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It's that time of year where friends and family members are graduating from high school and being a true-blue member of G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South), and I love giving something special and useful. I especially like to give monogrammed gifts. I've given monogrammed umbrellas and folding chairs but lately I've been stuck in a slump for other gift ideas. I asked members of our Southern Living Facebook Etiquette Group to share their favorite grad gifts and got some super creative and clever ideas from these ladies. We've linked some of our favorites for you.

Monogrammed Anything

What can be more Southern than this?

Handsome leather monogrammed Pottery Barn Dop Kit for the guys. For an extra special touch, fill with shaving cream, lip balm, tooth brush, and toothpaste. From $59 at Pottery Barn.

Monogrammed Laundry Bag from EmbroideryStation1 on Etsy. This large canvas bag has a handy side pocket for laundry detergent and several monogram choices. You could stash a bottle of detergent and dryer sheets to round out the gift. $25 from Etsy.

Monogrammed LL Bean Boat and Tote. Extra Large size, $50 from LL Bean. Many colors and monogram styles to choose from. Great for weekend trips to the beach.

Girls will love this Wooden Monogram Wall Hanging for the dorm room. From MonogramsyLetters on Etsy. $16 and up, and lots of paint choices.

Gift Cards

A great fit for everyone and a good choice if you have several gifts to purchase. Any amount is always appreciated and they are easy to mail.

Uber, gasoline, restaurants in their college town, and the campus book store.

AAA Insurance paid up for one year. A welcomed gift if your grad has a flat tire, locked the keys in the car, runs out of gas, or needs a tow.

School Colors

Incoming Freshmen are all about their showing team spirit.

Vineyard Vines Collegiate Neckties for the guys. $85 from Vineyard Vines.

Infinity scarf for the ladies. $20 from Fanatics.com

Collegiate Tervis Tumblers for both. Many choices from $15 at Tervis.

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Here are some products that they'll use for years to come and not just for tailgates – also great for the beach or lake.

Table top grill. Easy to carry and set up for making hamburgers and hotdogs for your friends. We like the Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Propane. $75 from Amazon.

Rolling Cooler/Table Combo: portable and comes with 2 stools. $85 from Amazon.

Tech and Tool Gifts

These will come in handy for your student who won't have Dad's tool box to raid.

Tile: a little tracker that uses blue tooth to find those lost keys, wallet, backpack, etc. From $20 at Best Buy.

A tool kit comes in handy when hanging curtains or putting together that bookcase. Add a couple of extension cords to the gift. $18 from Amazon.