It’s graduation season and if your children, relatives or friends’ kids are of that age, the (email) mailbox is probably flooded with announcements, ceremony and party invitations. Not that they’ll remember to RSVP (good Lord, what does it take!!). Whether you have a grad yourself or are gifting to one or more this year, it’s always a struggle to find grad gifts that are unique yet something the kids will love. Don’t show up empty handed – check out our picks from Charlotte stores as well as some you can order online.


ONWARD RESERVE is a go-to resource for the Guy Grad Gifts

Grad Gifts

Smathers and Branson Collegiate Belts, Key Fobs and Cufflinks, Luggage, Brief Cases and Dopp Kits by Filson, Collegiate Yeti Ramblers, Shave Kits by Harry’s, Daniel Wellington watches, Manicure sets, Multi Tool, 6-in-1 Hammer Tool by Gentlemen’s Hardware, Bongo Speakers by Otis and Eleanor, Custom Belts and Buckles by Trafalgar. Match Point Pens by Mark Dillon, plus a great selection of books!! There is something for everyone on your list!


Seventh Street Market Shops

Grad Gifts

Card wallets by Created Beautifully- $20

Grad Gifts

Docklands Design NC print on wood – $85…perfect for a grad’s new home or dorm room

Grad Gifts

Charlotte skyline print on wood by local artist Victoria Angelina – $65

Grad Gifts

The Write Occasion frame-able cards and prints – $6

Grad Gifts



DOLL a boutique 

Grad Gifts

Twine & Twig stack $55

Grad Gifts

Twine & Twig stacks and necklaces $55-$230

Magnetic chokers $40

Bunny Shapiro Selby Chokers $50, seed beads and 10k real gold
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Loren Hope Earrings are perfect for any girl graduate

Beautiful Alv Jewels wrap crystal bracelets

Stunning Alv Jewels Bone Necklace is the perfect statement piece for a new grad

Tribal clutch with pretty tassel any girl grad would love!



Plaque ID bracelets with alligator strap $325

Perle by Lola beaded bracelets $50-$225

Perle by Lola diamond and gold sunburst charm on leather necklace $1760

Alligator twist key fobs by W. Kleinberg $150


STOREY HOME on East Blvd 

Graduation Gift- Travel sets- Perfect for studying in your dorm room (since that is what they will be doing all the time;) Comes with blanket, sleep mask and the bag it all goes in fits an airline pillow! Genius!

Mini Heart paintings by Heidi Kirschner

Frames- sizes and colors vary

Graduation Gift- Books $9.95 each



Graduation Cards for every graduate!

For their most treasured memories and for the new ones they’ll be making – Picture frames make great gifts for grads!

Give your favorite grad some clever advice and a place to store their favorite trinkets and treasures—with this eye-catching decoupage tray.


SWOOZIE’S back me up gold lightning charging cord $18 – no grad an ever have too many phone chargers, help them charge up in style with this stand out cord

Big Ossential Plus Case – Gold Rush $82.95 or $54.95 for the regular size – this is essential for carrying dorm keys as well as debit cards and student IDs

Why-Kiki Cosmetic Bag $14.95 – Every girl needs a travel cosmetic bag

kate spade new york dahlia travel umbrella $48.00 – Rainy walks to class call for cute umbrellas


L&M Monograms on East Blvd

This shop next to 300 East is old-school with almost no online presence ~ you have to go there to see all the options they have for personalized gifting. Pick out something in the grads school colors and monogram it for them. You can almost never go wrong, and Charlotteans have been using them for YEARS.



If you don’t have time to make it to the stores, it’s easy to shop the the university bookstores / gift shops. Just google it, and look through so many options. Here are just a few of our picks:


Medallion Toiletry Bag Faux Leather $24.99

Wooden Hanger Set Of 4 $19.99



Glitter License Plate $22.99


Beach Towel $17.99

Tumbler $36.99


We also love Onward Reserve, Vineyard Vines, and for great ties, bowties and cummerbund sets.

highcottonties cummerbunds

college ties from


And Charlotte’s own has all sorts of apparel etc to remind them of home: