High School Graduation Gift

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  1. sren

    sren New Member

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    My boyfriend is attending the naval academy, and I'm not sure what to get him for his high school graduation gift. Any suggestions from current students or other girlfriends? What are they allowed to take? He told me it was pretty limited. I want to get something special but useful. thanks!
     
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    If you use the search function and look for "gifts" there are some recent threads with some good ideas. I think a watch would be a nice and useful gift. It seems like most young folks don't wear watches any more instead relying on their cell phones to tell time.
     
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    If you want him to keep you in his heart and you're religious a pendant and chain might be nice. I'm guessing they let them wear them as long as they are hidden.

    Not much else is allowed during the summer.

    How about a box of envelopes addressed to him with a promise to write one each day.

    A picture of the two of you.

    A watch is nice but 1) he probably won't get to wear it during plebe summer, and 2) don't make it an expensive one - he'll surely break it during his first year regardless.

    Mostly what he needs is your assurance that you're pulling for him, that you're there no matter what, that he can talk with you and you'll encourage him to press on no matter how down he might get. That's what he needs...
     
  4. singaporemom

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    My son's girlfriend gave him a silver cross on a slightly longer sturdier chain than usual. Needs to be hidden under t-shirt. That was pretty much the only thing they allowed him to keep. If this is an appropriate gift, find one that is one solid piece, not two pieces soldered together. Also, invest in a spare chain....you may need to send it to him later!

    Collect all friends and family mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses and put in a small/pocket sized address book. Mail this to him with your first letter.

    Promise to mail him letters regularly. They do have a small corkboard that they can pin personal items, such as pics. Throughout Plebe Summer, GF sent small laminated pics of them together. Most were silly, happy pics that would give him a smile rather than a tug at the heart. Handwritten letters will be treasured, so keep them coming....and keep the positive!

    Your best gift will be a great big smile and hug when he leaves. Let him know how proud you are of him and give him absolutely no reason to worry about you while he's going through the toughest summer that he's experienced...so far.

    And..FYI...they are still together, the best of friends, and truly supportive of each other. This summer they will be trekking through China....If their relationship can survive Plebe year and a roughing it trip through China I think there is hope for them!
     
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    jumprope_11 USNA 2015

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    I would just like to say kudos to the OP, sren. If you are taking the time to join this forum and do research for your future mid, you must be a great girlfriend!!! Good luck finding the perfect gift idea.
     
  6. sren

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    thanks for the suggestions! I'm thinking a pen with his engraved that he can use to write letters with. singaporemom, I'm happy to hear about your son and girlfriend! I've heard it is really hard for couples to stay together. and the laminated pictures are a good idea, I will keep that in mind.:smile:
     
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    sren, be supportive, positive, and kind. But also you enjoy your year, especially if you are going off to college too. Keep your facebook clean of pics that might cause him concern, pay attention to your own studies and grow over the year as he will also. share with him what you are experiencing too, what you are learning, because he is not the only one doing exciting stuff! and remember every couple of months gets a tiny bit better for him. Phone calls, internet, skype...all starts inching their way back into his life.

    GF is going to USNA for graduation week, since her cousin is graduating. I'm heading up for herndon climb and PLEBE NO MORE. Can't wait to take the two of them out to dinner. you'll be fine, you are starting out on with the right foundation.
     

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