Preparing for graduation day

Graduation day is a monumental occasion, an event to be celebrated with zest and pride. But with any important event comes careful planning to make sure the day goes off without a hitch. From the graduation invitation to the graduation gift that seals the achievement, you'll need to put some thought into the accessories and embellishments that will make a graduate look their finest and feel their best throughout the day. Luckily, there are plenty of tips to simplify the task and get the preparations finished sooner so you're free to focus on the celebration!


Accessories for Graduation

The distinctive cap and flowing gown are principal images of graduation, and if the school does not supply the uniform, it will be your responsibility to find the right version to match the rest of the class. But even if the school does offer a rental service, there's a certain appeal to having your own, never-been-worn graduation cap and gown to keep as a memento of the occasion.

There are a variety of online retailers that offer graduation gowns and accessories for rent or purchase, and it's a good idea to begin your search early. Find out from the school exactly what colors and style you need to follow, and then begin to browse the retailers' selection. One potential problem with ordering from an online store is that there are more variables to consider; with enough forethought and investigation into purchasing and shipping policies, you should have the perfect cap and gown in your hands well before graduation day.

Graduation Gift Ideas

While traditional graduation gifts carry a nice sentiment and have symbolic value, there's no need to be limited by convention. One way to celebrate the individual without settling for something that's not quite suited to their age or personality is to personalize an item that they will use and appreciate.

The best graduation gift for your graduate will largely depend on their age. Although a formal pen set is a lovely token for a business school grad, it's obviously inappropriate for a grade school graduate. If you're looking for a nice gift for a special kid, why not opt for a personalized necklace, photo collage calendar or even an embossed binder that can go back to school with them in the fall? One gift that any happy child will look forward to receiving is a graduation treat bag tagged with their name and filled with their favorite candy, toys and magazines.

Whether you decide on an engraved trinket, personalized accessory or simply a bountiful bouquet of graduation flowers, remember that grad season is also peak wedding season, and some of these companies do the majority of their business during those few months of the year. Order as far in advance as possible -- a couple of months in the cases of personalized gifts and a couple of weeks for flowers -- if you want to ensure the gift will arrive on time.

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