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APRIL 9, 2012 / Legacy Project / – From college to kindergarten, millions of graduates will march single file this Spring. Graduation marks the achievement of one dream and the start of a new one. Susan Bosak, head of the national Legacy Project at www.legacyproject.org, encourages friends and family to share the dream with creative twists on the standard gift ideas.

Best Gifts for Grads from the Legacy Project

Graduation, especially from high school and college, is a major life milestone. Concrete goals, and your ability to achieve them, play a big part in your life success. The most valuable gift any graduate can receive is the support from family and friends so essential to moving forward, going after dreams, and achieving them.

"So," says Bosak, "forget the pen or briefcase. Mark the graduation milestone by giving a creative gift that speaks to the dream, that recognizes who the graduate is and where they're going."

Bosak is starting a Share the Dream initiative. Graduates can post a video sharing their dreams in the context of a creative reading of Bosak's graduation bestseller Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes.

In the same vein as the Dr. Seuss book Oh, The Places You'll Go!, Dream is a book for all ages. It's a one-of-a-kind collaboration that combines remarkable artwork from 15 top illustrators, inspiring quotations from historical sages, and a beautifully told poetic story about hopes and dreams across a lifetime. The book has won 11 national awards, including the Pinnacle Award as Best Gift Book.

Share the Dream is a way for students to look to their future while creating a legacy video of their graduating class. Students, parents, and grandparents will all enjoy viewing the video. Each graduate participates in the reading and shares their dream. Graduates can even make personalized Dream Stars for the video. The video will become a lasting keepsake, and something everyone will enjoy now and at future class reunions.

"For young children, a graduation is a chance to develop self-esteem and belief in your ability to achieve something," says Bosak. "For the high school and college grad, it's a chance to look back proudly with a sense of accomplishment and then forward with excitement toward bigger life dreams. This is your chance to share your dream!"

Bosak suggests other creative gift ideas for graduates of all ages:

  • Design a personal diploma to go with the institutional one. Use evocative phrases, favorite quotations, and family photos to illustrate the graduate's past achievements and future goals. Frame it.

  • If you decide to give money, make it meaningful. Give a sum of money accompanied with a fake $1 million bill as a wish for future riches and a financial book with practical advice on saving and investing. The money you give can also be designated for a specific purpose related to the graduate's dreams, like travel or tuition.

  • You can go high-tech by giving a laptop or tablet computer fully loaded to help graduates do the planning and research essential to achieving dreams, or an iPod with dream-themed music they can use for inspiration and motivation.

  • For young children, start a family graduation tradition. At the end of each school year, write a letter with your child about what happened during the past year, special memories, successes, and failures with lessons learned. Save all the letters and present them to your child when they graduate from high school or college.

  • Create a series of scrapbooks, each reflecting one stage of the graduate's life – infant, toddler, child, teen, and young adult. Include memories, thoughts and feelings, and photos. The last scrapbook should have your good wishes for the future on the first page, with the remaining pages left blank to represent all the possibilities ahead.

  • Put together a dream kit of items related to a graduate's dreams. If they want to travel, give a set of luggage, a compass to help them always find their way, travel books, and perhaps airline tickets or a European train pass.

  • Cut wishing stars from colored paper. Each can include a personal thought or quotation. Fill a special keepsake box or jar so that a graduate can pull out a wishing star when they need inspiration.

The best graduation gifts should encourage a graduate's dreams, with one eye on the past and the other on the future. They should have emotional value, and be useful and lasting. Many graduates may have big-ticket items in mind. Remember that meaningful is best, and that you also need to stick to what you can afford. Give what you can to help a graduate with what they need to achieve their goals.

For more creative gift ideas and details on the Share the Dream initiative, visit www.legacyproject.org. Dream by Susan V. Bosak ($17.95) is available online and in bookstores across the country.

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For more information, contact Brian Puppa, Legacy Project, by e-mail or call (905) 640-8914

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