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With high school and college graduations right around the corner, do you know where to shop around the greater Los Angeles area for that special gift for someone? Graduation gifts can range in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, not to mention prices. For some, they will simply be happy with a nice arrangement of flowers. Others, meanwhile, may be in need of a new watch or phone, allowing them to keep up with their next chapter in life, be it going on to grad school or entering the job market. Some may be hoping to catch a little break from the academic world and go on a trip. No matter what kind of gift you decide to give the graduate in your life, keep all your options open.
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Seven Seas Pearls
607 S. Hill St., Suite 600
Los Angeles, Ca. 90014
(213) 891-1079
www.sevenseaspearls.com

If you think jewelry might catch the graduate’s fancy, you have come to the right place. At Seven Seas Pearls, you can find a wide array of pearl options. This includes pearls, from the tiniest one millimeter seed pearls to great looking black Tahitian Pearls, Japanese Akoya Pearls to museum quality 27 millimeter pearls. In business since 1946, the company offers custom jewelry orders, flexible layaway plans, a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, and even free shipping in North America. Owners Georges and Rula Hajjar want customers to feel right at home when shopping in their store. Their Los Angeles showroom brings together the strengths of their direct sources in Japan and the company’s offices worldwide – thus forming the ultimate in both selection and value. As Georges notes, each pearl is unique and beautiful.

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FlorUnique
608 N. Francisca Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 480-6464
www.florunique.com

In some cases, simple is best. While many people may splurge for the perfect graduation gift, they oftentimes need look no further than a beautiful arrangement of flowers. That arrangement can make a graduation party the best one ever. FlorUnique offers a custom presentation for each customer, allowing the business to accommodate both the client’s budget and vision. The company caters to a good deal of the area, including the greater South Bay Los Angeles region.

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USC Bookstores
3401 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90007
(800) 447-8620
www.uscbookstore.com

Unless your graduate-to-be is a UCLA male or female (if you’re new to the area and don’t know the rivalry, study up in a hurry), chances are that USC Bookstores have graduation gifts to suit your fancy. For those graduates making the move from the high school to the collegiate level, USC Bookstores have a variety of items of interest to cater to the teen crowd. These include jewelry, keychains, glassware, clothing and more. Better yet, if they’re planning on attending the University of Southern California, you can adorn them in a whole host of Trojans’ paraphernalia. If your soon-to-be college student has a pet, the bookstore even has gifts for them, making it a win-win situation for student and his or her best friend.

If the grad is moving on from the college ranks to the working world, desk pad folders and holders, paperweights, iPad cases and more are available. Whether a fan of USC or just looking to adorn someone you know who is graduating high school or college, USC Bookstores will likely get an A+ from everyone.

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Fifth Floor
502 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-8443
www.fifthfloorgallery.com

In the event you are looking for a wide of array of choices for the graduate in your life, then heading up to the Fifth Floor might be your best stop. Opened in 2008, Fifth Floor is a store and exhibition space in the heart of LA’s Chinatown. The space delights in a combination of contemporary art and design. Work from varying artists, designers, and architects revolve around the exhibition areas, while a steady base of unique accessories, jewelry, furniture and design objects remain on display.

Fifth Floor’s gallery shows a vast assortment of work, from painting and mixed media to furniture and even architectural exhibits. At the end of the day, shoppers can find that unique gift for the graduate that he or she will cherish for years to come. If you want something a little different this graduation season, you have likely come to the right place.

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Fancifull Gift Baskets
5617 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(800) 350-4437
www.fancifullgiftbaskets.com

Sometimes the best graduation gift can be a beautiful basket of foods, drinks or flowers. If that sounds good to you, then Fancifull Gift Baskets should be on your shopping list this spring. The shop can put together pretty much any basket need you have, providing the graduate with an array of tasty treats, delicious wines or champagnes, or beautiful floral displays. They carry a large assortment of foods that are all natural, many which are made organically. The business even discovered that some of the wines they carry are produced from organically grown grapes. In fact, the vast number of their foods fall into this category.

As founder Terry August points out, Fancifull is regularly tasting wines for their gift baskets and updating the selection. In the event you like a certain wine basket but aren’t sure if you should send wine, they suggest their sparkling Belvoir Edlerflower Pressé. Light and refreshing, it’s an elegant beverage that will surprise and delight.

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Dave Thomas has been covering the sports world since his first job as a sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania back in 1989. He has covered a Super Bowl, college bowl games, MLB, NBA and more. His work can be found on Examiner.com

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