I vividly remember the call from my brother on the night of my 12th birthday. I was with my dad, at my grandparents’ house, in Bunkie, Louisiana. We had been on pins and needles all day waiting for updates as my sister-in-law was in labor, in Texas, with their first child; the child who would make me an aunt. He called and asked specifically to speak with me, just because he wanted me to know that not only was I an aunt, but that baby girl would always be my birthday buddy. How cool is that?!?
Although they live across the country from me in Oregon and our time spent together is few and far between, this Texas aunt couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments that red headed newborn, who wasn’t big enough to take up my entire lap as a baby, has accomplished as she’s moved in to adulthood.
Most recently, her biggest accomplishment was walking the stage at the University of Oregon to receive her undergraduate diploma. I wasn’t able to make it to her graduation, but thank goodness for Facebook, I got to follow along with all of the pictures and almost felt like I was there.
Love this picture of my sweet niece with my big brother, her daddy.
When there is a graduate in your family, one of the first things you have to think about is in what way do you plan to honor this accomplishment? In other words, what gift are you giving them? Let’s be honest. We all know what a graduate really wants. Money. Am I right?!
But sometimes that’s not an option for the gifter and sometimes you really just want to give something a little more meaningful and thoughtful. I wrote a post about graduation gift ideas recently because when you’re put on the spot, it’s not always easy to come up with that perfect idea. But, I have the perfect idea for you here.
Church Hill Classics Diploma Frame
After four years of hard work, the diploma is the biggest symbol of an accomplishment achieved with hard work and sacrifice. After all of that time and money spent earning that degree, no diploma should end up in a drawer, forgotten about, or even destroyed. Unfortunately, this happens all too often though. After a recent survey conducted by The Motherhood, 56 percent of respondents never framed their diplomas. In all honesty, if it wasn’t for my mother-in-law framing my diploma four years after I earned it, it would probably still be rolled up in a tube.
In ten years, a graduate might forget how much money they got from Aunt Mary, or the nice pen from Joe, but they will always remember who gave them a beautiful diploma frame that has the potential to last a lifetime and give them a constant sense of pride for the accomplishment they achieved.
That was my goal when I picked out this gorgeous frame from Church Hill Classics.
Church Hill Classics is a professional framing company that helps graduates preserve and showcase those hard-earned diplomas with officially licensed frames.
With all of their diploma frames handcrafted in the USA, Church Hill Classics offers an extensive selection of custom frame styles for more than 1,500 colleges and universities. With all of the customization options, it’s anything but your average graduation gift.
What makes it even better is the folks at Church Hill Classics are also offering free shipping on any of their products to all of YOU! This promotion will run through July 13, 2015, so act fast! Use the code: HK55F
How About a Fun Contest?
Church Hill Classics has launched their “Proudest Moments” photo contest where you can win cash prizes!! And, it’s not limited to just graduation photos, either!
I just might have to enter with one of my pictures from my daughter’s birth! It was definitely one of my proudest moments. Can’t hurt to try!
The contest is open to all legal U.S. residents and there is no age requirement.
They’re awarding a total of $500 to 5 winners and the Grand Prize Winner has the chance of winning $250!
So get to know Church Hill Classics and all they have to offer for graduation season. A diploma is a constant reminder of all the hard work that went into getting that degree. Give them a reason to put it on display. Hey, maybe you’ll be the cool aunt (or uncle), too, like me with the thoughtful gift.
This post is part of the blogger program by Church Hill Classics and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.