“Always remember you matter, you’re important and you are loved, and you bring to this world things no one else can.” — Charlie Mackesy, author, the Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
It’s graduation season, and it can be hard to find a gift that feels right. No matter who the gift is for – a neighbor you’ve watched grow up, a co-workers son, or even your own child –you want the right mix of practical and sentimental.
A graduation gift that shows you care and put some thought into it.
We believe the best gifts are the ones that come from the heart, but also addresses what the recipient’s wants and needs.
Why a book can be a great graduation gift
While money is an entirely practical gift to give a young adult venturing out into the world, it can feel a little cold just to give cold, hard cash. However, a graduation present of money AND a thoughtful gift feels perfect.
A meaningful book with some money inside can be the right combination of personalization and practicality that any graduate would love. (Pro tip: one of our friends suggested paper clipping cash to certain pages of a book that were meaningful to you. We love that idea!)
Related: Graduation Gifts: 20 Of The Best Ever Books To Give High School Graduates
Why we think The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is the perfect graduation book
Written in 2019 by the talented British illustrator, artist, and author Charlie Mackesy, the book was an instant success and has been a #1 New York Times bestseller. The book has been translated into over 45 languages and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
When a teen or young adult reaches a milestone such as graduation it can be tempting to offer them all sorts of advice, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your own child growing up. While the desire to share wisdom is well-intentioned, it may fall on deaf ears.
This book offers up all sorts of life lessons!
The story follows a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox, and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship, and love.
The shared adventures and meaningful conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that connect with readers of all ages. While not a true narrative, the book is great for inspiration, meditation, or celebration.
It has a gentleness that is comforting in uncertain times and is easy to read. You can pick the book up and on any page find some sage advice and encouragement.
The author is also an artist, and the book contains 100 charming illustrations.It is sure to provide some inspiration and encouragement as graduates embark on new adventures.
5 of Our Favorite Quotes from The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
1. “I’m enough as I am.” — Boy
2. “Love doesn’t need you to be extraordinary.” — Mole
3. “Sometimes I think you believe in me more than I do.” — Boy
4. “Doing nothing with friends is never doing nothing, is it?” — Boy
5. “What is the bravest thing you’ve ever said? asked the boy. ‘Help,’ said the horse. ‘Asking for help isn’t giving up,’ said the horse. ‘It’s refusing to give up.
Books Make Great Gifts
Books, in general, make for great gifts for high school or college graduates. They are a nice way to pass along some advice or encouragement without bombarding the grad. They can refer back to a book or pick it up when they need a little boost.
The book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse tops our list of heartfelt giftable books because it offers timeless wisdom. It is also available as an audiobook, and as an animated story, so there’s a format for everyone.
Looking for a few more favorites to gift the graduate in your life?
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College (Essential College Life Survival Guide and Graduation Gift for Students, Banned Book)Carpe Every Diem: The Best Graduation Advice from More Than 100 Commencement Speeches : A Graduation BookSeuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their WayIf God Gave Your Graduation Speech: Unforgettable Words of Wisdom from the One Who Knows Everything About You (Inspired Gifts Series)Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the WorldThe Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing WorldExcellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I’d Known EarlierAssume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You’ll Never HearCongratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness
Do you have a high school graduate and feeling a little uneasy about it? We’ve put together a five-day email series with some of our favorite articles from parents and experts, and we’re also including ways to celebrate your graduates—everything from party ideas and gifts to announcements and quotes! Join here!
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