10 Adorable Big Little Gift Ideas For Your Sorority Sister

Do you like to sit back and reminisce about your freshman year of college? You may have been so scared back then, but found that your sorority sisters were always there for you. Your big may have really helped you get through your first college heart-break or your first finals week.

Now that your freshman year has come to a close, you may be looking forward to the chance of being someone else’s big sister. While there’s a lot that comes with that title, gift-giving is one of the most fun parts.

There are tons of adorable big little gift ideas that you can use to truly welcome your new little into the sorority. Whether you choose to buy a gift or go DIY, there’s no shortage of ideas!

Do you want to know what we’re talking about? Keep reading to discover 10 adorable big little gift ideas for your sorority sister.

1. T-Shirt

You can never have enough t-shirts, right?

Colorful sorority t-shirts will be a comfortable and cute option for your little to throw on before her 8 AM lecture.

But 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 their little a letter shirt, you’ll have the chance to take tons of adorable group photos.

While perfectly matching shirts are cute, it’s a little more unique 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.

2. 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 will be thankful that she has a warm sweater to take the place of her t-shirt.

Fleece jackets can also be a good option to keep her warm and stylish as she walks across campus this fall and winter.

3. College Survival Kit

Let’s not forget that your little is brand new to college. The best big little basket idea is DIY a college survival kit. You’ve been there through the tough adjustment periods of freshman year. You know what the hardest things to overcome were.

So, help your new sorority sister out with one of the best gifts for littles. Fill up a basket with everything she might need to get through her freshman year.

Some things to include are stationary 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.

4. Wall Decor

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 finding cute decor to fill up your bland walls.

That’s why one of the cutest big little gift ideas is to give her something to hang on her walls. Painted Greek letters and paddles are a great way she can truly feel like part of the sorority, even when she’s alone cramming for her first big biology test.

5. Stuffed Animal

But 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!

6. Cozy Blanket

We all know how chilly it can get in the dorm rooms. Your little may have only brought 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 to give you new sister is a cozy blanket. She may need it for extra warmth during the night, or to use it while she’s sitting at her desk.

Just be sure to give her one with tons of fun colors to help brighten up her bland dorm room.

7. Wine Glass

You’ll still have plenty of gift-giving occasions throughout the next three years (or four if you become a super senior). A great way to celebrate your little’s 21st birthday is by gifting her a wine glass!

Of course, you can add your Greek letters. But, by this point, you’ll also know your little a lot better than you did her freshman year.

You can customize this to better fit her personality by including her favorite colors or prints. Just make sure you follow the right steps to paint her wine glass to ensure it stands the test of time.

8. Reusable Water Bottle

If your little has a long way to go before she’s 21 – don’t worry! There are tons of other big little gift ideas.

A reusable water bottle is a great and useful gift for anyone. Plastic water bottles are expensive (especially when you’re on a tight college-girl budget) 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 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 millions to choose from), but she’ll always remember where the picture frame came from.

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 family.

But, let’s face it, those badges are so small and easy to lose. Especially since your new little will be moving four times a year!

Give her a cute place to store her badge along with any other small sorority memorabilia. There are tons of big little gift ideas for badge boxes. You can buy beautiful ones online or make your own with some paint and ribbon.

The Best Big Little Gift Ideas

Gift-giving can be one of the most fun parts of being in a sorority. It offers you the chance to welcome your new little to the family and express your creativity and DIY skills.

What are some good gifs for littles that she’ll actually use? Well, some the best big little gift ideas include t-shirts, sweaters, college survival kits, wall decor, and stuffed animals.

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Summertime Greek Life Checklist

1.  Stay connected to sisters/brothers though social media.

Check-in on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Snapchat to see what your sisters/brothers have done with their summer. When you stay connected to your campus family through the summer, you will feel better acquainted and able to pick up conversations easier in the Fall.

