Best Graduation Gift Ideas for New 2021 Grads

Here’s a selection of local items that will help the grad in your life succeed in the next — and very exciting — chapter in their lives.

Kismet, Dolce Vita Saydee Slipper, $60

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Whether paired with pajamas or a party dress, these fluffy slippers are suited for the dorm room, but also passable for grabbing snacks in the outside world.


Live Water Surf Shop Navy Trucker Hat, $28

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Rep Fairfax wherever you land next in this classic trucker from one of Marin’s beloved surf shops. Adjustable snapback style.


Marin Bikes Kentfield 2, $649

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Zip around campus on this retro-modern and stylish ride. The new Kentfield will take you to class, out on the bike path, or through the back alleys to B-line to a coffee date.


Mount Tam Apparel Gravity Crop, $45

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A truly multifunctional item, this cropped hoodie serves as a history lesson and conversation starter and keeps you warm in process.


Poet and the Bench, Mother of pearl necklace by Jeffrey Levin, $270

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The luminescent pendant is embellished with Jeffrey’s signature tiny 14K yellow gold heart charm and is set in a sterling silver platform created specifically for the design.

Rough Linen Smooth Linen Sheet Set, Starting at $280

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Woven to the brand’s unique specification in 100% pure linen, this fine sheeting is individually cut and crafted in Marin — not to mention super breathable and smooth to the touch.

San Rafael Luggage Center, Herschel Novel Duffle, $90

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An ideal weekender that features plenty of storage, the Novel duffle includes an internal storage sleeve, reinforced and articulated carrying handles and a signature shoe compartment.

Well Made Home, Alicia Adams Classic Alpaca Throw, $445

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Made from 100% baby alpaca, these throws are hypoallergenic, extremely soft and warm yet lightweight. Available in a variety of different colors.

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