7 COLLEGE GRADUATION GIFTS COOLER THAN A CHECK

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It’s that time of year again: college graduation season—which also means, graduation gift season. Know a few people earning their degrees and heading out into the ‘real world’ and need some college graduation gift ideas? This year, forego the cheesy picture frames and thoughtless checks, and get the grad something they’ll use and remember. Here, our suggestions for the coolest graduation gifts you can give this year.

Duty Free Eye Mask

Duty Free Mask Maison24
Unlike college, the real world doesn’t leave much time for naps, so when it’s bedtime, it’s important to get quality sleep in. This fun, kitschy sleep mask from New York City’s Maison 24 will keep out the light and distractions so the college grad will wake up each morning refreshed and ready for the day. Want to let your giftee choose her own college graduation gift? Get her a Maison 24 giftcard instead.

Customizable Salt & Pepper Shakers, Drink Coasters, and Ice Bucket

Dabney Lee salt and pepper shakersDabney Lee drink coasters Dabney Lee ice bucket
A real, post-college graduation, adult apartment requires real, adult furnishings—and these pieces from Dabney Lee fit the bill perfectly. The home accessories from Dabney Lee can be customized to a tee—from the style swatch to the color and the unique monogram or nameplate. They’re the perfect conversation starters for a first—and second, and third, and fourth—grown-up dinner party. Or, let your college grad pick his or her own gifts at the NYC store by giving a Dabney Lee gift card.

Mini Clover or Mini Wishbone

Ylang 23 mini clover ringYlang 23 mini wishbone ring
What better way to send the recent grad into her job interviews than wish a symbol of good luck? When the tough questions come, she’ll have her good fortune right there on her, with one of these rings from YLang 23 in Dallas. This store has a vast variety of trendy options, so a gift card to shop and explore all of the great selections would also make for an amazing college graduation gift.

Columbia Messenger Bag

Life Curated Columbia Messenger Bag
Everyone needs a work bag, even if just to carry a few pens and look professional. This Herschel messenger bag from Life Curated is the perfect blend of professional and stylish—perfect for the young man in your life, heading into the “real” world with his first “real” job after college graduation. Life Curated has a massive collection of gifts beyond the bag, so you can also keep the options open by giving a gift card.

Lisa Freede Lower Manhattan Bracelet

Manhattan Bracelet
Nothing says chic college grad more than a classic, goes-with-everything, chain bracelet. This is a college graduation gift that will surely be cherished—and worn—for years to come, long after the gap and gown have been donned. Chicago-based Frankie’s On The Park have an amazing selection of accessories (and clothes!), so if you can’t decide on just one item, send a gift card instead!

Style and Snacks at Number One
This Dallas-based retailer offers more than trendy clothes and accessories. It also features a café with house-made sandwiches, soups, and baked goods, as well as organic juices and fair-trade coffee. Treat your close one to a college graduation gift that’ll let him or her eat and shop luxuriously: a Number One gift card.

Turquoise and Orange Frieda Bracelet

Turquoise and Orange Frieda Bracelet
Give a college graduation gift that tells your grad, just because she’s out of college, doesn’t mean she has to lose her fun style. Frieda & Nellie in NYC offers whimsical pieces that even “real” grown-ups can rock, like this crystal and rhinestone bracelet. Or, give her a gift card so she can explore the unique finds herself—maybe she’ll pick up some seriously adult (and seriously stylish) friendship bracelets for that college roommate she won’t forget.

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