Time to shine: the best gift ideas for students

Our children’s academic achievements are some of the most important milestones in their life. Graduation from school and university are important events and as they get older it’s nice to be able to reflect upon those special days. That’s why it’s important that parents show them how just much they value their hard work and commitment – and a gift is the perfect way to do this.

For any parents with children who are graduating from university this summer, or perhaps embarking on the important journey of beginning their university education, here are some gifts that will show them just how proud a parent you are:

1.       A watch

A watch is a classic gift to share between parents and children. It has the added benefit of being both a practical and useful gift, as well as holding symbolic significance. As a heartfelt gift, watches symbolise the important time in your child’s life – something which can perhaps be emphasised by a personalised engraving.

There are plenty of watches for sale that will suit your son or daughter’s unique personality and style. Best of all it’s also a practical item that they can use and have close to them at all times.

2.       Jewellery

Like watches, jewellery is another highly symbolic gift which they can be worn all the time. A nice idea for girls could include a locket or bracelet with the graduation dates engraved on the underside. For boys, cufflinks are a unique gift idea as our money clips or metal tankards.

3.       Driving lessons

While it’s certainly not as much of an emotional or symbolic gift as jewellery and watches, driving lessons are a practical present that will serve your children well for the rest of their lives. Any parent who has children going away to university will appreciate how much of a big step this move is in their lives and getting them prepared for this change is important.

Driving lessons will not only equip them with a life skill, it will also give them greater freedom to come home for regular visits. They are also a great way of showing your children how much value you place on their new found independence and proves that you now view them as a adult rather than a child.

4. A holiday

The weeks leading up to graduation are usually filled with exams, study and the stress of impending academic results. One of the nicest gifts you could give your child is a chance to take a break and relax at the end of it all – and there is no better way to do this than with a holiday.

A trip away doesn’t need to be expensive and it can be for as many or as few people as you like. A full family holiday is one idea or you could pay for your child and couple of their closest friends to take an independent trip abroad. If you don’t want to foot the bill for the whole holiday then you could always just donate money to your child’s own holiday fund.