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Graduation Gifts

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 apartmentโ€“ 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:
And here are some ideas if you need some gift ideas:



Do you have a go-to graduation gift or a recommendation?

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Bailey H

I love all of these items! I actually gave my friends the Pinch Provisions kits when I graduated. They had never heard of them before and all loved them!! Thanks for sharing your suggestions!

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Ashley Bautista

I got two of the cable bracelets from DY and I still wear them everyday. They are a nice reminder of how far I have come in my education and I think they are a timeless gift! I also love the passport holder, and suitcase because those will last a while too!

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3 Peanuts

These are great ideas and I could add a few more for girls but what about ideas for GUYS?! I need some suggestions for Will's friends. The hot gift this year for guys seems to be personalized Yeti cups but my boys get them at every function now so I need a new idea.

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Graduation Gifts

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!!!)
Printed Luggage // Framed Instagram (upload online, they’ll print and frame!)
What’s topping your graduation gift list this year?


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Jordyn Brown

Luggage was my number one favorite gift when I graduated from high school. Next year, when I graduate from college I think I'm going to hope for a really practical tote much like the leather one you shared-teachers always need large, sturdy totes!

xoox, SS

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Taylor Cunningham

Great list!! Could you please do a grad gift list for guys soon? My boyfriend graduates college next month and I have no clue what to buy him. Ps — I've been a reader for almost four years now, every single day. Love your blog!

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runningalyssa

I love these ideas! Unfortunately I am currently dead flat broke so I went the DIY route for my graduation gifts. Maybe when I get a job I can try and give my friends gifts like these!

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Graduation Gifts

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!)

For a More Grownup Look: Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Set

For Taking a Gap Year: Tory Burch Passport Holder

For Late Night Studying: Warby Parker Eyeglasses (or gift card!)

For Living In a Dorm Room: J. Crew Scalloped Pajama Set (add a monogram for a personal touch!)

For the First Day of Work: GiGi New York Personalized Teddie Tote

For Going Out of State: Maya Brenner State Necklace

For One More Job Interview: J. Crew Pearl Cluster Necklace

For First Apartments: IMPACT Coffee Table Book

For the Morning Commute: J. Crew Travel Mug

For Dorm Room Storage: Monogrammed Hanger Organizer

Does anyone else have a relative or friend graduating? What’s your top pick for gifts?


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Alexandra Aimee

I LOVE the idea of a state necklace for someone headed out of state. And it's not something you will outgrow. I'm now through under grad and grad but I am totally taking mine with me when I move next month.

— Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

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Lisa

Haha, happy I'm not legit old yet! At 31, I don't have a single wrinkle or grey hair and I'm still completely thinking in semesters. ๐Ÿ˜‰

LOVE the PJs.

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Crystal Konz

I've been reading your blog for so long that I was blown away to read that you're sister is already graduating college…I remember your post about her going to college! Congrats to her! Also, great gift ideas, I think i'll be getting some of these for myself!!

Crystal
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Kylie Mavrakis

Love all those! As someone who's graduating college, I would gladly accept all of those! ๐Ÿ˜‰ My parents are getting me an iPad mini for my graduation, because I'm going to need it for my accelerated nursing program in the fall, and we actually use them in clinicals!

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Courtney

Love these ideas! As a graduating college senior I would love to have any of these, and I may use them for my friends graduating as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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Emily

Fun!
What kind of job will Sporty Sis have?
I'm not sure that bag is professional enough for my job, but its beautiful!

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Ashley

I think a bicycle would also be a great graduation present, especially if they are planning on attending a college where it would be extremely useful on campus!

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Chloe Logan

So perfect, and congratulations to Stacy! I'm graduating next week and my parents are giving me a David Yurman bracelet. I've wanted one forever, but they wanted to wait for a milestone occasion to give me one. ๐Ÿ™‚
xoxo Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

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Graduation Gifts

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!
iPad Mini | For continued education

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.
36 Hours Travel Book | Encourage travel, expand horizons

This is a great book for someone who wants to travel, but has a stricter working schedule. 36 hours may just be a perfect way to visit some fun cities. Definitely a must for any adventurer.
Nikon One | Capture the memories

Instagram is obviously great and all, but sometimes you just need a real camera! This one is small, but powerful. No need to lug around a giant DSLR.
Passport Holder | The real golden ticket

If your (lucky) graduate is jetting off for a trip of a lifetime, this passport holder is perfect. It’s gold. And Kate Spade. And will certainly charm the socks off her.
Watch | A classic gift for a graduate

Watches are a go-to for graduates. Pick one that will stand the length of time!
Jo Malone Fragrance | Fresh scents

Every grown up girl needs a grown up signature scent.

