Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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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  1. These are great ideas! I'm a senior in high school this year, and I'm completely overwhelmed with the amount of graduation parties I'm expected to attend. I'll definitely use this! Great post!


  2. 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

  3. Great ideas! I always struggle with gifts no matter the occasion, so these are helpful!

  4. I really like how you have a gift for each of the occasions that new grads might be experiencing. I am graduating from college this year and it will help me narrow down what is the most useful gifts for my friends!


  5. Such lovely gift ideas.

    I also think a work suit or blazer is a great gift.

    Fie xx
    Coffee & Confetti

  6. Love these gift ideas! The bag you are getting your sister is perfect!

    Prep on a Budget

  7. 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. ;)

    LOVE the PJs.

  8. I love these ideas! Def the bag and the cup for the morning commute. Though in the past I've gifted some jewelry from here: super affordable and comes with a lifetime warranty! xo

  9. 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!!


  10. Love all those! As someone who's graduating college, I would gladly accept all of those! ;) 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!

    xo Kylie

  11. These are all such great gift ideas and I really like what you got your sister!


  12. Such great ideas! Something perfect for every girl

    A College Confession

  13. 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 :)

  14. I love that you even included a "gap year" gift! Such a cute roundup.

  15. I think any of these gifts would make great presents for Mother's Day and Birthdays too.
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  16. Fun!
    What kind of job will Sporty Sis have?
    I'm not sure that bag is professional enough for my job, but its beautiful!

  17. 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!

  18. Great gift ideas, now you need to post on what to wear to a graduation!

  19. 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. :)
    xoxo Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

  20. I'm a big fan of the multi-tool such as a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman (here's a great one:

    Many dorm rooms or apartments are small, so a full tool set might not be practical right away, but this will take care of a lot of furniture assembling/repair/decorating needs! My dad gave me one when I first went to college and I still use it regularly.


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