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Gifts for graduates

Tessa Bartholomew-Good, of San Francisco, center, a Boston

Tessa Bartholomew-Good, of San Francisco, center, a Boston University political science graduate, celebrates with classmates during commencement on the school's campus in Boston, Sunday, May 20, 2012. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, delivered the schools commencement address. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Steven Senne

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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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