Sunday, April 28, 2013

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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  1. This is great! I'm asking for an iPad and SLR camera -- 6 days until graduation!! :)

  2. that WATCH and that wallet. oooh man. this is a wonderful list!

  3. 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 :)


  4. 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.
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  5. I have so many friends graduating that I need to get gifts for. Thanks for some ideas.

  6. 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!

  7. i have been looking at that nikon camera. have you used it?

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

  9. Thanks for the ideas! Have friends graduating law school and grad school left and right this year!

  10. Check out! They have customized dorm packages for incoming college students! It makes a very affordable and convenient gift to give to graduates, while letting them customize their dorm essentials by the colors of their choice!


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