Terrible Graduation Gifts…and Awesome Alternatives

By on April 18, 2013
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Terrible: A Copy of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” 


Don’t get me wrong, I love Dr Seuss just as much as the next girl, and this is certainly a sweet gesture. But I received three copies of this book when I graduated from high school, then another two or three when I graduated from college. Of course they all came with handwritten notes in the front cover, so it wasn’t like I could exchange or re-gift them (at least without being incredibly tacky).

Awesome: The Card Version

You can find the card version here. You’ll still get the same sentiments across without burdening them with one more thing to try and find space for in their new dorm room or cramped first apartment.


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  1. bob

    May 9, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    No small appliances? Really….

    A Ninja Blender or the Bullet are not good but great gifts for a recent grad. Anything that encourages going to the gym and having a protein shake is a good thing.

    And a stylish USB Drive is a good gift? Really…

    When people can’t think of anything else they buy a USB Drive. Only clueless girls looking to gain favor with a guy who absolutely doesn’t know she exists – get these type of gifts.


    May 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    The pen and jewelry (watch in my case) ring especially true.

    I’m going to sound ungrateful here, but that $80 pen and $300 watch are going to be far less useful than the $380 cash. Hell, that’s my first student loan payment right there!

  3. Nancy Reid

    April 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Always nice to have some creative ideas for gift giving!

  4. jane jakins

    April 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm


  5. Angelo Santiago

    April 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Great response

  6. Jabba's Ex

    April 30, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I like your choices except for Dr. Seuss. Surely even the most mercenary, materialistic student among us can find room to stash a tome of sage advice from Theodore Geisel! BTW, great choice on substitute for the book. I’ll leave you with this:

    You’re wrong as the deuce
    And you shouldn’t rejoice
    If you’re calling him Seuss.
    He pronounces it Soice!

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