Whether you know someone who is just finishing up high school or is about to end his or her educational journey from college, a graduation is a thing to celebrate. Make a statement about how proud you are of your grad by skipping the cookie cutter gifts and coming up with something truly memorable to mark this special occasion. Boston is full of unique gift opportunities. Find a new way to say “congratulations” to your grad.
(Photo Credit: mouradian jewelry)

(Photo Credit: mouradian jewelry)

Mouradian Jewelers
333 Washington St., Suite 417
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 248-8610

Jewelry is a lovely way to mark a special occasion. Taken care of, a quality piece of jewelry will last forever and will never go out of style. Every time your grad wears that special piece, she will look back on this momentous milestone in her life. Mouradian Jewelers offers everything you need to buy the right piece of jewelry. The knowledgeable staff can direct you to the perfect item in its vast selection and the prices are more than fair. If somehow you’re unable to find exactly what you have in stock, the helpful staff can even offer custom jewelry creation services.

(Photo Credit: rader's engraving)

(Photo Credit: rader’s engraving)

Radar’s Engraving
333 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-2921

Located in the same building as Mouradian Jewelers, you’ll find Radar’s Engraving. This shop is a quick, thorough and affordable way to get your gift engraved for your graduate. And if you know you want something engraved for the occasion but still haven’t come up with that perfect gift just yet, you’ll find a full selection of engraveable gift items right in the store. Everything from glassware and pens to clocks and desk items to frames and silver-plated mugs is available for purchase at Radar’s Engraving. The store truly has something that will fit every grad.

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(Photo Credit: Boston’s Best Cruises)

Boston’s Best Cruises
190 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 770-0040

Forget about buying a tangible present for your graduate and instead, give the gift of experience. Boston’s Best Cruises offers a wide variety of day trips and specialty cruises around Boston and Boston Harbor. Whether your grad spends the day exploring the islands of Boston Harbor or having a sunset clam bake with a handful of his or her closest friends, your grad will be building memories that will last years to come. Not sure what your grad’s schedule is like? No problem. Boston’s Best Cruises offers gift certificates so your recipient can pick the day and time that works best for him.

(Photo credit: Bromfield Pen Shop/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Bromfield Pen Shop/Facebook)

Bromfield Pen Shop
5 Bromfield St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 482-9053

Forget about some plastic disposable ballpoint pen! What the Bromfield Pen Shop offers is high quality writing instruments from some of the oldest and best companies in the world. These are fantastic gifts for college grads as they mark the end of being students and the start of their professional adult lives. At the Bromfield Pen Shop you will also find a full selection of planners and desk top items to outfit your grad for his or her first professional job.

Brattle Book Shop, bookstore in Downton Crossing Boston

The outdoor bargain lot at the Brattle Book Shop (credit: brattlebookshop.com)

Brattle Book Shop
9 West St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-0210

First off, this is not your typical big box store book shop. The Brattle Book Shop has been a family owned business since 1949, and offers what is probably the finest collection of antique, rare, or otherwise specialty books in all of Boston. This is the place to go to get your grad a beautiful antique leather bound book in her field of study or a rare first edition that, besides being a lovely edition to his book collection, is also an investment that will grow as the years pass by. In all the Brattle Book Shop has more than a quarter of a million books, maps, prints and other ephemera that would all make a wonderful one-of-a-kind gift for the grad in your life.

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Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.