With graduation season officially upon us, celebrations from kindergarten to college are calling for creative gift ideas.  While slipping money in a card is always appreciated, there are all kinds of ways to commemorate the big occasion—for every age, at any price.  Here are 13 ideas for the Class of 2013 that start out simply and work their way up to extravagant…

  • Books – Dr. Seuss, self-help, travel guides, career-related literature or an address book can all be inscribed to become a keepsake
  • 76762629Photo albums or picture frames – customized for Class of 2013
  • Laundry basket filled with items for dorm room or new apartment
  • Business card case
  • Personalized accessory for favorite electronic
  • Tool box with basic tools
  • Engraved jewelry
  • Small appliance such as an iron, toaster oven, microwave or coffee maker
  • Camera, DVD player, iPod
  • Briefcase or luggage
  • Small refrigerator (especially useful for a college dorm)
  • Tablet computer or laptop
  • Trip or vacation to relax before going off to college or that first job

13 Creative Ways to give Money:

  • Write a check for $20.13
  • Fill a piggy bank – include change to make it jingle
  • Put it in a new wallet
  • Make money origami or a money lei (videos available online)
  • Disperse into several gift cards to favorite stores
  • pigGift card to local/campus bookstore
  • Frame the bills “In Case of Emergency”
  • Fill a balloon with rolled bills
  • Tape bills together and decorate tissue box with school/college colors
  • Make a money tree
  • Use a single bill (any denomination) as a bookmark in a money management book
  • Fill a candy or keepsake box…and use bills as wrapping or decoration
  • Roll the money like a diploma and tie with a bow

Finally, don’t forget to write a warm, personal note in your card to the graduate with a piece of advice, an inspirational quote or simply your sincere congratulations.