I realize that I may be a bit behind on graduation gifts. I had it on my content calendar two weeks ago and somehow it… fell through the cracks. Gifts for graduates can be a little tricky. Should you go for a gift gift or something practical. What even constitutes a good graduation gift anyway?
In high school, I exchanged gifts with a few of my friends for our graduation. I used them for years. (Some are still in use in fact.) And when I graduated from college, I didn’t ask for gifts and instead my parents helped me buy my furniture for my first apartment– it was the best gift I could have received! And really helped a lot when I was just getting on my feet financially!
Here are some gifts that I think make for great graduation gifts. (I tried to keep it neutral for high school grads and college grads.)
First up, I’m sharing what I think are great ideas for gifts when you have to buy a bunch. Stocking up on these for grad parties and your close friends at school. They’re practical and cute and affordable:
I’ve rounded up a few fun graduation gifts for the high school, college, and graduate school grads on your list. I tend to err on the side of practicality when it comes to gifts for grads. Some of the best gifts I received when graduating were the ones I used for years and years to come. (Someone gave me a laundry bag when I graduated high school and still to this day use it!!!)
The number one sign when you know you’re legit getting old? Yea the wrinkles (ugh) and the grey hair (double ugh) would be signs… but I think I’ve actually stopped thinking about the years in terms of semesters. I was on the phone with my mom and it was brought to my attention that my sister was graduating in a few weeks. Of course I knew she was graduating (baby sister is growing up!!!), but I totally forgot it was so soon.
Cue the graduation present scramble! I actually scrambled. I’ve talked about graduation presents before, but it was always on the high school/receiving end… when push came to shove, it was a challenge to think of something specific for my someone who a) I love SO much and b) has a completely different style than I do.
My guess is that she doesn’t read my blog every day… I’ve debated whether or not to share what I got her… Do you think she reads this?! If you do Stace, stop reading! She recently was hired (you go girl!) and I wanted to do a stylish professional something. Perfect for a trendy girl making her debut in an office. (I got her this!)
I cannot believe how fast this past year has gone. I graduated almost a year ago and I’m more than a little dumbfounded. Seriously, where did time go? I’m going to do a longer reflection closer to the one-year mark of my actual graduation, but I knew I had to put together a quick gift guide for graduates.
I used to do really fun and quirky little gifts for these guides, but having actually graduated and lived in this so-called-Real-World for a bit, I’ve decided that practical gifts are definitely the better way to go.
I pulled together some varying price-points, but did keep things a little bit higher end. Of course, these are just ideas and suggestions of things to keep in mind. Honestly, all of these things are gifts that would have come in handy this year!
I have the regular iPad and thought the mini was ridiculous. However, there are so many times when I wish I had a smaller one. Oh, Apple. You know how to make people want extra gadgets. The mini is perfect for professionals who commute to work and want a light devise to use to read on and bring up presentations for client meetings.
After too many requests to count, I pulled together graduation gifts for the men in our lives. To be completely honest, I always think it’s really hard to pull “generic” ideas, but I think these are all good starting points. You can then go on to decide more personal gifts for guys who you’re a little closer to. (I think buying presents, at all, for boys is the hardest thing!!! You have to get creative sometimes!)
I think these go for both high school and college graduates.
I know it seems pretty early to be thinking about graduation presents, but we’re already a week into April. I actually had a lot of fun pulling these products and will likely do a few more with different themes leading up to May.
I tried to touch on various price points ($20-$100) and different “types” of gifts. I also think they can apply to both high school and college graduates.
I think this is a great gift for graduation. I love my Dogeared necklace every day. Each necklace has a cute little charm and a message that accompanies it. This one is a bow (love) and has a message about remembering the love from the person who gave it. I can’t think of a more appropriate necklace for someone graduating high school and going to college or someone graduating college and moving to another city!
Again, this is a piece of jewelry that I wear every day. I have the “Live Your Dreams” engraving, but there are tons of other great messages. (I especially like the “Sister” one… it’s perfect for your real sister or your sorority sister!)
If you need to get a bunch of gifts for a bunch of friends, look no further. You can customize the May Books notebook for each recipient. The new website makes the whole customization process a breeze. (Not to mention the fact that it’s highly entertaining to mix and match monograms and colors.) At $23, it’s the perfect price point to stock up on a bunch for friends. ($17 without monograms)
Although this is the priciest of the bunch, I think it’s a great gift. For starters, it’s Tory. An instant winner. This is a great way to organize cards and keys. The leather will also hold up better than some of the other popular cloth alternatives. It comes in a navy color as well, quite classy!
Like Tory, you really can’t go wrong with anything Kate Spade. This is a fun gift for someone who has an iPad… or for someone that you know is getting one for graduation. Why go for a boring case when you can have a super cute and colorful and fun one!
What to get the monogram lover??? This! I have the opinion that cell phones (and iPads for that matter) deserve to have a few wardrobe options! Have fun picking out a style and color. Possibly coordinate for a favorite sports team or college colors.
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I know I'm not racist, but I don't think I have been as actively ANTI-RACIST as I POSSIBLY can be. I have been on phone calls with brands asking why not a single person of color has been included in the campaign. I have asked agencies for invite lists and declined invitations when not a single person of color has been invited. But I have also sat silent when friends, colleagues, family members, and strangers say or post something racist. Because uncomfortable conversations are hard. I own that I haven't been the best advocate, but I am committing to changing that and I hope my fellow white followers will too.
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