Graduation season is here! In-person commencement ceremonies are back and it’s time to celebrate! If you’re stuck for some gift ideas, To&From has got your back. We’ve selected great goodies that would be perfect for the college dorm, for that first real apartment or shared house, or for the exploration of post-graduation life. We’ve got classic gifts like watches and luggage but also some out of the box gifts that are sure to please!
This sweet, little locket is made from 18K gold plated sterling silver and features a white sapphire stone for a touch of sparkle. It is engravable and you can upload two photos that the company will insert into either interior side of the locket, for free. The locket comes in a bigger size for $220.
The Jewelry Box has multiple organizational compartments for all of your jewelry essentials, including a flat panel that houses up to four pairs of earrings, a padded cord for smaller rings, clasps and slip pockets for necklaces, and a roomy main compartment for chunkier items.
The rectangle links of this 14K-gold filled bracelet give a modern edge to a classic piece of jewelry. It can be worn alone or stacked with other bracelets, no matter what the design.
There is nothing cozier than a soft, weighted blanket. This 15-pound luxe version is made with braided eco-friendly velvet made from ocean-bound plastic. Bearaby estimates that each blanket keeps 900 bottles from polluting our seas. The blanket also comes in a 20- and 25-pound weight. This smallest size measures 3 ⅓ x 6 feet, perfect for napping, which your grad might need to do after finals and festivities.
This handy travel bag comes from Rothy’s, the same company that 3-D knits thread made from plastic bottles into washable shoes. The bag is perfect for the graduate planning some short trips before the new job or the start of grad school. The main compartment can fit a change of clothes, accessories and toiletries while an outside pocket with a magnetic closure can handily stow a laptop, wallet and travel documents.
Young adults seem to transition from keeping their credit cards and driver’s licenses stuck in tiny pockets glued to the back of their smartphones to some form of wallet upon graduation. But they still want something sleek and compact, and this fits the bill. This zippered wallet, made from a polished calfskin, comes in five colors and is an elegant and convenient solution.
One of the big trends to emerge on TikTok during the pandemic that continues today is cooking and entertaining. Now, it seems like every young adult has become a creative and expert designer of charcuterie boards. Meet that foodie passion with this simple slate board. The handles are an added bonus, making it easier to carry those savory works of love.
Brighten up the recent graduate’s bedroom in their new digs, or even in their family home with this lovely box of ever-trendy succulents. The soothing pale green colors, with dashes of bright green, white and pink of these easy-to-care-for plants will be a welcome addition to any space, old or new.
Hybrid cars, hybrid work, and now a hybrid watch! Kronaby is a Swedish maker of “hybrid timepieces”. These great-looking watches embrace the tradition of sleek Scandinavian design and are a pared-down version of smartwatches by offering only a select number of applications that are the most useful, including music, maps, notifications, and step counting. This Carat model features a case and mesh strap in rose gold-colored stainless steel, a dial in sterling silver plated circular brush, and a double dome sapphire crystal.
As more and more items, including credit cards and passports, are embedded with Radio Frequency Identification chips (RFID) that allow for functions including contactless paying, there is a need to prevent electronic pickpocketing. This travel wallet, in subtly grained nappa leather, features US Government certified RFID blocking technology. The contrasting color zippers help keep travelers and their documents and currency organized and stylish at the same time.
KEMPTON & CO.
This smart silver-printed canvas tote is perfect for the city or the sand. Unlike other large totes, this bag has a well-appointed interior with pockets to hold such things as a water bottle or smartphone, and there is a clip for keys. Plus, it can be worn as a handbag or shoulder bag thanks to adjustable straps.
A perfect weekend bag, gym bag or carry on luggage, weighing in at just over three pounds! Made from durable nylon, the bag has a handy bottom compartment which is great for shoes or soiled items, while the upper is roomier than it looks, with handy pockets for organized packing. There’s a detachable shoulder strap and a luggage sleeve so you can hang it on your suitcase handles.
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Young men don’t like their pockets to be crowded, and this leather cardholder is good looking, slim and compact. There are two slots for cards on the front and back, and it is lined in nylon canvas.
For the graduate who needs to graduate from quilted nylon, this MacBook cover is the solution. It is crafted from the brand’s proprietary performance Technik-Leather, both vegan and sustainable, made from recycled plastic. Brand founder and fabric developer Vicki Von Holzhausen is a former car designer and plans to expand the application of her leather to all industries, including furniture, airplanes and automotive, where she started.
