Graduation is about possibilities. Whether its from high school or college, graduation means a fresh start. From the moment a student walks across the stage, they get a new beginning and a chance to build the life they choose. That’s a significant and powerful moment worth celebrating!

The question is, when your friend or loved one is stepping out into the world, what gift can you give that really celebrates this rite of passage? Sure, you could go with a gift card or cash, those things are always appreciated. But if there were ever a time to give a gift of significance, this would be it!

We may not be experts, but in our experience, you can’t go wrong if you ask yourself these three questions when shopping for a graduation gift.

DOES THIS SUIT THEIR STYLE?

The most important thing you need to think about is the person you’re buying for. This may sound elementary, but even when you’re out shopping for someone else, it can be really easy to pick up the items that you love. Make sure the gift reflects the taste and style of the graduate.

WILL THEY EVER USE THIS?

Graduating usually precedes a big move or lifestyle change, so consider what the graduate may need moving forward. Are they moving to a dorm room where they’ll need everything from decorations to basic sheets and towels? Are they starting their first big job out of college? Think about their upcoming needs and try to get them something they can use on a regular basis.

IS THIS GIFT PERSONAL OR MEANINGFUL?

The best graduation gifts reflect this moment in time. Graduation is both a beginning and an end (sort of), so you can go either way! You can give a gift that will make your graduate feel excited and inspired for the future, or you can opt for the gift that will take them down memory lane. Both are wonderful, you can’t go wrong. The most important thing you can do is make it personal. Choose a gift that you can customize and personalize.

We may not be experts, but we know how to customize and personalize just about anything. So while we can’t give you a “top ten things to buy a graduate” list, we can suggest a couple of things that are guaranteed to make any graduate feel special.

Canvas prints

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The best thing about canvas is that it’s super versatile! You can print custom designs, quotes, artwork, photographs, and more. Canvas can be mounted, framed, or hung as-is and you’re not limited to standard sizes.

Not sure what design you want printed? We offer custom design services as well as canvas printing, so if you’re not an artist, we’ve got you covered. If you’re fresh out of design ideas, our favorite graduation gifts for 2017 are customized maps. You can choose the map you like, and add a quote or a name that fits your graduate! This gift is great for grads who are about to embark on their journey into the world. They can even check off the places they visit as they go! It’s a keepsake for life.

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Interested in pricing for a custom canvas print? Simply fill out our short request a quote form and we’ll get you all the info you need!

Embroidered gifts

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Custom name or monogram embroidery is another great way to create a personalized gift your grad will use and love. We find that the most loved embroidered gifts are the ones students can use at school! Personalized blankets are great for dorm life because they can’t get mixed up with a roommates. We also suggest towels, backpacks, and cozy bath robes.

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Want to see more options for embroidered gifts? Shoot us an email and we’ll be happy to send you some more ideas! Maybe you’ve already got a special gift and you’re just looking to add that special personal touch. We can help you with that, too!

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Curious about other potential gifts? Check out our website and follow us on social to see more of what Cornerstone Impressions can customize for you!

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Embroidered jackets and button down shirts are great forms of advertising and a popular choice among clients this time of year. When you’re shopping for shirts and jackets, you have a wide variety of fabrics, styles and sizes to choose from. In a store, all the choices are laid out in front of you so you can easily select the option that best suits your personal style.

When you’re thinking about custom embroidery, it’s a little less simple. You might have plenty of options, but if you can’t see them it’s pretty hard to choose the one that’s best for you. We don’t think that’s fair, which is why we are laying some of those options out on the table today. Now you can choose your custom embroidery style just like you would choose a shirt in a store.

LEFT OR RIGHT CHEST

Okay, we’ll go ahead and state the obvious here. The left or right chest is by far the most common embroidery location on a jacket or shirt. It’s simple, classic, and professional. Basically, if it were a person, it would be the person you take home to meet your mother.

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The left and right shoulders are also very popular locations because they’re great for advertising, and here’s why: It’s less awkward for someone to stare at your shoulder from afar than it is for someone to stare at your chest. People may not take the time to read the logo on your chest for fear of making you uncomfortable. However, if it’s on your sleeve, they’re free to stare as long as they like.

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Upper Back

Embroidery on your upper back is all about personal preference. Some like their embroidery in the center of the back, while others choose to place their logo on one shoulder blade or the other. Another common use for upper back embroidery is displaying a web address or full company name.

Yoke

The yoke, or nape of the neck, is a discreet location for those who want personalization but nothing flashy. It’s also a popular location for athletes to put their jersey number for a couple of reasons. First, the number allows the players to identify which jacket is whose. Second, the number lets the fans identify players on the sidelines during the game.

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Cuff

Embroidering shirt sleeve cuffs is becoming more and more popular as a gift item for events like weddings. Brides give their bridesmaids custom embroidered shirts to wear on the day of their wedding and to have as a keepsake afterward. Popular embroidery ideas for cuffs: date, “bridesmaid,” “bride,” “maid of honor,” etc.

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 Now that you know some of your options, we’d love to see what you’ve chosen! Comment below with your custom embroidery photos and tell us what you love about it. If you happen to have some Cornerstone Impressions custom embroidery, don’t forget to post a picture of it on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #csimpressions for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card! Follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around and our social media channels below for more chances to win.

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