Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gifts for the Graduate

Its that time of year again, graduation time! My sister was one of the graduates this year. Graduating high school. We had an awesome party, tropical summer theme, I blogged about a few weeks ago. But what do you get these grads, if you don't like giving money, that will be spent on summer fun, and not college essentials like you intended. I have to admit I went a little crazy putting together my sisters grad gift, but I came up with some good ideas that make great grad gifts. All of which are essentials for the college freshmen, even the wrapping was a super cute laundry bag. Now unfortunately the gift was unwrapped before I managed to take any pictures but I thought I could still share some ideas.
1. Takeout menus organizer- obviously the college students' best friend, I filled my sister's with a few menus I've order from before to get her started.
2. Hangers- you can always use more hangers
3. College gear- I know, an obvious choice, but always a crowd pleaser
4. Games- like table topics college edition, catch phrase, apples to apples are great ways to help the grad make new friends in college. I know I've played rounds of catch phrase with about 15 people that go into the wee hours of the night.
5. Something to cuddle with when you're homesick- sometime you just miss home, and it helps to pop in a good movie and to have a soft cuddle buddy like this adorable teddy bear.
6. College "fun" money- by which I really mean quarters for the laundry. You can buy little piggy banks like this or if you like me and love craft projects, you can paint one. I bought a plain white bank at my michael's store (with a coupon of course) and painted the piggy bank in school colors and filled it with enough quarters for a few laundry cycles... or one frozen yogurt plus delivery and tip :)
7. Activities- midnight frisbee on the quad and nerf battles in the dorm halls are soo much fun!!
8. Towels
9. Note cards- because its fun to send and receive mail (just don't forget stamps, I know my college bookstore is always out of them)
10. Planner/Agenda- to keep the grad organized and on top of work, classes and appointments in between all the fun
11. Travel mug- to keep the grad well caffeinated on the go
12. Chocolate chip cookie recipe- because I can ensure you (at least at my school) the smell of cookies baking done the hall, is one of the best ways to meet new people. Plus its a nice surprise to get a knock on the door to fresh baked cookies :)
Well here are some ideas I've though of or have decided are essential for college life!
Until next time,
Happy blogging


  1. Such cute & clever ideas, down to the wrapping! Love it.

  2. That takeout menu organizer is seriously I great idea! And a planner is always needed, preferably Lilly!

  3. Love these, especially the DIY and personal touches you added!

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  5. As a recent BU grad I LOVE the sweatshirt!