It’s commencement time for high school seniors in Orange County. When it’s time to share good luck toasts and congratulatory wishes, they often come along with a special graduation gift. Monogrammed luggage and backpacks, totes and robes are thoughtful for the graduate who may be traveling or moving into a dorm. A date with a personal stylist along with some SoCal reppin’ clothes is perfect for the future sorority gal. Gift givers can never go wrong with anything tech, while the rising college freshie who makes caring for the environment a priority is likely to appreciate eco-friendly gifts.
226 Marine Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92662
Sandcastle has some of the best, most personal gifts to give (or if you are lucky enough to receive). Located on Balboa Island, Sandcastle is every gift giver’s go-to for monogrammed items. Perfect for the high school grads who are on their way to university life, the store offers an amazing selection of basic necessities such as towels, canvas weekenders, totes and cosmetic bags, which are available for monogramming initials or names (threading is offered in every color of the rainbow). Sandcastle’s cozy robes are cute to wear to and from the showers in the dorm. Personalize them so as to avoid any uncomfortable mix ups with new roommates.
Sienna Brown Fashion
936 Avocado Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
The gift of style is appreciated as high school grads begin a new chapter of their lives. Sienna Brown, local shop owned by Newport Beach-ers Debbie and Bryan Davimes, offers gorgeous fashions, gift cards and styling sessions. The sessions are a great way for both guys and girls to prepare for Greek Rush, college orientations, socials and college life in general. Laid back California cool brands are carried at Sienna Brown, including Language Los Angeles, Lauren Conrad, Bailey 44, Orla Kiely and Bella Jones, to name a few of the designers, and the French jewelry line Gas Bijoux is popular as a gift, too.
Orange Coast Computers & Recycling
19148 Brookhurst St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Tech anything is always a great gift idea for graduates. Orange Coast Computers & Recycling (OCCNR) is one of the best stores in the area to shop for the latest in electronics (new and used) like computers, personal devices, phones and accessories. For the generation that relies on their phones, laptops and printers to do schoolwork, projects and presentations, OCCNR is a sure bet for a graduation gift. The business is owned by two brothers, Mike and Steve Howard. Keen on expertise and excellent customer service, the store offers a great variety of products.
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SEED People’s Market
2937 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
SEED People’s Market speaks to the youth who are living a “green” life. The brand and store has a purposeful collection of gift items made by hand or from recycled goods. Gift givers can find inspiring and unique items including the adorable California-shaped cutting board (which can be used as a dorm accent to remind them of home sweet home), a S’well teakwood stainless steel beverage bottle, coffee/tea press by FORLIFE which works when the day starts early or when it’s an all-nighter, responsibly sourced backpacks and duffels and men’s and women’s accessories.
Rooten’s Luggage Center
17775 Main St.
Irvine, CA 92614
As high school grads make their ways to various schools in state, across the U.S. or out of the country, they will need reliable travel essentials. Rooten’s Luggage Center has all sizes of bags for all kinds of purposes. Rolling bags (Rimowa, Britto, Antler), messenger and digital bags (Victorinox, Briggs & Riley) and packing cubes by Eagle Creek (handy for traveling or storage in tight dorm quarters). College sports team duffel bags are fun gifts to give. Much of the luggage and bags from Rooten’s can be monogrammed.