Ask the Readers: What's the Best Gift to Give a College Graduate?

By Ashley Jacobs on 15 May 2012 104 comments
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Editor's Note: Congratulations to David, Ellen B, and Renee for winning this week's contest!

Graduation season is upon us yet again. Over the course of the next month, many college students will get their degrees and start looking for jobs. The tradition of giving gifts to graduates means you will probably end up giving at least one or two gifts this graduation season. Most people tend to give practical gifts to new graduates, however there are others who prefer to give gifts that are a bit more fun.

What's the best gift to give a college graduate? Money? Assistance looking for a job? Financial planning advice? Some new furniture for their new apartment? Or is it better go with something fun as opposed to practical?

Tell us what you think the best gift to give a college graduate is and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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Kind of corny, but honestly... Advice from an experienced friend who knows the graduate well.

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I like giving gift cards with a personal note :)

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Set up a lunch, pay for it, give 3 advices, and invite graduate to ask all the questions they want about life: marriage, taxes, house, sex, love, regrets, etc. This prompts them to ask openly which very few young adults have the opportunity or courage to do.

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Congratulations to David, Ellen and Renee!

I wish I could have read this post earlier. The best gift I could possibly give to a friend is a gift certificate for a crash course on handling personal finance. The lack of knowledge in this are cost me some years of struggle. I learned a lot from the experience but my life would have been smooth sailing if I have learned it from others.

Best regards,
Belinda |