This is such a touching, poignant personalized gift that we thought it deserved a separate article and not be dumped into a lengthy list of great graduation presents.
Select from among your graduate’s most favorite books (you can include a few from childhood), and send in photos of their spines. Jane Mount will create an original painting of the chosen books on a bookshelf. If you don’t have the books, for a fee she will find them for you and take photos to use for the painting.
An 8” x 10” painting of up to 7 books is $275. Framing is not included.
An 8.5″ x 11” of up to 10 books is $330, an 9” x 12” of up to 15 books is $395 and a 10” x 11” of up to 21 books is $465. Framing is not included.
You can also browse 44 prints she has made of book selections. Maybe one will be absolutely perfect for your graduate. The signed prints are $28.00 each. And for all of those thank-you notes, there are note cards available,
See this ASE article for more graduation gift ideas; http://www.asharpeye.com/2010/03/the-tassels-worth-the-hassle/