Graduation season is mere weeks away, friends. Get your act together now so that you’re not scrambling last minute for those special graduation gifts for the ones you love the most. We have selected a thoughtful list of curated gift ideas from a variety of Southern brands and stores to make shopping easy. Go ahead and order now so you have plenty of time for monogramming, if applicable, and shipping. Whether you’re shopping for a high school grad, college grad or any other type of person who has completed their higher education, come May, you’ll be glad you knocked these items off your to-do list now so you can fully focus on celebrating the graduate!
“Wanderer” compass necklace
When she gets her diploma and ventures off into the next phase of her life’s journey, make sure she’s equipped, if only symbolically, with this beautiful “Wanderer” compass necklace by Leah McIntyre Jewelry. The handmade compass pendant features the word “wanderer” hand-carved in the back, and it hangs from a versatile gemstone strand, which can be worn long or doubled for a shorter look. Find it for $140 here.
Send her off to college or the post-college world feeling stylish and confident with this fabulous cosmetic bag by Henry Dry Goods. The large cosmetic bag is ideal for hauling all your cosmetics and then some. Yes, there’s room for all of your travel toiletry needs. She can toss it in her duffel when she comes home for the weekend! Monogram it for that additional personal touch. Find it for $160 in SB Shop.
For a timeless keepsake that she will treasure all of her days, Ceri Hoover’s Adwell large cuff is perfect! Surprisingly heavy, the elegant piece is simple and modern but will be in style for eternity. Available in sterling silver for $265. Find it here.
If she’s heading off to the working world — or even if she needs a new bag to haul around campus — the Avery Leather Tote by Go Forth Goods is a durable, fashionable solution. The all-leather, made-to-order tote is large enough to haul a laptop and then some, making it the ideal carryall solution. The basic bag starts at $225. Add-on features for an additional cost include a snap closure, zipper closure, front pocket, brass feet, inside pocket and more. Make it one of a kind — just like her! Available in five colors; monogramming is available as well. Learn more here.
“Four Seasons” necklace
For the super special graduate, you’ll likely want something a little more indulgent and sentimental (and this one is definitely a splurge piece) which is how we would describe the “Four Seasons” necklace by Bartholomew Jewelers. The double-snake chain, which measures 16 inches, holds four sterling silver pendants, each with a beautiful glass enamel inlay depicting one of the four seasons. It is a piece that she will treasure for a lifetime! Find it for $1,900 at bartholomewjewelers.com.
When he’s done with the classroom and heading off to the working world, make sure he’s both equipped and stylish with this padfolio by Clayton & Crume. The full-grain leather portfolio perfectly accommodates a legal pad, and the pocket on the opposite side comfortably houses a tablet and other daily essentials. Find it for $275 here.
Zig zag bone inlay frame
Send him off on his own with a tasteful way to remember those he loves the most. This handsome IMAX zig zag bone inlay frame by Copper + Kiln features white bone inlay with a brown chevron pattern. Available in large ($30) and small ($20) here.
Personalized pocket knife
For a timeless keepsake that’s as useful as it is sentimental, this pocket knife by South of Hampton is the perfect solution. Monogram it with his initials for a thoughtful touch, and he’ll always remember you fondly when he reaches it for it. Find it for $45 in SB Shop.
Whether he’s leaving home for college or leaving college for the real world, make sure he’s equipped for his travels with this attractive dopp kit by North End Bag Company. Available in four masculine colors, the canvas kit features two interior pockets and a leather pull zipper closure. Find it for $44 here.
Whether he’s heading to Wall Street or Silicon Valley — or anywhere in between — he’ll want to have a sturdy, stylish solution for his daily haul. This Johnston & Murphy laptop bag is the perfect option. The vegetable re-tanned leather only gets better with age, and the countless pockets and nooks make having everything at the ready a breeze. He’ll never feel more prepared! Find it for $348 at Johnston & Murphy.
Congrats to the grad! And happy shopping!
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