Gifts for graduates
You can get creative when shopping for grads, says Dana Holmes, editor-in-chief at gifts.com, a website flush with gifting ideas. They even break it down based on your giftee's personality (geek, outdoor adventurer, trendanista and so on). Fill a laundry bag or wastebasket with inexpensive but essential housewares "for grads moving into their first place," says Holmes. Or introduce them to sound investing by ordering a small amount of stock with a framed certificate from a brand they love-- "Apple, Google or Starbuck's are all great choices," she suggests. Sounds way more interesting than . . . a pen, no? (Though we did find a jazzy pen, if you're kicking it old school.) Here's a selection of what's out there. -- Joseph V. Amodio
Superheroes for super grads--the Avengers Movie Collection phone cases from Case-Mate, $40; at case-mate.com.
School rings are fine, but you can create her own stylish version using school-colored precious and semi-precious gemstones, $200 and up (with free engraving); at gemvara.com.
Let her graduate from book bags to something more chic, like this Ozzie Aurora ostrich-embossed satchel, $428, and Ozzie travel wallet, $198, from Marc by Marc Jacobs; at select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com.
The Men's Store Bloomingdale's Sporty Suede Tassel Loafer, $175, in navy, beige and orange; at Bloomingdale's stores and Bloomingdales.com.
David Hart & Co. blue monkey socks and robot socks, $32 each; Psycho Bunny's teal and purple checked socks, $30; Ozone color-block socks, $35; at select Saks Fifth Avenues stores or find other psychedelic options at saks.com.
She can carry a lot more than just books in Clava's beach-ready Wellie market totes, $44, which you can get monogrammed for an additional $15; at Sew Cute, Syosset; and clava.com.
Teach your grad the value of sound investments with a framed stock certificate with custom engraving, $39 transfer fee plus cost of stock; at gifts.com
Now that he's outta school and looking for work, he's going to have to be careful with his money, which is made just a tad easier with this sporty American Eagle plaid wallet, $19.50; at ae.com.
High school grads headed off to college (or college grads off to see the world) will need Gap's canvas weekend bag, $69.95; at Gap stores and gap.com.