Gifts for Grads: To a noteworthy future


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It’s graduation season, and although that sheepskin confirmation of work well done may be all the newly minted diploma-holder needs, we know you want to add your bravos in a tangible way too. This week, we’re sharing some ideas to inspire your gift-giving.

Whether on the new job or doing everyday note-taking, every grad could use a smart-looking notebook. Smythson’s signature lambskin leather notebooks are a go-to with their fun and often cheeky sayings. We love this one -- ‘The Future’s Bright’ -- as well as ‘Reach For The Stars’ and ‘Follow Your Dreams’ -- why not go all out and give a set of three?


For a memorable finishing touch, add a personalized gold-stamped name or monogram. Panama notebook with lettering, $80 plus $12 per letter for personalization online or at Smythson in Beverly Hills, (310) 550-1901.

Wikipedia, schmikipedia. Even with endless online resources, some of us still appreciate stocking our desks with a few tried-and-true reference books -- particularly when they’re this stylish. How about a super-luxe leather thesaurus and/or dictionary for the aspiring writer? Graphic Image offers both in bold brights, white gold or chic black leather, as well as covetable crocodile embossed leather -- all with acid-free paper and gilded edges. You can personalize these too, by stamping the recipient’s name or monogram on the lower right-hand corner of the cover. Leather-bound Merriam-Webster College Edition Dictionary and Thesaurus, from $165 plus an extra $7.50 for personalization, at Graphic Image.

And then there’s our perennial luggage obsession: drool-worthy Globe-Trotter Centenary suitcases in a brilliant day-glo hue, exclusive to J. Crew. Sure to add some cachet to their travels (and double as chic storage), these iconic cases will be the last ones they’ll ever need to buy. Meticulously handcrafted in Britain from vulcanized fiber, they’re said to be able to withstand the weight of a 1-ton elephant — or other equally weighty travel debacles. Sour Lemon Centenary cases, from $1,350 for a 21-inch size at J. Crew.

We hear that Globe-Trotter has also issued a special-edition William & Kate collection dedicated to the royal couple. William & Kate luggage by special order only online at Globe-Trotter.

-- Ingrid Schmidt

Wednesday: Be picture perfect

Upper photo: Smythson leather notebook. Credit: Smythson

Lower photo: Globe-Trotter Centenary suitcase. Credit: J. Crew.