Great Grad Gifts & Teacher Tokens by Rachel Harris, Manic Managed Mom


Great Grad Gifts & Teacher Tokens

by: Rachel Harris,

Hard to believe that another school year is already coming to a close and that also means that graduation season is upon us. Plus you may want to thank your teacher(s) with a token of gratitude for all they did for your child this year. Here are some great gift ideas for both occasions...

Great Grad Gifts

*2015 Autograph Photo Frame Pillow ($24 at Francesca's stores) -- This pretty pink small pillow triples as a pillow, picture frame and autograph keepsake. Put her gradation picture in this and then she can invite her friends to sign it since it comes with an autograph pen and the backside is blank for signatures and well wishes. Fun!

*Sparkly Grad Headband ($11.99 at AJ's Fine Foods) -- AJ's has the most unique gift section and this fun black sparkly headband that sports a mini graduation cap and a tassel is super cute and super fun for her to wear at her graduation party.

*Don't Forget To Be Awesome Sparkly Double Wall Drink Container ($18 at Francesca's stores) -- This pretty and tall water bottle has a great well wishes for graduation message and keeps drinks cold without the outside moisture that most bottles sport which can be annoying. It is also food safe and is BPA free.

*Good Luck Graduate 223 Thoughts for the Road Ahead book ($12.99 at AJs Fine Foods) -- I love that this is written by a Dad of two daughters, one who is starting graduate school and one is graduating high school a year early. It is packed with simple but powerful nuggets of advice that is thoughtful, some are funny and all touch the heart. One of my favorite quotes in the book is "never lie, you will get caught sooner or later, and the truth is so much easier to remember" and I chuckled at "buy cheap sunglasses, it's always the expensive ones you lose" this cool little advice book.

*Dream Big Keepsake Box ($22 at Francesca's stores) -- This pretty blue box can hold jewelry or other keepsakes and I like the idea of putting a check or gift card inside.

*Funny Card ($3.75 at Francesca's stores) -- Maybe this one is appropriate for the college grad because it says, "Looks Like The Bank of Mom and Dad Is Officially Closed" and it wishes the graduate congratulations inside. Funny!

*And So The Journey Begins Picture Frame (9.99 at Party City) -- This is pretty frame with a nice message.

*The Tassel was worth the HASSLE sign (4.99 at Party City) -- I like wall art and this cute little sign will make the graduate smile, especially if this is a college grad that worked his or her way through school. I worked three jobs so this gift would have made me smile for sure when I received my Bachelor's degree years ago.

*Keep Cam and Graduate water cup (4.99 at Party City) -- Give the girl graduate the sparkly cup that I described above and this blue and black water cup can go to the guy graduate. You can also put a gift card or check inside.

*Owl Graduate Frame ($5.99 at Party City) -- For the grade school or preschool graduate this cute little owl frame that shows an owl wearing a graduation cap is super cute.

*Limited Edition Rose Gold Styler Set ($225 at Sephora and -- Good flat irons are pricy and this one is especially nice since it is high quality and is a limited edition model with the glossy rose gold finish and sleek black plates. For the girl who wants to use a good flat iron daily, this award winning beauty tool makes a nice gift.

Teacher Tokens of Gratitude

*I Teach...What's Your Super Power Mug ($10 at Teresa's Creative Gifts -- My personal favorite teacher gift! Gets yours at this link.... Teresa's is a local company and she has the most creative gifts for all sorts of occasions.

*Little Dish ($6 at Francesca's stores) -- I like little tokens of gratitude and this little dish (not to be used for food) says "A Teacher opens a mind AND touches a heart FORVER" and I think a teacher that you want to know truly made a difference would love this.

*Heart Footprints necklace card ($16 at Francesca's stores) -- This sweet card that also houses a gift heart necklace says "You left footprints on my heart" and I think this would touch a teacher's heart knowing that she left an everlasting presence with her student.

*Heart of a Teacher" book ($15.95 at AJ's Fine Foods) -- This sweet book celebrates teachers who teach from the heart and the inspirational passages inside are thoughtful and touching.

*Reversible Heart Necklace ($40 at Urbayn) -- For the teacher who truly touched your child's heart, Urbayn has a cool selection of heart necklaces that will definitely touch her heart and this particular one is reversible with one side sporting a gold plate and the other showing pretty rhinestones.

Kirkland's also has a terrific selection of teacher gifts so be sure to check there as well.

What are your unique grad and teacher gifts? Share in the comments section and be sure to check out my blog at for more gift ideas, beauty news, recipes and more. Happy end of another school year season.