Wow. It’s hard to believe. But it’s already getting close to the end of another school year. And I’ve already seen ads for graduation gifts in lots of places. Especially online. Have you seen any yet? Some of the ideas are very good. Others? Not so much.
Here are some graduation gifts I recommend you should skip.
Before I tell you what they are, let me say this. I don’t recommend a pass because they’re awful gifts. But I just don’t think they fit the criteria for what could help your graduate in life.
Like an ad I saw for a 32 ounce “hydro flask.” C’mon. It’s a water bottle. And your graduate should be able to go out and buy their own water bottle. AND not spend $50. Seriously.
Then, I saw an ad for a snazzy hardcover photo album. And while I think that’s a nice gift, how many young people do you know who would prefer that over just checking out their snaps on their phones? Right? Faster. Easier. And way handier than carrying around a photo album. Save the $49 and let them stick with their phone camera and photos app.
How about a “classic bathrobe?” Who wouldn’t love one of those? Well, from what I’ve noticed, they’re not that popular with younger people. But, even more important, that $110 could go a long way toward their ongoing education. Just sayin’.
I even saw a set of sheets for almost $400. Are you kidding me?
OK. Enough dissing. Check out these “investment” graduation gifts.
Sure, you could spend $2500 on a MacBook Pro. And that could be an awesome tool to help your grad do a wide variety of work they could get paid well to do. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how much a great computer can do to help you in life. Pretty much self-explanatory.
One thrifty and handy gift idea I saw was a portable battery, by Anker, that can charge phones a couple of times. And the battery is only about $36. That makes more sense. And it’s something just about anybody can use. Especially if they’re prone to running down their phone.
Another interesting idea, if you wanna make sure your grad has good food while they figure out their life, is a meal bundle. I saw multiple ads. One of those I remember is from Thrive Market. I don’t have other info to share. Do your own research. But you can’t go wrong with an “investment” in food.
But here’s a gift idea I’ve recommended before.
It’s one that a lot of those one-on-one clients have told me they wished they’d had when they were much younger. And their comments motivated me to create RondaReady YOUniversity. It’s a somewhat scaled-down version of my intensive business coaching. With the nuggets newbies need.
YOUniversity is designed especially for young (or not so young) people just starting out in the real world. If that’s you (or someone you know), I’d love to talk to you about it. Use the easy peasy calendar, below, and book a free call with me.
Sure, it’s not as trendy as a tablet cover with a picture of Mickey Mouse. But YOUniversity is designed for adults. Not kids. If that sounds good, let’s talk soon.
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