The big graduation milestones are high school and college, but these days, there also seem to be momentous occasions springing up around graduating from middle school, grad school, trade school or just the school of hard knocks. If they start celebrating making it through kindergarten, I'm drawin' the line. For the bonafide graduates on your list, we've collected five great gift ideas, each of them based on a fast and easy S4H tutorial and each including fun suggestions for how to kick it up a notch with extra special add-ons.
1. Jumbo Dorm Laundry Bag - tuck some spare change into the zippered pocket and cleaning supplies into the main bag
If someone is off to college for the first time, he/she will be learning The Lesson of Laundry-Deferral. Or, exactly how long one person can go without doing the wash. Send your favorite collegian off with this heavy-duty, jumbo laundry duffle. It's nearly three feet tall with a drawstring top for easy stuffing. Fill up the middle with extra sheets and towels plus detergent and dryer sheets. Then, put some rolls of quarters into the zippered pocket. All of this in hopes the bag doesn't simply come home at winter break filled to the brim with dirty laundry. You can dream... right?
2. Gift Card Holders - clip one to a belt, tote or book bag
Gift cards seem to be the go-to gift for anyone and any occasion, and are especially handy for someone hard to shop for. But, let's face it – they can also seem rather impersonal. Instead, slip that gift card into our super cool little handmade holder. It can be used even after the gift card's been spent for business cards or to stash a license and credit card when traveling light. Make the holder in school colors or fabrics that echo the card inside (steaming coffee cup fabric for a Starbucks® gift card). Then, use the sewn-in key ring to hook the gift card holder on to a purchased (or handmade... click through on these links!) book bag to make two gifts in one - each customized to say, "This gift has been created especially for YOU!"
3. Key Fobs - is your graduate getting the key to a new/used car, an off-campus apartment or simply your heart?
This little project is not only fun to make, it's an awesome low-cost gift idea and/or the perfect way to make a bigger gift (like a car or new digs) seem extra special. Small scraps of fabric and trim along with the key fob hardware (we include a where-to-buy link) are all you need to whip up one... or a ton! Personalize the fabric and color choices to match the recipient's favorites. Then, attach the 'gift key' and bestow upon the graduate. Not planning such an auspicious gift that requires a key!? No worries; this would also be a sweet way to give someone the 'key to your heart' to take along on his/her next adventure. Attach a decorative skeleton key along with a handwritten note or poem describing your hopes and dreams for the graduate's future.
4. Bound blanket & matching neck pillow - you're never too old for a special blankie and pillow that reminds you of home
For the graduate moving away, make this super set: a personalized blanket and comfy neck pillow. We recommend choosing the buttery softness of Minky or the cozy warmth of flannel. Many fabric outlets offer school-themed fleece. Our little bowtie-shaped pillow is nice for propping up your noggin while studying in bed... or watching TV in bed as the case may be. And our big bound blankets can wrap up even your biggest baby in cozy comfort. We've included links below to three different versions, one with a unique remote pocket. It's a thoughtful gift you can easily make in an afternoon, and it will send the graduate packing with a little bit of home.
5. Bed caddy - fill it with needed textbooks, school essentials or journaling supplies
Space is at a premium in dorm rooms not to mention messy teen bedrooms. Our handy bed caddy will help the graduate keep all those most-used items right at his/her fingertips. The pockets have the perfect expandable gusset: big enough to easily slide stuff in and out, but not so big that things topple out. There's a secret gripper-strip on the back side of the base fabric to keep it from sliding out of place. Fill the caddy with a few books and school supplies then slip in some journaling notebooks and favorite magazines plus a few late night snacks.