May Day Means Celebrating Spring
For me, May Day will always bring visions of high school seniors bedecked in beautiful dresses watching sophomores dance around May poles at my all-girls’ high school in Chattanooga. The excitement of May Day even eclipsed that of graduation in our tradition-rich school on the banks of the Tennessee River. Fortunately, the local girls’ school in Richmond also carries on the May pole tradition that some may view as quaint and out-dated but The Gracious Posse considers a beautiful welcome to spring as old as the ages.
May Day, May Day Means Help
Though visions of winding May poles vie for attention, seeing May 1 on the calendar often brings panic to those facing a long season of gift-giving. With Mother’s Day now less than two weeks away and loads of college and high school graduations to follow quickly thereafter, it is enough to send anyone into a panic. Fear not, we are loaded with ideas to help you fill out your list and will recommend sources where available.
- gift cards for Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target. Trust us, the graduate’s mother will love you when dorm room shopping rolls around this summer.
- set of bath towels with initials (guys) or monograms (gals) – The Company Store has good prices, especially if you find a coupon. Plus, it has nice monograms and fonts for personalization.
- most anything from Jon Hart Design. These high quality items can be ordered in RVA from One Thing At A Time or online at jonhartdesign.com. The products are made in San Antonio, Texas. Hooray for USA! (Note: get your order in fast as the company gets quite busy this time of year.)
- Tervis Tumbler – any college-bound student will love to take with them a Tervis Tumbler sporting their new college emblem. This link has oodles of choices. These popular tumblers can be found in many local gift shops. Some will personalize with a monogram (gals love that). In RVA, go to Kelley’s Gift Shop for the personalized tumbler. Don’t forget to fill it with candy before wrapping it up.
- Embossed Graphics note pads – These note pads are very popular because of the color and personalization options. Plus whether you order from a retailer or online, you can preview your choice. For a high school graduate, if you order the Adams Agenda Set (below), put the name of the student on the top line, then add something fun on the bottom line (like Go Dawgs!).
- School blanket – check college book stores or on-line.
- Personalized pillow case – buy your own and personalize at a local monogram shop like the Monogramming Studio here in RVA or order at The Company Store.
- Cutco Knives – the best knives ever. I recommend the Cheese Knife (great for slicing anything) and the 4″ Paring Knife for a college graduate.
If you don’t know a sales rep, shop online at Cutco.com.
Mother’s Day Gifts
- Joyce Chen scissors – they are the absolute best scissors for the kitchen and garden. Read more about our love for them here. Why not give mom a pair accompanied by a potted perennial.
- Apron – personalized with her monogram adds a special touch.
- Personal care – manicure/pedicure/massage gift certificate
- Consumables – fruit, cheese, chocolate
- Tickets to local arts performances
- Embossed Graphics note pads – for the list maker (see above)
Most teachers want to know you appreciate what he or she means to you and your child. Be sure to send a note of thanks whether you buy a gift or not for this special person in the life of your child. cHl, a special needs teacher, especially loves jewelry, Christmas ornaments and plants because they remind her of the student who gave it to her.
If you’re looking for more ideas, stop by the Ivy Market TODAY in RVA. It is open in the University of Richmond’s Alumni Center from 9 to 4.
We hope these ideas inspire you to make your list and check it twice! Once you’ve got it done, you can stop panicking and get back to enjoying all of the excitement of spring.
May 1, 2013