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Graduation Gift Giving 101: The Freshman Survival Kit

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When I was a senior in high school way back in 1988 the most popular gift given and received was a check for nineteen-dollars-and-eighty-eight-cents. Get it? Our parents and our parents’ friends were very clever.

And while, yes, getting a check in any amount was most appreciated and spent almost immediately (probably on beer and pizza), I wish someone had thought of giving me something I really could have used; although I didn’t know I needed it at the time.

I have a daughter graduating from high school this year and I know what she needs. It’s not money for beer and pizza.

This year my graduate and her close friends are getting from me: A Survival Kit

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The kit is comprised of two plastic stacking compartments that snap together. The top lid has a nifty handle. You can take this baby anywhere!

Here’s what I included inside:

In the bottom bin there is…

*A travel laundry bag
*A lint roller
*Static Guard
*Tide to-go stain removal pen
*A pair of scissors
*Sharpie markers
*Clear tape
*Plastic wall hooks
*A package of index cards

The top bin holds…

*Cotton balls
*Cotton swabs
*A box of safety pins
*A first aid kit
*Travel size toothpaste
*Travel size mouthwash
*A nail trim kit
*Travel size deodorant
*A package of hair ties
*Sunscreen
*Eye drops

I bought everything at Target and each complete kit cost me $55.88.

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