Graduation season is here and shoppers everywhere are searching for just the right gift.
While big-box retailers are advertising everything from briefcases to jewelry with their national advertising budgets, graduation gifts are selling briskly at locally owned stores, too.
If you feel like buying something from a local retailer — or author, in one case — here are some choices.
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Crump’s, 7416 N Fresno St. in Fresno, is known for men’s suits, but it’s also selling grad gifts for men and women. The store has a collection of organic soaps, body washes, shaving cream and other toiletries and candles. Old-fashioned shaving kits with brushes and shaving mugs are selling well. Crump’s packages the items into a gift basket for free. Prices depend upon how many items are bought.
Price range: $20 to $100
For students going away to school, a pillow that reminds them of home fits nicely on a dorm room bed. The Fresno home-based business Casual Glitz does booming business with handmade 11-inch by 17-inch pillows that feature an image of the Van Ness Avenue sign that reads: “Fresno: The Best Little City in the U.S.A.” Buy them online at www.etsy.com/shop/casualglitz or at the Yoshi Now Craftapalooza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 13, 648 Broadway St.
Leather letter pads that hold notebooks for taking notes in class or in a workplace meeting are popular gifts at Aporjon in Fig Garden Village. They can be monogrammed with initials for free. They come in a variety of colors, including black, several shades of brown, green, red, blue — even purple.
Price range: $125 to $240
For writerly types, The Foundry Collective (formerly Vintage on Fourth), 516. Fifth St. in Clovis, has a set of multicolored journals. They have sayings that are fitting for someone moving to the next stage of life, such as “On to your next adventure,” and “Take epic chances.”
This book is by Fresno State mass communications and journalism associate professor Betsy A. Hays and social media consultant Tori Randolph Terhune. The book gives college students tips on what they can do outside the classroom to prepare for their career. It’s newly available in paperback — online only, for now — at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Price: About $15