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A graduation gift for myself (selfish thread)

QuarterMasterQuarterMaster Registered User regular
edited October 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So I graduated from high school this (last?) summer, and my parents recently approached me about a graduation gift. I hadn't really considered it much, as I was happy enough with them paying for college. And now I'm having a lot of difficulty choosing something that is really worth the investment.

We had originally discussed a bike, since I'm attending school in Portland; however, I would have absolutely no use for it until I actually move into the city, which at this point is completely up in the air. I know I will eventually, but it might not even be until next year. Now I have no idea..a watch? TV? Boxes o' Porn? :winky:

Those of you who have received a grad gift - what did you choose and why? Any suggestions? And everyone else, what would you choose if you could? Anything goes!

P.S. I believe the limit is around $300 or so.

Edit: Here are some things that I already have, just to clarify:

- Netbook, use it almost every day for/between classes and love it
- TV. However, it's old and huge (heavy) and will probably not come with me when I move out
- Xbox, which is one reason I was considering a nice LCD (maybe 32")
- A job at PSU
- Some of my own money in stocks, although not that much

I currently live in Vancouver, so I drive partway in and take public transit the rest of the way. I'm in Portland every day essentially from 9-5, which is why I wouldn't have any use for a bike at the moment. However, when I do end up moving down I won't bring my car, so it's still very tempting. A suit also seems like it might be a good idea, although I can't really think of any situation outside of a job interview that will require one.

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  • limester816limester816 Registered User
    edited October 2009
    save the money for beer

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    save the money for beer

    i couldn't agree more

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  • Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA
    edited October 2009
    If you don't want the bike, I'd probably go for a nice, small HDTV, which is pretty much a necessity in college.

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  • celandinecelandine Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    No, it isn't. You will happily forget all about TV in college.
    Stuff that you really will want:
    a good suit. Probably also a tux of your own.
    A water kettle.
    AS MANY SOCKS AS YOU CAN GET. YOU WILL LOSE SOCKS.

    But yeah, a suit becomes important.

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  • FiggyFiggy Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    If you don't want the bike, I'd probably go for a nice, small HDTV, which is pretty much a necessity in college.

    What? I didn't have a TV until third year, and that was a $99 CRT piece of shit in my bedroom.

    A bike is a good idea, since you'll eventually need it and your parents are basically fronting that very expensive investment. When you eventually want one, it's going to suck having to fork out a few hundred bucks when you're tight on cash already.

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    TV, I'm a senior, I've not had a TV, neither have most of my friends

    Who needs a TV in college

    Suit is a good idea

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  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    celandine wrote: »
    No, it isn't. You will happily forget all about TV in college.
    Stuff that you really will want:
    a good suit. Probably also a tux of your own.
    A water kettle.
    AS MANY SOCKS AS YOU CAN GET. YOU WILL LOSE SOCKS.

    But yeah, a suit becomes important.

    you won't need a TV in college, but you'll need a tuxedo? :rotate:

    I think bicycle is a great idea, especially for portland. If not that, maybe neat furniture that you could take with you?

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  • TamTam Le Buggeur Risible Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    What's the budget? I'd recommend getting a good desktop computer and a netbook if the budget is >1000 USD.

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    No one said tuxedo

    Suit

    I've had to wear my suit so many times

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  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    it says tux right in the post I quoted

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  • AlpineAlpine Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I wish I had a nice versatile suit that I can dress up for job interviews and presentations or dress down for a night on the town

    I'm a 3rd year business student, if you're a philosophy major you might not need a suit

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Dyscord wrote: »
    it says tux right in the post I quoted

    oh

    yeah who the fuck needs a tux i've never worn one in my entire life

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  • proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I wore a tux at least once a month in my past two years at college... of course, I was in band and orchestra, and that was the concert attire >.>

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  • ShogunShogun Hair long; money long; me and broke wizards we don't get along Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Seriously tell them to give you the money when you leave for Uni. You will be glad you did when your pockets are padded with some extra dough.

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  • xa52xa52 Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Bike is a good idea. Use it when you can now, use it a lot more when you move. Have you ridden a bike recently? Maybe you want to get the hang of it before you start riding every day in the city.

    If you're going to school in Portland but not living there (in the suburbs?) then I assume you'll be commuting in for some long days, staying for breaks between classes. A netbook may be useful in that situation, to work on assignments, watch hulu, read PA. There's always computer labs and libraries for that, but maybe sometimes you'd rather be outside, in a coffee shop, by yourself, etc. Also, I guess kids take notes on them these days? That may not be your style though. I think the real value is for between classes, especially if you're commuting to school.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Suit (see if you can't get an off the rack one tailored) or a netbook.
    Fuck I love my netbook and my suits.

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  • ihmmyihmmy Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    for high school grad my parents bought me luggage...






















    with a laptop inside.
    It was seriously useful when I moved out a couple months later (they lived out of town, not a horribly far drive but crazy hours of school & work = wanting to live on my own), and I even used the luggage when I went out of town to visit my grandma

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  • Ziac45Ziac45 Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I am gonna agree with those who said TV. Its nice being able to borrow some tv shows (currently first season of heroes) and watch them on the spare time. Also great to be able to get some 4 player split screen going in halo.

