There are so many exciting components to graduation. First and foremost, congratulations to The Graduates for your accomplishments! Before moving on to the next chapter, take time to savor your success.
I’m a big fan of personalized mortar boards. Here are a few of my faves, ranging from the witty and whimsical to artsy and articulate.
Graduation / Party Dresses
Even though clothing will be covered up by robes to receive diplomas, you should always put your best foot forward. Girls are lucky to have their pick of summer dresses in a range of styles. It can be hard for boys to justify the cost of a blazer that won’t be worn regularly. Fortunately there are trendy shops like Uniqlo, H&M, Topman and Zara for stylish, affordable options to help the guys look their best.
What to get the graduate? For the adventurer, consider a new rolling bag or weekend tote. I fell in love with Lo & Sons last year when my daughter’s class took a trip to China. She needed a lightweight backpack that could hold anything she’d need for a day trip. Lo & Sons is a family business that specializes in lightweight, well-priced travel bags with well-considered compartments so you don’t have to dig to find the sunscreen. On a budget? You can never go wrong with a good book. Dr. Seuss’s classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, fits as well in a nursery as it does on the graduate’s bookshelf for its amusing rhymes and simple message. For the passionate traveler, Kath Stathers’ The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small offers options from museums and monuments to islands and inns around the world.
For the graduate getting their own apartment or outfitting their dorm room, a list of essentials includes blenders for smoothies on-the-go, K-cup personal coffee brewers, endless entertainment with the Roku streaming stick and an affordable tablet to watch on since the under-30 crowd rarely watches on a television anymore.
For the graduate heading straight to work, a great tote or messenger bag is essential. Don’t overlook the old-fashioned planner to keep track of appointments. You’d be surprised how many people still prefer to write things down! A great cookbook for the grad on the go will help them eat healthy. Never underestimate the power of a gift card to help build a work wardrobe.
Grads are always looking for gifts to give a friend that won’t break the bank. One of my fave options is a personalized graduation photo printed on 16×16 canvas that friends can sign at your graduation party. Most girls could use more jewelry storage. This monogrammed silver box says Tiffany & Co. on a Target budget.
Managing your money whether away at college or in your first apartment can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there’s help! Two well-rated apps include Mint by Intuit and Mvelopes by Finicity Corp. Both help maintain a budget based on your bank balance. Erin Lowry’s Broke Millennial goes beyond the basics to help people understand how their relationship with money impacts their financial decisions. Nicole Lapin’s Boss Bitch is a guide to empowering women to be the boss of their own lives and careers. Revolutionary teen magazine editor, Ann Shoket, offers tips to empower young women in every aspect of their lives in The Big Life.
For tips on decorating your dorm room or first apartment, check back over the summer for the inside scoop on everything from decor to furniture, linens, storage & organization, cleaning and electronics.