Think back. Think waaayyyyy back. Remember the month of May, right before graduation? You were both exhausted and excited all at once. Fumbling with that awkward Masters hood (really, who invented that. WHO. Call me–we need to talk) Maybe you had a job lined up, maybe you (still) had no clue what you wanted to do.
Now that we’ve crossed to “the other side” of that season of our lives, you and I get to welcome other awesome graduates into our profession. Whether it’s an friend, student intern, or your own relative graduating and joining our profession this year, here’s a list of great gifts for a new grad that’s sure to fit any budget.
Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Certificate
We all remember starting out with NOTHING-no materials, no resources, nada. TPT giftcards range from $5-$500 and let your new grad pick what they want!
Like a TPT gift card, an iTunes gift card lets your grad pick her prize. Music, therapy apps, or everything inbetween, this gift is always a hit!
Alex & Ani Bracelet
Alex & Ani bangle bracelets are a current fashion trend and make a great gift for your classy graduate! These two charms, the apple and the hadn in hand, lean most towards our profession.
I loved few things more than my tote bag my first year working (and I still do!) You can find these multiple places , but this is the one I used my CF year when I worked in 3 schools and it was great. Note: my bag now is
much somewhat smaller .
Peachie Speechie Apparel
Meredith at the Peachie Speechie makes some of the cutest SLP swag around. Anything with the title “SLP” on it is sure to be a hit! (These are two of my personal favs)
Again, anything with your lovely grad’s brand new title is sure to be a winning gift. Also, can you tell me one SLP setting that you can’t use a good clipboard? Lots of these are available on websites such as Etsy.
It sounds ridiculous to say, but I’m not sure how I survived before my laminator and printer. They save me so much time and effort! The laminator can be found on Amazon or at your local Wal-mart, office supply store, etc. Same goes for the printer, although it’s a big higher price point. If you get a printer, grab an HP printer with Instant Ink! You’ll be the best gift giver of all time. Promise.
But really. Anything that has to do with coffee, smells like coffee, has ever been around coffee is a great gift.
See my notes on coffee, and then change the word to “pen”. Again–they’re perfect for every setting, and there’s nothing worse than needing to take data with a dried out, crummy pen! These are my current favs–check them out here and here
I love this gift! It makes perfect work or home office decor, and is just nerdy enough to make any brand-new SLP’s heart pitter-patter.
What great gift did you get when you became an SLP, or what have you given that’s been a big hit? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!