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Top Spots To Buy Gifts For Grads In Philadelphia

May 7, 2013 7:00 AM

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This June, someone near and dear to you will be walking down the aisle to the march of “Pomp and Circumstance” and accepting a piece of paper signifying years of hard work, many sleepless nights from studying and a future that has never looked brighter. All you have to do is stand there watching proudly, perhaps even wipe a tear from your eye, and offer a token of your immense pride all wrapped up in a pretty gift box. Anyone can give the new graduate cash, but here are five ideas for the perfect graduation gift for your graduate.
Adorn Boutique
1314 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-2120
www.adornbysarahlewis.com

Fishtown’s Adorn Boutique may not seem like your first choice for graduation gifts, but it actually has tons of great ideas — including lovely jewelry such as earrings, necklaces and rings, most of which were designed by Adorn’s owner Sarah Lewis. However, if your grad will be taking a well-deserved vacation after months of cracking the books, you could also get a colorful Thai tote bag made of vintage embroidered Thai fabric from the Hmong Tribes. The bag comes with a leather strap, zipper closure and three interior pockets. It’s ideal for work, play and travel.

Kembrel
1822 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 501-7085
www.kembrel.com

If your son or brother is heading straight into the workforce, hit up the Kembrel men’s shop for its huge array of great and affordable gifts for the male grad in your life. This Philly-based store features clothing, accessories and gifts from up-start fashion labels that are innovative yet accessible. Look to Kembrel for a big selection of reversible bow ties, cool cuff links, leather wallets and card holders, as well as sharp looking fedoras to top off your grad’s new, more office-appropriate look. The big bonus of shopping here is complimentary espresso in the showroom.

Pinot Boutique
227 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-9463
www.pinotboutique.com

Let’s be honest, part of what your recent grad did during college was participate in or host keg parties. However, now that he or she has graduated, so too should his/her taste in beer. Pinot Boutique in Old City has totally fun and educational beer classes every third Thursday of the month, led by a local home brewer and a Cicerone Certified Beer Server. And while your grad is probably sick and tired of attending classes, this is one that no one would want to skip. Upcoming classes include summer ales, beers from Philly, Belgian beers and more.

Related: Top Craft Beer Bars In Philadelphia

Govberg Jewelers
1521 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 546-6505
www.govbergwatches.com

Your extra-special graduate deserves an extra-special reward that only a fine new designer watch can fulfill. For that, look no further than Govberg Jewelers. Since 1922, Govberg has been the watch specialty store in Philly and it now offers two locations, one in Rittenhouse Square and one in Ardmore. Govberg even employs a Swiss-trained watchmaker to help with all customer needs and care. As an authorized dealer of over 50 watch brands, you’ll be sure to find the ideal timepiece for your favorite graduate.

The Papery
57 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1500
www.paperyofphilly.com

Known primarily for its vast selection of greeting, birthday and wedding cards, as well as its own custom printing department, The Papery in Old City also has an enormous assortment of gifts for any occasion — in particular, for graduation. Grads will appreciate items like designer pens, leather laptop cases, decorative journals, fun luggage tags and so much more. If you can’t decide, ask one of the in-house gift-giving consultants for help.

Related: Top Spots To Buy Watches In Philadelphia

Pamela Dollak is a freelance writer covering all things Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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