It’s here! As late April descends to May, graduation season is in full throttle in Massachusetts, and America’s “college town” is gearing up to welcome many graduates’ friends and family. After four years of hard work, esteemed Cambridge universities and colleges are ready to host commencement for graduating students. If you are looking for a gift for that special grad in your life, we’ve got you covered, from the up-and-coming Picasso to the next Harvard lawyer.
Collegiate Apparel, Gear, and Gifts
For 2014 graduates, the first thing on their list will be university items and gear. Cambridge students are la créme de la crop; apparel and gifts representing their collegiate home will be much appreciated, I guarantee it! I am also graduating this year and I can attest that the best commencement gift (besides money!) pays homage to the past four years. Click here to view all of Harvard University’s products, and click here for great gift ideas for MIT graduates.
Photo Memory Gifts
Leaving college and university for the “real world” is a scary undertaking, but remind grads that it doesn’t have to be. These wonderful photo memory gifts preserve college photographs and memorabilia for every day use, such as custom notebooks, mugs, stamps, and iPhone and iPad cases. Highlight a special memory you and the graduate share with these wonderful gifts. Before and afters work great too! (“Look how much you’ve changed!”)
Apartment and Home Gifts
Unless your favorite graduates are already living in an apartment, it is likely they will be moving out of the dorms and into their very first home. Surprise your grad with new furniture, lighting, kitchen, or bed and bath supplies so that he and she can move comfortably. You’ll always have a special place in his or heart, and what’s more, you’ll always be thought of when it’s in use. I recommend perusing Wayfair because you get free shipping on all orders over $49. Click here to make your Cambridge graduate happy!
Gift baskets, Chocolates, and Flowers
Ahhh, yes. The classics. Gift baskets, chocolates, and flowers are a great way to show graduates you care. They’re the perfect option, especially if you can’t actually attend commencement. For the best in chocolate and candy, I recommend clicking here for See’s Candies. See’s Candies is a classic American brand that your Cambridge graduate will love (I know I love their toffee and brittles). Send a wonderful flower, stuffed animal, or cookie gift basket by clicking here, brought to you by flowers.com. You’ll be the graduate’s favorite guest, I can promise that!
And if you’re looking for places to stay for commencement, you’ll want to check out our list of Greater Boston area and Cambridge hotels here. To the class of 2014: we did it! It’s time to celebrate.
– Erinn Pascal, Editor-in-Chief