Online registries aren't just for newlyweds anymore.
According to a recent article in USA Today, high school grads are turning to online registries as a way to streamline gift giving from well wishers. Though cold-hard cash is still a highly desirable gift, online registries give students the opportunity to request items they really need so guests can give a more meaningful gift.
If this idea sparked your interest, here are five online registries high school students should consider for their upcoming graduation celebration.
Once the euphoria of high school graduation simmers, the reality of college living sets in and every student needs the right supplies. DormCo offers well wishers an opportunity to purchase dorm-room necessities to help the new student feel comfortable in her noisy abode.
Giving cash is all well and good, but who's to say it'll be spent wisely? By creating a gift registry with CardAvenue, your grad can register for gift cards to restaurants, supermarkets, department stores and even gas stations to better tailor their cash requests to actual needs. The service is free for both registrants and guests.
MyRegistry is a universal gift registry that allows users to request items from any store in the world and collects their selections into one convenient registry. There's no cost associated with establishing a registry, though the option to register for cash does come with a few fees.
For the budding philanthropist, JustGive.org offers gift givers an opportunity to contribute tax-deductible funds to a charity or charities of the registrant's choice. This is a heartwarming alternative to cash and gifts, however it does come with transaction fees.
5. Store Registries
In addition to the plethora of online options, some students will go the old-fashioned route and simply register for desired gifts from department stores. Places like Kohl's, Target, Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond are practical choices that offer many useful items to help the new grad prepare for the future.
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