Best Places In LA For Grad Gifts

May 7, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Nate Shron/Getty Images)

(credit: Nate Shron/Getty Images)

The season for graduation is upon us. Whether it’s from high school, college or even elementary school, Los Angeles’ accessory boutiques are your one-stop for all kinds of congratulations.

(credit: Jack Spade)

(credit: Jack Spade)

Jack Spade

1132 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-3781

The brother to chi-chi designer brand Kate Spade, Jack Spade’s accessories are quintessentially modern, functional and made for the well-dressed gent. Perfect for the cum laude crowd, Spade caters to the sophisticated grad that wants style and practicality. As the iPhone 5 makes its way to the graduation gift pile, complement it with Spade’s Huxley Tie Dye iPhone 5 Hard Case or the Patchwork iPhone 5 Hard Case. Both will protect the smartphone while at the same time catch the “cool” radar from fellow graduates. The Woodgrain Leather Landscape Tablet Blackwatch Leather Landscape Slip will go great with your grad’s first interview ensemble.

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(credit: Second Time Around Watch Company)

(credit: Second Time Around Watch Company)

Second Time Around

8763 Rosewood Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 271-6615

Show your grad how proud you are of him or her with a traditional gift that is classic. Second Time Around specializes in antique watches paired with contemporary wristbands for today’s sophisticated graduate. The watch boutique’s product range features collectibles, vintage and rare timepieces including Cartier, Rolex, Baume & Mercier, Hamilton and Movado. The watch retailer offers an assortment of 100-percent alligator wristbands including glossy or matte finishes in black, brown, cognac and honey.

(credit: Moondance Jewelry Gallery)

(credit: Moondance Jewelry Gallery)

Moondance Jewelry Gallery

1530 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 395-5516

Nestled into the exclusive beach community of Santa Monica, Moondance Jewelry Gallery gained its reputation for offering customers unique designers through word of mouth in the fashionista crowd. A delicate piece of jewelry for your graduate is a statement of pride from the gift giver as well as a declaration of beauty for the recipient. Moondance features necklaces, rings and bracelets. Give your grad the elegant Yasmeen Diamond Infinity Necklace in 14k rose gold with diamonds or the exquisite Zoe Chicco Overlap Diamond Ring in 14k yellow gold. The overlap ring accentuates pave diamonds on one side. Another ring option is the Ila & I Leela Ring with white diamonds surrounding a marquise shape white topaz set in oxidized sterling silver. Using recycled 14k yellow gold, this token of affection has a timeless charm to its modern construction.

(credit: Traveler's Bookcase)

(credit: Traveler’s Bookcase)

Traveler’s Bookcase

8375 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-0575

As graduates embark onto the next stage of their lives, some may find that seeing the world is their first order of business. At Traveler’s Bookcase, you will find an unparalleled range of travel books that will certainly conjure up excitement for discovering the world. The Vintage African Map Circa 1630 reprint of the Dutch cartographer Willem Blaeu is a gift that can be framed as the feature art piece in a graduate’s new abode. The map is highlighted when framed in a cherry wood finish. Is your grad backpacking before settling down? Buy your globetrotter one of the many varieties of books on Europe, the Middle East or South America.

(credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Staples Center

1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7100

For the younger graduating crowd, kicking off the summer seeing a coveted concert is the key to any kid’s heart. The Staples Center has a line-up of scream-worthy concerts beginning in July. If Justin Bieber can get his act together, he will be the featured artist at Staples on June 24 and 25. Beyoncé has a few dates over the summer including June 28 and July 1. The biggest musical heartthrobs will be Bruno Mars on July 27 and 28 and those cuties from One Direction on August 7 through August 10.

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Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at

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