It’s almost here! After making it through recruitment and finding the perfect little, it’s finally time for spring initiation! As a big myself, I know how much fun it can be to shop for your little as you see her become an initiated member of your chapter. I also know how hard it is to find classy presents on a coed budget. But don’t let shopping for your little stress you out! Follow CL’s Top 10 Big/Little initiation gift list for help!
Paddles are a traditional gift given to a little by her big. To set your paddle apart check out the custom design Lilly Pulitzer-esque from The Painted Prep Etsy Store.
New initiates want to show off their letters! Get creative and make your little adorable letters to hang like these from Etsy.
What girl doesn’t love jewelry? Lavaliers are a special gift to give your little on initiation. They last a lifetime and are a great reminder of the bond sisters share.
4. Picture Frame
You know that perfect moment when you knew you and your little were meant to be? Take a picture from that event and put it in a lettered picture frame to show your little how much you cherish the memory!
5. Matching Set
Show some big/little love! Surprise your little on initiation with something that matches you. My entire sorority family has these matching pink v-necks!
6 & 7. Sweatshirt & T-Shirt
Help your little wear your letters on campus! Custom design a sweatshirt and t-shirt for her using her favorite colors and designs. Companies like Greek Creations have a lot of fabrics and designs to pick from!
8. Lettered Bag
Lettered totes are perfect for carrying books to classes. I personally love the sorority collection of bags by Vineyard Vines!
Your little can never have too many sets of letters. Pick out some fun accessories in her style like these neon sunglasses to give to her for initiation!
10. Sweet Treat
To top everything off, treat your little to her favorite dessert or snack! Buy her favorite candy or bake her favorite recipe to tie your package all together.
Cassidy McAloon is pursuing a Bachelor in Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Marquette University. She is a fashion, sorority life, and apartment life writer at College Lifestyles.