Tis the season for graduation parties!
With college graduations quickly approaching (and high school not far behind), your mailboxes are about to be flooded with graduation party invites. When I graduated, it seemed like I attended a party every night for the entire week before graduation and it is tough coming up with cute gift ideas for everyone! But to help take a little stress out of the search for the perfect grad gift, I’ve compiled a list of my favorites! So instead of rushing around town searching for gifts the day of the party, you can spend that extra time getting ready for fun nights out with your best friends.
1. Monogrammed Beach Bag
A beach trip after graduation is the perfect way to celebrate so give one of your girls a cute bag that will last them through years of beach trips. She will get tons of use out of it and she’ll love the personalized touch! This bag can be found at marleylilly.com for $29.99!
2. Photo Collage
If you’re crafty, a fun graduation gift would be to use that talent to make your friend a photo collage of some of your favorite memories. All you’d need is photos, tape, a frame, and a little creativity and you’re friend would love your gift! I love this thoughtful idea!
(And don’t worry, if you’re not feeling creative, you can always use an online company to create the perfect collage. I have used shutterfly numerous times and my orders always turn out great!)
3. Grab Bag
If you’re going to a lot of parties, graduation gifts can add up and it can get expensive! So splurge on your besties, but consider making fun gift bags for your other friends. You can throw in their favorite snack, a handwritten card, stationery (Image 3 is a super cute option from the Etsy shop Homecoming Designs), nail polish (Image 4 from Essie), and other little goodies and you’ve created a perfect little gift!
4. Friend Date
A friend of mine one time gave me a gift bag with a card inside that said she would take me on a girl’s day to my favorite restaurant, bookstore, boutique, and coffee shop. We got to do some of my favorite things, spend the day together, and she treated me to lunch and let me pick out my own gift along the way. Such a creative idea and we had a great time hanging out! When in doubt, this is a great gift option and image 5 can help you with the wording!
So now that we’ve got the ladies covered, don’t forget about the men in your life.
1. Collegiate Apparel
Guys love t-shirts so grab the guy in your life a shirt for the school he is either planning to go to or is graduating from. He will love it because he loves his school and he will wear it with pride (and think of you).
2. Gift Card + Note
Whether he is your best guy friend, boyfriend, or crush, all guys love gift cards. Get him a gift card to his favorite ice cream shop or a sporting goods store and he will be thrilled! Guys love the simple things in life so he will appreciate that you know his favorite things and he will appreciate the sweet note you add too! Throw in a hint about getting the ice cream together and he might just move from crush to boyfriend before the summer is over. You’re welcome, ladies.
Gift giving is one of my favorite things in the world and I always try to give gifts that will be meaningful to the recipient. There is nothing I love more than giving someone the perfect gift they never knew they wanted and seeing their eyes light up when they open it. I love making people feel special and loved and hope that you guys can take these ideas and adapt them to make the people in your life feel loved as they celebrate a milestone in life! Graduation can be stressful, but it is so fun and it is the perfect time to spread a little love to the graduates in your life.
What will you be gifting this graduation season?