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Gifts for Graduates: Great Ideas for a Special Day-Small Batch Graphics + Goods

Gifts for Graduates: Great Ideas for a Special Day

Graduation: Just the thought of the day can give parents a lump in the throat. Since there’s no way to stop the clock from ticking toward the big day, we’re here to offer a bit of a diversion—our suggestions for unique graduation gifts. Whether it’s your brother, sister, daughter, son or just a friend receiving the gift, any of these small batch gifts will put a smile on their face.

A graduate heading off to dorm life might appreciate a few items that remind her of home or great skin care products to pamper her skin. Maybe he’s incorporating a bit of travel before his first semester. You might consider something to make trips a breeze. Even if you’re not sure exactly what your grad doing next, you can still find a thoughtful gift that will be treasured.

For Her

Send your grad off to university with bath and body products to keep her skin in top shape during that sometimes stressful first year.

Made with activated charcoal, bentonite clay, ground oats, and essential oils of peppermint and tea tree “Let’s Be Clear” is the face soap dreams are made of! This 100% natural and phthalate free soap from our friends at Naked Goat Soap Co. is great to treat oily skin, but mild enough for daily use.

To sooth dry skin, gift her with organic and vegan body lotion from Ollie + Max. This moisturizer is lightweight and made with skin-loving oils and butters picked for their intense, non-greasy ability to penetrate the skin and provide long-lasting relief. Choose from a variety of scents, including Tuscan Olive, Earl Grey, and Rosemary Fig.

Pair the body lotion with Ollie + Max all natural lip balms made from shea butter, avocado oil, cocoa butter, candillila wax, and flavor oil. Selections include Calm Balm, Pomegranate Berry, Chai Tea, and more.

Give her a reason to write home: We have a wide variety of stationery your grad can use to keep family up-to-date on her college adventures. New Bern photographer John McQuade has captured the blooming of several vibrant flowers in his beautiful blank notecard sets. Perfect not only for quick notes home, but also for use as “Thank You” cards for all her graduation gifts! 

Help her new dorm space smell more like home. Naked Goat Soap Co.’s all natural, U.S. grown soy, hand-poured candles come packaged in a gold travel tin and boast an approximately 40-hour burn time. Choose from Peony and Gather. 

For Him

Your grad will want to look his best so why not gift him with a great set of shaving products. Our all natural, vegan shave soap is made the cold process way and allowed to cure for six weeks. It features added bentonite clay for extra razor slip and contains no harsh ingredients. The Tweed scent has hints of French verbena, lemon, violet leaves, sandalwood and ambergris. The Black Tie scent layers tingly citrus with notes of ozone, black pepper, and cucumber.

Pair this amazing soap with our natural boar hair shave brush with soft, natural boar bristles. The brush handle is a beautifully polished wood. The size is 2" boar bristle, and a total 4" length.

Any guy would be glad to get a new travel kit for all sorts of adventures, including the one to his new college town. Dopp kits from EverlyGrace are perfect for storing toiletries and other travel accessories. Made of waxed canvas, it will be used for many years to come.

You can fill his new travel kit with colognes from Fulton & Roark. These highly concentrated solid colognes offer a long-lasting and steady scent designed to keep him fresh. The solid metal containers travel easily in a gym bag, pocket, or carry-on, allowing him to smell his best no matter where he goes. Choose from Shackleford, Sterling, Tybee, and Clearwater.

You could also add an all-natural cream deodorant from Ollie + Max to keep body odor at bay. This formula is vegan and aluminum free and made for those who are more sensitive to deodorants that use baking soda. 

And, finally, what grad couldn’t use a healthy supply of caffeine on hand? Nothing is finer than a warm mug of We’re proud to have coffees from Carolina Coffee Co., right down the road in Wilmington, NC. Carolina Coffee is a small, family-owned roaster and truly offers one of the best cups of coffee we’ve had. Our selection is available in 1/2 lb. bags, whole bean to maintain freshness.


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