Great graduation gifts

May is the month of graduations. Between high schools and universities chances are you’ll be receiving at least one graduation announcement this month. Choosing great graduation gifts can often be difficult. You want to give them something practical, but also something they’ll love to use. To help take the guess work out of your shopping here are four great ideas for graduation gifts.

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One of the best things I got before going to college was a raincoat. It was the only thing I used continuously over my four years, and actually still use today. Running across campus in the rain getting to class is never fun, but a great raincoat makes it bearable. The Northface, Patagonia, and Columbia all make great ones in a variety of colors that are easy to throw in a bag when the sun comes out.


Gift Cards

Life after graduation is not cheap. Whether your graduate is headed to college or not, there will be many expenses. Gift cards for necessities such as gas and groceries are always appreciated for when cash is running low. Department store gift cards will help them create a wardrobe for this new stage of life. Fun little luxuries like restaurants or movie theaters are great treats as well.


Weekender Bag

Life after graduation can mean lots of weekend trips to visit friends in new locations. A great weekender bag is the perfect practical graduation gift that will be used time after time. Pick something in an easy to clean fabric with sturdy handles in a neural color to ensure it maintains a classic style.


hot chocolateChocolate

For the graduate that has everything or that you don’t know that well, chocolate is the perfect gift. Delysia Chocolatier’s handmade artisan chocolates are the perfect way to say “Congratulations!” With a wide variety of expertly paired flavors you’ll be able to find something to fit every taste. Select a box of truffles, a chocolate bark, and a drinking chocolate mix for the ultimate graduation gifts bag.




Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.