A graduation, whether it be from college, high school, elementary school, or grad school, is a major accomplishment – one that’s worth celebrating! But amidst the excitement of a new chapter often comes a deep sense of nostalgia and the occasional moment of grief as familiar routines are said goodbye to.
To help your graduate head into the next chapter enthusiastically, send them forward with a sentimental gift. From photo gifts that keep their favorite faces within sight to books that walk them through their favorite memories, there’s no limit to the magic you can create when you craft with their most treasured moments in mind.
Below, we’ve outlined six ways to turn memories into meaningful gifts. Find one that immediately brings your graduate to mind and give it your all!
Create a book of memories.
A memory book is an incredible gift for a graduate that will help them celebrate an irreplaceable period of their life.
The best way to create a memory book for a graduate is to construct it from your own point of view. Instead of trying to recap memories you weren’t part of, highlight the ones you were! Dig deep into the archives for little moments you spent with this person, that even they may not remember! Whether you’re their parent, their significant other, or their best friend, telling stories about your favorites memories with them will keep you close to them wherever they go next.
Create a personalized yearbook.
Yearbooks made by the school are awesome, but they likely don’t capture the personal and unique experience of your graduate. Creating a personalized yearbook for your loved one will ensure they know that their time at a certain institution was meaningful.
If you want to take this gift to the next level, create a personalized mini book for everyone in your loved one’s graduating friend group! Fill each mini book with pictures of the graduates and their pals, leaving a few blank pages throughout where their friends can write heartfelt notes. This will leave each of them with a memento that captures their greatest memories.
Create sentimental art of their pets.
Saying goodbye to a childhood pet can be one of the hardest parts of graduation season. Don’t send your graduate off empty handed.
There are dozens of ways to capture all the love your graduate has for their pet. You can print a photo of the two of them together, print a solo photo of their pet, or showcase dozens of images in a pet photo book.
One of our favorite ways to sentimentally capture the memory of a pet is with an acrylic display of their paw prints. This can be created by collecting (animal safe) ink prints of a cat or dog’s paws. Scan this print into a digital version, then order this digital scan as an acrylic print! The paw print will be preserved behind a durable and dimensional acrylic sheet.
Create a scrapbook of small mementos.
Your personalized graduation gift doesn’t have to be limited to just photo prints! Take your memory book to the next level by incorporating tangible mementos like concert tickets, shopping receipts, or handwritten notes.
The best scrapbook will include the most unique mementos – mementos that your recipient will be truly surprised to see! Search old purses, dresser drawers, backpack pockets, and wallets for ticket stubs or knickknacks. You can also print out digital mementos, such as screenshots of old messages, virtual boarding passes, or acceptance letters.
Print their Instagram feed.
If you want to print photos for your graduate but don’t know where to start, social media is here to save the day. It’s likely that your graduate’s Instagram feed is a highlight reel of all their favorite photos – whether they be scenic shots from trips, cute snapshots of their pets, or photographs with friends. Creating 30-50 classic prints from their Instagram feed and tagged photos will make it easy for them to fill their new space with memories – whether that be a dorm room, a post-grad apartment, or a work office.
It might feel instinctual to screenshot photos from an Instagram feed, but this can result in low-quality prints. To download a high-quality version of an Instagram post, head to your desktop browser. Click on the post you want to print, then copy and paste media/?size=l at the end of the URL. This will take you to a page where you’re able to right click and save the post in large format. Happy printing!
Let them choose their favorite memories.
Is your graduate a creative at heart? Let them work their own magic with a Printique gift card. A gift card allows them to select exactly the photographs they want to print and how they want to print them. This means they can shop with their space in mind, print memories you may not even know existed, or dedicate it to a particular creative project.