Gift Ideas for New Grads

A roundup of ideas from local shops for your new grad.
Clockwise: Tony Dovolos in with a Bugatchi shirt and messenger bag from Will Leather Goods; Bachman’s Minnesota necklace and Sanuk yoga mat flip flops

During the exciting transition of graduating from high school or college, support and reassurance from friends and family can go a long way. But gifts are also in order to celebrate the graduate’s achievement as they look forward to a new stage in life. Here’s a collection of thoughtful and useful gifts from local shops to help equip your new grad for that next big step.

“I’m Kind of a Big Deal” mug and wooden plaque
Graduating is no small feat. Help your new grad tell the world their “big deal” status with a mug ($12.95)—perfect for the grad who is fueled by coffee or tea. The “I’m Kind of a Big Deal” small wooden plaque ($8.95) is a great choice if you’re looking for a decorative gift. Patina, 7814 Olson Memorial Hwy., Golden Valley; 763.546.1497.

Minnesota Charm Necklace
Whether they’re staying in the state or heading off for an adventure in a new place, the Minnesota Charm Necklace ($29.99) from Bachman’s will help remind the new graduate of home. With the vintage gold charm around their neck, they might just remember to call home more often. Bachman’s, 10050 Sixth Ave. N.; 763.541.1188.

Customized Spa Package
A spa day is just what the doctor ordered to help ease the stress of final exams, goodbyes and grad party season. The Customized Spa Package ($150) from New Reflections Salon includes a customized 60-minute facial, an elemental nature manicure and a shampoo, style and finish. New Reflections is also a great spot for a haircut for a fresh start. New Reflections Salon, 3530 Vicksburg Lane N.; 763.559.3185.

Sanuk Yoga Mat flip flops
These comfortable flip flops ($34) are perfect for wearing around dorm hallways, trekking around campus or wearing during time off from that first post grad job. The Yoga Mat flip flops are made out of yoga mats, and they’re available in bold patterns with colors including coral, blue and pink. Lillians, Urban Market, 3795 Pinto Drive, Medina; 763.242.3022.

Bugatchi Men’s Fashion Shirts
The Foursome offers a variety of collared Bugatchi shirts ($149), a perfect pick for the young professional looking to step up his style game. The fashionable shirts come in vibrant colors and patterns including stripes and plaid and are great for a night out with friends or a business meeting. The Foursome also offers high quality messenger bags, wallets and belts from Will Leather Goods. The Foursome, 3570 Vicksburg Lane N.; 763.473.4667.