Even though I am just starting with my graduation research, I want to do some research for the fun! What could I make myself? What do you need when you’ve just graduated? And what would be a gift to use and remember for the rest of your working life?
There are a few gifts that came to my mind when I set my New Years resolutions, to make a graduation gift for myself (or for others ofcourse). Selfish? Well, every once in a while you may treat yourself, don’t you think? And besides… it is not completely selfish since I will share with you all how the process will look like from start to end! Not selfish at all ;).
What a starter needs after graduation!
When you’ve just graduated, you haven’t received a big paycheck yet… So your clothes, your bag, your laptop origins somewhere from your time as a student. Though while doing your interviews for the job, they say ‘Dress for the job you want not for the job you have’ (since you don’t have one…). Well, this doesn’t end at your clothes. There are a few items that might make a good impression during your job interviews!
Leather watch straps
That watch you got for your birthday some years ago might still look good, but the straps start to be a bit smelly, old, and worn. Without the need for a new watch, you can make it look like new with a new strap. This is actually a perfect example that something does not have to be expensive to look good. Since watch straps are often quite small, you might find a small piece of good quality leather in the scrap pile of your local leather shop. Often they sell them for a good price!
Leather note pad
Alright, when you’ve chosen your clothes, and maybe even your watch strap you might want to continue the good impression. You’ve done your homework, prepared some questions but you’ve written it down on a wrinkly piece of paper… Not the impression you want to make. So what about a beautiful, classy, notepad. I’ve made one before but it might be time for version 2.0, the female version. It keeps your papers, cards, and notes organized and it shows your excellent taste for leather items as well.
Bag or briefcase
But the most perfect graduation gift would, of course, be a stylish, timeless new bag or briefcase, to take not only your note pad on a job interview but all your work-related belongings with you every day for the rest of your working life. I know, you ladies will need more than just one… So do I. They do have to match your outfits, your new coat, your shoes and whatsoever. So you better start with your collection of workbags/briefcases rather sooner than later.
Smaller leather graduation gifts
Lastly, there are a few smaller items you might think of for a graduation gift. A small leather business card holder, a lovely leather pencil case or a leather mouse pad for your new desk are of course smaller but also amazing gifts to make for yourself or for everyone close to you who graduates. To help remember the receiver of the special occation, a hot stamp or foil print of the date or some initials will make it extra special.
Which of these graduation gifts do you prefer? And what do I need the most according to you? Well, I’m looking forward to your responses!