Shop Local: Gifts For Grads

Celebrate scholarly success with these product pics from local companies and stores.

Pocket Hat; $35

pocket hats

Bart Bridge, Vacaville

Grads can flaunt their hometown pride — and stash cash, an ID or a credit card — in this line of hats featuring hand-sewn patch pockets; there are loads of locales to choose from.

Sweetheart Necklace; from $68

sweetheart necklace

Collective Hearts, Mill Valley

A visible token of your love and affection, the delicate, handcrafted Sweetheart Necklace is available in sterling silver or with a 14-karat gold fill.

Passport Case; $65

passport case

Folio Fine Stationery & Gifts, Larkspur

Encourage wanderlust with this brightly hued goatskin leather case that holds a passport, customs card and baggage claim ticket, and can be personalized with your child’s name.

Victorinox Airox Frequent Flyer Hardside Carry-On; $280

rolling suitcase

San Rafael Luggage Center, San Rafael


If you’re ready to upgrade your kiddo’s luggage, this lightweight, hard-side carry-on with 360-degree rotating wheels and an ergonomic, one-touch monopole handle is just the ticket.

Fresh & Ready Meals; from $10/serving

meal kits

Sunbasket, San Francisco

Give the gift of no cooking or clean up: Locally based Sunbasket’s new single-serving, ready-to-heat meals inspired by global cuisines are on the table in as little as four minutes.

Tocca Voyage Reed Diffuser; $35

tocca diffuser

Blanc, San Anselmo

Add an easy, elegant touch to a first apartment with Tocca’s Voyage collection of diffusers, evoking the scents of exotic destinations like Kauai, Capri, Bora Bora and Marrakech.


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Lotus Abrams

Lotus Abrams has covered everything from beauty to business to tech in her editorial career, but it might be writing about her native Bay Area that inspires her most. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the San Francisco Peninsula, where they enjoy spending time outdoors at the area’s many open spaces protected and preserved by her favorite local nonprofit, the Peninsula Open Space Trust.