May is nearly over and it’s time for those loved ones in our lives to don their graduation caps and gowns and to celebrate closing one chapter in their lives!
We all know someone who is graduating is some form…whether it’s from high school or University, or from diapers! I have a little gal graduating from preschool and it’s a really big deal! At least, I’ll MAKE it a big deal :) It also means that they are most likely moving on to a NEW chapter in their lives. THAT is the really exciting part, right? Moving out, moving up, moving on! What to get for the grad in your life to celebrate this momentous occasion? IShare to the rescue!! The IShare sites are overflowing with fun ideas to gift to your grad, regardless of their interests, age, gender, or personality. I have gathered just a few ideas to get those wheels turning~
Often graduating means the big step of becoming an adult! It’s an entirely new level of independence and maturity. Why not show your confidence in them by gifting them something useful for the next step in his/her life? Soap Deli has many ideas, including these homemade (and green) cleaning supplies! Spend a little extra time to create some cute and unique labels to really personalize this gift!
If homemade is what you like, then also try making your own lip balm to gift the grad in your life. Personalize it with her favorite scent and a cute label. This is great if you have a few grads you’d like to give a little something to. Inexpensive and SO cool.
Born Again Creations shares how to customize a cookie/cake tin for that grad who might be moving out on his own. Personalize it with photos of your family or the grad’s favorite rock band! Oh, you have to fill it with his favorite treats, too, let’s not forget
Sassy Sarah’s Fun has the right idea with this personalized clock. This is such a cute reminder to your grad of how much you love her and are thinking of her. You could personalize it to say absolutely anything that might be meaningful as a commemorative gift for your special grad.
Bookmarks are useful, inexpensive, and fun gifts to give grads of ANY age! I know my girls will each be getting one to celebrate their graduation from each grade they are in this year. Even better that it encourages them to READ over the summer break
There are a lot of different bookmark ideas on IShare Crafts, but here are a few that caught my eye.
Mormish Mom’s ruffled fabric bookmarks are so precious, and easy to make!
Soap Deli made quick work of this bookmark with a paperclip and a small scrap of ribbon!
For that hardcore reader, A Sprinkle of This shows how to make a heavy-duty bookmark that will NOT fall out or loose your place.
Along with bookmarks, NOTEBOOKS or journals are always a hit as a graduation gift. If you can personalize the notebooks…even better!
AdelynSTONE gives us step-by-step instructions on how to create these cute (and stitched) notebooks. Bundle a few together for the perfect grad gift!
A classic gift for graduates is a picture frame. I love the idea of giving them something to help them remember their journey. Stick a photo from their school year (or whatever their milestone was) into a customized frame for a very meaningful gift.
Monograms are huge right now and “A Little Tipsy” shows how to make this gorgeous monogrammed frame with a secret ingredient!
Make your frame into wall art like “Happy Clippings” did with some wood scraps and pieces of patterned paper!
If you want to get really personal, check out Alison’s amazing “Friend” board! I want to get one of these! So perfect for helping your graduate know how much they are loved.
Is your grad a techie? Madigan made walks us through how to make a gorgeous iPod case from a repurposed photo album. I made one…..LOVE IT!
Or, go with an iPod/Cell phone cozy like this one from “Pickup Some Creativity”. Fits your iPhone, HTC camera phone, iPod, and many other phones. Keep that phone safe AND easy to find.
What graduation would be complete without a PARTAY?!?! “Did Someone Say Party?” submitted an amazing post complete with ideas GALORE for a grad party to rule all grad parties. Here is just a little “taste” of what you’ll find:
How about some invites? BNute productions has us covered!
Or party favors?
Beth Proudfoot created these:
I hope these ideas have sparked some creativity! You can give your grad a gift that is meaningful, useful, fun, and JUST for them! Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas to the IShare Sites:
A few tips for getting YOUR idea up on IShare:
1. Only submit your own stuff. We love that you want to SHARE, but share your own creations We won’t post 3rd party submissions. Sorry ladies!
2. Do not submit etsy listings or other items for sale. We are a site for sharing FREE tutorials, printables, recipes, and ideas. Keep on creating and selling, but do that on the sites that are meant for it.
3. Take GREAT pictures! Make sure that your photos are NOT too dark, too grainy, too small, or too overwhelmed by the background. We want your idea to SHINE and for your photo to do it justice. This is for your own benefit. We want as many readers to be attracted to your submission as possible! A great photo will attract readers like a bee to honey
4. Be patient. We get so many FABULOUS submissions that it takes a while to get each submission up on the site. Why don’t we just put all of them up at once? Well, we really want each and every submission to have it’s moment to SHINE on the site! We don’t want your idea to be buried by dozens of new posts every day. Make sense?
I think that’s it, that’s all! Happy Sharing!!