"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11
With graduation season just around the corner, a son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin or friend of yours may be starting college or beginning their career in the real world.
Finding the perfect gift to give to the college or highschool graduate can be difficult. That's why the Gospel Herald has handpicked 10 useful, budget-friendly gifts for you to give to any grad in your life to make their day even more special.
1) Leather-bound, personalized Bible or devotional
As you prepare to send your loved one off to college or into the world, be sure they take God's wisdom, guidance and encouragement with them. Whether you give them a new Bible or devotional, your gift will remind them that God is always with them. You can buy a variety of beautiful Bibles and devotionals here--personalize it for just $6.99
2) Gift Card to a favorite restaurant, college bookstore, or shop.
Research the grad's college campus or new city to see what bookstores, shops, and restaurants are nearby. If your grad is planning on commuting to school or work, a gift card for a nearby gas station will be particularly useful.
3) Noise-cancelling headphones
Quality noise-cancelling headphones are perfect for a noisy college dorms--or a loud office environment. While some headphones can be expensive, you don't have to break the bank for a quality set--some sell for as low as $19.99.
4) Luggage or book tote
For your college-bound grad, a small suitcase, tote or overnight bag can come in handy for weekend trips back home, studying abroad, or spring break. For the college grad beginning their career, luggage will forever be useful for business trips or vacations.
5) Helpful books on stress and time management
College and career life can be very stressful. Help your grad attain the skills they need to simplify their lives and conquer stress using Biblical principles with one of these great books from Christian authors. Two great options are "Stress is a Choice" ($10) by David Zerfoss and "Crazy Busy" ($10.79) by Pastor Kevin DeYoung.
6) Moshi Kameleon Designer iPhone Case
When your grad moves far away for or after college, you will want to keep in touch with them through phone calls, texting or video chats. This sturdy, sleek phone case is perfect for the accident-prone grad and even comes with a built-in kickstand for those long video chat conversations. This case is from Moshi and comes with a moderate price tag of $49.95.
7) A photo frame inscribed with a favorite Bible verse or quote
Consider giving your friend a photo frame with a religious quote or Bible verse, and add a photo of you and your grad to the gift to make it extra special. You can buy a variety of beautiful frames here. Prices range from $10-$40.
8) Heated USB travel mug
If your grad is a caffeine-lover, he or she will appreciate this heated USB travel mug which will keep their coffee or tea warm all day. There are tons of options available here--prices range anywhere from $12 to $40.
9) A Netflix/Hulu Plus account
A Netflix or Hulu account is the perfect graduation present for those who enjoy watching movies or T.V. shows. Both Netflix and Hulu Plus stream online, so your grad can use their subscription even if they don't have a TV. Subscriptions to both Netflix and Hulu Plus are only $7.99 a month, making a year's subscription less than $100.
10) Personalized journal
Entering college or into the career world can be both exciting and scary for new grads. A personalized journal is a thoughtful gift because it encourages your grad to privately express their feelings and reflect on this new step in their lives. This website is a great source--all personalized journals are only $19.95.