Well, it’s May and graduations galore are suddenly upon us! If you’re pondering grad gifts, we—being the safety and security minded company that we are—have some suggestions for you to consider…
Those graduates will be headed off to all kinds of different adventures, so one-size-fits-all won’t work as an approach to buying gifts. But what you can do is buy gifts with a theme and a purpose, gifts that will help them transition into their next phase in life and keep them safe while they do so.
Obviously, a high school graduate heading across country for college has different needs compared to someone leaving for the Peace Corps or getting a job and setting up an apartment. Ditto for college graduates, who might be headed in any number of directions. But you know what they all do need? To be safe. And you know what all of us need? Peace of mind, knowing we’ve helped to keep them safe as they grow up and go out into the world.
With that in mind, here are a few of our top picks that can be good gifts for almost any grad:
For those graduates heading off to live in a dorm for a while, DormSmart.com might be a place for buying gifts. They sell several items specifically for dorm residents plus they offer some vital advice for staying safe and secure on campus. (Read more about dorm safety and security here.)
Car safety kits
We offer suggestions for creating car safety kits here, but you can also buy ready-made ones. Both of my children, plus my mother and myself all have store-bought kits in our cars. I added an emergency supply of food and drink, but otherwise thought the kits were comprehensive enough to give me peace of mind. And this is the kind of gift any graduate of any kind who has a car can use!
For those grads who will be setting up house in an apartment, safety and security should still be top of mind. An emergency preparedness kit would be a great gift, or even those kinds of safety items that younger folks might not think to have handy, like flashlights with extra batteries and hand cranked radios.
Finally, for those who have finished college and are launching careers, soon to be buying their first houses, the gift of home security is a gift that keeps on giving. Let’s face it, the income one has fresh out of college usually doesn’t allow for a lot of extras. Although for us older, established folks the monthly cost of a home security system is easily less than the cost of a dinner out, it is still out of reach for kids just getting started. So gift them with a home security system and pay the monthly fee for them. Later when they are financially doing well, they can take over the payments themselves, but at least their homes and property will be a bit safer in the meantime, while their budgets build up.
If you’re celebrating a graduate or two or more this spring, make your gift a more meaningful one by choosing safety and security as your theme. But also enjoy this time. It’s exciting to watch people of any age accomplish something meaningful and move on to the next stage of life. Celebrate and enjoy their accomplishments…and your own that got you where you are today!