Petco - you can pick up these yummy stocking stuffers at the last minute.  You can also find up to $8 in coupons on their web site.

 

Think Outside the Gift Box

Need a few gift ideas that are out of the ordinary?  Here are some creative ideas I am sharing for several companies on my holiday TV tour!

  • For someone who constantly redecorates, SwitchArt Magnetic Frames and Prints, available exclusively at Art.com, are the ideal gift.  They can switch out magnetized prints on a magnetic frame base as often as they like, updating for each season!  Choose from thousands of art prints, or have Art.com convert your favorite photos to magnetized art to be displayed. 
  • Magazine readers will love the digital magazine app Texture, which gives unlimited access to more than 160 magazines – including back issues – for just $14.99 per month.  That is what you would pay to buy just three print magazines, but this includes all of your favorites.  From People, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair to favorite sports, home, fashion and food titles, literally thousands of magazine issues are at your fingertips on any iOS or Android device.  Since subscribing two years ago, Texture has saved me hundreds of dollars on print magazines - and literally lightened my load during frequent travels.
  • For a festive gift or delicious wine for your holiday party, stock up on Yellow Tail Bubbles Sparkling Wine.  At only $9.99 per bottle, it's easy to buy a case so you always have a few bottles on-hand for hostess gifts or unexpected guests.
  • People who love to entertain will enjoy state-shaped cutting boards from Bed Bath & Beyond that are fashioned from either bamboo or slate.  Use them to serve fruit and cheese, or display them to accessorize your kitchen.
  • Celebrate the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with an adorable Snoopy Cookie Jar Bouquet from Teleflora.  Seasonal flowers are nestled into a replica of Snoopy’s decorated house as seen in the classic Christmas show.
  • Fill that empty treat jar with all-natural Grain-Free PURE Chewy Pet Treats from CANIDAE.  With no corn, wheat, soy or fillers, they boast a simple ingredient list, so you actually know what you are feeding your pet! 

 

* Photos courtesy of Teleflora, Art.com, Texture, Yellow Tail, Bed Bath & Beyond, and CANIDAE.