  1. Hang out with the people who live close to you and experience each other’s 6359176882095207691463940799_53925-Home-Is-Where-The-Heart-Ishometown favorites.

            Share the love! It is fun to share hometown traditions and reminisce ab

out the past to college friends. Before you leave home, be sure to visit a friend in their hometown and ask someone to come visit you!

 

 

  1. Shop for new clothes while they are on sale

            Many stores are currently having back to school sales. Take advantage of this and stock upon formal-wear, rush clothes, and essential accessories!

  1. Budget

            Set a budget for the chapter dues that will be coming your way in the Fall. Make sure you have enough money for Big/little gifts and any other fun expenses.

  1. Make goals for yourself, your chapter, and your school year

           Whether one admits it or not, goals keep people on track! Fall goals add excitement to the summer and give you direction when the busy semester starts.

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Travel Tips

Whether you are staying close to home or venturing far across the oceans, we would like you to be prepared to travel with ease and enjoyment. Here are a few tips to keep things affordable and fun!

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Before you leave:

  • Read Traveler Reviews
  • Pack comfortable walking shoes
  • Pack light (you can always do laundry and buy new clothes when you arrive)
  • Email or print your itinerary (if you don’t have one, make one!) This will have:
    • hotel information, phone numbers, attractions, and transportation info.
  • Add your destination’s weather to the weather app
  • Roll, don’t fold clothes- prevents most wrinkles and saves space

 

 

Flying?

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  • Look over TSA guidelines before packing and make sure you are adhering to the luggage guidelines of the airline.
  • If possible, check-in as soon as you can to get the best boarding time
  • Pack hand sanitizer and use it after touching your seat and accessories.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Copy of your passport in case you lose it
  • Pack extra zip lock bags
  • Never check-on essential items
    • (Passport, keys, credit card, ID)

While Traveling

  • Pack snacks! Snacking allows for less stops for food and is more affordable if prepared beforehand rather than bought at a gas station.
  • Wear layered clothes while traveling so that the difference in temperature from place to place doesn’t catch you by surprise.

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Once you arrive…

  • Find a local grocery store and buy food. This method is usually a lot more cost effective than eating out.
  • First thing you should do is pull back the sheets and look for traces of bedbugs. Never put your bag on the bed but put is on something elevated. Avoid puttingclothes into the dresser drawers.
  • If abroad, instead of calling friends/family back home. Use FaceTime or FaceTime audio when you have wifi.
  • Use Apps to help pass the time and to find more resources for maps, reviews, and travel guides.

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We wish you safe travels and fun-filled adventures!

~The Greek Gear Team

Get Ready for Graduation!

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You did it! You survived the all-nighters, the rushed last minute papers, the caffeine dependent days, and the occasional freak outs about the ability to graduate. All along the way, you enjoyed developing life-long relationships with a greek family, dressing up for formals, and going on adventures with friends. Now is the time to begin preparing for goodbyes and hellos, the end of one chapter, and the beginning of a new and exciting time of life.

Grad Gifts: Give your sisters/brothers some chapter memorabilia to remember all the good times. Show them how valuable your friendship is, right now and beyond.

 

 

 

Get Creative: Decorate your cap as a de-stress activity before a busy finals week. Here are some ideas to get you started

 
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Graduation Day Necessities: Make sure your chapter has ordered honor cords and stoles to honor and recognize you and your fellow brothers/sisters who made a difference in the group.

 

 

Now you may feel little more prepared for the big day! Be sure to treasure every moment you have left and to capture many pictures of this exciting time while you can.

Congratulations!

~The Greek Gear Team

Valentines Date Night Ideas

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Are you tired of going on the same type of dates? The usual movie, dinner, and ice cream are getting old and you need some fresh ideas! We’ve got you covered!

Whipped Cream fight

Go outside on a plastic table cloth and fire away!

Drive-In movie

Feel like Danny and Sandy on an old-fashioned adventure.

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Re-create your first date

Outfits, conversations, and location, flash back to the very first date!

