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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Graduation Gifts Under $200

Gift Ideas for Graduates @rachmccarthy7

High school and college graduations for the class of 2017 are just around the corner and today I'm rounding up a few of my favorite gifts for the graduate that are all under $200!

Graduation gifts can be tough. I think high school graduation can be a little easier since some people like to buy necessities for the graduate's college dorm room. But when it comes to the college graduate, they will be heading into the real world and will definitely be in need of some adult essentials. Although money is always an option, some people {including me!} like to give a gift that will actually serve a purpose for the graduate down the road, so here are a few of my favorites:
  • Girls are a lot easier than guys, at least in my opinion. Jewelry is always a fantastic gift idea and something like these pearl studs or this initial necklace are a great way to remember the exciting day. Watches are also a great gift, especially for graduates that are heading to the 9-5 real world. And that works for both girls and guys!
  • Personalized gifts are some of my favorites -- both to give and receive! -- and I love the idea of these custom city cufflinks and custom city tie. Whether the graduate is off to a new city post-graduation or just to remember his college town, the cufflinks and/or tie would make a memorable gift.
  • Lastly, a work bag will be essential for the girls and guys that are heading to an office job. A spacious tote is perfect for the girls {and I love the name of this one!} and a sturdy briefcase for the guys.
  • And just one note about this perfume: I think perfume always makes for a special gift whether it be Mother's Day, a birthday, anniversary or even a graduation gift. The reason I included this particular scent is because it's my new obsession! I received a sample from Nordstrom and used it for the first time this weekend and absolutely fell in love. A citrusy, floral scent with a touch of basil makes for a great fresh spring and summer perfume. I'm not one to ever change up my perfume, but I could really see myself wearing this one!
Do you have any graduates to shop for this year? Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!




  1. I can't believe it is already that time of year! These are great gift ideas, especially the travel bags!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. It has been quite some time since I've had to get a graduation gift, up until this year when Gary's oldest nephew is graduating from high school! He's a coffee aficionado and that coffee press to go is perfect!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Wow, hard to believe it's been two years since ours graduated...we have so many to go to this year so great ideas that I'm saving!

  4. These are all great ideas for a graduate! I love the initial necklace and who can say no to a DY ring?! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. These are all such great gift ideas, beautiful! My niece is graduating high school this year, so you've definitely given me some options to think about. She's a mix of a tomboy and girly-girl, lol, so I think those pearl earrings would be a perfect gift! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you're having a great day so far!



  6. I would have LOVED to have gotten that Tory Burch bag when I graduated!

    The Adored Life

  7. Great picks! My cousin is graduating from college, and I sent her a pair of studs like these and she loved them <3
    Green Fashionista

  8. These are great picks. Who wouldn't love that Tory Burch bag as a gift.

  9. Great ideas! Nice work related items and personalized pieces are always thoughtful.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  10. I agree with you Rachel, high school grad gifts are SO much easier. College grad gifts can definitely be harder -- especially guys! I think all of these are wonderful ideas and can go with any profession they are pursuing.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  11. I love the idea of a computer bag or tote bag for a college graduate! That's one thing that I'm always buying because I use public transport for my commute, and I wouldn't be able to survive without one!

  12. Great choices! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. OMG girl... me and my mom have been trying to figure out what to get my cousins bc they are BOTH graduating! Thanks for sharing these ideas... Love all of them!

    Brittany :)

  14. These are so many amazing ideas! I wish I got a Tory Burch bag for graduation! ;)

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  15. Such a great ideas!! Thanks for sharing!
    Mónica Sors

  16. Marvellous suggestions! I love Jo Malone so that any time of the year is perfect to me. :) Laptop bags and weekender bags are good practical gifts as well. Thanks for sharing. /Maidson x


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