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6 Gifts for Graduates That are Better Than Money

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6 Gifts for Graduates That are Better Than Money


Erin Davis

| erindavis.org
| Monday, May 9, 2022

6 Gifts for Graduates That are Better Than Money

This is the time to turn tassels. Your family may be like ours and there are many graduation parties and ceremonies to look forward to. This time of the year offers a unique and exciting opportunity to make a difference in this generation’s lives with God’s truth (Titus 2:5-5). Graduates in all spheres are eager to discover purpose and their identity, so they’re at crossroads. We don’t have to offer platitudes or “Atta Boys/Girls”, we should seize the moment and raise up Truth.

Here are some ideas for how to bless the graduate in your world by giving gifts that matter.

Most graduates might initially disagree, but it’s been long enough since my own graduations for me to realize that there are many gifts more important than money. These gift ideas will help you to do more than just celebrate your graduation. They also allow you to give the legacy of faith to future generations. They need more than cute dorm decorations. They also require resources that will keep them grounded and grounded in God’s Word. These are some of my favorite resources from years spent in college and student ministry.

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  • 1. Books

    1. Books

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    Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung. This book is a wonderful gift idea for graduates. Kevin DeYoung, the author offers biblical and practical guidelines to help you make your decisions. It is liberating to be free from the need for God’s guidance in every decision through cosmic confirmations.

    “Jesus does not want us to worry about the future,” DeYoung writes. God knows exactly what you need to live. We will all die when He desires us to. We will continue to live as long as God wants. We will have food and drink until we die. He will give us housing, employment, and jobs. Worrying and fretting and obsessing about the future, even if it is a pseudo-holy worry that attempts to discern the will of God, will not add one single hour to your life, and it will certainly not add any happiness or holiness either.”

    The proud members of the Class of 2017 (and 2018, and 2019 …) need the wise and practical reminders in this book.

    Other suggestions are Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem, This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years, The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics and The Complete Chronicles of Narnia.

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  • 2. Bibles

    2. Bibles

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    Since there is no better source of wisdom or knowledge than God’s Words, Bibles are the ideal graduation gifts. Here are two of my favorites to give away:

    The She Reads Truth Bible. You are likely to know young ladies who love SheReadsTruth.com. This ministry has a simple goal: To see all women read the Word of God each day. Just in time to graduate, the She Reads Truth Bible has arrived. It is beautiful and pledges uncompromising loyalty to Scripture. This resource will help your student become an even better learner of God’s Word. It includes key verses and reading plans, as well as charts and maps.

    The ESV Study Bible and ESV Single Column Journaling Bible. These Bibles are for your graduate to keep forever. You will find a lot of cross-references and notes in the ESV Study Bible. You can also annotate in the journaling bible. They make lovely gifts, and can bring about beautiful transformations in the hearts of those who open them.

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  • 3. Studies

    3. Studies

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    Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. This study was given to me by my mentor when I was a high school graduate. He challenged me to use it as an aid in my transition to college life. As a new independent student, I needed to make a decision about whether to use my wings for rebellion or righteousness. Although it seems easy now, the decision was not always so simple. My college campus was my first memory. I vividly remember laying out a blanket and getting into the study. It would be great to see the graduate of your school doing exactly the same.

    Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom. This 12-week study has had a profound impact on my life and the lives of many others I know. This study is like a spiritual bootcamp. It covers topics such as humility, honesty and repentance. It will leave graduates with a deep understanding of God’s Word, and a better ability to react to life with an eternal outlook.

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  • 4. A compass

    4. A compass

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    A favorite graduation gift we love to give away is a nice compass inscribed with Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” It’s a practical and beautiful reminder to point our hearts and lives toward Jesus and simply follow where he leads us, and would be an especially good gift for a student who loves the outdoors.

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  • 5. A board game

    5. A board game

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    Settlers Of Catan is my favorite board game, however there are other good options. Although it would be difficult to discover a deep spiritual meaning for this gift, I recommend it. It is a favourite in our home, as well as being a popular game for students and dorms. In the coming months, your graduate will make new friends. You’ll let them know you are praying for new friends who enjoy playing board games and have godly iron-sharpening iron.

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  • 6. The best gift of all

    6. The best gift of all

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    Of course, gifts are best when they’re not wrapped. These gifts are what your graduate really needs. Your graduate should model the kind of life they want. Loving God and loving others is the best way to live. You have a high chance that your graduates will follow you. Pray like crazy. You won’t be surprised by the stats about the church and young people. You probably already realize that there are reasons to be concerned. There is great reason to be optimistic. God has designed faith to pass down the generations. God is equipping his next generation with the skills to love, lead, serve, and make disciples. We must do all we can to help them find Jesus.

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    Slideshow adapted from the article “A Gift Guide for Graduates” by Erin Davis. Copyright ERLC. Use with permission

    Publication date: May 31, 2017

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