Going back to 4th edition, one of my play groups has build up a house rule for a system of determining gifts a newly gauntleted Magus might receive before they embark to found a new covenant.
With that said, we have found it is something that has been useful in games in which all of the Magi are coming together to form a new covenant. The normal small gifts such as writing implements are not included on the list, since they are assumed to be given to all graduates even ones not leaving to found a new covenant.
New Magi receive points of gifts when they pass their gauntlet, to welcome them into the brotherhood of the Order and help them begin their life as a Magus. These points are spent using a pyramid scale. Optionally they might also receive points of special gifts, which may only be used in category they have spent gift points in. What is gained from special gifts is added to what is received from normal gifts.
The default totals are 7 points of Gifts and 1 point of Special Gifts.
Personnel (Grogs, Specialist)
Wealth (Silver, Equipment)
Magic (Vis, Enchantments)
Writings (Books, Lab Text)
[Special Gift is 1x well equipped Shield Grog and 1x Specialist, both with close ties to the Magus such as family or childhood best friend]
|0||1x Shield Grog||No Specialist|
|1||2x Shield Grog||1x Specialist|
|2||5x Shield Grog||3x Specialist|
|3||10x Shield Grog||6x Specialist|
[Special Gift is 15 lbs Silver (normally in the form jewelry), Excellent +1 Clothing and 1x Excellent +2 Item]
|0||5 lb Silver, Lock Box||Standard Equipment, Cart w/ Horse|
|1||15 lbs Silver, Lock Box||1x Excellent +1 Item, Small Wagon w/ Horses|
|2||30 lbs Silver, Lock Box||3x Excellent +1 Item, Wagon w/ Horses, Riding Horse|
|3||50 lbs Silver, Lock Box||6x Excellent +1 Item, Wagon w/ Horses, 2x Riding Horse|
[Special Gift is 5x Pawn Vis and a single enchanted item (Up to level 30)]
|0||1x Pawn Vis||No Enchantments|
|1||5x Pawn Vis||30 levels single use items (Max 10 level)|
|2||15x Pawn Vis||50 levels single use items (Max 20 level)|
|3||30x Pawn Vis||75 levels single use items (Max 30 level)|
[Special Gift is 1x Summa (35 total)]
|0||No books||1 Lab Text (up to level 20)|
|1||1x Summa (26 total)||50 levels of Lab Text (Tablets take Double)|
|2||2x Summa (26 and 28 total)||150 levels of Lab Text (Tablets take Double)|
|3||3x Summa (26, 28, and 30 total)||300 levels of Lab Text (Tablets take Double)|