Great Gifts for Graduates

The graduation party invitations are rolling in, and while cash is always welcome, here are a few of my favorite gift ideas this year:
  • Books- Goodnight Dorm Room was just published and is full of great advice for new college students. Also, check out Harlan Cohen's "The Naked Roommate" and Paula Franzese's "A Short Happy Guide to Being a College Student". And for the parents of those graduates...The Goodbye Year.
  • Games- Board games like Loaded Questions, Scattergories, SmartAss, Pictionary and Catch Phrase are great ice-breakers for meeting new people.  
  • Gift Cards- A few gift cards from restaurants near
    their college helps a student get comfortable in their new neighborhood. Also consider attraction tickets for nearby venues such as theaters, mini-golf or bowling.
  • College Spiritwear- A t-shirt, sweatshirt, sweat pants, shorts, pajamas or other college apparel will be worn regularly. Kidoodles Inc has lots of personalized collegiate gifts.
  • Art for dorm walls- This Signable Wall Canvas is a great memento from home, or try some "peel and stick" art or wallpaper to personalize and beautify those cinder block walls. 
  • This Puzzle Piece Key Chain would make a sweet gift for a group of
    friends. 

Do you have any favorite gift ideas?