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  • NotYouNotYou Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    300 bucks of booze and nice liquor goes a long way toward making friends as a freshmen. I promise :)

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  • firewaterwordfirewaterword Satchitananda Pais Vasco to San FranciscoRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Without pulling my snob card out all the way, I think a good suit would be out of his price range. Something decent off of the rack -- with alterations -- might work though.

    It's been ages, but I think all I got for my HS graduation was money and dormy stuff (rollaway storage, huge towels, shit like that). If it were me, I'd go for the decent TV - I had a shitbox CRT in college and I was still one of like 3 people on my floor with a TV, which lead to many "movie nights" up in my room. Which generally led to other things, et cetera.

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  • VanityPantsVanityPants Gokai Red! Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    A suit? I have not really had an excuse to wear a suit these past three years I've been in college, honestly. There's been no occasion where a nice button-up shirt and slacks hasn't been just fine. A tux is definitely too much.

    Since this is a graduation gift, I'd say you should get something you'll really enjoy! It's a reward for doing well in high school, after all, and if you don't need it for anything practical currently, you should just pick something that you'll have fun with!

    A TV is a good idea. Some people have said there's no use for them, but I've definitely used my TV a lot -- playing games with friends, inviting people over to watch movies, a nice TV is a good thing to have around for yourself and for gatherings. $300 will buy you a good netbook, too, if you don't already have a laptop.

    I didn't get a graduation gift, but the first summer I came home I worked the whole time and got myself a nice big TV to take back with me. Haven't had any regrets about that at all!

    Like others have said, taking the cash and just having it for expenses in college isn't a bad idea, either. It's always good to have the extra cash when people want to go out and do something or if you want to buy yourself something while you're up there and cash is a little tighter.

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  • SaddlerSaddler Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    If you get a suit going into college, it might be out of style or ill-fitting by time you get out, and you might never wear it, ever.

    A TV: maybe, but you're fine without one. Your roomates might have one, and you might find that you don't care.

    Don't save it for beer money. That shit will go quicker than you ever dreamed, and you'll have nothing to show for it. Just make do like everyone else.

    A laptop is the best thing you can possibly own in college, even if its only a tiny netbook.

    A bike is your best option if you can't get a netbook, or if you already own a laptop.

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  • Dulcius_ex_asperisDulcius_ex_asperis Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I think the bike is probably the best option. I'd even say look on craigslist where you are now and in portland and see about getting a used roadbike, which may give you more bang for your buck.

    Anecdotal evidence: BF wanted a bike and got on on CL for $400, he loves it and doesn't need a car because of it (we live in Austin, TX).

    A bike will keep you in shape, get you where you need to go, and is actually a pretty good investment when compared to a car. It's cheaper to maintain, too :)

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  • celandinecelandine Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    See, it really depends on the school.
    Little school? Don't need a bike. Big school? Really need a bike.
    Where I go, you'll need a suit frequently and you'll probably be renting a tux for social events 2-3 times a year, at which point it becomes useful to buy. We are very ... dressy people.
    Of course you can get a cheap suit. It won't be the best suit money can buy, but for those occasions when "Oh shit I need a suit" you'll have a suit. I got my interview suit for about $300.

    You need a laptop but it'll be more than $300.
    I got good luggage for my graduation present. It is the most beautiful luggage in all the world. If you intend to go home a lot, luggage is good.

    I'll second the advice about booze. You have no idea how much people can drink. It will be gone in one evening.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    So far we have:

    TV
    Bike
    Cold Cash
    Luggage
    A Suit
    Laptop/Netbook (Seperate?)

    Smells like a poll thread to me!

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  • BuddiesBuddies Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I vote for the Netbook.

    Even if you already have a Notebook. A small netbook you can take notes with and look stuff up on the internet on in class will be great. I hated lugging my Notebook to class as it was heavier than most my books.


    Second Vote is for TV. A nice thing to have in a Dorm or Apartment. You will always be able to invite that girl to watch a movie after the party(even though you will only see the opening credits).

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  • DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I vote stocks.

    It will show your parents that you're forward thinking and seeing as how you didn't want a gift anyway it'd be nice to have a little emergency scratch for when you graduate.

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  • SpherickSpherick Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Have em pop that $300 in a 6 month CD and when it comes up, roll it again at (hopefully) a higher interest rate. Keep it as OH FUCK money

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  • spacerobotspacerobot Registered User
    edited October 2009
    See if you can find a cheap moped or motor scooter out there. My last year of college I had a small motor scooter, and I loved it. Not only was it great for riding to classes, but whenever I was bored I could zip around town for fun. Girls also loved it when i let them ride.

