*Five years ago, I was given the title “Ideas for Giving Out Graduation Souvenirs to Guests” for publication on eHow. The article was originally published on March 21, 2011. It is no longer published on eHow or anywhere else so I am free to publish it here.
Students spend years preparing for graduation. Graduation guests spend years waiting for the day when they can properly congratulate the graduate for a job well done. Party souvenirs help the graduate and graduation guests commemorate the event for years to come. Souvenirs may be store bought, handmade or a combination of both.
Graduation Photo Frame
Give graduation guests a small photo of the graduate. Small, inexpensive frames may be purchased at a local dollar store. Insert a photo of the graduate in his graduation gown. For a more personal touch, insert a photo of the graduate together with the recipient.
Write or paint the graduation year onto the frame. If space allows, write a personal note on the frame for the gift recipient. If time allows, create a handmade frame from heavy card stock or cardboard. Cover the frame with photos or magazine images that represent special memories.
Wrap the frame in school colors or use black paper and add a black or silver bow.
Customized T-Shirts for Peer Guests
Throw a party for the graduate and give a T-shirt souvenir to each guest. Obtain solid colored T-shirts from a craft or local variety store. Use cloth swatches to sew on the name of the recipient and the graduation year.
Purchase iron-on paper from an office supply store. Find photos of special memories from high school or college and iron them onto the shirts. Be sure to follow the directions on the package carefully to prevent burns or damaged shirts. Scan images of popular movies, actors, actresses, vocalists, or concert tickets from high school or college years. Iron them onto the shirts, too.
Pool Party Souvenirs
Celebrate the graduate’s accomplishments by the pool. Purchase small beach balls or plastic beverage containers. Instruct the graduate to add a personal “thank you” message to each ball or cup using a permanent marker. The graduate may choose to personalize party favors for specific guests or add a general message for all. When the guests leave, they may take their ball or beverage souvenirs with them.
Handmade Announcements and Invitations
Hand-make the graduation announcements and invitations. Personalize each card especially for the recipient. Include the traditional name card and graduation information. Then add something the recipient deems as personal, such as a photo of the graduate and recipient at a past event. Include a movie ticket stub from a movie the two attended together or another piece of memorabilia.
For a large number of guests, use a computer to create and personalize one announcement or invitation that all guests will find personally valuable. The announcement and/or the invitation becomes the graduation souvenir.