Do you know a recent high school graduate headed off to the University of Alabama? Check out this fan inspired gift basket to keep her dressed head to toe in Bama gear.
My middle step-daughter is graduating high school in a couple of weeks and will be headed to the University of Alabama this fall. So naturally she needs all the crimson and houndstooth that we can find.
All this crimson is a sharp contrast from the orange and white basket that I did a few years ago for her sister attending the University of Tennessee. We are a house divided! By the time all 5 kids get through college I don’t know what we will be called. I would say we would be a broke house after 5 kids but thankfully Kate got an amazing scholarship!
Her mother is having a graduation party for her in a few days that we are attending, I wanted to take a gift that met a few special criteria. It should contain unique items and look pretty sitting on a gift table. I wanted the items to be things that would either show off her new school colors and/or be useful while attending her first semester of college.
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University of Alabama Graduation Gift
I love giving gifts that have lots of thought put into them. I enjoy the whole process of coming up with the idea, searching for the perfect items, packaging them and then presenting them to the recipient. My husband says it is the cheerleader in me. I just love to see the face of someone that gets a present that they really like!
Giving gifts made by small businesses is also something that brings joy to my heart. Supporting men and women that drive their business with their passion really shows through in the product that you will receive. And Etsy is a great place to find those awesome crafty businesses.
So here are the items that I purchased to create this custom University of Alabama graduation gift basket.
*In no particular order because I loved them all so much!
Alabama Gifts for Her on Etsy
Every entering college freshman needs a cute way to hold those new dorm keys! This adorable keychain allows you to show off your school pride and your monogram. I would put a monogram on my kids foreheads if that was an acceptable thing to do! Love them!
Ponytail holders are a great practical gift. Add the Alabama logo and they are a fantastic gift! I know these will get tons of use during late night study sessions or game days.
To comply with stadium security, you need a clear bag. But clear does not equal boring! A big houndstooth wrap around the top with a crimson monogram make this clear bag a stylish option for those Alabama game days.
Seriously. I don’t even know what to say about these. I died laughing when I saw them and immediately bought them. And I don’t regret it at all. They are the best earrings I have seen all year. If you don’t own a pair of Saban earrings are you even a Bama fan?
You will love this shirt. It is so soft and seems like it would be so comfortable to wear! (I am about to place my second order so that I can get one for myself). I also love the vintage style vs. the traditional bright logos that you see say at the school book store.
Great quality tumbler with an Alabama logo on one side and your name on the other. This is perfect to keep in the dorm or to take to class.
This is the second time I have purchased a notepad from this company. The quality of this pretty and practical gift is top notch. The Alabama logo in the middle is lighter than the personalization at the top making it easy to read anything you write on the stationary.
Packaging the Graduation Present
I got the 4 section basket that held all these cute Alabama goodies from Hobby Lobby. In the fabric section, they had some Alabama themed fabric. I got 1/8th of a yard and just tied two simple bows on either side.
I have made several of these types of baskets over the years. One for our girl at University of Tennessee and another for the daughter of our dear friend that is attending Ole Miss. They are so fun to search for and create a unique and creative gift for the special student in your life.
When I made the UT basket, I presented it on move in day to the dorm. That basket was more economical by adding a few personalized items from Etsy and then filling the rest with less expensive dorm essentials from the Dollar Tree or grocery in team colors. Think candy, small organizers, and school supplies all in the color scheme of your choice. So feel free to add some of those fillers to make your basket fuller without spending a ton more money.