Reader Request: Gift Ideas

I recently got 2 questions regarding gift ideas so I’d thought it would be great to put together a post!

First the questions:

Question 1: I was wondering if you could do a blog about graduation gifts. I have multiple friends graduating law school and graduate school but am not sure what to get them. I’d like the gifts to be personable but also classy (classy on a budget though). As a graduate student myself, my funds are limited. Gifts ranging from $50 to $150 would be great. Thanks a lot.

Question 2: I have a few friends’ bdays coming up and I want to get something really nice. I’m looking to spend around $75. The girls are fab and have a lot of fab items like yourself. Do you have any gift ideas for fab girls?

Even though the gifts are for different occasions, I’ve picked out gifts that I think would work for any occasion. Also, as you will see a lot of my picks are from Etsy. I really like shopping Etsy for gifts as they are truly unique items that your friends probably have never seen before and the fact that they are handmade make it a really nice gift!

I always love giving and getting jewelry and you can really find pieces to fit all your friend’s personalities. I recently purchased a few of these Modern Friendship bracelets from etsy seller Ayofemi Jewelry and at $14 each you can buy one or a few to give to your friends and keep one for yourself! They are so cute and really well made.

She makes them in a bunch of different colors so you can pick the colors that your friend would like or just buy a few so she can mix and match!

As a girly girl, I love everything that’s ruffles and bows and I fell for this necklace but I also think it’s modern and simple enough for the lesser girly girls that you may know. I can see almost all my friends wearing this necklace! Reminder Bow Necklace – $55

I also love giving personal accessories for gadgets as it’s one of those things that people don’t think about giving but really, it’s quite a useful gift isn’t it? I would totally use one of these if someone gave it to me.

I like that this one zips up on the side of the laptop so that you don’t have to worry about accidentally scratching the top of your laptop with the zipper.

But this one is even better as it’s got a flap so you won’t have to worry about any scratches.

etsy seller Jiu Jiu, padded laptop sleeve – $23.99

She’s even got Nook/Kindle covers! A perfect gift for your friend if she has an e-reader.

And only $18.99!

Now, let’s talk about makeup as I think that makeup is always a great gift to give and you can find stuff that’s packaged so nicely which always makes for great presents.

Every girl needs a nice set of brushes and I love this 6 brush roll set. It’s the essentials that everyone needs and the matching brush roll is pretty darn cute!

If your friend already has brushes, then you could get a pretty brush roll like this.

etsy seller: a soft black star – $13.60

I love giving nail polish over most makeup because with nail polish it’s so much easier to pick out colors for your friends.

This set of pinks would be perfect for a girl who doesn’t like to go crazy with her nail colors.
O.P.I Limited Edition Pink Soft Shades Mini Pack of 4 – $20-54

But this set would be great for someone who loves to try out new colors! I love the varying shades they give you in this set.

Urban Decay Summer Love Nail Kit – $28

Often times if I don’t like the packaging that something comes in then I buy something that I think the recipient would like, so that way it makes it a complete gift package. Something like this cute cosmetic bag would be perfect to give these sets of nail polishes in.
There are more and more people these days with dSLR’s, why not give a budding photographer friend a pretty strap to replace the standard ones that come with the camera. It’s a pretty way to personalize her camera!

etsy seller VMJESS, Camera Strap – $25.00

Or how about a framed print? Home decor is always a bit hard to buy for other people but I think a little meaningful saying like this can be appreciated by everyone. This is one of my favorite prints ever. (And it’s letterpress which makes it even better!)

These prints come unframed so make sure to go to get a nice frame before giving it to your friend. That way it’ll be ready to go and all she’ll have to do it put it up!

I chose things at a lower price point so that you could mix and match and give your friends a few gifts within your budget. I think in the end it’s not about how much you spent but that you gave thought into the gift and made sure it fit into your friend’s personality. Even if you don’t end up giving any of these as gifts, I hope it was a starting point to help give you some ideas!

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  • Hilary
    June 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    You always have the most creative ideas! Those are so cute and can be used for any occasion. The price points are perfect too. The cute bracelets are my favorite!

  • Tierra
    June 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I love the friendship bracelets! I plan on ordering some soon! Could you find anything similar to your Tiffany's inital pendant? I'd love an initial necklace (my first name begins with a T, too!) but Tiffany's is a little pricey for me right now.

  • DiamondsandTulle
    June 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Ooh! I love the friendship bracelets and the DSLR camera strap! Great picks that are budget conscious Tiff! Love it!

    xx Vivian @

  • fshnonmymind
    June 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I have one more graduation gift to give and this list was an awesome round-up of ideas. I also love those friendship bracelets and I'm tempted to pick up a few of these items for myself.

  • Diane
    June 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    such fabulous ideas!!!

  • Bella
    June 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    You totally read my mind with the bow necklace! It's one of several things I want to buy next 🙂

  • Katie
    June 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Love all your picks! Great ideas.

  • Savvy Gal
    June 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I am always happy to receive nail polish. : )

  • Stephanie
    June 1, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    thanks for all the suggestions!

  • Breanne
    June 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I love the DSLR neck strap idea!!
    I was wondering if you could do maybe some Graduation hair idea's!
    Thanks 🙂

  • Caroline
    June 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I like all of these! Especially the laptop cases, brush rolls, and camera strap. As a recent graduate, I can say these are PERFECT gift ideas 🙂

  • Hijiri
    June 9, 2010 at 2:43 am

    oh, thank you so much for featuring my print on your very lovely blog!!! So excited!! Thank you!!! <3

  • Diva Style
    June 12, 2010 at 8:02 am

    After seeing your post, I purchased one of the brush rolls you featured from the etsy seller. I LOVE it!! Thanks for the tip, Tiffany!