2024 Graduation Gift Guide

Graduation gift header with images of commencement present options such as jewelry, a leather backpack, collegiate gear, and more.

Graduation season is one of joy and excitement for what the future holds! Whether celebrating commencement from high school or college, we’ve compiled a list of graduation gifts from local SCOUTED businesses that will prepare your loved one for the world, bring a smile, and let them know just how proud you are!

Here are some of our top presents from favorite TSG GVL Volume 8 spots… enjoy!

Julie Vos Classic Bracelet

Two Julie Vos gold bracelet options from Muse Shoe Studio

Pictured: Julie Vos Nassau Link Bracelet and Julie Vos Flora Pearl Charm Bracelet

We love the idea of a classic piece that they will wear for years to come as a graduation gift. Enter Julie Vos jewelry from Muse Shoe Studio. These two bracelet options will match any outfit, while also making a statement. The perfect commencement present(s)!

A Timeless Wallet

Leather wallet for the ladies

Pictured: Hammitt 110 North Wallet in Calla Lily White and Champagne Pink

Not something they would likely purchase for themselves, a chic wallet with plenty of storage is a lovely graduation gift. This particular wallet by Hammitt at Monkee’s of the West End is an organizer’s dream. Featuring 10 credit card slots, a clear ID pocket, a zippered pocket, and two drop pockets to hold cash, it acts as the perfect commencement present. Made from a lustrous Italian tumbled patent leather, this wallet is smooth to the touch.

A Briefcase/Backpack

Graduation Gift Option: Leather backpack or briefcase from Smith & James

Pictured: Sarge Leather Company JEFE Leather Messenger Briefcase and ALMA Backpack

From a new internship to a new job, say hello to the ultimate graduation gift for the guys. Available at Smith & James, both the backpack and briefcase are durable, wear nicely, have dedicated space for a computer, and so much more! Fun fact: the company that makes both products, Sarge Leather Goods, is based in Greer. Therefore, in purchasing, you will actually be supporting local in more ways than one!

Visit Smith & James in historic Downtown Greer or at Verdae in Greenville to purchase.

A Versatile Tote

Longchamp Le Pilage Tote in three color ways

Pictured: Large Longchamp Le Pliage Original Large Nylon Tote Bag in pink, black, and tan

Available at Pink Bee GVL in a wide range of colors and sizes, this tote is an ideal commencement gift for the graduate soon stepping into the world of daily commutes. Inspired by origami, Longchamp’s signature Le Pliage lightweight nylon shoulder bag is easy to carry and makes for a very polished look. It also folds up small, an ideal feature for traveling!

Visit Pink Bee GVL in the West End to purchase.

A Graduation Safety Necessity

Graduation Gift Option: The Birdie key chain addition for protection from Kate Carlyle

Pictured: Birdie from Kate Carlyle

We think there is no better gift than one of protection. Introducing birdie, now available at Kate Carlyle. This small, but mighty device is like having a fire alarm in your pocket. When you pull the pin, it flashes and beeps incredibly loudly so you can get the attention of everyone around you. Birdie comes in multiple bright colors and is the ideal addition to any keychain.

Visit Kate Carlyle on Augusta Street to purchase.

Commencement Words of Wisdom

Books from Kate Carlyle with words of inspiration for graduates
Commencement Gift Idea: Books from Kate Carlyle with words of inspiration for graduates

Pictured: “Bravely”, “Stuff Every College Student Should Know”, “Stuff Every Graduate Should Know”, “Recipes Every College Student Should Know” – all books available at Kate Carlyle.

Send them off with wise words and tidbits you wish you knew upon graduating yourself!

Discover powerful quotes and stories from courageous American women past and present in Bravely, a nice reminder for your student to stay motivated.

These three pocket-size handbooks are also fun gift options for those ready to conquer their next life endeavors, whether college or the workplace!

Visit Kate Carlyle on Augusta Street to purchase all of the books above.

A Fancy Beverage Holder

Corkcicle cups and mugs from The Cook's Station

Pictured: Corckcicle “Cruiser” Insulated Tumbler with Handle, Corkcicle x Rifle Paper Co. Insulated Coffee Mug, Corkcicle Spill-proff Insulated Travel Coffee Mug – all available at The Cook’s Station

Who needs a Stanley when you have a Corkcicle? Make their mornings easier with cups that will keep their water chilled and coffee hot for hours on end. The Cook’s Station carries a large variety of Corckcicle cups, acting as the ultimate graduation present for the student in your life. We are in love with the color selection as well as the versatility of this gift option!

Visit The Cook’s Station on Buncombe Street to purchase.

Graduate Collegiate Gear

Have a graduate headed to college? How about a gift to help instill school pride? One (or a few!) of the options below are wonderful commencement presents to prepare them as they embark on their new journey as a college student!

Graduation Gift Idea; Collegiate gear from Smith & James

Pictured: HL Sport Gold/White Stripe Polo, HL Sport Garnet & White Stripe Cocky On Tree Polo, HL Sport Custom Clemson “Word” Polo, and Citadel Houndstooth 1/4 Zip from Smith & James

Commencement Present Idea: Clear totes with collegiate crossbody straps from Splash on Main

Pictured: Lexi Clear Purse with Patterned Shoulder Straps from Splash on Main

Graduation Gift Idea: Collegiate hair clips from Kate Carlyle

Pictured: University of South Carolina and Clemson Teleties hair clips, available in store at Kate Carlyle on Augusta Street

Summer Travel Essentials

Whether to the beach or across seas, the graduate in your life will likely be taking a trip with their friends this summer to celebrate commencement! Create a fun beauty package as a graduation gift for them to take on their adventures! We love the idea of monogramming one of these Voyage bags from Muse and adding the summer beauty essentials below for them to enjoy! Fun fact: Muse and Twill are right next to one another on Augusta Street, so this would be an easy commencement present to put together!

Graduation Gift Idea: Travel beauty necessities from Muse Shoe Studio and Twill

Pictured: Luxe Linen Voyage Bag (in large and medium sizes), Multi-Tasker – 4-in-1 Makeup Brush, and PenPal from Muse Shoe Studio

Graduation Gift Idea: Travel beauty necessities from Muse Shoe Studio and Twill

Pictured: Azalea Drive Isle of Palms Nail Polish , Azalea Drive Gellish Top Coat, and Summer Hours Romanesque and 80 Degrees Stowaway Perfumes from Twill