Graduation is a time of so many emotions! It is an end and a new beginning. It can be an exciting, sad, and even quite scary time for the one who’s graduating. Sure, it can be a bitter-sweet time for those graduates who are starting a new “grown up” chapter in their lives, but it can also be a tear-jerker moment for those friends who they are leaving behind. With that being said, it is necessary to get those graduates that we love the best and cheapest graduation gift! (OK, let’s face it! We are still all ballin’ on a budget as college students!) And we all know that those handmade gifts we always made our parents when we were younger were their favorites by far! So try to think outside the box, or outside of the mall, or even outside of Target! This year, dare to be different and try some or all of the following ideas.
Make them something!!! It will have that special and unique quality since it was made by you just for them. It doesn’t have to be a picture or ornament with a pic of you inside, but a cute frame with the cutest memories inside. You can even add to the frame your own special touches with cute stickers, scrap booking materials, borders, or even thought bubbles. This is a memory that will last a lifetime but won’t break your piggy bank.
Another great idea, if I have to say so myself, is a drawing of their house or apartment, etc. Find an art major, or graphic designer major like myself, and ask them to do you this medium- large favor. Of course, pay them something for their time and talents! I recently started drawing these special keepsakes of their college house or condo for my friends who are graduating. I place the special artwork of their college dwelling place in a frame, and it makes such a perfect gift! If their place had a special name, like our “Babe Cave,” then be sure to include that in the drawing as well. This type of graduation gift will mean so much to the recipients for many years to come!
Of course, don’t forget that Alumni gear always makes great graduation gifts. This gift will mean so much because even though your friend is graduating and leaving your sorority, the cute gear will serve as a reminder that she will always be a sister to so many. Shirts, sweatshirts, tanks, and totes for their new job would all be super cute! Don’t forget that TGI Greek can customize any shirt to your specific chapter! Click here to browse more designs!
Finally, a map of the country, state, or city in which they are moving to is an extraordinary graduation gift. It is even better if you put a saying such as “Enjoy the Journey” or “Wherever You Go, Go With All Your Heart.” This framed art will look fabulous in a new house or office!
Just because we are not as fortunate to have a salary or a secretary yet, we are fortunate to have had this dear friend in our lives! Who needs a salary to buy the perfect graduation gift this year? Be creative with your gift-giving. Give a unique gift that will remind the graduating senior he/she is “one of a kind” as well!
Thanks for reading!
Brooke – ADPi