Joan V. Recommends: 10 Great Graduation Gifts

It’s nearing that time of year: diplomas, graduation gowns, tearful goodbyes, new frontiers.

And you need to find a fun, thoughtful, personal and perfect graduation gift. No worries, we’ve got you covered!

But a word to the wise … many of these gifts are “custom made” for your special recipient, so you should order early to ensure its arrival by the big day.

Beautiful custom decoupage picture frames

These can be personalized with high school name and colors, college name and colors, or even sorority name and colors. I order at least five “New Trier” frames every May. Try:

Country Classics
Glenview

Marye-Kelley Decoupage
www.marye-kelley.com

Collegiate purses and snuggies



College Snuggie Direct!

Collegiate clothes, mugs and room accessories



Available at:
Campus Colors
Highland Park

Popcorn bowls, plates, picture frames, and mugs:



Available at:
Yellow Bird Stationery and Gifts
Wilmette

Home Decorators Collection

High school or college sport belt key chain

 

 

 

 

 

Available at:

Country Classics
Glenview

Stitching This, Stitching That
Wilmette

Online at Kam Sew Unique: kamsewunique.com

High school porcelain ring dish



Available locally at: Ellen’s on Elm
Winnetka

Midwestern/Chicago T-shirts


Know a high school graduate going out east or west to school? Are they proud of their roots? Then have them take a little piece of Chicago with them. Festa T-shirts show everyone you meet where you come from and that you're stoked to be from Chicago; great conversation starters for the new kid in town.

Festa
www.shopfesta.com/home.php

Personalized Towels, Robes, Spa Wrap and/or Laundry Bag

You’d be surprised how many towels get lost in those college dryers. Avoid all the mix-ups with personalized towels and laundry bags. This is a great gift and practical.

Monograms Today
Wilmette

EJ Mirage
Lake Forest

Initial Choice
Lake Forest

Country Classics
Glenview

Stitching This, Stitching That
Wilmette

Personalized Photo Mouse Pad or Mug


Give your graduate a special photo mug or mouse pad. Use a graduation photo, sports photo or a photo with a special friend, pet or event.

Available online at:
kodakgallery.com

snapfish.com

Personalized stationery

You might get a letter home if you give your graduate personalized stationery. Sheets, cards, or note pads with names, nicknames, initials or monograms.

Available at:

Custom Designs/Note Cards by Betsy Carothers
Betsy lives on the North Shore and her cards are the nicest I’ve seen anywhere.

All She Wrote
Winnetka

Mark My Words
Glenview

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