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  • 7 Graduate Gifts to Prepare Them for the Real World

    Graduation season is finally upon us, and you may be wondering what to get your grad for their big day. Here at The Grommet, we have all kinds of gifts perfect for post-grad life and as a grad myself, I feel uniquely qualified to point you in the right direction.

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    Time Traveler's built-in Lightning cable and USB port allow you to charge three devices at the same time. It can charge an iPhone or Apple Watch in about 2 hours and is perfect for road trips, flights, or whatever travel your grad has planned to celebrate.

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  • 8 Gifts for the Traveling Graduate

    One of the more common post-graduate celebrations is a trip. Whether that journey is cross country, international, or upstate, here are some Grommets to prep your graduate for their getaway.

    A Shrinking Suitcase

    Recent grads are known to live in small quarters, and this collapsible multi-feature suitcase folds down flat to store. But this smart suitcase is more than a disappearing act. When it's full-size it can charge your phone, has a 360 degree rotating handle to avoid wrist discomfort, has a pull out laptop desk, and contains a laundry bag and two shoe bags. 


    8 Gifts for the Traveling Graduate

    Passport Protector

    These minimalist wallets keep cash, cards, a boarding pass, and passport in one RFID protected vegan leather wallet. Founded by UCLA alum Steven Ng, they are grad tested and approved. If you want to make a trip easier, this is a perfect place to start.


    A Mobile Bureau

    After a trip, the inside of a suitcase or backpack always looks the same: like it was hurriedly packed before an emergency getaway. With this travel organizer, luggage can be neatly organized in a portable, mesh dresser. It even hangs up so travelers can make themselves at home no matter where they are. Continue Reading

  • 5 Grad Gifts for Living Like a Grown Up

    If your graduate is setting out to live on their own, they could certainly use some help establishing their new home. These five gifts will get them started.

    5 Grad Gifts for Living Like a Grown Up

    A Knife For Life

    In the real world, there’s no dining hall and GrubHub will drain a bank account at an alarmingly speed. Your grad will need to cook for themselves. A staple of any productive kitchen is a reliable set of knives and these handcrafted, carbon steel, USA made knives have been giving cooks an edge since 1850


    Handcrafted Cutting Boards

    Just as important as a set of knives? Something to protect them and your counter. Don’t go against the grain, go with it. By that, we mean these handcrafted cutting boards and knife blocks from Brooklyn Butcher Blocks. They’re American-made for a lifetime so your grad might even pass it on to their grad someday.


    A Pan Your Grad Will Give To Their Kid

    Your grad can cook up that freshly cut food on steel cooking pans that will last their entire life. Combining the benefits of French steel and cast iron, AUS-ION pans are made from one piece of iron steel. It cooks evenly, it’s pre-seasoned, and it comes with a multi-century warranty because, hey, when they’re 50 maybe the average life expectancy will be 200. Continue Reading

  • 5 Grad Gifts that Turn Tradition on Its Head

    In the world of grad gifts, there are certain staples. But your traditional present doesn’t need to be a yawn. Check out these grad gift ideas with an unexpected spin.

    5 Grad Gifts that Turn Traditional on Its Head

    The Sleekest, Longest Lasting Mechanical Pencil

    Try to find the seam on Modern Fuel's metal mechanical pencil. You won’t see it, and that’s the whole point. Meticulous engineering makes it look like a single, solid design from barrel to nib. The careful craftsmanship means it’s durable, too, with a lifetime guarantee.


    5 Grad Gifts that Turn Traditional on Its Head

    A Never-Ending Notebook

    Giving a journal is a great old-school gift. But this endlessly reusable whiteboard notebook is made up of dry erase pages, so you can use each and re-use one.


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    A Front Pocket Wallet That’s Made in the USA

    Everyone’s used to carrying a wallet in their rear pocket, but this one is made for the front. The curved design of these men's front pocket wallets are made to match the curved profile of most front pockets, giving a great fit that could put less strain on your back. Plus the front pocket is less prone to physical theft and, with built-in RFID protection, your grad will be protected against digital theft, too.


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  • 4 Place-Based Gifts Grads Will Keep Forever

    Get your grad a gift that’s brimming with lasting sentiment.

    We’ve rounded up four Made in the USA picks that you can customize with any location you choose.

    Location ideas:
    For high school grads
    Personalize with their hometown or soon-to-be college town
    For university grads
    Personalize with their college town or the city they’re headed to next


    Latitude/Longitude Etched Rock Glasses

    Give the grad an unexpected toast with these custom etched glasses, showing off the coordinates of his/her hometown or college town. They're made by a 100-year-old Pennsylvania company. Don’t know the coordinates? (Who does?) Give the Maker the location, they’ll find the latitude and longitude for you. Also from this Maker: etched wine glasses.


    Circular City Maps

    Is your grad getting their degree in a big city? About to move to one? Give a letterpress map that pays homage in an artistic, minimalist fashion. Each design is hand drawn, then each map is hand printed in Oregon.


    Place-Based Pillows

    Turn your grad’s hometown, college neighborhood, or childhood street into a customized pillow. This Massachusetts Maker takes nautical maps and topographical charts, then creates a purely personal home accessory. They make tote bags, too. Continue Reading

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