But how imaginative is that? When you want to include a thoughtful little something for the graduate, consider a book that won't feel like another assignment, but that will engage the graduate's gray matter.
Here, three suggestions. Got other ideas? Share them in the comments or on my Facebook page!
Great book for any female graduate, public health or medical school graduate: The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks(Yes I know it's a new HBO movie. Yes of course the book is better. Also, remember - should said grad be celebrating with a little getaway, she'll incur no data charges when reading an actual book.)
Perfect gift for the grad with an entrepreneurial bent, but without a plan: Life is Good - The BookAn excellent pick for either a high school or college grad - and under $20!
Excellent idea for a college grad with an interest in plants and biology: The Cabaret of PlantsLots of big words, even more fascinating info. Note: not for the kid who had to repeat biochem.
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Consider this your friendly reminder: 'tis the season to stock up on graduation cards, money and/or gift cards, and thoughtful gifts -- that are easy to wrap and make you look smart. Books might even help the graduate find his or her way to health, happiness, enlightenment, or at least, a job.
If that sounds a bit unlikely, remember - books are easy to wrap.
Enjoy graduation season!