School’s (almost) out for summer, and it’s time to celebrate the next chapter. Whether your graduate is headed for higher learning or the real world, mark the occasion with a gift they’ll use and love on their upcoming journey, without breaking the bank.

Sur La Table Professional Carbon Steel Wok ($37 at Sur La Table and surlatable.com). They can cook up soups, stir-fries and other one-pot dishes in this wok from the Seattle-based kitchen experts. Perfect for a first apartment, the carbon-steel and maple pan is both sturdy and easy to use. 

Natasha Alphonse Ceramics Stone Tumbler ($40 at alphonsestudio.com). Time for your graduate to trade in their red plastic cup for something more sophisticated — such as this locally made, hand-painted stoneware tumbler that’s also dishwasher safe.   

Natasha Alphonse Ceramics Stone Tumbler
Natasha Alphonse Ceramics Stone Tumbler

Baleen Rose Gold Herkimer Earrings ($44 at Baleen, Ballard, and shopbaleen.com). They’ll shine on graduation day in these local, handmade crystal earrings set in rose gold.

Kikkerland Geeky Gear Gift Set ($35 at kikkerland.com). High-school grads will geek out over this handy set that includes earbuds, a screwdriver, a micro USB and a wind-up toy. It’s a must-have for the dorm room and beyond.   

Kikkerland Geeky Gear Gift Set; Harry’s Winston Set and Engraving
Kikkerland Geeky Gear Gift Set; Harry’s Winston Set and Engraving

Lands’ End Canvas Laundry Duffle ($40–$48 at landsend.com). Make adulting easier with this durable drawcord duffle they can haul their dirty laundry home in. Monogramming available. 

Harry’s Winston Set and Engraving ($40 at harrys.com). Help them put their best face forward with this shaving set that includes gel or cream, three blade cartridges, travel covers and a Winston polished chrome handle, which can be customized with engraving.

“Host: A Modern Guide to Eating, Drinking and Feeding Your Friends” ($25 at amazon.com). Just because they enjoy a party doesn’t mean they know how to throw one. This book, by Eric Prum and Josh Williams, shares the grown-up art of entertaining, while also including food and cocktail recipes just right for small apartment living in big cities.