Over the years, I’ve given many graduation gifts to the wonderful high school seniors I’ve been blessed to know. I love the challenge of finding just the right gift for each student on my list. One year I had 14 gifts to give! Some years I’ve been able to splurge and some years I’ve had to stick to a budget. Today I’m sharing my “go to” favorite gifts that any graduate will love to receive and you’ll be proud to give.
My criteria for a graduation gift:
- inspire or share wisdom
- be personal
- be useful or helpful
Putting a little extra time and creativity into your graduation gift giving shows you truly care and you’re excited to celebrate the graduate.
For young ladies:
Bracelets from Gracewear Collection
If you haven’t seen the Gracewear Collection yet: Check them out! Gracewear is a beautiful line of inspirational jewelry and accessories designed to be purposeful and powerful! Gracewear jewelry is high quality and surprisingly affordable. I always receive compliments when I wear my Gracewear.
There’s something for every young lady on your gift giving list at Gracewear Collection. For graduates, I especially like their beaded bracelets and color bangles. The orange is perfect for a future UT Volunteer and the red for a future UGA Bulldog!
Collegiate ties from Ties.com
I shop online often so I’ve come to expect the standard online shopping experience. Well, I’ve been “wowed” by Ties.com thanks to their great customer service, ease of ordering, and quality products.
Looking for a tie in a snappy golf tee print? An elephant print bow tie for your favorite Republican? An orange & white collegiate tie? No problem- they’ve got them all right at your fingertips.
I love to give soon to graduate gentleman a tie in their new school colors and Ties.com has them! Check out their collegiate stripe tie collection. The quality of their ties is first rate and the prices are amazing. Use the search tab at Ties.com and you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.
They’ve also got a great selection of those crazy dress socks all the college guys are wearing. Pizza socks, anyone?
For Him or Her:
Receiving a monogrammed gift just feels extra special. In my town, we have a wonderful boutique that offers monogrammed and personalized gifts. If you don’t have a monogram shop in your area, check out Mark & Graham. Last year, my son received a handsome monogrammed dopp kit similar to the one below that was filled with necessities like Tylenol, first aid items, toothpaste, etc.
Young ladies will appreciate a monogrammed zippered bag like these from Mark & Graham. These are great for carrying makeup or other small items like pens & pencils or chargers & cords.For Him or Her:
24 oz. Classic Tervis Tumblers
I’m a big fan of Tervis Tumblers. If you opened my cabinets you’d find about 8 of them there. They keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. They are just about indestructible too.
If you’re not familiar with the Tervis brand take a look at their website. Tervis has really upped their game with great looking new designs. For high school graduates, I’ve given Tervis Tumblers from their collegiate collection. They seem to have just about every school I know of!
Along with the collegiate collection, look at their new Simply Southern collection (very cute) and their special designs for graduates. A couple tips: order the popular 24 oz. size, add on a coordinating lid and make it extra special– fill it with colorful candy before giving.
For Him or Her:
The Gift of Inspiration
Oh, the magic of Etsy! Etsy is my #1 source for “one of a kind” thoughtful gifts. Did you know you can purchase printables on Etsy? A couple years ago, I had a caboodle of graduation gifts to buy for all my son’s friends, but I also had a budget. I found great looking inspirational quote printables at Enchanted Prints Etsy site. I chose a quote just right for a college bound young man. I printed copies on my home computer using quality cardstock. Then I bought simple frames at Target. Viola- an inexpensive but thoughtful gift.
I gave Stewie this framed print for graduation. His mom texted me this picture of it hanging on his dorm room wall.
For Him or Her:
Gift Cards and Money
Is giving a gift card or money considered a thoughtful gift? Absolutely! Every teenager I know is happy to get a gift card or money as a gift. It always fits and is the right color!
Just put a little thought and time into its presentation. Check out my Pinterest board for creative ways to give cash and gift cards. You’ll find the umbrella idea for giving cash. I’ve done this before and it’s super cute! FYI- I just quickly stuffed the bills inside the umbrella so when opened they fell out rather than using tape or string.
For Him or Her:
A Handwritten Note
The icing on the cake of your graduation gift is including a card with a thoughtful message. Take a few minutes to write a heartfelt note of congratulations and your wishes for the graduate’s future. Do you have a favorite poem (mine is Desiderata by Max Ehrmann) or favorite bible verse (one of my favorites is Romans 8:28) to share? Add an extra personal touch by including it with your gift- either handwritten or printed in a nice font from your computer.
I hope this post has sparked some ideas and made graduation gift giving a little easier for you! Would you do me a favor and share this post with your friends by using the simple sharing buttons below?
PS) If you have a soon to graduate student in the house, be sure to see Must Knows for Your Child’s High School Graduation.