So your son or daughter has finally graduated middle school and is about to take that huge, nerve-wracking, terrifying but exhilarating step into high school. You can remember that feeling with almost perfect clarity, right? The fear, the excitement, the nervousness of the unknown … it was almost too much to bear!
What kind of gift do you give to commemorate such an event? Or a graduation from kindergarten to elementary school for that matter?
Buying gifts for younger grads can be a fun experience if you're willing to get creative. Whatever you go with something educational, commemorative, or just something fun, there are plenty of great gifts out there that any kid would love to have.
If you want to go the educational route, then dictionaries are always a good choice (they do make dictionaries geared towards youger readers as well). You can also buy encyclopedia software for homework, a globe that will tell them all about the country they're pointing at with a special stylus, or any number of cool kits that will allow them to disappear fossils, peer under microscopes, or mine for jewels. Remember, to a kid the world is still a reliably new place, so anything that will allow them to see or experience something new will be well-received.
You can also think about putting together a few different gifts. Sometimes a bunch of school supplies (but the really fun ones that you usually would not spend extra on). Themed pens, pencils, notebooks, pencil cases, etc. could all be put into a brand new backpack or messenger bag. PDA's or planners would also be good for the older elementary or middle school graduate.
Think about getting your grad a new desk if he or she does not already have one. It might get them excited to start doing all the homework they're going to be getting!
If you'd rather go with something a bit more fun and whimsical, the world's your oyster. What you choose is obviously going to depend on the age of the graduate, but here are a few fun ideas.
Why not give the new graduate their own camcorder? Of course, this is only good for the older graduate (can you imagine how long a camcorder would last with a 6 year old?), But it will allow them to start recording memories of their life and their friends. The videos will no doubt be treasured keepsakes after high school graduation.
If you'd like to take them on a special day trip, you could both go to the local aquarium or zoo, hit the special hands-on museum, and try lunch in a new restaurant you think your graduate would enjoy. It would be a whole day of fun for your child, and would make him or her feel like king or queen for a day.
If you're able to get away for a weekend and want to do something really special, why not take a train trip somewhere new? Sleeping overnight on a train would be very exciting to any child, and it would be a memory he would never forget! And do not forget to take those photos – they're good for a lifetime.
By putting a little time and energy into a graduation gift for the youngger child, you have the opportunity to give them something truly special.
Copyright (c) 2007 Pat Brill