Looking for the perfect graduation gift?
Consider: It’s time for all these kids to become legit, high school or college graduates. I’m not sure if these graduates are ready to be “out there.” Graduating is a milestone and an accomplishment, for sure. But with today’s helicopter parents writing papers for their kids and negotiating grades with their teachers I can’t help but feel like the class of ’13 still has a lot to learn.
So help a grad out. Give them an inspiring, informative book for graduation. And put some cash in it—It’s tough out there in the real world.
Books to Give Your Graduate 1 of 11
Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss 2 of 11
Nothing like classic advice from Dr. Seuss to send a young adult off into the world. It's like giving them a security blanket to take with them wherever they go. Oh, imagine the places!
What Should I Do With My Life by Po Bronson 3 of 11
Po Bronson interviews people who have finally answered this question. It's kind of a biggie. It's probably time for your graduate to give it some thought.
The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker 4 of 11
There's nothing like giving someone the gift of fear! It's hard to teach common sense, but this book does. Gavin de Becker explains the kinds of things to worry about and avoid (stalkers) and encourages people to trust their instincts.
Debt-Proof Living by Mary Hunt 5 of 11
This book is not sexy or on-trend. It simply explains exactly how to live within your means and it should be required reading for anyone fresh out of school.
Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson 6 of 11
In case they weren't listening when you taught them how to make a bed, Cheryl Mendelson provides an exhaustive guide for caring for things in your home/apartment/basement bedroom.
Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler 7 of 11
This book gives you "tools for talking when stakes are high." It teaches you how to talk to people, resolve conflict, and negotiate without losing your temper—in case you fell asleep during that class.
My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force and Jane Mount 8 of 11
This inspiring, beautifully-illustrated book lets you take a peak at the shelves of artists, designers, and thinkers. They tell you about their favorite influential books. Then you can read them yourself!
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 9 of 11
This book provides a practical approach to happiness. Why not engineer your life in such a way that it makes you happy? Gretchen Rubin takes note of little details that make her feel good and incorporates them into her life every day.
America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook. 10 of 11
This cookbook is invaluable. It tells you what to splurge on and how to stock your pantry. Every recipe is tried and true. Young adults have to learn to cook sometime. Any of the books in this series would be great for someone just starting out.
Dancers Among Us by 11 of 11
This stunning photography book depicts dancers performing ordinary tasks such as crossing the street. Even if your grad never took a dance class, this book reminds us to look for the lovely in a world of mundane. Good luck grads!