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Parent to Male Senior: Graduation Gift Ideas?

MerryWidowMerryWidow Posts: 80Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2011 in Parents Forum
I'm at a total loss of what to give my son as a senior graduation gift. A daughter would be easy (jewelry) but a son? High school graduation is a momentous occasion and I want to give him something memorable and long lasting (but less than $1K).

I wanted to give him a classy, signet ring like his Dad received but he said he'd never wear it. Car? Nope, did that for Christmas when he was a junior (due to need, not desire).

He's a geek with a tricked out laptop and is building his own liquid cooled PC for his Senior Project. (He paid for both with his own savings.) So, no more technology is needed.

He's not into sports but is showing interest and starting to play golf. He seems to enjoy it but also realizes that career-wise, it's a game he should know. Should I consider a set of golf clubs?

Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated!
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Replies to: Parent to Male Senior: Graduation Gift Ideas?

  • sevmomsevmom Posts: 4,332Registered User Senior Member
    We got my older son a Dalvey of Scotland compass for high school graduation and had it engraved. He really loved it. If your son is into watches,perhaps an engraved watch.Mulholland Brothers leather passport case. If he's getting into golf, the set of golf clubs sounds like that might work. Congratulations on your son's graduation!
  • oldfortoldfort Posts: 16,942Registered User Senior Member
  • colorado_momcolorado_mom Posts: 6,169Registered User Senior Member
    How about the gift of a college education?

    It would be nice if you could think of something special, but if not don't fret too much if you don't. There's lot of graduation party hoopla etc to keep the grads excited. In our case we arranged earlier in the year to purchase son's yearbook and graduation tankard (with names of all classmates).
  • mathmomvtmathmomvt Posts: 4,137Registered User Senior Member
    Mine's getting a laptop. But since your S doesn't need that, would he like an ipad or ipod touch or smartphone or something like that?
  • momofthreeboysmomofthreeboys Posts: 11,486Registered User Senior Member
    I love the idea of a set of golf clubs! Is there a public course near where he'll go to college? If so perhaps hold back on the amount you spend on clubs and give him a gift certificate for some rounds. There might even be a club team. Club sports anyone can join for the most part. My kids have a few outdoor sports they enjoy and when they are stressed out from school nothing will change their attitude faster than a few hours outside...and then they can hit the library again. I'm all about promoting exercise and fresh air for kids in college...and all about the lifetime sports.
  • ihs76ihs76 Posts: 1,513Registered User Senior Member
    This is not very sexy but for our DS's 18th b'day, we gave him a $1000 Roth IRA as he had some earnings last year. Good chance to talk about future finances etc with a kid whose last thought is on retirement :).

    We plan to add to it on an annual basis until he is done with school and has his first job.
  • OlympicLadyOlympicLady Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
    76- Did the same thing. Roth IRA, great way to introduce savings and the power of compounding and time on $$$. They learn to watch the stock market too. We add to it every year- Interesting to run the calculators, small amount put in during early 20's, stop adding in late 20's (worse case scenario) = Big $$ at 62. Plus, he can take it out for down payment on a house.
  • Hopeful820Hopeful820 Posts: 70Registered User Junior Member
    Question:if my son's last year income is $4,000, he can contribute up to $4,000 in Roth IRA? I know the limit is $5,000, but one can contribute to the maximum amount but not more than "earned income" for that year?

    I made him open a Roth IRA in 2008 when he was 19, with a mutual fund company that let you do automatic monthly contribution of $50/month, he does not even miss that money since it was deducted from his savings/checking account. Once he gets a real full time job after grad school, I hope he will contribute the maximum amount. I never thought of giving it as a gift to him. Thanks for the great idea.
  • MaterMiaMaterMia Posts: 1,068Registered User Senior Member
    Cuff links with the new college logo.

    A shutterfly book that has the highlights from his high school years.
  • csfmapcsfmap Posts: 278Registered User Junior Member
    If you want a lasting gift, golf clubs probably won't meet that criteria. For those who stick with golf, the first set of clubs is quickly discarded for fitted, or stiffer or newer or better. But, it is a great gift. For those who take to the game, it's usually a life long pleasure. He can always keep one of his first clubs as a memento.
  • notrichenoughnotrichenough Posts: 5,487Registered User Senior Member
    This is not long-lasting, but we got my S a bunch of uber-geeky tee shirts (he lives in tee shirts). One, for example, had Gimli the Dwarf saying "And my axe!", but instead of an axe, he is jamming on his electric guitar.

    Another condensed all of the scientific discoveries of the last 300 years on the tee shirt - just in case you get caught in a time vortex and get sent back in time.

    You get the idea.

    S loved them.
  • mathmommathmom Posts: 23,256Registered User Senior Member
    My parents gave me a captain's chair with my college logo on it. I'm sitting on it right now - 30+ years later. College Chairs, Captain's Chair, Commemorative Chairs , Alumni Chairs, Award Chair, Standard Chair of Gardner
  • mamommamom Posts: 2,780Registered User Senior Member
    I love the idea of a ROTH or some kind of stock. My S is going to major in finance so it is perfect.
  • chocchipcookiechocchipcookie Posts: 1,988Registered User Senior Member
    ^^^Mathmom:

    Those are gorgeous chairs! What a useful and unique gift!

    We actually brought our S1 shopping for a new suit today. We did not find exactly what we were looking for (Men's Wearhouse) but they had these really nice, casual suedish type fabric sport coats that were very stylish......buy 1 get 1 free.....so instead of getting a new suit today, S1 got 2 of these sportcoats. He never owned a sportcoat before, but these you can comfortably wear with jeans, kacki's, black jeans, etc. They are perfect for wearing with tee-shirts, polo's, button down shirts, very versatile. Got him one in dark grey and one in tan. Going to college in the Fall, I think they will come in handy more than he thinks! He can wear to shows, plays, dinner, dates, meetings at a prof's home, parties, etc.,etc.

    So for his graduation, he's getting clothing....2 of these cool looking sportcoats, a new suit and also a big graduation party from his parents. He's getting a new laptop from his uncle.
  • WirefoxWirefox Posts: 172Registered User Junior Member
    My gift would be a Roth IRA. Kids need to begin thinking about their own future and it is never too early to start. A great way to get him to begin planning for tomorrow and it is something he can do now.
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