Graduation Gift Guide 2017

by - April 01, 2017

Now I know what you're thinking--

Another gift guide? I already did one last year (which you can view here) and I have several other gift guides like this one for my budget friendly readers. But I wanted to do an updated one in case you needed just a few extra ideas.

Plus, this year is really special for me since I will be walking for commencement for my Master's degree and my little sister is getting her Bachelor's. It's an exciting time and of course, no special occasion is complete without gifts.

So whether you're stumped for something to buy or you want to point your family members in the right direction, this list will hopefully be your guide for 2017.

GIFTS UNDER $50 "Making-minimum-wage broke"

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1. After four years of reading assigned texts, a book may not be the first gift that comes to mind. But an inspiring book can be a wonderful gift for someone straight out of college, especially one like Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It talks about how you can overcome your fears to live your most creative life.

2. For the professional buff with the big office job, a business card holder is a wonderful present. Add a personalized touch to complete the gift!

3. A sweatshirt is the perfect casual gift for the guy in your life. Plus the saying on the front is a great reminder to step back + relax after four years of hard work!

4. I don't know what it is but as I get older, I yearn more and more for pajamas and comfy clothes. These cotton fleece shorts are perfect for the summertime, lounging around after work. And let's be real here, who doesn't love being 'badass'?

5. What's a better gift than a photo album? Instax and polaroids have made an astonishing comeback. Your friend or sister or brother that always has a camera in hand? Give them this Instax album to store their memories!

GIFTS UNDER $100 "I-have-money-saved-up"

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1. A throw blanket is a must for cozying up at home. It can be thrown over a couch for added texture and color or placed at the foot of the bed. 

2. If the gift receiver is moving out after college, they're gonna want some tools to beef up that kitchen. Cooking on your own isn't an easy task but it can be fun when you have things like an immersion blender.

3. It never hurts to smell good. Splurge on this starter kit for Jo Malone for the girl who wants a new signature smell but isn't sure where to start.

4. You can never go wrong with a wallet as a gift, especially a sleek black one. It's a great way to 'graduate' from something casual to something office appropriate.

5. Again, going with the apartment theme, a piece of art is a wonderful gift. It can really add personality to a space and you can tailor it to the person you are giving it to.

GIFTS UNDER $600 "I'm-balling-and-it-shows"

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1. Another staple gift is a watch. Rose gold has been in style for a while now and seriously, it's gorgeous paired with a button up and blazer. 

2. Another great gift to bulk up the kitchen is a cast iron dutch oven. It's beautiful, will last a long time, and be very impressive for hosting dinner parties. Definitely pricey but well worth the investment.

3. The man in your life deserves a lovely leather briefcase to round out his office look. It's great for carrying documents and for travel!

4. Going for a run? Heading to the train on your commute? A pair of wireless headphones are perfect. You won't have to deal with tangled wires (because really, who wants to deal with that?).

5. An iPad is definitely an expensive gift and I don't recommend dropping $600+ on just anyone. But if this is someone really special in your life and you want to celebrate their achievements, a new iPad would be an amazing gift. They can carry it around, organize their calendar, jot down notes-- perfect for someone fresh in the workforce.

Do you have anymore gift ideas? Share them down below! 
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  1. I would love that Olivia Burton watch too :)
    congrats on your Master degree!

    The Sweetest Escape

    1. :) Thanks, it was a long journey but well worth it!

  2. Great gift round up! Congrats on graduating!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  3. These are great gift guides! Congrats on graduating!


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