Best Grad Gifts (coming from a grad)

I’m officially a high school grad and I’m off to college next year (pause for excitement)!!! This is a list compiled of things that I would want for a grad gift (so trust me when I say these are GREAT). You want to get something practical but still cute and fun! An easy way to make a gift more personal is specializing it to the school they’ll be attending or getting their name/ initials embroidered on. Now, for the list…

Hamper/ Laundry Bag

I just got this gift last night and it is amazing. It has my school colors, my name, and the university I’ll be attending on it. What more could you ask for?!

Jewelry Box

You can get a compact travel jewelry case for when they’re on-the-go or one to keep in their dorm room.


This is vital for communal bathrooms and the walks back to the dorm room.

Picture Collages

I love how sentimental and personal this gift is. It is great for close friends and family!


The one disclaimer of the embroidered pillows is that they are super expensive, but cute nonetheless 🙂

Water Bottle/ Tumbler Cup

I know my college encourages reusable water bottles and sooo many college students like their coffee in the morning so both of these things are a perfect grad gift.

Clutches and Pouches

From pencil pouches to cute clutches for makeup these are ALWAYS needed.

Instant Camera

Polaroids are such a fun way of collecting memories in college!

Gift Cards

I know what your thinking, is this impersonal? The answer is not at all! If you know a restaurant/ fast food place they love that will also be on their campus, buy them a gift card for it.

Portable Charger

So that they can charge their phone anytime, anywhere!

How to STOP Travel Breakouts!

When I sit on flights thousands of feet in the air I can almost feel my face breaking out. It feels like bad skin while traveling is inevitable. It sucks because who wants a big pimple while trying to tan on the beach or riding a bike in Amsterdam? Oh yeah, that’s right, NO ONE!!!! I’m no skincare expert but these are the tips and tricks that I recommend trying to fight travel breakouts.

For pre-flight, I would recommend hydration.  Trust me, I feel you, people are constantly telling me lots of water is key to good skin. It feels like you hear it every day. But, it becomes even more important when traveling. For both your skin and health. I always try to bring an empty water bottle and fill it up after I get past TSA. Last time in the airport, for example, I stopped at Starbucks before boarding along with my breakfast sandwich. I also asked them to fill my water bottle. Obviously, you can also find a water fountain, but if you’re already in line ordering, it never hurts to ask to fill your bottle. Another important key factor to good travel skin is moisturizer!!! Moisturizer is your best friend. However, don’t overdo it and clog up your pores just because you are flying that day. At the same time, don’t forget just because sometimes you don’t follow your everyday routine when traveling. Or if you have a really early flight.

Makeup is also something you may wanna change up a little bit for a traveling day. Try not to wear anything too heavy. Swap out your normal foundation for a tinted moisturizer or if you wanna go even lighter, maybe just use concealer where you feel it is needed. And if you feel like you don’t need any face makeup traveling, even better!

This on-flight trick is a little funkier. I admit I have never done this, but I recently was stalking Shay Mitchell (seriously a queen) and saw she did this trick (and it wasn’t only her I see do this, many celebs follow this trick as well). During the flight, she wears a face mask. From what I’ve seen, she does a sheet mask for about 15 minutes and rubs in the product that stayed on her face after she was done. Next time I’m flying (which is very soon) I will definitely try this and let you know!

Last but not least, after the flight. If I had to give you one tip about skincare right after the flight is to detox your face!!!! You really just wanna feel fresh and your face will thank you later if you use a really good deep cleansing face wash after traveling. After traveling, it very common to just wanna crash right on your bed or go right out and adventure. But guys, give it a good wash.

Hope this helps you next time your traveling!