Story Pitch: Smart Gifting Ideas for Grads As Job Opportunities Are Scarce

May is a big month for college graduations and many in your audience will be giving gifts to family members, friends, or colleagues. Since it's a tough job market, good money management skills are even more important. Instead of just slipping money in an envelope, members of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) have gift ideas that will help the grad not only in the short-term, but in the long-run too. These include purchasing:

- A one-hour time slot with certified financial planner or CPA
- A meeting with a coach on interview training
- Software to broaden international business skills
- Coffee maker, cookbook, pots and pans
- Contribution to Roth IRA

A CPA can explain how these items can benefit graduates as well as tips for paying back those student loans -- students may not be aware of a few caveats. Contact me to set up an interview with a CPA in your area.