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Unique Graduation Gifts for All Ages

Today's post was written by intern Jacki Peckenpaugh. You can follow her on Twitter at @FashionFrenzzzy

It’s that season once more where graduation party invites are superfluous! It can be tricky coming up with yet another perfect gift for that special grad. After all, countless all nighters, dishing out a tremendous amount of money, and years of hard work deserve some recognition! Remember that age is key when considering an appropriate present. Here are some gift ideas for all ages and stages of academia:


Set her up with these sweet diamonds from Red Envelope. They're cute for everyday casual style, yet formal enough for award nights and dances.


Deliver your grad from the evils of the dining hall with 101 Things To Do With Ramen Noodles. Author Toni Patrick has an entire series, but also consider Tray Gourmet or Where's Mom Now That I Need Her?  A fun touch when giving a book is to treat it as a card and have friends and family sign or write a special note inside.


While Jen likes to wax romantic about dressing up for football games (sadly, not done at her alma mater), perhaps your grad is off to an institution where it's the norm. Give them an appropriate tie or tote from the Vineyard Vines' College Collection. Rah, rah, rah!


Graduation means moving on and moving out! Give her new nest a personalized touch with a pretty monogrammed pillow.


Remember to consider the graduate’s interests and choose something memorable, as this is a time when they will receive lots of gifts. There is nothing more personal and unique than a photo scrapbook or dvd of memories! Also consider tickets to a concert or sporting event, or travel plans for one last summer fling. Technology gadgets are high on the want list for any grad...and of course, moolah is greatly welcomed in any form!


Retro Baseball Party for dads, grads, and birthdays

Know someone who loves baseball but is over the age of 12?  Look no further than this Vintage Baseball Party!  This fun retro theme is great for Father's Day, birthdays, graduation, or any other time you want to put a sophisticated spin on America's Favorite Pastime.

Take a look at the details and printable files (at the very bottom) below!




 I covered the table with a wide runner of green felt and interspersed antiqued retro team logos (file below) with 3D baseball stickers from the scrapbook aisle of my local craft store.


Since my husband Dan loves the White Sox, I focused on them, but of course you can feature your favorite. Go a little crazy with your team's logo!


Create a photo station with a green backdrop, and pin a little ivy to the fabric (staples are an effective shortcut). Tuck a 3D baseball embellishment into the ivy...foul ball! Cut out an old fashioned moustache (file below), put it on a stick, and provide your guests with a hat and bat.  It's photo time!


Menu Ideas

Offer items off your local ballpark's menu (sushi in Seattle, garlic fries in San Francisco) or try these variations on the hot dog:
Chicago style
Coney Island chili sauce for hot dogs
Grilled hot dogs with mango chutney and red onion relish
Beer-simmered brats

Round it out with ballpark staples like popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels, plus summertime classics like watermelon slices, root beer floats, and bottles of your favorite brew.




Print-outs for your party

If you've got a blog and would like to share these with your readers, please link to this page, not to the individual files (and please let me know if you do link to this page so I can say THANK YOU!)

Moustache and Invitation

Right click on the images to save, then print


Popcorn Cones

To make popcorn cones, draw and cut on the grey lines, then wrap the shape around a disposable cup about 5" tall.  Finish with trim.  I used 12x12 scrapbook paper.  Download Pattern


Antiqued Logos

Arizona through Chicago Cincinnati through Houston Kansas City through NY Mets NY Yankees through Seattle St. Louis through Washington (and San Francisco)

Logos adapted from Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.net


All team logos are property of their respective teams. All other rights reserved, Second City Soiree.

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