A friend of mine recently posted in one of our collaboration groups, looking for suggestions of gifts for their seniors upon graduation from high school. A great conversation ensued not only about items to give, but about graduation season in general.
Just because a young person is graduating out of high school doesn’t mean they are graduating out of the life of your church or ministry. Now that a young person has wrapped high school, you may feel as though your role as a youth minister is completed – you’ve gotten another class of young people through graduation after all! The gifts you have poured into your youth will continue to bear fruit for years to come. Therefore, the specific gifts you give them to celebrate their graduation from high school shouldn’t focus the end of a journey, or the end of this time in their lives. Instead, the gifts you give at graduation should remind them that they will continue to be loved and cared for by your congregation no matter what life holds in store for them!
A youth’s desire to learn more about faith, and needs from God will change as they transition into young adulthood. The gifts you choose to give in this season should serve as reminders that your youth still have a collection of people that will care for them as brothers and sisters in Christ. That being said, here’s 7 great ideas for gifts this year.
ConGRADulations Music + Media Gift from interlinc
Less than $10, 21 songs, devotional book, and ‘personizable’ for your youth group. Help your message stay in your new graduate’s ears! Plus, you can pair it with a Bible for around $15.
Water bottles with church/youth group logo
College campuses get more and more into sustainability each year, and water bottles are a must have. Why not have it be yours?
Congregation Care Package
Have members of your congregation ‘adopt’ a graduating youth. Then they create a ‘care package’ and deliver it to the new graduate. Could include school supplies, coffee or shopping gift cards, home baked goodies, soap, shampoo – all those necessities!
Graduating Class Cross
Try to get a group price on matching crosses for all of your graduates for the year. Get crafty and paint names, nicknames, graduation year, etc on them. Keep one of the crosses with each graduate’s name on them in your youth space. Gift the other crosses to the graduates to bring to college, or their other new living space.
Monogrammed bath towel or flip flops
Stick with me on this one, a little weird of a thought at first – but showers after you’re not living at home any more don’t get cleaned that often. A good pair of flip flops and a towel they’ll use everyday will be great helps. Remember your baptism and be thankful!
Doing laundry is a must, and a chore. Having a decent laundry bag to haul the dirties and turn them into cleanies will be an item in constant use. Think of just how awesome God is, that no matter how dirty something is it can be cleaned!
Have a volunteer pour through old pictures and put together an old school collage of each graduating senior at various church events. This could even go back to childhood times if the photos exist! Leave a blank space to fill with ‘moments still to come’.
How about you? Have you gotten creative with your senior recognition gifts? Share your ideas in the comments.