With graduation around the corner, graduation gifts can be an opportunity to make lifetime memories. Here are a few thoughts:

 

Family vacation


This might be the summer to take a last, memorable family vacation. Both Allegany and Letchworth State parks offer acres of natural beauty. While primitive and RV camping is available, both parks also offer cabins. To find park information visit www.reserveamerica.com.

Jewelry


Necklaces, cameos, rings, broaches and watches are commonly passed down from generation to generation and will give a graduate a constant reminder of family. However, silver and gold may tarnish and while jewelers can clean old jewelry, there are also products in the home to do the trick — Alka-Seltzer and baking soda. For information, go to http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/12-home-products-for-cleaning-jewelry/.

Savings bonds


Savings bonds are an affordable and safe way for individuals to save money and can be purchased for as little as $25. Bonds earn interest for up to 30 years, but can be cashed in after one year for the face value and interest. With bonds, graduates can save for student loan bills or a rainy day. For more information go to www.treasurydirect.gov.

 

Prepaid credit cards


Prepaid credit cards are a useful way to teach young adults how to manage money and save without incurring credit card debt. A set amount of money can be put on the card, and more may be reloaded when the original amount is depleted. For more information on prepaid credit cards, visit http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/help/9-things-you-need-to-know-about-prepaid-cards-6000.php.

 

Photo album


While most photos and memories have gone digital, a photo album can still be a much-treasured item for graduates. Parents can make an album of all the photos they have — from baby pictures, kindergarten graduations all the way to proms and 18th birthdays. These albums can be taken anywhere new graduates go to remind them of home and family. Be sure to save pages for new memories.