Our Top 10 Gifts for Grads

After years of study, a few exams and maybe a super long paper, grads sure have something to celebrate. They’re headed to the next chapter, and ready to take on the world. Why not equip their new grownup pad with a gift that’s extra special? Here are 10 ideas to take your graduation gifts to the next level.

Give the Grad a Toast

These coasters are handwoven by a women’s cooperative in Rwanda. Each one is made with locally sourced sisal fibers, raffia grass and natural dyes. Their bold design, which looks like a star, is known as a traditional symbol of hope in Rwandan culture. What’s a better wish for your graduate than a toast to hoping for a bright future?

Meridian | Woven Coaster Set - Hope
Woven Coaster Set – Hope

Immortalize a Snap

Photos from that Spring Break trip, graduation, and even baby photos make the best gifts. Print that epic Insta or throwback Thursday pic and then frame it in a Bone Inlay Picture Frame to ensure it stays out on display for years to come.

Meridian | Bone Inlay Picture Frame - Grey
Bone Inlay Picture Frame – Grey

Make It a Grownup Gift

There’s nothing that a recent grad wants more than to feel that they’ve made it. Immortalize this moment by gifting them a buttery soft, super luxe alpaca blanket. It will keep them warm in the Winter, cool in the Summer, and feeling like an adult no matter what.

Meridian | Baby Alpaca Throw Blanket - Black
Baby Alpaca Throw Blanket – Black

Keep Them Organized

Whether your graduate is coming or going, they are always on the move. Keep them organized and looking cute with a zipper pouch. It holds everything from a passport, to office keys, to a gift card for that perfect present.

Meridian | Vintage Baule Zipper Pouch I
Vintage Baule Zipper Pouch I

Embrace Pillow Power

Pillows are the perfect way to add a little global chic into any space, and your graduate will especially appreciate that these support block printers in India and women artisans in Guatemala.

Meridian | Block Print Pillow III
Block Print Pillow III
Meridian | Huipil Pillow VIII
Huipil Pillow VIII

And the Bead Goes On

Beads are a secret styling accessory that can take any shelf or table to instant cool. These glass bead strands are no exception. They are made by a fair trade women’s cooperative in Ghana from locally sourced and sustainable materials. Drape a strand over a stack of books, hang it off a knob or sit the strand on the coffee table to gift your graduate their first heirloom conversation piece.

Meridian | Recycled Glass Bead Strand - Tortoise Shell
Recycled Glass Bead Strand – Tortoise Shell

Put a Tassel On It

Your graduate has got to eat! Gift them a few of these charming and colorful tassel placemats to encourage good habits. As they rise early for that big new job, they’ll smile at the bright burst of color as they guzzle down that coffee.

Meridian | Tassel Placemat - Hot Pink
Tassel Placemat – Hot Pink

Make It Practical

Our Woven Palm Baskets are made by a group of women in Zimbabwe who meet every day under the shade of a large tree to share encouragements, learn new techniques, and build each other up. How amazing is that? These baskets are made to hold fruit, remotes on the table, or make a very cool basket wall art installation. Your gift recipient will love the story behind them, too.

Meridian | Woven Palm Basket LXXVIII
Woven Palm Basket LXXVIII

Plant the Seeds for the Future

Fill this Blue and White Porcelain Pot with a pretty plant or hard-to-kill succulent for a house warming gift your grad will surely appreciate. The symbols, which are hand painted in cobalt by an artisan family in China, mean double happiness, which convey the feeling of celebration and joy.

Meridian | Blue and White Porcelain Pot - Double Happiness
Blue and White Porcelain Pot – Double Happiness

What will you be gifting a graduate this year?

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