J. Crew Pajamas | Nothing says “Real World” like a classic pajama set

T-shirts totally work in dorm rooms, but new apartments need new pajamas. There’s no better feeling than making coffee and reading the newspaper wearing matching pajamas.
Framed Art | For the beginning of a great collection

Framed art for an apartment seems boring, but you know what’s more boring? White walls. Do the unexpected and help outfit a few walls!
Pearl Necklace | Pearls are a girl’s best friend
I mean, this one kind of speaks for itself.
Wallet | You can’t go wrong here

The ID lanyard is a thing of the past now that you’re out of the dorm rooms! A wallet seals the deal now with a real job!
Stationery | Grownup stationery for grownup correspondence
Monogrammed stationery is such a wonderful gift for really anybody on any occasion  It’s personal and charming and downright useful.
Clutch | A girl still should have some fun

Nights out in college were sloppy, but now you need the perfect clutch to go out for drinks after work and late nights on weekends.
Charm Necklace | Accomplish magnificent things

Because sometimes you just need a little guidance and a sweet reminder that you’re really great and will accomplish great things.



What do you think is the perfect graduation gift?

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A Preppy State of Mind

I completely agree with the "practical gift" idea. I graduated high school two years ago and still have quite some time before I graduate college, but if I were graduating this year, I'd most definitely ask for a nice quality camera. I received a Yurman ring for high school graduation and wear it almost every day! Jewelry is also a great way to go for the graduating gals ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jennifer

These are some great gift options! That 36 Hours book looks really interesting, I might just have to pick it up. I also love the gorgeous gold passport holder. It's perfect for students who do travel abroad programs.
P.S. Everyone please check out my new blog!
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Julia R.

I have the 36 Hours west coast edition on my reading list! My sister is graduating from grad school and I think the Dogeared necklace is perfect!

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crc

Check out Jon Hart Designs. Best luggage and carryalls- made in San Antono, Tx!
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Graduation Gifts

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.
ties // every guy needs a few great ties
needlepoint // fun collegiate accessories
wallets // new wallet, new adventure
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me

I'm only a freshman in high school, but my school's colors are navy and gold,mso when I graduate my dad may just have to wear that tie in the top left!!!

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me

I'm only a freshman in high school, but my school's colors are navy and gold,mso when I graduate my dad may just have to wear that tie in the top left!!!

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funsherpa

Iโ€™m so lucky today that I was able to read your post which gives me a lot of ideas that Iโ€™ve been looking for. With this, I can use it to my siteโ€ฆI hope to read more of your future post. Thanks a lot.

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courtleanne

Suuuuch a cute blog! Thanks for posting this – have been looking for grad gifts for my boyfriend all over! I didn't even consider a tie, but that is such a great idea!

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Graduation Gifts

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)
Drop a subtle hint that you’d like to stay in touch. This set contains three cards in the five different designs (Birthday, Just Because, Get Well, Thank You, and Congratulations).
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.
Self-Inking stampers are way. too. much. fun. Get one with the new address for a graduate who’s moving. You can also so a simple name only, or monogram only… really the possibilities are endless.
What is your favorite graduation gift?
xoxo
PPS [Shameless Plug] Don’t forget about The Freshman 50 for high school graduates ๐Ÿ™‚

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kimberrleigh

Out of this bunch, I love it all! But mostly the self-inking stamper!

My favorite graduation gift was my DSLR! I still use it and it was awesome gift for a techie like me!

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Miss Janice

Carly,
In the DKM ad on your sidebar, are those belts? I didn't see any belts on their site…just wondering. If they are, those are probably very cute!

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Caitlin C.

Oh my, I loveee these!! I'm getting a Kate Spade watch for graduation, but now I know what to get all my friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sara Grace

I've given dogeared necklaces before, but I really want one of my own! Actually, all of these gifts I want for myself! wonderful picks!
xo, SaraGrace
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Haley

These are great! I have tons of grad gifts to give this year– another blog post with even more wonderful ideas would be a blessing :)) thanks for all you do!

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John Decker

This is a great article. My daughter is in college and my wife and I always have trouble buying her gifts for her birthday and Christmas. I usually let my wife handle it because she knows what type of clothing she likes. I know she try's to buy Sexy Dresses because she likes to go out with her friends a lot. However, we do not buy her anything that is inappropriate for her age.

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