People this time of year often ask for suggestions for graduating senior gifts. I lean toward a great book by default – early in youth ministry we would give a really nice leather Bible to our seniors. That became a very meaningful tradition to seniors. It may be awesome if you could get a specific book for each person who is graduating your ministry. No matter what you decide to give them – make sure it is personal – write a note in the front cover, drop a note in the middle of the book with a Starbucks giftcard, tell them the story of why you chose this book for them. Here are a few suggestions that may be good for one or all of your seniors:
Case for Christ – help your graduates hold onto their faith after high school. Maybe even get this book now for everyone and do a 5-week study on it as they end their time in your youth ministry. Get them grounded in their faith.
99 Thoughts for College Age People – Chuck Bomar takes on 99 simple short thoughts to help a student transition from high school to college. Quick read, funny, nice little gift.
Make College Count – this is a new book this year that looks solid – college is a time where you develop into the person you will be for the rest of your life and Make College Count will help your students figure out that crucial time.
So most importantly … what would you suggest to give your seniors this year?