Here’s some fun and easy Graduation gift ideas – on the cheap!
Print out a picture of yourself and the graduate. Wal-mart prints are only .19 each, and sometimes are as cheap as .15! They are not the best number one quality, but works great just the same. Your local Dollar Store carries a wide array of frames for… you guessed it, a dollar! To personalize even more use rub-ons or clear stickers you might already have on hand, to add a special quote or the graduating class onto the glass frame. Sure beats buying a $10+ frame that says “graduate” on it.
To make it even easier for you, I made the free printable below. I used a picture from our Honeymoon Cruise to Bermuda, and added the text of another favorite quote of mine using Picasa. This picture was taken from atop our ship… ah, Bermuda… ok I’m back (wink wink). If you post it on the internet to share (please feel free to do so), I ask that you leave us a comment and link back to this blog. Thank you in advance. This photo is ready to be used in a 4×6 frame. Right click and save to your computer. Then have it printed at your local printing shop like a normal picture.
|And just for fun, here’s the original picture before I edited it.|
Again, since prints are so cheap, putting together a collage doesn’t cost much. Print pictures of the graduate and all their friends throughout the years, plus special quotes, along with anything else you can think of to make it more personable.
Photo Book Scrapbook
A scrapbook is a great way to relive your memories with the graduate. Use photos and quotes that apply. Same as a collage just in a book form. To make it even easier, buy a standing two-fold picture book that has a space already next to each picture for the journaling. Again, so simple, but a great impact!
Record friends and teachers expressing their congratulations to the graduate, at the end you can add your own thoughts.
Yes CD’s are still “in style,” especially if you personalize it with their favorite songs. Bonus points if you use songs meaningful to both of you.
Pick a theme that represents that person and go with it. For example you can use Alumni items from the school they are going to attend. Another cute idea is to fill a laundry basket with things for their new place!! Some items you can fill it with are shower supplies, packaged snack foods, a small tool kit, and a bulletin board. Or make up a first aid box. Items can include band-aids, a thermometer, antiseptics, aspirin, gauze and tape, etc. You can purchase an inexpensive basket/box to hold everything in, or decorate one too!
Hope these gift ideas were helpful to you!! We would love to see what you create, so feel free to send us your pictures! We might even feature you on the blog!! Happy Creating!!