Daily Dose of Design: Gift Guide for the Graduate: Splurges, Saves and for the Girl on the Go

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gift Guide for the Graduate: Splurges, Saves and for the Girl on the Go

It's graduation season again! When I put together this guide, I tried to think about things that I would have loved to get as a college grad (officially a year out now!) and also asked my sister what she'd like as a soon-to-be high school graduate. We came up with some splurge items, some practical things and a couple of ideas that anyone on your list will love!

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Beats (#1): the rose gold shade of these headphones is my favorite, it's so classy and pretty! These made my sisters list - she works out a lot, loves to run (it's the gymnast in her, ha!) and when you love listening to music, these are at the top of your wish list. They're more of a splurge but the quality really exceeds the cost.

Diamond Necklace (#2): for my college graduation, my parents gave me a couple of really nice pieces of jewelry and I love them SO much. Costume jewelry is so fun to have and collect, but filling your jewelry box with some staple pieces that you know you'll have forever is the best! I love the style of this necklace, and I also really love this necklace and this diamond pendant necklace, which is super similar to the one I wear every day.

Tory Burch Shoulder Bag (#5): I added this beautiful bag to represent gifting a bag for graduation - I think of bags the same way I think of jewelry, having a few staple bags that will last you years is worth the price! I have this Tory bag in black (as seen on Instagram here and also here) and now seeing this periwinkle shade, I think my closet is craving it! ;) It's the softest leather ever and my sister's favorite color; one of the reasons it made this list!

For the girl on the go:

'Going Places' Watch (#3): this is such a pretty watch and great for the grads who love to travel! Since graduating I've been focusing on making travel a priority because I want to see the WHOLE world. This watch is playful and fun but looks so pretty on - belated grad gift to myself?? ;)

Monogrammed Luggage (#12): if you're lost for ideas, go with a monogram! That's always my rule of thumb! This comes in a few sizes; the one shown is the carry-on size and I just love it! All of the wanderlusters on your list will too!

Laptop Case (#10): this print used to be my very favorite and now it's making a comeback! Whether the grad you're buying for is off to college or heading into the work world, you can never go wrong with a laptop case.

Great gifts that don't break the bank:

Grad Cap Alex & Ani (#8): this adorable bangle makes my list year after year! It's a fun way to commemorate the year you graduated and it's only $28.

Amazon Echo (#9): I LOVE my Echo! It's extremely helpful and honestly works a lot better than Siri does. The "dot" version is less expensive and takes up a lot less room. It even makes it less noticeable! It's perfect for a dorm room or new apartment! I use mine daily - it makes ordering things a breeze, organizes your to-do lists and it's basically the assistant you never knew you needed. Grab one for yourself too, it's under $40!

Monogram Necklace (#11): monograms are always my favorite stocking stuffer, birthday gift, grad gift - anywhere you need a present for someone, they fit seamlessly. This version comes in both silver and gold and my favorite thing about it is that it's a larger monogram, but it's not too big on your neck.

Personal Keurig (#6): in terms of practical gifts, this has to rank #1! It's a great size (not big or bulky) and it comes in 10 really pretty colors.

Face Mask Gift Set (#4): the stress of the last few months of school before graduating can be overwhelming, so a gift set filled with awesome face masks will definitely be appreciated! This set includes all different masks, scents and ways to pamper yourself. It's a perfect gift and under $50!

Pearl Earrings (#7): these are probably the prettiest pearl earrings I've ever seen - they make a statement without a huge cost and they're the kind of earrings that can be worn every day with every thing!

Happy shopping! I'd love to know what you'd add to this list!



  1. Such great gift ideas! I want so many of these for myself...lol! I especially love that suitcase and the watch.

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  3. Oh my gosh, HOW cute is that Keurig?! Great compilation!

  4. these are all such great gift ideas - from a practical standpoint i really love the personal keurig for a dorm room or apartment - and i didn't realize they came in such cute colors now!

  5. I want those headphones for myself haha! Awesome list. I have 3 graduations this year and Im glad I found this list.


  6. These are all such great ideas! I would totally have loved a little carry on suitcase for graduation because that is when the real adventure of life begins!
    xo Jessica

  7. A Tory bag would be the loveliest special treat for a grad!

    xoxo A

  8. These are such lovely graduation gift ideas. I know I would have loved a Tory Burch bag, a diamond necklace or a cute suitcase for high school or college graduation.

  9. Loving all of your gift ideas! I just graduated and would have loved all of these!

    The Classic Brunette

  10. I would have loved these after graduation, especially the Echo!


  11. These are excellent suggestions! My best friend just graduated and she would LOVE the 'going places' watch and the laptop case!

  12. I love all of these picks! That Keurig is adorable!

  13. Love beats headphones! seriously they are just so good!

  14. Such a perfect gift guide, wish I could have sent this over to my parents when I graduated!

    Love the color of the new Keurig - so so pretty!

  15. Great ideas for grads! Love the Keurig!

    Carrie | http://carrieeliseandkho.com/

  16. That luggage is adorable and is the perfect idea for any grad!

  17. These are great ideas for grads! They would all be such treats after graduation.

  18. These are amazing gift ideas! I can speak from experience that Beats are definitely worth the splurge!

  19. Obsessed with the luggage and watch! So fab.

  20. Every graduate NEEDS luggage! It's something I wish I had received when I graduated from high school and college.

  21. Love this gift ideas! I feel like I need al of them hahaha

    xx, Melissa

  22. Ohh the diamond necklace is a great idea! I think jewelry is the perfect keepsake. :)


  23. These are all perfect! I want that mint blue keurig so badly!

  24. Wonderful gift ideas! I love watches and think it's a great token of affection for a new high school grad.

  25. Such trendy, cute ideas! Love the luggage and teal coffee maker!

    The How-to Guru

  26. These are fabulous! I really love the idea of a good new purse

  27. I liked the collection of the products. But what I believe that girls like gifts more that are more related to beauty. We have lot of varieties in beauty products to gift them on various events.

    melissa@dermology cellulite solution

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