When they’ve heard enough from their teachers, it’s time to check in with a doctor! Dr. Seuss, that is. This whimsical guide—for “Those Just Starting Out…And Those Already on Their Way”—is brimming with memorable and inspiring quotes for your favorite young (or young-at-heart) grad. Pulling from classics like The Cat in the Hat and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, this winsome guide has a little something for everyone.
Graduation Mad Libs
It’s common knowledge that when you _______ school, you toss your ______ into the air. Everyone loves a creative, fun-filled classic, and these diploma-worthy Mad Libs will have grads of all ages rolling in the aisles with laughter. After all the exams and papers, work out your funny bone with this ideal gift.
In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It
In this heartfelt, wise selection, the iconic Gilmore Girls actor sounds off with equal measures of wisdom and inspiration. Expanding on a speech she delivered at her hometown high school, Graham speaks directly to the sense of curiosity and ambition many grads feel, and reminds us to keep compassion close at heart and always stay grounded.
How to Win at College
Congrats, you got in! Now, how to make the most of college? This incisive book is ready with answers, whether you’re clueless about how late to study (“Never pull an all-nighter!”) or pondering bigger questions. Culling secrets from top universities, this guide presents 75 simple rules to success and how to make the most of those priceless years.
The College Dorm Survival Guide
Utilizing a blend of practical advice and inside knowledge, this guide provides a tried-and-true roadmap to tough dorm situations. Whether they’re in search of the ideal residence hall setup, coping with a mismatched roommate, or finding their way through freshman stress, it’s an ideal touchpoint to get the new grad in your life on the right track.
Tuesdays with Morrie
Proving that learning never stops—even after graduation—this touching story reveals the power of valuing a treasured mentorship, and why it’s never too late to rekindle one. As the author faces his twilight years, he connects with his college professor from decades earlier. This book provides life lessons for student and teacher, and makes a wondrous gift for grads (and professors!) of all stripes.
The Designing Your Life Workbook
In need of a jumpstart, but not sure where to start? This dynamic guide to mapping your life might help. Based on a popular Stanford course about the idea of life design, this workbook (and companion to Designing Your Life) uses a variety of interactive tools—from questions and journaling to charts and worksheets—to help you plan and realize your fullest potential.
Distilling the timeless lessons of Nelson Mandela and his lifelong journey, this book offers a primer for grads on how to live with integrity, embrace non-violence, and showcase remarkably indelible character. Concentrated into 15 essential lessons, this impassioned book will urge each grad to uplift themselves and others to the highest peaks.
50 Ways to Get a Job
Written by a career expert, this industry-tested guide presents actionable techniques you can employ during every stage of your job search, from the earliest résumé-writers to those more seasoned seekers. Marrying a blend of anecdotes, advice, and quick-step exercises, this book will help propel you to your next great stage.
Ask a Manager
This practical guide by a popular advice columnist helps recent grads navigate the professional minefield of the office. Tackling evergreen questions and issues like what to do when you catch a colleague in a lie to how to handle it when your boss isn’t quite so thrilled with your work, this wise gift will help new employees through over 200 tricky situations.
I Just Graduated ... Now What?
Sourced across fields including media, tech, fashion, business, and more, this book seeks to answer recent grads’ conundrums: choosing between a passion-driven career and a well-compensated one; how to effectively balance life, work, and friendships; and myriad other questions. With wisdom from luminaries like Anderson Cooper, Blake Mycoskie, and Gayle King, there’s something for every grad through these success stories.
101 Things I Learned in Engineering School
Thinking of post-collegiate education? Straight from an expert, this entertaining-yet-accessible book lays out the unexpected lessons learned in engineering courses everywhere. Informing, unique, and packed with real-world examples, you’ll soon learn why “buildings want to float, and cars want to fly.” And if your grad’s more curious about city planning or allured by ads, the series also offers 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School and 101 Things I Learned in Advertising School.
The Book of Joy
Asking “how do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?” might seem too big to ponder. But through that question, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu unfold lessons of value, joy, and happiness that can help everyone. From outlining the Obstacles to the Eight Pillars of Joy and weaving in their own lessons, this remarkable read will leave you reflective as you embark on your next phase of life.
Ask anyone who’s ever tossed a mortarboard in the air or celebrated in a cap and gown: when it comes to a thoughtful gift, recent graduates need a little inspiration mixed with a healthy dose of fun. Whether you’re bestowing all-ages-approved advice in the form of Dr. Seuss’s Seuss-isms!, instilling thoughtfully sage wisdom from Tuesdays with Morrie, or getting some post-grad giggles on with Graduation Mad Libs, our list has you covered for every grad, from newly minted kindergarteners to college graduates prepping to storm the working world.
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