graduation gift guide, sort of

That time of year is fast approaching, when "Pomp and Circumstance" rings out and the skies are filled with swirling tassels. This year we've three graduates that we'll be expected to celebrate, and so I'm trying to think of meaningful gifts.
Yes, I know every graduate appreciates (read "wants") money. However, I hate giving money (or giftcards) as a gift. They seem so impersonal, however practical. And, while I'm not going to give"Chicken Soup for the Graduate's Soul" or something that will be left sitting on the shelf until the day that it ends in a garage sale, I do like to give books. Specifically, two of my favorite books of all time.

$8.76 from
I have to say that this biography of Jim Elliot, covering all of his life but especially focusing on his spiritual development during his college years, is the single most important book I've ever read. His complete spiritual abandon never ceases to amaze me, wether or not I agree with some of his doctrine.

$9.56 from

Love. This. Book. I read and reread it, and it never fails to provide new insight into the human condition and how we deceive ourselves.

But enough books. On to other things. Like notecards! I'm seriously considering getting sets of these made for each of the people who I did senior photos for this year.

$20 for 16

Notecards are always a good option, because they're going to need to write thank-you notes.

And I'm going to come back to this later, because there is some work I should do. What do you like to give graduates, and why?


Lexy Girl said…
I don't think I've ever given a particularly great graduation gift... but the best one I got when I graduated from High School was from my aunt, a teacher (teachers are so clever!).

She gave me a large purple rubbermaid tub (I still have it) and stuffed with all sorts of "college supplies" things you need in a dorm room, like shower shoes and a caddy, desk stuff, school supplies. It was awesome, thoughtful, and sweet.

The only thing that could have made it better would have been a gift certificate to my school's book store.
Kelly said…
Oo, Jim Elliot and I share the same alma mater! Have you ever read Lewis's Till We Have Faces? Best book EVER.

The cleverest high school graduation gift I received was a teddy bear from the college I would attend. And of course, handmade items are always wonderful!

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