Even with homeschooling, you will in all likelihood have some kind of a graduation ceremony. Although it might seem less official than a high school one, it is nonetheless a celebration of exactly the same process and achievements, and you should take care to ensure that your child understands that. What to actually do as means of celebration is up to you and your child, but most people would agree that it is a great time to buy them a gift of some kind. Choosing gifts can be tough at any time, but a graduation gift might be particularly so. To give you a helping hand, let’s have a look at some of the best graduation gift ideas which you might want to consider for your homeschooled child.
A Luxury Pen
Something that is likely to be both quite well received by the child but still a sensible and thoughtful gift is a luxury pen. If you look around, you might be surprised at the kind of variety you can find in pens these days, and there are plenty of choices for luxury gift pens. These pens are a great way of expressing your pride in their educational success, while also encouraging them to stay on the path of learning and self-development. Chosen well, it is the kind of pen they will keep forever - and you can make this even more likely by simply having it engraved as well. An engraved pen is likely to go down pretty well with almost any graduating child, and you might find that it is the kind of gift that is a pleasure to give as well.
An Engraved Plaque
It is a good idea to hand your child something which indicates the process they have gone through, as well as the enormity of what they have achieved. A certificate is a good idea, but if you are looking for something a little more permanent, you might want to think more along the lines of an engraved plaque. These are cheaper and easier to get your hands on than you might think, and yet it is one of the best ways to show your child that they have genuinely achieved something wonderful. You can spend some time choosing the designs to match them individually, or you could just go for a generic plaque, but either way you will probably find that this is a really appreciated item which they will cherish for a long time.
Although it might not at first seem like the most exciting present you could give, there can be real symbolic beauty in giving a book as a gift at a time like this. The most important quality here of course is the choice of book itself. If there is a particular area in which your child excelled, or which they enjoyed hugely, you might want to buy them something they haven’t read in that area. Or you could go a completely different way, and aim to introduce them to something which they have hardly touched upon at all. Buying them a valuable book, perhaps a special edition, could be a great way to express your admiration in their keen learning skills, and it is something they are likely to appreciate too, as long as you choose the book well in the first place.
If you want instead to go for something that is a little more in the traditional line of gift-giving, you could consider giving them a piece of jewelry. Everyone loves to receive jewelry, and it is one of the single most powerful ways of successfully making out a particular period in time or part of a life to remember forever after. The right piece of jewelry can really help your child to appreciate both how sincerely you feel about them and their process, and what a huge thing the graduation actually is in and of itself. Of course, you will want to put some thought into what kind of jewelry to buy them. But whether you are looking at men’s gold chains or a woman’s wristwatch, the main thing is that you choose something with the right feeling and which you know they will genuinely appreciate for many years to come.
For particularly proud parents, one powerful option is to treat your child to a holiday. This could be a family holiday, in which everyone attends, or it might just be something for them and a friend or two. Perhaps there is a dream destination where they have always wanted to visit, or maybe you would rather surprise them with somewhere they might never have thought of at all. However you do it, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is a huge gift to give. But if you feel that it is the right gift for your child, there is also no doubt that it is the kind of gift which will always be remembered incredibly fondly, and which will genuinely make a huge difference to their lives and your relationship together from thereon.
College Or University Fund
To think for a moment about something more in the realm of practical gifts, it is of course perfectly sensible to give them money towards a college or university fund, rather than another kind of gift. This is particularly good if you happen to know for certain that they are genuinely keen about going on to further education. How much it is appreciated will depend on the child, but if they really do want to carry on with their education then you can be sure that this gift will definitely go down a treat. How much to gift in this way is entirely p to you, but it is best if it is an amount that makes a considerable difference, while also making it clear that you are proud of them for their achievements. In a sense, this is the best kind of gift you can give in this circumstance, as it is in line perfectly with the very thing that you are celebrating.
For some, clothing is the perfect option for a gift. Part of the beauty of buying clothes as a present is that there is such a lot of variation and choice. You can pretty much do whatever you want here, so you can be sure that you will end up getting what is just right for your child. In all likelihood, you know their style quite well, so you can probably trust yourself to find the right item for them in this way. What’s more, this is one of those kind of gifts that is definitely going to be appreciated by someone of their age, so you won’t need to worry about any complaints to the contrary. One fabulous item of clothing as a celebration of graduating can be a wonderful thing indeed, so this is definitely worth considering if you are thinking about buying them a gift of some kind or another.
The gift might not actually be a physical gift in itself, or even something financial. It might just be that you want to throw them a party, and that that is your gift to them. If you want to do this and you don’t want to go overboard, you can just let them know that this is to say congratulations, and perhaps give them something of a special day here. Or you could decide to go down the other route, and perhaps have some friends get together and plan the party while you get hold of another kind of gift. But the truth is that on its own a party is a great gift to receive, and probably just the kind of thing that they will want, despite what they might say to the contrary.
If you are especially proud, there is one kind of gift which you might want to consider - giving their bedroom a little once-over. Although this might not seem that exciting on the face of it, if you tell your child you are happy to completely redecorate their room in whatever way they would like, you can be sure that they will get a lot of enjoyment out of that. Allow them free reign (within reason) and let them design something a little special. This is a great gift because it remains for such a long time, and they will be constantly reminded of your pride. It might even help them to enjoy the whole period of adolescence a little more, which is certainly no bad thing. Get this right, and you could really delight them just at the right time.
Choosing gifts for any occasion can be tough. If you choose to buy gifts for your child’s graduation, consider the above first and foremost. Any of those are bound to be well appreciated, and will ensure that they know how well they have done.