I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home to the University of North Carolina. May is an exciting time of year in this town due to the University’s graduation festivities, and there is a happy, thrumming energy in the air all month-long. The tough coursework has concluded, students can relax, proud family members pour into town, and celebratory dinners and parties seem to fill every restaurant, home, and backyard. It’s a joyful, moving, and hopeful time. 

I’m often asked for recommendations for gifts, so I’ve compiled my list of favorite things to give new graduates. These items will set them up to have a home that is a haven, a place where they can restore and take care of themselves and also invite others to gather with them. 

Melamine Lastra 16-Piece Place Setting 

The ultimate starter kit, this collection of dinnerware is made of Melamine, so it’s durable and can withstand the many moves, coffee table dinners, and lively dinner parties of young adult life. 

Aladdin Five-Piece Place Setting 

Give the new graduate a few sets of our bestselling Aladdin flatware in his or her favorite color. 

Rustic Garden Cachepot 

A sweet little planter for testing one’s green thumb. 

viva Rainbow Drinkware

A cheerful, happy upgrade to the plastic cups of college. 

Melamine Lastra Serveware Set

The most useful serving pieces to encourage your graduate to have their friends over. 

Papersoft Napkins 

Practical yet special, these elegant paper napkins will elevate even the most casual affairs. 

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