unique college graduation gifts

Are your usual graduation gifts boring you?  We’ve done some research and come up with these alternatives for you to consider.

For young women:

Leather heart key ring for girls with one initial gold-blocked by hand by Smythson. If you want more than one initial, you can buy the key ring and take it elsewhere to have the initials stamped. $80.00

Message bracelets from Jessica Cushman Kagan $130 ea.

This Little Pink Tool kit for girls has everything and is cute to boot!  $59.






A Flowers of the Month subscription.  We haven’t tried one, but a popular link is www.calyxflowers.com.


For young men:

A tool kit is a good idea for the guys, too. Maybe a different color . . .

Personalized leather travel valet tray.  $55.00.

For either:

The College Survival Kit is filled with 12 must-have items like a first aid kit, laundry instructions, ear plugs and many more.  $25.

Bulletin Board desk lamp $69.

Towels either in the high school or college colors.  These Land’s End bath towels are $25 each and come in 20 colors.

Flash drives – the more memory the better

Leather bound dictionary and thesaurus

If you are close to the graduate and want to go big, here are three wonderful gifts:

Nice set of luggage:


T. Anthony

Digital camera

The Kindle Fire – Around $229.

Basic and easy to follow cookbooks:

The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Russo & Sheila Lukins – wonderful and all inclusive

Bistro Cooking by Patricia Wells– an easy, classic French cook book by Patricia Wells

The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking – a basic, wonderful cookbook by Marcella Hazan

Good Advice books:

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias

Improv Wisdom:  Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up by Patricia Ryan Madson

Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine by Mark Oldman

The Indispensable Book of Practical Life Skills by Nic Compton

How to Sew a Button; And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew by Erin Bried