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Gifts for the 2012 High School Graduate

Posted: 06/08/2012 11:47 am

When I graduated from high school there was one thing -- and only one thing -- I desperately wanted: a car. And that wasn't happening.

Before departing for college, my parents were kind enough (and boring enough -- sorry mom and dad), to gift me with a check. Still... really grateful!

Perhaps this was partly my fault. I knew my chances of getting a car were less likely than being accepted to Julliard without a background in song or dance. On that note, because I didn't want to ruin my nonexistent chances of auto independence, I didn't hint toward other gifts that would've also been music to my ears. Wamp wamp.

To save parents the stress of shopping and college-bound graduates the disappointment of lackluster loot, here are my top picks for the graduating class of 2012:

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Sure, every incoming freshman can buy a generic school shirt from the bookstore. Rather than blending in with everyone else on campus, gift grads Prep Sportswear custom college gear. Select from thousands of designs on more than 700 products including t-shirts, hoodies and bags. Each product is custom produced within five business days, and the site has no minimum order. Our favorite? The Women’s Racer Back Tank, starting at $22.99.
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If the new graduate insists on a car they won't be getting (or has every tangible item possible for a successful first year at college), consult Cloud 9 Living. With 1,800 experiences in 43 regions, including white water rafting, hang gliding, flying lessons (for the more adventurous collegiate community) and food tours (my favorite!), there's something for everyone's range of interests and appetite. Yum.

 

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