Best Places To Buy Gifts For Grads In Seattle

May 7, 2013 5:00 AM

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It is that time of year when spring has sprung and graduates-to-be are getting ready to celebrate their important milestones. Graduations are a culmination of hard work and a day to remember. Also important is the perfect graduation gift. Traditional grad gifts include luggage, a fancy ballpoint pen set, a wristwatch, dorm room or apartment furnishings and a classic book or stationery set. Perhaps you are one who would like to custom fit a gift for your special graduate.

Pacific Supply Co
1417 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-1717

There is something to be said for receiving one’s own toolkit. Like a rite of passage into adulthood, gift items that may previously have given one over to a pouty faced attitude may now delight and bring relief. A “survival kit” of sorts can be put together at Pacific Supply Co, a Seattle favorite. Around since 1972 and currently located in the Pike/Pine District of Capitol Hill, you will find a hardware store that favors American-made products. Look for small toolkits that would come in handy in small apartments or dorms, and include something fun, like glow-in-the-dark or animal print duct tape. The staff is known to be friendly and helpful, and you will be treated to a great music-listening experience while you shop.

Seattle Luxe
15215 S.E. 272nd St.
Kent, WA 98042
(800) 325-6262

A barbecue grill is a practical yet very cool gift, one that any guy or girl could put to good use. With so many options, there is one to fit different types of needs. Choices include gas, charcoal, infrared, portable, stand alone and built in. Seattle Luxe has barbecues, accessories and outdoor decor and furnishings. Founded in 1997 and located just south of the city, Seattle Luxe can help you put together a useful graduation gift. Now your graduate can host their own BYOM (bring your own meat) parties.

Hipcooks Seattle
217 Yale Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 467-1196

Whether just learning to cook or honing existing skills, delicious food is something everyone can appreciate. Hipcooks offers three-hour classes for cooks of all levels, but please, no minors. Classes are small to permit as much hands-on experience as possible. All necessities are included. Hipcooks focuses on the fresh and organic, with each class having a different flair; French, Italian, Jamaican, Thai, etc. Every class finishes with a dinner party and wine tasting.

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Pratt Fine Arts Center
1902 S Main St.
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 328-2200

Everyone needs a little art in their lives. If you already have an artiste on your hands, Pratt Fine Arts is perfect, and if you have a non-artiste, Pratt Fine Arts is still perfect. With a variety of art types, classes are available for youth, teens and adults at all artistic levels. Art parties are held for groups of five to 30 and special events can be tailored for up to 150 guests. Pratt Fine Arts Center states, “Pratt is the only facility in the Northwest where absolute beginners and established professional artists work side-by-side creating art in glass, sculpture, jewelry & metalsmithing, painting, drawing and printmaking.” This is a gift that will create memories as well as a lasting memento of an enriching experience.

414 N.E. 72nd St.
Seattle, WA 98155
(206) 949-8643

People who dance tend to keep dancing, and those who don’t dance tend to wish they could. Marlo Martine, director of the attractive eXit SPACE in Green Lake, prides theirs as being a place “Where dance technique and community come together.” Beginners and professionals are welcome here. Classes include ballet, pointe, modern dance, jazz, tap, hip hop and even yoga. Your graduate will appreciate hitting one of Green Lake’s wonderful coffee shops or restaurants after class.

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Jerri Lien has enjoyed working in the beauty industry for most of her adult life. As a Seattle examiner, she covers all things style, beauty and more. Her work can be found at

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