Remember when you began your freshman year at college and experienced the first year of Greek life? Did your sorority Big Sister help you get through your first college heartbreak or your first finals week?
Now that your freshman year is coming to a close, you may be looking forward to being someone else's Big. While there's a lot that comes with that title, gift giving is one of the best parts. Whether you're searching for Christmas and holiday gift ideas, birthday gifts, welcome gifts or just pick-me-up gifts for sisters, there are plenty of adorable Big/Little gift ideas.
Whether you choose to buy a gift or you want to make your own, we can help you decide on one. Here are 10 Big/Little gift ideas from the sorority experts at Greek Gear.
1. Sorority T-Shirts
You can never have enough T-shirts, right? Colorful sorority T-shirts offer a comfortable and cute option for your little to throw on before her 8 a.m. lecture.
They're also great to wear around campus, so she can show just how proud she is to be wearing your sorority's letters. The best part is that if every Big gets her Little a letter shirt, you'll have the chance to take tons of adorable group photos. Choose a customizable sorority letters shirt from Greek Gear. Or, buy matching Big/Little shirts from our collection. These cute tees can range on your family tree from Great-Grand Little to Great-Grand Big!
While perfectly matching shirts are cute, it can be even more fun for everyone to have a slightly different shirt. This way, you can really showcase how you're all different people that are part of the same group. Choose one that fits your Little's personality to show her you're really paying attention.
2. A Sorority Sweater
You may not be thinking of the harsh winter ahead while you're walking around campus in shorts, but winter will come around eventually. When it does, your Little Sister will be thankful that she has a warm sweater to take the place of her T-shirt. Shop our sweater collection at Greek Gear. Or, choose a sorority hoodie, hat and tee set for your Big or Little to help keep her cozy.
Fleece jackets can also be a good option to keep her warm and looking stylish as she walks across campus this fall and winter. It's that much better if these items proudly display your sorority's Greek letters!
3. College Survival Kit
Let's not forget that your Little Sister is brand new to college. The best Big/Little basket idea is a do-it-yourself college survival kit that can include pens, notebooks, a huggable mascot, an extra T-shirt and cozy socks. Because you have been through the tough adjustment periods of a freshman year, you know that one of the best gifts for Littles is filling up a basket with everything she might need to get through her freshman year.
Some things to include are stationery for all the reminder notes she'll need to write for herself, earplugs to drown out her loud dorm neighbors and earbuds for when she inevitably loses the pair she brought. Also consider packing in some favorite treats for when she needs a pick-me-up. For a Big or Little, consider an affordably priced sorority gift set from Greek Gear that will make her day.
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4. Wall Décor
You may remember that decorating your freshman year dorm was one of the most exciting parts of starting the year. However, it can get quite pricey purchasing cute décor to fill up your bland walls.
That's why one of the best Big/Little gift ideas is something to hang on her walls. Painted Greek letters and paddles are a great way to make her truly feel like part of the sorority, even when she's alone cramming for her first big biology test. Flags and signs are always a great choice too.
5. Stuffed Animal
The best gifts for Littles don't have to hang on the wall. A nice stuffed animal is a cute way she can decorate her room if she's out of wall space.
But don't just give her any stuffed animal. Get either the school's mascot or find out what her favorite animal is. Then get a plain T-shirt (either for an infant or a large doll) and paint your Greek letters on it. It's a great way to personalize her stuffed animal and let everyone know where she belongs. Or consider a gift of an adorable teddy bear plaque with her sorority letters.
6. Cozy Blanket
We all know how chilly it can get in dorm rooms. Your Little may have brought only a comforter, thinking it would be enough, but boy will she be in for a surprise.
One of the most useful Big/Little gifts is a cozy blanket. She may need it for extra warmth during the night or to use while she's sitting at her desk. How about a cozy sorority sweatshirt blanket made from super-soft sweatshirt fabrics? Just be sure to give her one with tons of fun colors to help brighten up her bland dorm room. If you're handy, you could even sew on some Greek letters, but that's up to you.
7. Glass or Mug
You'll have plenty of gift-giving occasions throughout the next three years (or four if you become a super senior). Luckily, everyone needs a variety of drinkware, from glasses and cups to coffee mugs.
Of course, you can add your Greek letters using some paint, but by this point, you'll also know your Little a lot better than you did during her freshman year. You can customize the glass or mug to better fit her personality by including her favorite colors or prints. Just make sure you follow the right painting steps to ensure the paint stands the test of time. Or, you can simply order a customized glass, cup or mug from Greek Gear!
8. Reusable Water Bottle
While we’re on the subject of drinkware, a reusable water bottle is a great and useful gift for anyone. Disposable plastic water bottles are expensive (especially when you're on a tight college-girl budget) and not so good for the environment, and going out of your way to find a water fountain can be a hassle. Pretty soon she'll realize this and be thankful that she has a convenient reusable water bottle that she can take anywhere.
9. Picture Frame
Your Little will make tons of unforgettable friends and amazing memories throughout her college years. As her sorority sisters begin to graduate, she'll want a way to look back at her freshman year where it all started.
That's why picture frames are great Big/Little gift ideas. She can always swap out pictures as she wishes (after all, she'll have plenty to choose from), but she'll always remember where the picture frame came from. If you're crafty, you could even purchase a plain wooden frame and paint it to customize it for her.
10. Badge Box
Getting your sorority badge (or pin) is one of the most exciting moments for new sorority sisters, as it marks when they officially joined their new families. But let's face it, those badges are so small and easy to lose, especially since your new Little will be moving over the course of her college years.
Give her a cute place to store her badge along with any other small sorority memorabilia. Buy a pretty box and decorate it with paint and ribbon, or order a custom keepsake box just for her.