Graduation season is here. Commence the Pomp and Circumstance melody. As the Class of 2016 prepares to graduate, it's time to start thinking about what gifts you'll be giving the graduate. If you're on a tight budget like us, you'll probably want to give a gift that won't break your budget. We've got a few ideas that are reasonably priced yet functionally useful for your graduate. Personalize with inspirational quotes that encourage your graduate to succeed in whatever endeavors they pursue.
Your graduate journeyed through years of schooling, learning new skills that propelled them from Freshman to Senior. So we thought it befitting to categorize our gift list by skill level, Freshman to Senior. The list gives you the option to buy or make your gift so if you're a beginner, you'll need Freshman initiation. Choose one gift, or make them all. Either way you'll be giving your graduate the inspiration needed to jump start whatever endeavors they pursue.
Freshman: Personalized Pillow
Whether your graduate is graduating from high school or college, a personalized pillow will be perfect in a dorm room or a new house. It's a fairly simple project for any beginner. Try making one like the Polkadot Chair or Diary Of A Quilter. If it's last minute, purchase an inexpensive one from Kelleys Collectibles.
Sophomore: Inspirational Tote Bag
Inspire your grad to succeed in life with an inspirational tote. And by that we mean a tote bag with an inspirational quote on it. Make a plain tote bag with a pattern from Timeless Treasures, and embroider an inspirational quote on the front. Or purchase a personalized one to save time. Your Grad will be inspired to pursue their dreams for the future.
If you have intermediate level sewing skills, try your hand at this planner/journal cover to give your Graduate. It will give your Graduate the tools he/she needs to keep their life on track. You'll find Life Journals and Success Journals you can purchase to put into your journal cover.
Senior: Luggage Tag And Passport Cover
Send your graduate into the world prepared, with a luggage tag and passport cover for their travels. Sew the luggage tag from a free pattern/tutorial, or purchase them on Etsy. Choose a fabric and sew the passport cover/wallet from this tutorial from our friends at So Sew Easy, or purchase on Etsy. He/she will be ready to take on the world.
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