A super lightweight pen made in a single piece from titanium, a metal almost as light as aluminum and stronger than stainless steel. The capless system is designed to allow the pen to remain open and working for a year. The pen comes with one .6mm Fine Tip Schmidt P8126 rollerball black ink cartridge.
This vacuum-sealed stainless steel keg with chrome plated brass fittings keeps beer and carbonated beverages bubbly for up to two weeks. It’s available in stainless steel, copper-plate or a black finish, and in 64oz or 128oz size. Monogramming at an additional cost.
Every guy needs a tray like this in their kitchen. Just drop on a slab of cheese, scatter some crackers, and voila, you become an instant host. The tray is handmade from reclaimed pine and features two carved out handles on the edge of the underside for easy carrying.
Shinola introduced its first product, the Runwell watch, as a limited run in 2013. Since then, it has become the Detroit brand’s iconic timepiece. The Runwell comes in many iterations and this new one, with a matt gunmetal PVD coating on the stainless steel case, is a winner. The dial has a matte velvet finish which makes the white minute lines and Arabic numerals, as well as the red Shinola logo and second hand, pop out. The adjustable strap is in cordovan leather.
For your water sports fanatic, this backpack is submersible and will not let water in when properly closed. It’s great for beaching, kayaking, fishing…white water rafting…the list goes on.
$45 for set of 2
Help your grad toss out that mixed lot of logo’d cooling glass sleeves he’s collected over the years and replace them with these good looking freezable bar glasses. Put the glasses in the freezer for four hours before use (or keep them there) to enjoy the chilled beverage. Glasses are dishwasher safe; the silicone sleeves need to be removed and hand cleaned. Also available in whiskey size.
Those who graduated this year likely spent some time on their campuses or at home, outdoors, even in winter, around fire pits, all thanks to Covid. Now, fire pits are a given on many lawns and decks (where permitted) so let your grad continue the trend with his own fire pit, and have his outdoor darties and parties all year long.
Perfect for the grad on the go! This handy and smart-looking travel set is made from recycled materials including the aircraft-grade aluminum handle and the packing cubes made from plastic bottles. Paravel offers two other versions of this set, one with a larger carry-on and the second with a checkable-sized suitcase and carry-on.
Bose brings its noise-canceling know-how from its headphones to these earbuds, which also boast superior stay-in fit thanks to the trademarked Stay-Hear Max shape of the silicone buds. With a little tap or swipe, users can control the quality of sound, answer calls and change the volume.
All the yoga accessories one needs in a simple set which includes a mat, towel, two blocks, and yoga strap. Available in eight colors, the set comes with a free 30-day trial of the Alo Moves fitness app.
Keep your wine cold on hot summer days and nights with this set from VinGlacé. The wine chiller boasts an adjustable top that can fit most bottles. The glasses, unlike other chilled beverage glasses, are double-walled stainless steel lined with glass, a technique which keeps things extra cool with no metallic aftertaste.
MIXOLOGY & CRAFT
A complete bartending set that includes literally everything but the kitchen sink. And, all organized in a simply designed bamboo wood stand.
WS GAME COMPANY
This version of the classic Scrabble game is oversized and comes with a message board. Made from a solid wood frame and metal game board, magnetized wood tiles allow for a game that can last for days or even weeks.
An elegant, compact espresso machine and milk frother that will fit in any tiny kitchen. Nespresso makes great coffee, from the recyclable pods to the machines. There’s no reason to go out and buy a latte when you can make your own at home.
Inflatable paddle boards are perfect for the graduate who might be low on storage space. While they score lower in performance than hard paddle boards, they are actually more durable because hard paddle boards can easily damage if they hit a hard surface. This set includes everything needed to go paddling, from pump to paddle.
Get rid of the mess of phone cords and clutter with this set of charging trays. Made from pebble-grained Italian leather, these pieces come in five different colors and combine clean design and efficiency. Compatible with many if not most of Apple, Samsung, Google, Nokia and Microsoft devices.
The wireless speakers from Ultimate Ears provide exceptional sound – it’s all about that bass! – with portability and remarkable durability, including being water, dust and drop-proof. With a 20-hour battery life and the ability to pair with other speakers via the Party Up option on the Boom app, your grad will be the life of the party. Oh, did we mention that it floats?
Help the graduate get their kitchen stocked with this set of non-stick, non-toxic ceramic coated cookware. It comes with a fry pan, saucepan, sauté pan and dutch oven, along with a storage rack and storage bag for lids to hang inside a cupboard door. Available in seven colors.
This beautiful 10” glass decanter with an acacia wood stopper was designed by Los Angeles-based Chris Granneberg. Its simple, graceful shape will look great on any bar, table, or even kitchen counter.
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