Celebrate Your Graduate with a Personalized Gift

Gift Ideas graduation gifts personalized gift


Wow, it’s about that time already!  

Many of us are now celebrating high school and college graduates within our families. Perhaps your baby is now college bound -- how exciting?!!!  Maybe your loved one is jumping into a career, ready to embark on a new journey of their very own. Break out the tissues...it’s ok! It’s a tough, yet exciting transition for all.  Let's celebrate!  

For our college-bound graduates, or anyone with kids leaving the nest, we have a variety of gift ideas from practical to keepsakes for both HIM and HER.

Fun Gifts During Celebrations

Show off your new graduate! Create this one-of-a-kind garden flag with a custom photo of your graduate.  They'll feel extra special, as it's sure to prompt many well wishes from the neighbors.  You could also hang it inside as part of a banner or party centerpiece.  All you need to do after purchase is email us your picture to sewcutebykatie@gmail.com with the subject line - "photo for graduate flag."

Graduation garden flag with photo of graduates

Gifts They’ll Love

For the Guys

 Let's kick things off for the guys this time.  We're talking practical gifts for our practical guys.  Things that can be useful every day.  We carry toiletry bags (aka hygiene kits) for men that can be personalized with a name or monogram.  If it ever gets left behind (you know, the rare occurrence), it's sure to find it's way home.   

Grey Hygiene Bag or Toiletry Bag includes Monogram

For the Ladies

Hands down, our favorite gift for the ladies is a personalized, super soft and comfy robe and a coordinating cosmetic bag!  We have several colors available, and all will keep the recipient warm, cozy, and relaxed.  Perfect for dorm life!

We have several robe colors available in waffle weave and you can choose from a variety of thread colors. 

White waffle weave robe with monogram 

Speaking of dorm life, that makes me think of traveling in general, whether it be adventuring on Summer trips, or traveling around the dorm.  We carry a great hanging travel bag in gray or black, that can be monogrammed in a variety of colors!  

This bag is amazing!  It has compartments for a toothbrush, makeup holders, two see-through pockets to view contents, side zippered pockets for tall containers, a center section with dedicated organization slip pockets, a hang-anywhere hook and a web handle!  Bonus: exterior zippered pockets!  Lots of storage packed into a small bag.  Everything stays neat and organized.

Hanging Toiletries Bag or Hanging Bathroom Accessory Bag with Monogram

We also have colorful, patterned hanging travel totes available in our Totes and Bags section in our online shop.  Check them out!  

For Everyone

I wanted to kick things off by showing you one of our custom requests.  We carry a variety of raglan t-shirt colors, and t-shirts in general!  We made this Louisville Alumni custom raglan t-shirt with coordinating Louisville Alumni Baseball Cap.  Don't you love it?!!!  Your graduate will, too! While this isn't listed on the website, it's one example of a custom request!  Just contact us and we'll be happy to help.

Custom Raglan Tshirt and Ball Cap Louisville Alumni by Sew Cute by Katie

The next gift idea is both practical and cherishable.  It comes in two colors, Navy or Deep Smoke.  It travels compact as a plush pillow, and unfolds to reveal a soft, plush blanket to keep you warm.  Great for Summer travels in airplanes or long car rides where one persons comfort is another persons arctic tundra!  When used as a blanket, a small pocket is available to secure any loose items.

Plush Packable Travel Bag that Unfolds into a Blanket

We also carry large, absorbent towels -- perfect for beach week or dorm life.  Our towels include a personal monogram, choose between a 3-letter monogram or name.  Our towels are light, absorbent and dry quickly!  I consider these multipurpose towels - use them as a picnic blanket, airport blanket, or, in a pinch, fold it up to use as a pillow.  These towels fold down into one quarter of the size of a traditional beach towel, great for packing for the beach!  We have several design options available for monogramming in the shop.   

Large Striped Monogrammed Beach Towel

Speaking of blankets, we have these amazing sweatshirt material blankets that can be embroidered or personalized with vinyl.  We have several more colors available than what's pictured here. Just click on the image to go straight to the shop listing for embroidery.  Coordinate the blanket color and thread to match the school colors of the graduate...or match the colors of the college that they'll be attending in the Fall! 

Sweatshirt blankets for embroidery or vinyl personalization


Memorable Gifts They'll Cherish

This is the perfect time to give a personal token of love, a treasured momento for the years to come.  Let us help you create something beautiful and memorable to show your graduate just how proud you are of them.

Do you have a lot of old t-shirts that your graduate will most likely never wear again?  You don't want to toss them out, and you don't want them to sit in a box forever!  Turn them into a t-shirt memory quilt!  We can make them in the shop, or you can test your DIY skills by following our online video class.  You can do this!  Bonus - the class is on sale! 

Tshirt Memory Quilt Class at Sew Cute by Katie

More Ideas

Have you read our blog post on sublimation?  We made the cutest sequin pillow keepsake using sublimation and a customer's personal photo to create a one-of-a-kind pillow! I think this would work great with senior pictures, especially for pics of tight-knit graduating friends that are going their separate ways.  

You can read more about the process and how we use sublimation at the shop in our blog post, Sequin Pillow Printing with Sublimation

Sequin Mermaid Pillow in White and Gold with Custom Photo available at Sew Cute by Katie  

That wraps it up for today's picks for graduation gifts!  Feel free to contact us for more personalizing options.  We are local Kentucky shop that creates unique gifts for the community using a variety of professional options: vinyl, embroidery, and sublimation.  Let us serve you!  

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Katie Bertrand

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  • Arline Groves on

    Where do I find the free embroidery pattern saying for the men’s button up memory shirt? Thank you…

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