There is scarcely a more beloved teenage rite of passage than prom. Graduation may be the culmination of twelve years of academic achievement, but prom night is the glitzy party celebrating all the social growth a teen has experienced, which is often way more challenging than turning homework in on time or even getting a decent SAT score.
Although it isn't customarily a big gift-giving occasion, as with any major life event, commemorating prom with a gift is one way to make the affair that much more special. Got a high schooler headed to the big dance? Here are a few ideas for goodies that will make it a night to remember.
The gift most traditionally associated with prom night is flowers, especially in the form of a corsage or boutonniere. These are typically ordered from a local florist, but nowadays many online retailers are also offering wrist and lapel arrangements that can be delivered right to your home, saving you precious time running errands in the lead-up to the event. Teleflora and The Bouqs both offer a variety of gorgeous, modern wristlets, pin-ons, and boutonnieres in bright colors (a big trend for Prom 2023) and exotic blooms. Or, if you're feeling crafty, try DIY-ing your own using this LoveToKnow guide!
Real talk: prom-worthy 'fits can be expensive. It's hard to justify shelling out a couple hundred dollars on something that will only be worn once, but luckily we live in the rent-it-and-return-it age. Rent The Runway has hundreds of options from designers like Badgely Mischka, Halston, and Monique Lhuillier available in sizes 0 to 22! Give the gift of a red carpet-worthy pick that won't then spend years collecting dust in the closet.
An extra special night deserves an extra special gift. This delicate bracelet from Mejuri is a handmade 14k gold chain sporting a letter charm set with pavé diamonds. It's a subtle yet stunning piece that will elevate any prom night look and is sure to become a cherished keepsake for years to come.
For the suit-wearing folks, a tie bar engraved with their initials is an excellent gift to mark the occasion. This one is made from durable, non-tarnish stainless steel and features an alligator-style clip back. The suit may be a rental, but this is an accessory they'll be able to use for a lifetime.
What's old is new and my Very Cool nieces have informed me that disposable cameras are, once again, all the rage. This single-use camera from Kodak will capture all their memories in moody, vibey black and white. Plus, it features a wide-angle lens and built-in flash for that blown out, overexposed look.
If they dig the analog vibe but also crave instant gratification, a Fujifilm Instax is such a cute, giftable camera and it'll last way longer than just one night. Two big things I love about this model: the vintage-y faux pebbled leather casing and that it features a clever little mirror on the front to ensure a perfect selfie. Be sure to buy the bundle, which includes a hand strap, two AA batteries, and a pack of ten film contact sheets.
Even if they act too-cool-for-school, a personalized keepsake box like this one might be the perfect thing to present them with on prom night. You choose the design, add name or date details, and your prom attendee will have a special, personalized way to cherish their prom memories forever.
Obviously, the dinner dance is the Main Event, but what are they wearing to After Prom? Whether they opt to hang out at the shindig sponsored by the school or head to a pal's house, it's highly likely that your teen will want to get out of that heavy, spangled gown or starched-stiff suit ASAP. Treat them to a new matching loungewear set, and they'll be comfy and stylish for the rest of the night.
UGG booties are a little bit of heaven when your dogs are barking - cutting a rug for hours in strappy sandals can be murder on the feet! These indoor/outdoor slipper boots feature super comfy (and warm!) inner cushion that will help soothe away the evening's aches and pains.
Renting a chauffeured car for your prom goer serves two purposes: it ensures they arrive in style, yes, but more importantly, it ensures they arrive safely. A stretch limo is the classic option, of course. Plus, they provide plenty of space to accommodate those going as a group. But another fun idea would be to rent a flashy vintage car and drive them yourself! Check your local Yellow Pages for services in your area.