A Guide to Graduation Season

Graduation season is here {hooray Class of 2016}! 

The next 30 days are filled with graduation ceremonies and parties which means gifts to get and invitations to order. This is one of our favorite times of year, whether we are helping the graduate plan out gifts for all the friends or helping mom coordinate all the party details,  the spirit of graduation season is both joyous and contagious {and also serves as a true marker that summer is about to begin!}

Swoozie's In-Store Graduation Shop

Swoozie's In-Store Graduation Shop

 

We’ve put together the top questions we hear from customers at this time of year along with our answers and guidance – including gift giving ideas and inspiration for the parties.

1.       Q: What is the difference between an invitation and an announcement?

a.       You will need to send graduation invitations when you want your guest to attend the commencement and/or graduation party. The invitations are requesting someone's specific presence but can also serve as an announcement.

b.      You will need to send graduation announcements when you want to let your friends and family know of your achievements, but there will not be an actual event that they need to attend. These are the cards a grad sends to family and friends to share the big news about the graduation. It includes information about the graduate, including the school he or she is graduating from, but doesn’t include the time, date or location like an invitation would.

Graduation Invitation 

Graduation Invitation 

 

2.       Q: My son wants to get a gift for his girlfriend. I don’t want to spend more than $25 (or $50) what should I get her?

a.       We love anything from ban.do collection from the peek-a-boo bags and clutches (which are great for travel) to the phone cases and tech accessories.

Our favorite gift ideas for besties

Our favorite gift ideas for besties

b.      Another favorite is the initial kate spade new york drink tumblers which you can make even more personal with her name.

we love kate spade {add your name in gold in the color block!}

we love kate spade {add your name in gold in the color block!}

 

3.       Q: I need to buy a gift for my daughter’s 5 best girlfriends. What can I get for all them that matches?

a.       We have so many great options all at different price points to make sure you stay in budget for the long list of friends you are looking to buy for. Some of our favorite suggestions include personalized cosmetic bags; our best-selling Corkcicle canteens (one of Oprah’s top gifts to the holiday season); personalized tote bags – great for both summer travel and on campus; personalized necklaces; and for the girly-girls – one of our favorite gifts of the season is our new silky floral kimono robe.

 

4.       Q: My daughter is so excited she got into Clemson. Can I get her a package of gifts all college – themed or that our the school colors?

a.       Absolutely! Shop our Monogram Shop to put together a whole collection of collegiate colored gifts (from pillowcases to custom blankets to an acrylic tray you can put her monogram or school on and she can use as a trinket tray).

b.      Plus we have Tervis Tumbler and Smather’s and Branson which all have collegiate themed gifts.

 

5.       Q: I am hosting a high school graduation party. I have no idea what kind of theme it should be? Ideas?

a.       We offer a wide range of options for the graduation party and this year we have 4 primary collections to choose from (that said, you can customize any type party you want with our in-house graphic designer)!

The Tassle was worth the Hassle | YAY | Class of 2016 | It's Been Fun...Glad We're Done

The Tassle was worth the Hassle | YAY | Class of 2016 | It's Been Fun...Glad We're Done

 

Shop our complete Graduation catalog online or shop local Swoozie’s and talk to any of our experts to help you find the perfect gift an plan the most memorable party.

Here’s to the Class of 2016!

The Swoo Crew