Graduation season is right around the corner, and that means the race is on to find the perfect gift for the graduate(s) on your list. Whether they’re heading off to college or wrapping up their university years, we’ve put together a selection of gifts to celebrate their accomplishments. And we’ve chosen gifts that are both thoughtful and functional, so you know your gift will be used and appreciated. Knock out the shopping now so you can enjoy the festivities when it’s time.
This is the one we wish we had thought up (but our bestie did), and it works for guys or girls: Find a great wallet and fill it with gift cards from restaurants and stores in the graduate’s college town. We think this hand-stitched needlepoint and leather beauty from Smathers & Branson at Oak Hall, $55, fits the bill nicely.
Pretty, personalized pouches
So back in our Texas days, Jon Hart was the only bag in town for weekend travel, and it’s still a classic choice for a personalized gift. We adore the fact that you can find a state of Tennessee twist, too! Customizable and available in a variety of colors, $24 and up at RSVP Stationers
That’s a wrap!
It’s the perfect gift for a girl, and an even better gift when you have to buy for a LOT of girls. Shower wraps in a range of cute colors and patterns are $12.99 to $20.99 at Target, and you can add a colorful monogram for $6 to $9, depending on the size of the monogram. (One of our go-to embroidery shops in Memphis is Creative Stitches.)
A signature piece
Shinola is the hottest new American watch brand—a shining star in the Detroit comeback story—offering hand-crafted watches put together by craftsmen who trained extensively with a Swiss watchmaker. Exclusively in Memphis at James Davis, $550 & up (Find cool Shinola bikes at Outdoors Inc.)
In the bag
Filson is one of America’s best brands. The Seattle purveyor of gear and luggage got its start as a Gold Rush outfitter back in the late 1800s. Durable and desirable, a Filson canvas travel kit bag, $90 at Hewlett & Dunn in Collierville, will last him through college and way beyond.
Sign of home
No matter how much they think they can’t wait to leave home, we all know they’ll really miss us. We hope. Send them off with a reminder of everything Memphis—or Germantown—with a hand-stenciled subway sign from me and mrs. jones, $65. Better yet, take a class ($95) and put your own mark on your gift!
Raise a glass
Toast the college graduate with a set of personalized, take-anywhere, practically unbreakable cups from The Cup Lady in Germantown. A personalized set of 50 nine-ounce cups is $84. Other sizes and quantities are available.
We adore Miss Manners—Judith Martin—for her spot-on, sometimes pointed, but always very correct advice. Now she’s turned her attention to business etiquette and cowritten Miss Manners Minds Your Business with son Nicholas Ivor Martin. For just $16.95, order through local fave Booksellers at Laurelwood.
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