Congratulations, they did it!
Someone is approaching their graduation, and you're looking for meaningful yet not bank-breaking gifts to inspire them for the next phase of their life. If that person is even moderately adventurous, soul searching, and wanderlusty, you are in the right place.
The following ten suggestions are unisex and chosen for new grads to help them reflect inward, adventure onward, and just congratulate them for reaching this milestone in their life. Each gift is guaranteed to encourage, entertain, and inspire wanderlust.
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1. A once in a lifetime adventure!
The most expensive gift on this list but also probably the most valuable, for a few reasons.
A trip abroad could be just what the doctor ordered for a recent college grad. They've spent years working to reach this accomplishment and can feel a bit overwhelmed by the world at this point. Not only is a trip abroad relaxing and congratulatory, but it gives them the perspective they need to guide them in the near future.
The getaways I've linked below offer a ton of amenities from a variety of different dates, to daily meals, and airfare inclusive—all at an unbelievable price. You and a few family members could split the price for this and truly give a gift that lasts a lifetime.
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2. DNA Ethnic Background Test
A unique, multipurpose gift to help your recent grad find out more about their identity—something they're likely questioning a lot at the moment.
And once they get some clues to “who they are”, they can plan a trip to some of the global regions that they're “from”.Buy this, click here.
3. Sponsor their blog/website.
One of my favorite ideas. A blog or website is a great way for them to stay productive, hone their passions, and it's just fun!
It's also a great asset for job hunting, which they likely be doing a lot of at this point. They can host their resume, reference, and portfolio of work on their website. It goes a long way in an interview, I guarantee it.
You can pay to host their website with companies like Big Scoots for 1, 3 or even 5 years. You pay cheap costs to have a domain name like mine, www.packslight.com. Once you have a web host, I suggest your grad use WordPress to design and launch their site.Gift Ideas for the Travel-Hungry College Grad! No. 3: Help them start up their website. Click To Tweet
4. Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess
Maybe the most popular/cliche graduation gift, but a wonderful one none the less. And, it's very travel related! Oh, literally, the places you will go!
Make this a truly heartwarming gift by having each family member and friend write a personalized notes in the blank pages at the beginning and end of the book. It's much easier to keep a heartwarming card when it's a book (and they're definitely less likely to accidentally throw it away).
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5. Passport Cover
Assuming your grad has a passport (if they don't, that's the best gift! Help them order one for $135), a passport cover can be a wonderful gift. They can inspire your grad to put that passport to use, and also be very useful for protecting their information and not keeping their travel documents.
- Removable portable charger
- RFID protectant to prevent information from being scanned and stolen
- Folds for credit cards and cash, with zipper close
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These are some great ideas, not just for graduations, but also for birthdays of people who love travelling.
This is a great list! When I graduated my parents got me a beautify framed world map and pins to mark where I have traveled. Seeing the world so visually every day has inspired me to get more and more pins on it!
My college graduation trip from my parents was a three week trip to Hawaii with my then boyfriend (now husband) – they’d been planning on buying me a car, but thought I’d enjoy this more and sure enough, the memories from that trip have lasted way longer than a car would have. It’s a pricey gift, but it’s a great one! Also, I’ve never heard of number 8 but oh my goodness, I need someone in my life to buy those for!!! Great list!
I wish my parents had gotten any of these when I graduated lol! They were not exactly and still aren’t with my wanderlusting nature.
I have already graduated but can someone get me these items? I really want either the gifted trip or the underwear. Definitely a toss up.
Great gifts idea, Im’m graduating next year, hope to the one of these gifts 🙂
Great ideas! That hidden underwear things is wild, LOL. But I love how most of these are out of the box and awesome!