Kindred Tea Time: Graduate Gifts

 If we could sit down with you over a cup of tea (or coffee) each week, these are the tools and treasures we’d be excited to share with you. We’ll ask a question, share our answers, then invite you to join and share your own tools and treasures on a teatime break.


What are your go-to gifts for graduates?


The Next Right Thing by @emilypfreeman

"My new go-to book gift for graduates. Each chapter contains a simple spiritual practice for decision making, a story, and a prayer. Emily’s words are gentle, comforting, encouraging, and inspiring."


@Corelledining Dinner Plates, Winter Frost White

"These dishes are simple enough to go with everything, dishwasher and microwave safe, and virtually indestructible. So much better than eating off paper. I inherited a set from my grandmother and love them so much I give them to everyone!" 


Courage and Calling by Gordon Smith

"I find many career-related discernment books not practical enough, or not theologically grounded enough. Gordon Smith’s book is the right balance of both for those seeking to embrace courage and a clearer sense of calling during a major life transition."


Wireless Charging Station

 "A sleek one-stop charging station that holds and organizes ALL the tech gadgets without all the wires. Who doesn’t need this in their lives??"

@jonhartdesign ID Wallet

"This is a practical - but eye-catching - gift for a grad! I got one when I graduated from high school and used it for years. A few Christmas’ ago I got a new one in French Blue and use it every single day. Perfect for keys, student ID’s, and $$. They do have darker color options if you want something more subdued."


@Lenox Letter Opener

"It may sound cheesy and old school, but someone gifted me a letter opener when I graduated from college and I’ve used it *almost* every day since. Practical to be sure, but also makes me feel grown up. Prevents paper cuts, ripped documents, and looks straight up fancy."

Parker Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation @couragerenewal

"This one found me at just the right time in college, but I’d love to help more folks find it at just the right time. Seems like the perfect thing to tuck into a graduation gift."


@thedopdotcom Phone Mount

"Saw an ad for this recently & think it would be so fun pair with something that shows you know how they’ll use it - at the gym, makeup mirror, dancing, or in the kitchen."


A card from @januaryletterpress

"January Letterpress is one of my favorite local businesses to support, and I love the cute design of this card!"


Tote bag from @cuyana

"Cuyana’s guiding statement is “Fewer, better”, and their bags show the intention of that statement with their quality. I’ve been carrying mine every day for years, and it’s still in great shape. It would be a great piece for a grad to start their professional career with."