Your son or daughter has graduated high school and now you are looking for something to give them as a special token of your pride. What can you buy them?
First, the best choice is money. This allows them to spend the money on planning their after high school career or college. Perhaps they need a new computer, new car or maybe they will just use it for booze — that is the risk that comes with a money gift.
PDAs are very popular and very useful. Buying one for a graduate allows them to store images, movies and music on it, as well as data for college. This can help make their workload and scheduling much, much easier.
What would college be without a computer? So why not get them one. Nearly every college student has one, and a laptop computer will give them the ability to use it in class, without the need to take down notes by hand and then type them out.
A digital camera will let your future college student take pictures of their college experience and send it to you by email. This will allow you to still see your son or daughter, even if they are a thousand miles away.
It is very difficult to take notes in class without knowing shorthand, so why not give them a digital recorder that allows them to record what the instructor says, and then plug it into their laptop and have the computer type out what was said. It is a handy note taking tool.
Phone cards will allow the college-bound to keep in touch with you. Giving them phone cards means they don’t have to pay for the long distance call to you. On that same note, buy them a cell phone, pre-paid, so that they can keep in touch with you from anywhere.
A commemorative gift, such as their diploma in a special frame with a picture of the two of you can be a great gift for the college student. When they are off in college, they can look at that and be reminded of home. This also works for a variety of other sentimental gifts you may want to buy.
No matter what you buy your future college-bound child, make it special because it will not only help them succeed in college, but also it will remind them of home and you. The last thing you want is for your son or daughter to forget you!