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Clothing related to their University, military service, or job.
College Graduation Gift Ideas:
Same as High School list plus…
Gear related to their profession. (Example: stethoscope for Nursing school graduate.)
Office Productivity Software
Lessons related to their hobby or passion. (Example: dance, art or cooking lessons.)
Personal Care Items
Fitness Club Membership
Always consider these factors when making your graduation gift purchase:
Shipping – Time in Transit and Costs
I. Budget For Savings
If you have a plan to spend $40 on a gift, stick with it. Don’t be tempted to overspend. Your gift recipient will know you cared enough to celebrate their special accomplishment no matter what gift you give to them. Just make sure whatever graduation gift you give is thoughtful and if at all possible, memorable or useful.
Check out online deal sites like SavvySleuth, Fatwallet, DealNews, TechBargains and DealsOfAmerica for current deals and coupon codes to purchase gifts your graduate will love to receive.
II. Shipping Costs and Timing
When sending a graduation gift versus handing it to the graduate yourself, it’s important to factor in shipping costs and to make sure that when you send the gift it will get there on time.
The Savvy Sleuth is big on free shipping, she tries to avoid paying for it at all costs. With one exception: Amazon Prime Shipping.
Amazon Prime is available to anyone for a free 1 month trial, and if you’re able to take advantage of that promotion (never had Amazon Prime before).
Amazon Mom (Free 3-Month Prime with option to earn more months for free), or Amazon Student (free Prime membership for 1 year to eligible students) are other options for free Prime membership, by which you can not only get free 3-day shipping on all Prime eligible shipping, but also get in on other great Prime benefits.
Amazon Prime works remarkably well and items are shipped very fast to any address you want for free.
With Amazon’s astonishing product catalog and great deals, you’re sure to score a great gift with free shipping there. Even without Prime, many items have Free Super Saver Shipping with an eligible $25 purchase.
ShopRunner is another alternative, if you get in on their free promotions that happen a couple times a year. The ShopRunner stores are limited (about 50 retailers use ShopRunner), but it works very well if you find merchants who use it. The Savvy Sleuth got in on a free 1-year deal for ShopRunner and enjoys using the ShopRunner service for free 2-day shipping at Newegg. Do a search for ‘ShopRunner coupons’ or ‘ShopRunner promotions’ to see if you get lucky and can snag a deal.
You may also consider liking them on Facebook to see current promotions.
If for some reason you just can’t find a free shipping promo coupon code through a site like RetailMeNot, sometimes online retailers will give you free shipping for signing up for their email newsletter.
Set up a web-based email like Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo for all your online shopping to avoid spam and see all the newsletters in one place.
III. Presenting Your Gift
Sure it’s easiest to buy a gift card and put it in the mail, but couldn’t your gift be presented in a more creative, fun way? Something that adds to the gift itself, like in the case of a gift card you could put it inside a bouquet and leave it on the graduate’s doorstep. Even if you are mailing a gift card, there are fun mailers that dress up the gift.
Obviously it’s easier if you can give your graduation gift in person. One idea is to give a gift basket with several small gifts relating to the graduate’s future plans.
For example if you know someone who is graduating high school and going into the military, you may want to find a container related to military surplus for their specific branch of service at a place like The Sportsman’s Guide, and put in things like a no-contract phone, a phone card, sunscreen, and running shoes.
For the middle school graduate looking towards high school, you could find a rolling backpack and load it up with items related to their favorite sport, books by their favorite author, or a graphing calculator, trendy fashions or locker decorations for the coming year.
IV. Enlisting the Help of the List
Graduates from middle school, high school and college all have different ideas about the gifts they’d like to receive. There are some universals and most of them revolve around electronics that are $300 or more, but if your budget won’t allow such extravagant purchases, check with their parents to see if they have a wishlist. If not, suggest they make one up and email it to you.
Online wishlists can be made very easily, particularly at Amazon. You don’t have to buy off the list though. A wishlist just makes seeing what graduation gift your graduate really wants that much easier.
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But don’t sign-up for the free month of Prime if you’ve ordered a Kindle Fire, as that comes with 1 month free Amazon Prime. Amazon won’t give you back to back free months of service, or have them overlap to extend your free Prime offer. So if you already have Prime on a free trial or are using it now, that free Prime with the Kindle Fire is lost.
Whatever way you get Amazon Prime it’s a very good deal for all the ‘free’ you are getting for your money between free shipping, free streaming movies and TV programs and now a free lending library on Amazon.