Graduations are just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you get numerous graduation announcements or invitations and aren’t quite sure what do with all of them. Here are a few quick tips for maximizing your impact during this special time in a graduating teen’s life.
1) Set a limit.
Sit down and decide on a reasonable dollar amount to spend on each graduating teen and stick to it. Don’t get too carried away and break the bank. This isn’t a time to give out of obligation but a time to honor these teens for all their hard work and dedication.
2) Make it personal.
Try and find out what the teen’s plans are for after high school. If they’ve chosen a college, give a gift that bears the name of the university they’ll be attending or a gift card to the school’s bookstore. Take the time to personalize the gift instead of giving a vague, general gift.
3) Meet a need.
If they are going to be putting together a dorm room or apartment, a basket of practicals and goodies for their first place is a nice choice. If they’re attending school far away, purchase a gas card. Or a basket full of fast food gift cards is always a hit!
4) Speak a blessing.
So many times, we assume that we received the announcement or invitation for the expected response of a graduation gift. The truth is, what the grads need more than anything are your words of wisdom and encouragement. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak life into each teen. Written words are more powerful and valuable than any tangible gift they will receive. Make sure you take the time to write a personal note that includes a challenge, instead of just signing a card.
Graduation is a time to celebrate the teens and their families, and it is a time that will be a springboard for their next step in this journey called Life. Make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to maximize your influence in the life of a teen. You received an announcement or invitation on purpose, so give a gift and speak a blessing on purpose, too.