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#1 of 8 Old 05-17-2009, 03:13 AM - Thread Starter
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My cousin will be the FIRST person in our family to go straight to a university out of high school. My Mom was the only one out of 5 kids to graduate from high school so going to college is a big deal. She has worked so hard for this. I have no idea what to get her. I want it to be something useful and special. Dorm room stuff is useful, but I want to get her something she will have for a long time, KWIM?

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The family I used to babysit for (I was very close to them) bought me a nice daytimers when I graduated high school. They got me the first year refill and a nice folio with my initials on it. Very useful and nice gift I still have, long after my dorm microwave and fridge have gone to another student somewhere (or a landfill).

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DSD is graduating in two years, and I am already planning...

I will be putting together "a little" basket with all kinds of stuff that one will need when starting to live on their own. Some items can be very personal, and others silly or useful.

Here is what I thought of so far:

Grocery gift card, a book on how to make the best of college, a roll of quarters for laundry, a planner, new pajamas, a plant (?), a nice notebook and a pen, a book on managing your finances, a piece of jewelry, pre-paid lunches university card, a frame for pictures, a small first aid kit (with band-aids and tylenol, etc), a book store gift card, a wallet, and an "I love you" letter.

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Thanks for the ideas! I might pool money with my Mom so we have a little more to get her something.

She is graduating with honors, ranked 6th in her graduating class of 600+. Her parents are bursting with pride.

She got in to an awesome school. Can't wait to visit :

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Organizational stuff, school supplies--nice pens, notebooks, etc. are always appreciated. I still have an awesome personalized pen I got from my aunt for my graduation present.

Is she going to be a going away to college, or staying local? If she's going away, maybe a nice comfy blanket that she can snuggle up with at night, or while doing her homework. Something like that goes a long way when or if she feels homesick.
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I was going to suggest the school supplies but someone beat me to it. But, seriously, other than MONEY, that was the best present I got at high school graduation. I was almost the only one in my dorm that came with a stapler & a three hole punch!

If she is going far, I would try to collect letters of encouragement/love/etc for her. Have them bound so that she can read about what makes her special when she is feeling homesick.


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My sister always makes a "post-secondary blankie" for those in our family who are headed onwards and upwards. They are special one-of-a-kind quilts.

When I had a very special "first in the family" grad, my parents gave me "The Compact Oxford English Dictionary". It is eleven volumes condensed into one, with a magnifying glass. I honestly have to say that once I got the kids out of the house, it would be what I would save if we had a fire. I love, love, love, love it.

Also, don't hesitate to ask your DSD what she'd like. She may have a long-time dream that isn't being realized.
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I love the cozy blanket idea! She'll get a ton of use out of it and have it for years.

And honestly, while I know that school supplies can seem a little slight and silly, there was no gift I got more use out of. I had a stapler, a three-hole punch, a rainbow of highlighters, cute post-it notes... These days, a bunch of colorful sharpies for whiteboard notes would be cool.
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