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Whether it's your kid that's graduating, a friend, or a family member, these graduation gifts are excellent options -- for giving and receiving!

Before you run out and get an alarm clock or a book as a graduation gift, you must read this! We found out what the kids would love to get, so they'll remember you when they're off to college and starting their life in the real world.

1. Money: Grads love cold, hard cash. You can never go wrong with giving money in any amount. Ch-ching!
2. Laptop: A laptop will allow your college student to take notes in class and keep in touch with you, too. Bonus!
3. iPod or Apple Gift Certificate: Starting at under $100, iPods are an ideal gift -- you can never go wrong with giving music.
4. Personalized Jewelry: Everybody loves a simple disc engraved with the date of graduation, initials, or name of their alma mater. Getting a set for a group of girlfriends is a wonderful way to have them remember their high school years.
5. Digital Camera: A perfect present if the grad is going off to travel!
6. Clothing Gift Cards: Whether they are entering the job market or headed to college, everyone needs new pieces in their wardrobe for the next phase in their life. A gift card to their favorite store allows them to pick what they love.
7. Prepaid Credit Card: Now's a good time to say you're not using Mom and Dad's credit card anymore! Give them their own, with a prepaid amount on it. They'll love it!
8. Vacation: You don't have to get a plane ticket to Europe ('cause who can afford THAT?). A weekend trip with friends to celebrate their graduation will be so appreciated and remembered. Book a hotel, give them some spending cash, and send them on their way.
9. Watch: A watch is a fairly traditional gift often given by parents of the graduate. Have it engraved on the back for an extra personal touch.
10. Handbag: A wonderful gift that doesn't have to be too expensive, a handbag can be taken to a new job, to interviews, or to college.

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MarMar May 29, 2009, 9:26 AM

My aunt gave me a set of luggage for my graduation gift, that’s the one I remember the most. It was great, a good, complete set, and I used it a lot. I must warn, however, that although it’s hard to tell one black suitcase from another in an airport, try to avoid trendy colors. While the luggage set was quality, I was sick of the early 90’s teal color before I graduated college.

ashley May 30, 2009, 7:35 AM

My parents gave me suitcases also. My mom said that was what she got from her mom and dad too. Strange thing is though that I went to a University in our town and lived at home and wasn’t planning any trips. Maybe they wished I was moving out!!

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