We cannot believe it’s graduation time again! Knowing what a busy month May is, we’ve combed the choices and have put together a gift guide of items that will work for just about any graduate on your shopping list.


Colligate Gear

Peter Millar offers button downs, pullovers, golf shirts, shorts and pants with collegiate logos. Anyone would be proud to show their school pride in these classic items!

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University of Tennessee Oxford Button Down. $125 at Peter Millar.

Otis James Neckties

Nashville designer Otis James has made a name for himself fashioning killer men’s accessories out of plush fabrics. These handcrafted neckties are timeless, tasteful but decidedly on trend. $130 from at OtisJames.com.

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Otis James neck ties, $130

Custom Map Cufflinks

Create these custom cufflinks for a grad you know that will be leaving home. Enter a favorite landmark or address to give a guy you know a special piece of his hometown.



Comfy lounge wear is a college must-have. These super soft, easy knits by Eberjey will make exam time crunch all the more bearable. They can be found along with other great sleepwear at Bloomingdales.

Eberjey robes at Bloomingdales.

Eberjey robes at Bloomingdales.

Charm Necklaces

Dogeared is a brand with a mission and a message. These sweet and stylish charms are intended to be shared with a special someone. Make a wish, close the clasp, and feel the power! Dogeared accessories can be found at Nordstrom.


Dogeared necklaces at Nordstrom, $62

Monogram Letters

Jazz up any dorm room with these fun, bright monogram letters. At $16 a piece you can get one initial or all three! Find these and more great gifts at Anthropologie.


Monogram Letters, $16 at Anthropologie.


Stuff Every College Student Should Know

Although most 18 year olds think they know everything about the world, there is a lot to learn. This book is filled with tips and tricks to make college life a breeze. They will use this a point of reference during their four years! $9.95 at Urban Outfitters.

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Stuff Every College Student Should Know By Blair Thornburgh. $9.95 at Urban Outfitters.

Etiquette Book for Young Women

Every girl could use this guide because good manners are the key to making great first impressions, forging lasting friendships and enjoying all that life brings your way. 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know is available for $10.55 at Amazon.

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50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know. $10.55 at Amazon.

Etiquette Book for Young Men

Just as the young ladies need up-to-date etiquette guidelines, our young men also will benefit from a handy guide for what to do, when to do it and why. 50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know is available for $32 at Brooks Bothers.

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50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know. $32 at Brooks Bothers.

The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

This inspirational book is about one man’s quest to change the world. A poor, young Indian boy’s simple request for a pencil changed life’s path for Adam Braun. Leaving his successful Wall Street career behind him, Adam has built more than 200 schools through an organization that he started with only $25. Available at A Cappella Books.  www.acappellabooks.com

The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun. $25 at A Cappella Books

The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun, available at A Cappella Books. $25.

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If you are looking for an alternative to Oh, The Places You’ll Go, please go buy this wonderful book by Rudyard Kipling: If. It is actually a poem written in 1909 by Kipling for his then-12-year-old son, “who would die in battle a few short years later during World War I. The famous author’s words soon inspired a nation, and the poem has twice been voted Great Britain’s favorite.” Available at Carmichael’s Bookstore for $17.99. www.carmichaelsbookstore.com

If by Rudyard Kipling, available at Carmichael's Bookstore for $17.99.

If by Rudyard Kipling, available at Carmichael’s Bookstore. $17.99.



Consider this gorgeous glassware for college grads. William Sonoma offers a variety of monogram styles as well as glassware styles to make this gift perfect. 

College Tervis Tumbler

A great gift if you need to buy in multiples for all of your children’s friends, whether they are graduating from college or high school. They carry just about every school, and to personalize it, you can monogram the back of the cup. A 16-ounce tumbler is $16, and personalization is extra. tervis.com

College Tervis Tumbler. Swoozies carries most schools and you can personalize the back with the recipients name. $13.95

College Tervis Tumbler. $16

Christie Cookies

Alums and new students alike would love to receive a college gift tin from Christie Cookies. Nothing reminds you of home more than fresh White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Send these cookies marked with school pride for $30.99 from Christie Cookies.

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Christie Cookie Gift Tins for $30.99


Patagonia Refugio Backpack

The perfect thing to carry all of those heavy college books. Patagonia’s Refugio backpack has three compartments, and one is a dedicated, padded laptop sleeve. It is lightweight, making it easy to carry.

Cosmetic Bags

Small and stylish, these waterproof cosmetic bags by Scout brand are a great gift for girls and bound to get lots of use. You can purchase Scout bags in assorted patterns and sizes online at scoutbags.com


Makeup Bags

While they might not hold all your girl graduate’s makeup or toiletries, these bags from Kate Spade are durable, and you can wipe them off. They fit nicely in a backpack or tote.

Dopp Kit

Even boys need to primp. We love this rustic canvas kit from Jack Spade, a maker of uber-cool accessories for men.

Laundry Hamper

Another practical purchase for any grad is a laundry bin. These collapsible, patterned hampers are found at The Container Store in Green Hills and may be just cute enough to inspire ample use by new grads as laundry piles up in the dorm.

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Laundry hampers from The Container Store, $19.99

Personalized Laundry Bags

While we can’t guarantee that this laundry bag won’t end up back on mom’s doorstep, we can vouch for its sturdy construction and super cuteness. Personalize with name, monogram or Greek letters. Available for $26 from 3 Little Mustard Seeds on Etsy.

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Laundry bag, available on Etsy. $26.



Grads will be writing thank you notes for weeks to come, which makes stationery a practical and thoughtful gift for everyone. You can purchase a box of 10 note cards for $20 or choose from a variety of ink and font options for customized cards at Crane and Co.

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Stationery from Crane & Co.


Wake Up Body Wash

Ensure that your recent graduate does not miss those 8 a.m. classes with this Wake Up Bodywash. The fresh scent is said to  stimulate and revive the mind and body. 


A variety of versatile handwoven blankets, scarves and towels by Turkish T that can be monogrammed, too! Prices vary according to your choice of product and size. Found at  Turkish-T.

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Turkish-T Towel

Check those purchases off your list, and enjoy some stress-free celebrating!