We cannot believe it’s graduation time again! Knowing what a busy month May is, we’ve combed the city and have put together a gift guide of items that will work for just about any graduate on your shopping list.
GIFTS FOR GUYS
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!
Otis James Neckties
Local designer Otis James has made a name for himself fashioning killer men’s accessories out of plush fabrics. These handcrafted neckties, sold at Stitch It & Co., are timeless, tasteful but decidedly on trend. $130 from at Stitch It & Co.
These belts from The Oxford Shop are classically cool for the high school or college graduate. The belts and buckles can be mixed, matched and customized with engraving. Popular combinations include a calf skin band and plate buckle, but for a pricier purchase, consider the alligator band and sterling silver buckle.
GIFTS FOR GALS
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 Habit + I See London, the cottage boutique on Bandywood.
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 Hemline and Obelisk in Green Hills.
Vignette offers map charms and charms with the coordinates of Nashville, which are perfect for someone leaving home. These unique Nashville pieces are only $32 at only at Vignette.
School Colors for Jewelry
Bring your grad girl to Judith Bright, now located in a sweet house on 12 South (across from Jeni’s Ice Cream) and pick her new, or old, school colors for a sentimental piece ordered especially for the special gal. And, cross the street for some Jeni’s to celebrate!
This necklace is perfect for the person needing to purchase that special gift, who has the funds to go a little steeper with the price point. Why is it perfect? It’s handmade by Margaret Ellis Jewelry right here in Nashville. And, what better way is there to symbolize well wishes and great fun than a gorgeous necklace inspired by wishbones? Prices start at $550 and price is dependent on metal of choice.
BOOKS AND MORE
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.
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 $16.99 at Parnassus.
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.
Coffee House Bedell guitars
What better gift for the music lover than a guitar? Two Old Hippies just got some great new Coffee House Bedell guitars that are great for college or post-college musicians. With home accessories, clothing, books, jewelry and more, Two Old Hippies is the perfect destination for graduation shopping.
EATS AND DRINKS
Consider this gorgeous glassware by J. Charles for college grads. Corzine & Co. offers a variety of monogram styles as well as glassware styles to make this gift perfect. Sets of (4) start around $36. Monogramming takes 7-10 days. To bring a modern spin, consider etching in the hometown area code or the school area code where they are leaving. Corzine & Co will help you with other fun monogram ideas as well.
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
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.
BAGS AND PACKS
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. $85 at Cumberland Transit.
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 at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics, The Beveled Edge, HeyDay, You’re Invited and The Cosmetic Market.
Even boys need to primp. We love this rustic canvas kit from Jack Spade, a maker of uber-cool accessories for men. This brand is found at J. Michaels Clothiers and will comprise a large portion of the inventory at their new brother boutique, Haymakers & Co. which will open next door in mid-June.
Pack up your personals in this cute, cloth duffle bag from J. McLaughlin. Suitable for extended vacations, weekend getaways and overnight stays, this preppy piece is soft, versatile and stylish. Prices start at $245. J. McLaughlin also offers custom monogramming.
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.
PAPER AND PRINTS
Grads will be writing thank you notes for weeks to come, which makes stationery a practical and thoughtful gift for everyone. You can work with the talented team at Ink Nashville for a custom look at comfortable prices.
Bulletin boards are an easy way to turn a drab dorm into a posh pad. We love The Dotted Line‘s shabby chic interpretation of a picture board which can hold photos, calendar pages and more.
Help your graduate treasure home with this Tennessee Notepad from The Beveled Edge. Stocked with great gifts for all occasions, The Beveled Edge always carries a collection of goodies that sport state pride.
A Local Print
The historic letterpress Hatch Show Print is housed in the Country Music Hall of Fame and has been producing iconic prints for decades. This local swag makes for hip dorm decor and is a great gifts for boys and girls alike.
Frame your favorite memories with these stunning silver pieces from Harpeth Gallery. Available in different dimensions, these frames can also be engraved to make them all the more personal. (Unfortunately, the photos of our favorite “Kate’s” are removed upon purchase.)
Showcase your favorite grad’s achievements with custom framing from Bennett Galleries. Choose from their ready-made frames or work with their talented team to create a custom design.
Check those purchases off your list, and enjoy some stress-free celebrating!