Graduations are starting to happen, and you likely need a gift (or 10!) for a nephew, niece, cousin, friend, sibling or even your own child! Here are some great options for graduates of all ages.
Bracelet key ring
Give the gift of never needing to scrounge through a purse again looking for keys! This key ring is easy to find and won’t get lost behind a wallet. Better yet, wear it as a bracelet when carrying in loads of bags, and the keys will be ready the second they are needed. This is a gift that will surely be used, and the recipient will wonder what she did before having it! O-Venture key rings at Epergne for $55
Monogrammed belt buckle
For men of all ages, this belt buckle will be used time and again, as it works as perfectly with casual weekends as with fancier attire. You can even get a date inscribed. You’ll need a one-week lead time, and he will appreciate it greatly! The gold-plated buckle is $75, and the sterling silver buckle is $325 at The Oxford Shop.
If you have a long list of graduating girls and not much time to shop, stop by The Cosmetic Market and grab a handful of these adorably packaged lip scrubs. Sara Happ products are designed to exfoliate lips and eliminate dry, flaky skin. The lip scrub comes in a handful of flavors, such as blood orange, brown sugar, peppermint and peony. Any gal would be happy to receive this gift! $24 at The Cosmetic Market
Fly fishing cuff links
Known for its men’s clothing and accessories, Bird Dog Bay has perfect pieces for guys’ graduation presents. While their boxers, ties and socks all make for great gifts, we have our eye on these handmade cuff links. This particular pair is made with Red Stimulator ties and bamboo toggles. Find these ($94.95) and other Bird Dog Bay products at The Beveled Edge.
This is one of those books that will provide inspiration for decades to come. Stop by Spruce in Brentwood for this book, which is sure to be referenced throughout a grad’s life. The title, Way More Than Luck: Commencement Speeches on Living with Bravery, Empathy, and Other Existential Skills, pretty much spells out why this is such an amazing book! $19.95
Duffle and dopp kit
Crafted with sailcloth, these items are durable and long-lasting. The duffle is perfect for grads on the go, and its size makes it ideal for weekend trips. The dopp kit and pouch are perfect for toting bathroom essentials and will help keep things organized. These three pieces are available in white and Nantucket red, making them great for guys or gals. Find the pouch for $45, the dopp kit for $68 and the duffle for $245 at J.McLaughlin. And, yes, they do monogram!
Rings she’ll wear
Any of these rings are ones she’ll wear alone or stacked with others, and she’ll think you’re abundantly cool for gifting! Find any of these dainty beauties at Anatra Jewel for $150 to $395 and watch her wear them for years and years to come.
Help inspire creativity or organization with fun journals. With these gifts, recent grads can record their thoughts and memories in style. They are small enough to toss into a purse or backpack, making them the perfect size. Grab The Meaning of Life and OK Here’s the Plan notebooks for $12.50 or a My Thoughts journal for $18 at Fabu.
College Survival Kit
The name here says it all. These essentials will prepare a high school grad to face the challenges of dorm life: an eye mask and ear plugs, a book light, stain removing towelettes, a mending kit, scissors, safety pins, thermometer strip, laundry instructions, first aid kit, screwdriver, laundry bag and poster adhesive. Here is a campy gift that will actually get used! We found this at Silver Steer & Co. in Cool Springs. $31.50
A handsome pair of cuff links is always a good gift idea for a high school or college graduate. These sets from the company Halcyon Days are available in multiple patterns for $104 at Corzine & Co. With just the right amount of decoration, they add a bit of panache to your average sports coat.
Locally made rings
Caroline Pate is an affordable line of jewelry found at AshBlue. When you don’t know what to get for your niece or your daughter’s best friend, a Caroline Pate ring, bracelet or pair of earrings may be just the perfect thing! These below are $68, but stop by AshBlue for a range of options.
A great card
Sometimes the hardest part about giving a great gift is finding the perfect card. Whether you are filling it with cash, pairing it with a gift or just writing a congratulatory note, this card fits the bill. Congratulate any graduate, guy or girl, with this card from Absolution. Pick up one today for $5.75.
Girls of all ages are crazy about these colorful bags from the brand Scout. Made of covered cotton, they are sturdy and water-resistant, which makes them ideal for holding cosmetics and toiletries, or even pencils and pens. These are available for $16 each in multiple sizes and patterns at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics.
These Tennessee Julep cups, $65 and $78 at Harpeth Gallery, are a festive way to celebrate a college graduation. They can also be engraved in-store for an extra personal touch!
Keepsake box that even a guy will treasure!
We all need a place to gather our valuables or place special items, right? This box, with its message to embrace the journey and to wander with purpose, is the perfect sentiment for a graduation gift. Find this at Tin Cottage in Franklin for $22.
Give grads a little piece of home with these Nashville and Tennessee necklaces. Moda carries a handful of local jewelry designers, including Consider the Wldflwrs. These necklaces, stamped with the state outline, are dainty enough for everyday wear, but detailed enough to make an impact. Any Nashville gal would be happy to sport some local jewelry as she heads away from home. $70 at Moda Boutique
Fortune cookie necklaces
You can’t predict the future, but you can definitely instill hope for good fortune with one of these silver or gold fortune cookie necklaces at Vignette. Each features a Vignette-exclusive message that says “Live the story you want to tell.” Sterling silver/$80; gold fill/$90
Anderson Design Group poster
The Spirit of Nashville collection of prints made by Anderson Design Group is the perfect gift that will work fabulously in a dorm room: a poster that celebrates Nashville, Murfreesboro, Franklin and beyond! Here are two of our favorites, but check out the site for a full bevy of options! $39 each/unframed.
Local jewelry with school color
Local jewelry designer Judith Bright is a favorite among any age group. With an array of color from which to choose, this gift will be both beautiful and sentimental at once. Choose from sterling silver or gold fill and give a piece that easily goes with any outfit!
The Home tee
These T-shirts are super hot right now, and they are oh-so-soft. Now available in more than just the original gray color, grab the grad that is off to a new location a piece of home, with a home tee! This Tennessee tee will always remind them of their roots, no matter how far away their new home is! Available at The Beveled Edge. $34.95
Monthly Batch boxes
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Congratulations to all the graduates!