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The Ultimate L&W Gift Guide for Grads

By: Casey Gerber

May 19, 2015

As graduation season is upon us, chances are there’s a grad or two in your life you feel compelled to honor with a gift. Whether you’re their parent bursting with pride and tirelessly searching for the perfect gift to compliment their successes, or the grad in your life is a close friend or family member, our gift guide has just the thing to help your graduate make a seamless entry into a new home and the big, bad world.

1. Photos or art from CanvasPop

The Ultimate L&W Gift Guide for Grads

canvaspop.com, $30-419

Make your grad feel at home wherever they may be moving with personalized photo prints or art on gallery quality canvas. Create a photo collage to commemorate their travels while studying abroad, use some word art to inspire them, give them a wall of Instagram photos from their time in college, or create a high quality print of their favorite piece of art. With endless options available, CanvasPop will be just the gift to make any grad happy.

2. Gold wishbone keychain

Maybe you’re a recent grad yourself looking for a meaningful gift for your friend that won’t break the bank. At just $22 this 24-karat gold plated wishbone keychain says “good luck out there” and since it’s so cute and well thought-out, the grad that gets this good luck charm is probably less likely to lose their keys and end up locked out after a late night.

3. Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System

The Ultimate L&W Gift Guide for Grads

Keurig, $99.99

Whether they’re graduating high school and headed to college or officially part of the post-grad working world, coffee is a necessity. With the touch of a button, this Keurig brews a cup within two minutes, so for grads not used to time constraints, it guarantees they’ll be sufficiently caffeinated and out the door for class or work in a timely manner!

4. Brics Bellagio 32″ Spinner Trunk

Has your grad been bitten by the travel bug? Bid them farewell with a solid piece of luggage that will keep their belongings intact and them looking stylish on their adventures abroad.

5. Now is the Time Clock

Since the birth of cellphones, wall clocks have become a highly underrated piece of home decor as well as a resource for getting the time. Remind your millennial graduate of the artistry of time telling while advising them that “now is the time” to begin working towards whatever future plans they may have.

6. Flock Stemless Wine Glasses

Let’s be real; your grad is probably used to drinking alcoholic beverages out of red Solo cups. Elevate their sipping experience with a set of 12 stemless wine glasses. Sure, maybe half of them will end up broken but now he or she will have ample glassware for their first grown-up dinner party or wine and cheese soiree.

7. Austin Press Virtue Candles

These aromatically nuanced candles are a gift of virtue for the graduate. A perfect housewarming gift, the candles are also individually adorned with various terms of virtue to wish a grad good will on a new step in their journey.

8. Trellis Bean Bag Lounger

wayfair.com, $144.95

wayfair.com, $144.95

Towing the line between dorm-room-chic and grown-up, this bean bag chair from Majestic Home Products is a comfy, practical gift to add some design-spunk to a dorm room or a first apartment.

9.  Custom stationary from Minted

minted.com, varied prices

minted.com, varied prices

The graduate you’re gifting obviously needs something to write thank you notes for all their gifts on! Plus, custom stationary is always a good thing to have in the professional world and will come in handy when in communication with potential employers. With the help of Minted you’ll have no problem choosing the perfect design to suit your grad’s style.

10. Neighbors Doormat

Face it, your grad is probably getting sick of all the practical stuff they’re getting for graduation so lighten the mood a bit with this doormat by Reed Wilson Design. If everyone living in the new apartment is a fresh grad, too, chances are the neighbors do have better stuff!

11. Pandan Bins 

Sturdy and stylish, these bins will make the inevitable frequent moving that will happen over the next few years easy for your grad. They can be filled with anything from stacks of magazines to socks and compress nicely when it’s time to move again.

12. Office Starter Set

For the grad that’s headed straight to the office, supplies are necessary. Make sure your grad is armed and ready with a box set of 12 pens, a tape dispenser and stapler. This may symbolize work but with 13 different colors to choose from and a sleek design, supplies from Poppin add some fun to the daily grind.

13. Greenpan Nonstick 10-piece Set

Out of the dorms and into the kitchen! Maybe if you provide your grad with a full set of cookware they’ll actually learn to cook, right? Well, that’s the idea so hopefully you’ll be getting a dinner invite as a thank you soon enough!

14.  Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit

Succulents are basically the hottest thing in plant decor right now. If you’ve found that your grad’s new pad is lacking life, make them get their hands dirty with a living succulent planter! It will add some major oomph to their space and give them something to take care of so they aren’t just lazing around all summer.

15. Sayl Task Chair by Herman Miller

Design Within Reach, $424.15-509.15

Design Within Reach, $424.15-509.15

There’s the dorm chair, but what about the desk chair? Urge your grad to get to work with the gift of form and function in the shape of a Herman Miller desk chair. With its comfortability and debonair design, they’ll be dying to get started on job applications.

16. Peter Pan Book Charger for iPhone and iPad

As excited as your grad may seem to be closing a chapter of their life, chances are they’re still grasping at what they have left of childhood (aren’t we all?). Show them you know they’re still a kid at heart with a little nod to good ol’ Peter Pan in the form of an iPhone dock.

17. Apollo Tools Do-It-Yourself Kit

It may be basic and a little boring, but hey, it will come in handy. The next time they’re desperately searching for a screw driver to tighten a leaky faucet, a hook has come loose, they want to hang a painting, or they’re trying to put together shelving in a new place, the tool kit will be there and they will be eternally grateful.

So maybe it’s not the dream car they begged for but there are plenty of other gifts for the grad that end up being pretty useful in the long run and have a special way of saying, “Good luck out there, because you’re going to need it.”

Happy graduation class of 2015!

xoxo, Laurel and Wolf



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