Smart Gifts for Grads


The search for the perfect graduation gift is a challenge. This is why there are so many pins and posts about it everywhere you turn. In fact, if you perform a simple Google search for “graduation gift ideas,” you’ll return 6,550,000 results.

Graduation is a time to celebrate and congratulate a student’s hard work and scholarly accomplishments. Beyond the proverbial pat on the back, grads are due for gifts galore for a job well done. But, what items are sure to receive top marks? Consider this roundup of gift ideas for graduates of all ages:

Chelsea Taylor Crystallized Watch – $169

Chelsea Taylor Crystal Watch

Chelsea Taylor Crystal Watch

Watches are a timeless gift for graduates, and the ladies will love a Crystallized Swarovski Elements-adorned Chelsea Taylor watch that offers the perfect combination of sparkle and sophistication. Choose from 19 different crystal colors with coordinating leather band. Chelsea Taylor’s contemporary watches offer top-notch quality along with fashion-forward styling, making it a gift she’ll want to wear every day for years to come. The grad will be in good company as many chic celebrities, including Debra Messing, NY Housewife Jill Zarin, and Tinsley Mortimer, are Chelsea Taylor fans. I am too.

Isabelle Personalized Necklaces – $62 – $195

Isabelle Tag Necklace

What gal doesn’t love custom jewelry? For graduates, Isabelle Grace offers a lovely range of personalized necklaces of various styles and price points. The Signature Initial Tag Necklace ($195) features a customized initial and a “2011” tag to commemorate the special year. The graduate’s full name, graduation date or even the name of the school may also be inscribed on the back. The piece is made of fine silver with 22kt gold lettering. Completing the chic look are semi-precious stones and a star charm. Another event-appropriate option, which also features fine metal and gemstone accents, is the Isabelle Grace Soar Tag Necklace ($85). The gold bird charm inscribed with the word “Soar” reminds the graduate that she can ascend and follow her dreams.

Jedidiah Mammoth Messenger Bag – $86

Mammoth Messenger Bag

Mammoth Messenger Bag

Grads can be prepared for their next adventure, whether personal or professional, with the Jedidiah Mammoth Messenger Bag. The 12” x 11” Mammoth Messenger Bag comes with a number of roomy compartments, including a zippered main compartment and a buttoned front accessories pocket. It’s available in two styles: faux leather with custom metal detail and two side cell phone pockets, or olive with a heavy duty military-inspired design. The Central Olive is larger at 14.5” x 14”, making it big enough to fit a 13” Macbook/Macbook Pro. The socially-conscious grad will be proud that you picked this company, as sales proceeds help fund a Cambodian trauma recovery center that houses and protects child sex trafficking victims.

Vizit Two-Way Communication Interactive Digital Photo Frame – $229

Vizit Digital Photo Frame

Vizit Two-Way Communication Interactive Digital Photo Frame

Taking the digital photo frame to the next level is Isabella Products’ Vizit – a two-way communication, fully interactive digital photo frame enabling users to send and receive digital photos in real-time over a mobile network. Grads can take a camera phone picture of their post-scholastic adventures, send it to the Vizit’s personalized phone number, and have the picture instantly appear on their new frame or even on that of a friend or their parents. With its sleek frame and stylish coloring, high school grads will love Vizit in the dorm room. Photo sharing and showcasing made simple!

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Merilee Kern

Merilee Kern, Executive Editor of “The Luxe List” International News Syndicate, is a lifestyle, leisure and consumer goods expert who reports on exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events and noteworthy products and services at all price points – from the highly affordable to the luxury extreme. She keeps her finger on the pulse of what’s trending across all leisure and lifestyle-related product, service and travel categories to inform, enlighten and entertain. Also owner of a thriving communications agency, Merilee is the very definition of a renaissance woman: a savvy entrepreneur, media personality, radio talk show host, author, journalist, publicist, health advocate and proud mother of two. She may be reached online at

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