As graduation season gets underway, here are a few ideas for cards and gifts to honor and celebrate this milestone in a student’s life:
The National Braille Press (NBP) bookstore provides titles for readers of all ages. Books about computers and technology abound, including such topics as Audio Description: What It Is, Where to Find It, and How to Use It, Dating in the Digital Age, Format Your Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA, and much more. For the graduate interested in nutrition or practical recipes, consider 121 Good-Eating Tips, Cooking Light: Make-Ahead Recipes, or Fast and Fresh Main Courses (Healthy Recipes) – to name a few of the items available. NBP’s catalog also includes jewelry, braille magnets, and other gift ideas. For the complete inventory and pricing, visit the National Braille Press listing of All Books and Products.
Another source, the Braille Superstore, offers cards, books, and novel gifts. Graduation greetings in 12 different card designs featuring such themes as “Victory Won,” “Reach for the Stars,” and “World is Waiting,” are available for $7.95 each, with options for customized words and graphics. For gift ideas, they have novelties like mugs, wristbands, bookmarks, and magnets. Books for all ages can also be found in braille or audio formats. Their “ever-expanding collection of books for adults” now includes Star Trek titles, best-selling authors like Danielle Steel and John Grisham, and classics authors like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. To find out what is available, visit the Braille Superstore web pages for braille graduation cards here; braille gifts here; and books here.
One more card option is the Quilled Braille “Congrats Grad” card. Their greetings are handcrafted by deaf artisans who use the paper art form of quilling. An “artistic interpretation of braille,” made up of colorful strips of paper tightly coiled and set up, this card includes an accompanying printed translation and features a grad cap and diploma. Each card is $12 plus postage. For details, visit the web page for the Quilled Braille “Congrats Grad” Card.
Braille and tactile cards and gifts are also available through Etsy from a variety of suppliers. Cards include standard messages like “Congratulations on your graduation!” in print and braille as well as opportunities for customization. Pricing for each card ranges from about $5 to $11. Braille-embossed necklaces and other jewelry, key chains, t-shirts, and artwork are among their gift options. For details and pricing from Etsy vendors, visit their page on Braille Graduation listings.
Then there are cards and gifts that can be purchased from Amazon. For information and pricing on braille and tactile cards, visit their listings for braille graduation cards. Braille necklaces, keychains, and assorted jewelry, shirts and other apparel, games like Uno and other gifts ideas can be found on the Amazon.com: braille gifts page.
Congratulations to the Class of 2022!