It’s that time of the year again when caps and gowns abound, speeches inspire, and a whole new crew of grads get ready to take on their dreams. Amidst all of the parties and celebrations, you might find yourself asking one perplexing question: What gift can prepare your grad for that next step? Enter our Panda Planner Graduation Gift Guide. We’re breaking down our best planners for every grad so you can support their future success — and happiness too.
Let’s get started.
Panda Planner’s Graduation Gift Guide
Before we get going, we should point out that our planners work for everyone, regardless of your grad’s area of study. So don’t get too stuck if their majors aren’t featured. Think creatively about their dreams and goals, and make the choice that best fits their future.
Venture is the type of tool that means business and for good reason — it’s meant for those starting and running their own. With in-depth quarterly planning, goal-setting, and troubleshooting, Venture guides your grad through the business-development process. Even better? It does way more than focus on the business; it focuses on the business owner, too, with built-in ways to prevent burnout, increase joy, and find balance.
If your grad has entrepreneurial dreams, this is the tool they need to make them happen.
We partnered with VIA Institute on Character to create a planner like no other: A strengths-based, science-backed system designed to increase resilience, decrease stress, and optimize what your grad brings to the table. Based on the VIA Character Strengths survey, Panda Planner VIA first helps users to identify the strengths that make them unique. And then helps them tap into those strengths and use them in their personal and professional lives.
The result? Increased confidence and better resilience to handle the challenges the world will throw at them. Great for grads looking to pursue careers as therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and more.
The liberal arts majors take all of the heat (…not speaking from experience or anything). But they did learn critical reasoning and thinking skills that can easily translate into real-world experience. It helps to have a system for keeping their productivity high, stress low, and happiness soaring. Especially on days when they tire of the “What are you going to do with that degree?” question.
That’s why the Panda Planner Classic is the perfect gift for them. No matter where they take their degree, they’ll need to prioritize their to-dos, create a critical work-life balance, and take charge of the things and people that bring them joy. And that’s exactly what our Classics train people to do. With exercises that help users develop a habit of positivity, your grad will take on their next step with the right perspective.
Your education major has to be organized or their curriculum won’t run the way it’s supposed to. That’s where the Panda Planner Weekly comes in. Our weekly format lets your grad see the big picture and plan for it too. By viewing and scheduling the week, month, quarter, and semester at a glance, things like lesson planning and exam scheduling are a breeze. So your grad can be the educator they always dreamed of while keeping track of their personal commitments, hobbies, relationships, and more.
It’s the perfect gift for the grad who needs to see their schedule from a bigger perspective.
When it comes to a group of grads who require meticulous planning, there’s no one quite like the science majors. From hours in the lab to the timing of experiments, they understand the importance of sticking to a schedule. In light of this, Panda Planner Pro is the tool they need to keep things running smoothly and efficiently.
The differences between the Pro and the Classic come down to size and duration. The Pro is bigger than the Classic, which means there’s extra space for tracking meetings, results, interviews, and presentations, and the Pro also lasts for six months, instead of three. So your grad can keep their records in one spot for half the year as they plot their next professional and personal moves.
And don’t worry, the Pro also comes with all of the happiness and productivity-boosting benefits as the Classic. So even serious scientists can enjoy their lives a little more.
To sum it all up…
Your grad deserves a gift as hard-working and successful as they are. That’s why Panda Planner is the perfect fit. Because stepping into the post-grad world can be scary, especially as the lines between work and life are blurring more every day and free time seems like a luxury none of us can afford. So give them the gift of balance this year. And empower them to build a vibrant, joyful life. After all, it’s the only one they’ve got.
Your turn: What would you add to our graduation gift guide? Tell us more in the comments.
For more grad gift options, check out our list of the best productivity planners.
Author: Chelsey Taylor
Chelsey likes words, especially adjectives, and has been perfecting her perfectionism since infancy. She’s an endorphin-gatherer, top-knot connoisseur, and content manager at Panda Planner.