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10 GREAT GRADUATION GIFTS

 

It’s the ultimate rite of passage: graduation. Whether you want to honor a new grad with a memorable present that marks their big day or to find something practical that helps them prepare for the next step in life, The Shops at Columbus Circle has got you covered.

First off: Let’s offer that new grad a huge round of congratulations. There’s no better way to express the sentiment than with the Congrats Candy Trunk ($195) from Sugarfina, an oversized box filled with sweet treats. Once the candy is gone, it’s perfect for storing jewelry, tea and more.

Satya wants to make sure the graduate succeeds and is balanced at the same time. The Aspirations Bracelet ($49) has stones made from labradorite (which promotes perseverance, truth, and imagination) and hamsa (for protection and blessings).

Saving for the future takes work. The bold, ceramic “Hustle” coin bank ($16.95) from Papyrus is loaded with personality, making it a great way to collect all that loose change in one very stylish place. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned.

They’re going to be making a lot of memories during this next stage in life. Gift them a camera to document it all. The new Michael Kors x Fujifilm Instax ($149.99) is a limited-edition camera that comes with a built-in mirror and a selfie mode.

In this digital age, there’s nothing like taking good old-fashioned notes in a journal. The limited-collection Time notebook ($19.95) from Moleskine has a cloth-bound spine that makes it feel like a hand-crafted item, perfect for recording dreams and aspirations.

Since mom and dad aren’t around (or at least we hope not), grads will welcome the assistance that Alexa provides, from telling the weather to suggesting a recipe. The Echo Plus ($149.99) from Amazon Books doubles as a smart home hub and comes in silver, white, and black.

For the grad who is setting up their first kitchen, the Instant Pot Duo Plus Mini ($99.95) from Williams-Sonoma is genius. This three-quart multi-use pressure cooker is programmable, ready to whip up an easy meal using nine functions, from slow cooking to sautéing.

Graduating means upping your style game. Any on-the-go graduate will love a sleek new piece of luggage. The International Slim Carry-On ($645) from Tumi is available in three shades — silver, black, navy — and can be personalized right in the store for free.

A watch is a graduation gift classic, and with good reason: It’s the mark of new beginnings. The Noble Slim Stainless Steel & Black Leather Watch ($295) from Links of London is made for men, but women love the sleek, oversized face, too. Time will be on their side.

Another no brainer: A business card holder. But don’t go for a boring old traditional model: The leather Zip Card Case ($95) from Coach is emblazoned with a shark or a dinosaur logo. It’s the ultimate gift for the graduate who wants to crush the corporate ladder.

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