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Graduation Party Gift Ideas

Photo courtesy of @annikascustoms on Instagram.
Photo courtesy of @annikascustoms on Instagram.

As spring is finally beginning and the school year is dwindling down, end-of-the-year festivities are starting for seniors – prom, field day, and for many of them, graduation parties to celebrate the achievement of surviving high school and getting that diploma. So what gift do you bring to commemorate your friend’s great achievement? Although you can never go wrong with cash or a check, sometimes you want to be just a little more personal, so here are three awesome graduation gift ideas that aren’t just money. 


1. Custom College Gear:

Even though it’s great to have some generic t-shirts for your school to lounge in, it’s hard to come by more original designs that not every student on campus will have. You can personalize this gift not just by the school, but also by style, like if your friend is going south, maybe a game-day baby tee, or if they are going north, a cute, cropped puffer. I recently purchased gear from and loved it. It was affordable and exactly the style I was looking for. However, I do know there are many other options out there so make sure to look around and see what brand best fits your friends’ styles. 

2. Necessities Box: p

A necessities box is just what you’re thinking of: it’s a box full of all the things you need, but may not think about packing, like medicine, a screwdriver, detergent, and more. It’s everything your friend needs but either wouldn’t want to spend their money on or would just forget.  When you’re packing up to leave home for the first time, it’s easy to focus on the fun decorative stuff and forget the little stuff. So, what better gift than to just take some of that stress away. 

Photo courtesy of Wondermom Wannabe.

3. Customized Wall Art:

Although decorating a dorm room is so fun and exciting, it’s difficult to find cute wall art that isn’t the same five prints from Pinterest. Like custom college gear, you can customize these prints to whatever your friend likes. It can be customized from color, to the school they attend, their major, and even the style they want for their dorm. A brand I’ve seen a lot on social media is @socalsouthernbelle on Instagram and Etsy. I know her prints are digital, so you have them forever, but you could find brands that print/frame them for you as well. 

Photo courtesy of @socalsouthernbelle on Instagram.
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Chloe McCarthy, Staff Reporter
Chloe is a senior staff reporter, and it is her second year on The Print. She’s on the varsity field hockey team and enjoys volunteering with the local rec field hockey team as well. In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends and her cats. 
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