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When May Means Graduation, Give Gifts to Keep Them Safe

May has definitely become the month that kicks off graduation season, with both May and June seemingly full of elementary kids moving up to middle school, and middle school to high school, and then high graduates going off the college and college graduates going off to life! Oh my!

If you have friends or family moving into a next life stage—with a transition into or out of college—consider giving gifts that put safety first, because it’s an uncertain world out there. Don’t worry. It doesn’t have to be a suit of armor or anything overly pricey. There are several ways you can give the gift of safety and security with ease…

For the kids headed to college in the fall For those graduates heading off college dorms, look for gifts at DormSmart.com. They sell “dorm room essentials” and have a section of their website focused on safety and security, including both items for sale and helpful hints. (Read more about dorm safety and security here.)

For those who will be driving, consider car safety kits, or this emergency preparedness backpack kit sold by the Red Cross. Other good ideas include gift cards for car maintenance or oil changes, so they can prepare their cars for the road trips to and fro.

For the kids headed out into the world
Not all kids are headed to college. Some will be entering the military while others go straight into the workforce (an increasingly popular choice these days). And even those going off to college won’t necessarily live in a dorm, as many choose apartments instead. (If you’ve ever had dorm food or tried to sleep in a building full of immature 18-year-olds away from home for the first time, you might not blame them!)

For those new graduates who are moving into an apartment or a home of their own, an emergency preparedness kit like the one mentioned above makes a great gift. Or pull together a few basic items they probably won’t have, like flashlights and batteries and a hand-cranked radio, and make a gift basket with those. Or make a gift basket with canned good and a can opener, in case the power goes out. These can be very clever but very useful gifts, because they help prepare the new graduate for an emergency but also get them thinking about being prepared.

And of course either the car safety kit or the emergency backpack mentioned above make great gifts for your new graduate, no matter where they are headed.

More than anything else, however, make sure you talk to them about staying safe and secure. It is a scary world out there. Talk to them about intangibles like identify theft and password concerns. Be honest with them about the importance of staying safe on campus or while out at night. Prevention really is worth a pound of cure, and their schooling probably didn’t teach them how to stay safe in the first place. So now’s your chance…

Think Safety and Security When Buying Grad Gifts

Well, it’s May and graduations galore are suddenly upon us! If you’re pondering grad gifts, we—being the safety and security minded company that we are—have some suggestions for you to consider…

Those graduates will be headed off to all kinds of different adventures, so one-size-fits-all won’t work as an approach to buying gifts. But what you can do is buy gifts with a theme and a purpose, gifts that will help them transition into their next phase in life and keep them safe while they do so.

Obviously, a high school graduate heading across country for college has different needs compared to someone leaving for the Peace Corps or getting a job and setting up an apartment. Ditto for college graduates, who might be headed in any number of directions. But you know what they all do need? To be safe. And you know what all of us need? Peace of mind, knowing we’ve helped to keep them safe as they grow up and go out into the world.

With that in mind, here are a few of our top picks that can be good gifts for almost any grad:

Dorm safety
For those graduates heading off to live in a dorm for a while, DormSmart.com might be a place for buying gifts. They sell several items specifically for dorm residents plus they offer some vital advice for staying safe and secure on campus. (Read more about dorm safety and security here.)

Car safety kits
We offer suggestions for creating car safety kits here, but you can also buy ready-made ones. Both of my children, plus my mother and myself all have store-bought kits in our cars. I added an emergency supply of food and drink, but otherwise thought the kits were comprehensive enough to give me peace of mind. And this is the kind of gift any graduate of any kind who has a car can use!

Apartment safety
For those grads who will be setting up house in an apartment, safety and security should still be top of mind. An emergency preparedness kit would be a great gift, or even those kinds of safety items that younger folks might not think to have handy, like flashlights with extra batteries and hand cranked radios.

Home security
Finally, for those who have finished college and are launching careers, soon to be buying their first houses, the gift of home security is a gift that keeps on giving. Let’s face it, the income one has fresh out of college usually doesn’t allow for a lot of extras. Although for us older, established folks the monthly cost of a home security system is easily less than the cost of a dinner out, it is still out of reach for kids just getting started. So gift them with a home security system and pay the monthly fee for them. Later when they are financially doing well, they can take over the payments themselves, but at least their homes and property will be a bit safer in the meantime, while their budgets build up.

If you’re celebrating a graduate or two or more this spring, make your gift a more meaningful one by choosing safety and security as your theme. But also enjoy this time. It’s exciting to watch people of any age accomplish something meaningful and move on to the next stage of life. Celebrate and enjoy their accomplishments…and your own that got you where you are today!

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