Cook something exotic together

Find some old cookbooks or odd Pinterest boards, go to the grocery store, and bust out the aprons.

Take a dance class

Find a studio that teaches ballroom dancing, Zumba, salsa, or some other type of dance that will get you up and moving!

Go on a scavenger hunt

Start by thinking of the significant places in your lives. Write clues about those places in creative ways. Hide the clues and watch your significant other struggle on their hunt

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Take a hike

There is something calming about being around natural beauty. Get your adrenaline pumping and your camera ready!

~The Greek Gear team

Successful Bid Day Planning

Bid Day Planning Tips
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Being in charge of Bid Day at your sorority is a big responsibility. Your sorority will be inviting women to become new sisters on a day that can mark the start of lifelong friendships. How can you make this day truly memorable? Here are a few smart tips from the pros at Greek Gear to make candidates feel welcome before they accept the “bid” to join your chapter.

Start Early. The minute you learn the date of Bid Day, grab your calendar and set a date for that first planning meeting. Even months in advance, that first meeting will set the tone for a leader who is in charge from the get-go. Invite your most creative and hardest-working sisters to form your Bid Day committee. If you delegate roles early, your sisters will have more time to plan a truly memorable event.

Create a budget.  Ask your active sisters how much they are willing to pay for T-shirts and other Bid Day goodies. Ask your House treasurer to be on your committee to keep you on track and on budget. Make a list of everything you want, and then start whittling away it until you have met your budget. Now you won’t be tempted to add expensive goodies in coming weeks. Most Bid Day events involve small, economically priced gifts that you can find in one place at the GreekGear.com website.

Choose a theme. With your budget in hand, you’ll be less likely to choose a theme that will involve too many expensive decorations and trinkets. Besides, this day is about unity and spirit – not money. Schedule a Bid Day committee meeting to focus just on the theme. Browse through pages of websites like Greek Gear for inspiration.  Greek Gear has been the go-to source for custom sorority jewelry, apparel, party favors, decals and holiday gifts since 1999.

Dress it up. Active members and new sisters can wear the same shirts or shirts in the same style, but in different colors. Choose traditional tees or pretty raglan styles with three-quarter sleeves. Or, design your own shirts with custom screen-printing from Greek Gear. Just before the big day, reward your committee members with a surprise thank-you gift of a beautiful lavaliere. Reward yourself, too, with a lavaliere or charm bracelet with a Greek letter charm to remember this special day

How to Fill That Big/Little Gift Basket

How to Fill That Big/Little Gift Basket

little-t-shirtNow that the Big Sister/Little Sister Reveal is official at your sorority, it’s time to present your new Little Sister with a gift basket that will let her know you will be her mentor, guide, champion and friend. Here are a few tips to help you put together the perfect Little Sis gift. For Little Sisters, introduce yourself by presenting that perfect Big Sis gift basket or box of thoughtful gifts for your new Big Sister.

Choose a theme for your basket. – This will help you focus on items that go together. For example, if your theme is friendship, select a friendship bracelet and add your favorite friendship saying to a custom-printed shirt from Greek Gear. Other themes can center on flowers, sailboats, feathers or your sorority colors

Stick to your budget. Buy the most expensive item first. Then, fill up the rest of your basket with fun buttons, pins, pens, notebooks and other inexpensive items. Your chapter has set a Little Sister budget, but you can stick to it if you choose the “big ticket” item first. For Little Sisters, an expensive gift is not as memorable a carefully selected basket of affordably priced items.

Here are some great, affordable ideas from Greek Gear for gifts that will fill up your Little Sister gift basket.

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Who doesn’t need a tote bag on campus and for weekend shopping trips?

Lavalieres are classics. If you don’t think your Lil Sis is the hoodie type, this traditional sorority jewelry will become her first keepsake to celebrate your new friendship. Click here to see Our Greek Sorority Charms & Lavalieres.