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  • Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    the only reason to have a TV is if you have a gaming system with multiple controllers or a dvd player/movies. there is no reason to actually watch TV with the TV. the problem is that a gaming system games and extra controllers will be more than 300 bucks. If you don't have a TV to bring, there is no reason to have a gaming system.

    my graduation present was cash which is a completely viable option if you can convince your parents to go for it.

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I just use my computer monitor for my xbox
    and watch all my tv on the internet
    hence
    no need for a tv

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  • SideAffectsSideAffects Registered User
    edited October 2009
    the bike is a good idea. a nice tv, suit, or watch will just get lost, destroyed, or stolen in college. maybe buy an mp3 player if you don't already have one? do you plan on working while in school? some cash for intramural sports, bar cover, or laundry money will never hurt. maybe just save it so you can buy the next-gen gaming system in a couple of years and be mr. popular.

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  • NateVaderNateVader Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I would say netbook or TV. Having a TV in your dorm leads to people hanging out in your room, which leads to instant friendships.

    I never wore a suit once to a college function, except maybe for graduation. I wouldn't get a suit.

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  • mtsmts Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    a nice bike is a good idea until it gets stolen teh second week of school

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  • QuarterMasterQuarterMaster Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Wow, thanks for all the responses everyone! There are a few things I should have put in the OP (which I will update) that I already have:

    - Netbook, use it almost every day for/between classes and love it
    - TV. However, it's old and huge (heavy) and will probably not come with me when I move out
    - Xbox, which is one reason I was considering a nice LCD (maybe 32")
    - A job at PSU
    - Some of my own money in stocks, although not that much

    I currently live in Vancouver, so I drive partway in and take public transit the rest of the way. I'm in Portland every day essentially from 9-5, which is why I wouldn't have any use for a bike at the moment. However, when I do end up moving down I won't bring my car, so it's still very tempting. A suit also seems like it might be a good idea, although I can't really think of any situation outside of a job interview that will require one.

    Sorry I didn't point some of that out sooner, but thanks for the replies so far! Keep 'em coming!

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  • PongePonge Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I just bought a (crappy) 2nd hand bike for going to university and I love it. I have a boring 30 minute walk (each way) thats been cut down to 10 minutes with the bike, and the shopping centre that I had to get a bus to is now easily accesable.

    Just remember that if you get a bike you'll also need to buy a decent lock (think around 10% of the cost of the bike), a helmet, some lights, maybe a high-visibility jacket, maybe a rear mud-guard (if it rains a lot where you are, otherwise your back is going to get wet and muddy), maybe a water bottle and holder. Theres a shit load of accesories you might need as well, so don't spend all $300 on the bike itself, think maybe $200-$250.

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  • Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Wow, thanks for all the responses everyone! There are a few things I should have put in the OP (which I will update) that I already have:

    - Netbook, use it almost every day for/between classes and love it
    - TV. However, it's old and huge (heavy) and will probably not come with me when I move out
    - Xbox, which is one reason I was considering a nice LCD (maybe 32")
    - A job at PSU
    - Some of my own money in stocks, although not that much

    I currently live in Vancouver, so I drive partway in and take public transit the rest of the way. I'm in Portland every day essentially from 9-5, which is why I wouldn't have any use for a bike at the moment. However, when I do end up moving down I won't bring my car, so it's still very tempting. A suit also seems like it might be a good idea, although I can't really think of any situation outside of a job interview that will require one.

    Sorry I didn't point some of that out sooner, but thanks for the replies so far! Keep 'em coming!

    get a TV then. not anything big though as you don;t want it to get stolen nor do you want it to get broken or be too valuable to replace.

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  • jclastjclast Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    My parents got me a nice CD player. I still use it today (been out of college for 5 years). I think, ultimately, it boils down to "what will you use?" Do you have anything to hook your 360 up to? If not I would look at small TVs/monitors. If you won't be taking a car with you to college I would not underestimate the usefulness of a bike. Hell, even if you are taking a car a bike will be good for getting to and from campus once you move into an off-campus apartment your junior year.

    I wouldn't go so far as to grab a suit if you already have decent pants and a tie. If you end up needing a suit for a job interview as a senior you won't want to be wearing something that was tailored three years ago anyway.

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  • SmurphSmurph Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    A bike is probably a good bet but only if you wind up moving out of your parents' house. If that decision is in limbo, go for something you are 100% sure you will use within the next year. A small, cheap LCD monitor with speakers can function as a full HDTV as well as a second monitor for your notebook. I would say 220ish for the monitor and 50ish for the speakers, or just find a monitor with built in speakers like this guy.

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  • QuarterMasterQuarterMaster Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I'm definitely going to be moving out, but it is in limbo as to when that will be. Hopefully as soon as possible, but it's going to depend on money and whether I can find one or two people to split an apartment with.

    I have an LCD for my computer at home, which would probably work for myself, but if I ever wanted to play split screen games/have movie nights/etc., I'd probably want something bigger.

    Right now it seems to be between the bike and the TV. There's a possibility I could ask for one of the two for Christmas, or at least split the cost. Not sure about that though.

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