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Shop small this season and support local businesses in our favorite college towns.  

Graduate Hotels is shopping local and supporting small businesses, all while partnering with some of our favorite local shops. With twenty-eight hotels in diverse college towns and cities from coast to coast, we’re highlighting some of our favorite notable and noteworthy makers, vendors, and artisans in hopes they have what you need for that perfect present. Take a look through our Graduate Gift Guide, featuring native boutique brands offering everything from hand-crafted stationery and stress relieving adaptogens, to Peruvian Alpaca and the world’s first Climate Positive Parka. Oh, and did we mention you can score secret discount codes at some of these spots? Yep, you’re going to want to read on.  

This year, we’re going big by shopping small with the hope to inspire others to do the same.   

Season’s Greetings from Graduate Hotels. 

Thistle & Bess | Ann Arbor, MI  

Located in the heart of Ann Arbor, Thistle & Bess lends vintage flare to the area, offering unique treasures and a well-curated selection of gifts, housewares, books, and beyond. Score 15% off using code GRADUATE15. 

Manda Made | Annapolis, MD 

Embrace eclectic style with Manda Made jewelry, and to make the styles even sweeter, you can use the code Graduate2020 for 15% off. 

Peak and Valley | Seattle, WA 

The holidays can be stressful, but this year we’ve got your back with Peak and Valley. The Seattle-based wellness brand offers potent mushroom and herbal supplements crafted to increase holistic wellness. 

Samson | Columbus, OH 

The perfect place to get your guy a gift. The men’s emporium offers everything from bar ware to bags. Get 20% off with our unique discount code Graduate20. 

Askov Finlayson | Minneapolis, MN 

Designed to help combat some of the coldest winters, Askov Finlayson offers warm winter apparel from parkas to hats and tees. Make your purchase on Black Friday or over Small Business Saturday and receive a complimentary beanie and National Park Pass good for any National Park in the United States.  

Shrunken Head Boutique | Chapel Hill, NC 

Shop Tarheel attire at the oldest family-owned and operated small business in Chapel Hill since 1969. Get 20% off your entire order using the special code GRADUATE. 

Scout & Molly’s | Richmond, VA 

Shop high-end brands like Sanctuary and Adriano Goldschmied as well as a diverse selection of womenswear at this Richmond, Virginia boutique. Use the code Graduate15 to get 15% off your purchase.  

Ivory Paper Co | Columbus, OH

Get ahead of those New Year’s plans and resolutions with some fresh paper and a new planner. Plus, peruse everything from stationary to stickers at this black-owned boutique business. They’re offering up to 30% off items for Black Friday.

Oglewood Avenue | Knoxville, TN 

If you weren’t into plants pre-pandemic, chances are you’re into them now. This modern houseplant boutique combines the art of interior design with the science of plants. Plus, they ship nationwide. For a buy a plant, get the next 50% off option, use the code SHOP SMALL at checkout.  


UNL Dairy | Lincoln, NE 

Give the gift of meat and cheese this holiday season with a curated selection from UNL Dairy. Order a la carte or go big with one of their exclusive gift boxes.  

Campo Alpaca | Madison, WI 

Stay warm this winter with cozy socks, sweaters, beanies, and blankets from Campo Alpaca, a Madison-based boutique that works with small collectives and families in Peru to craft alpaca apparel. Use the code Graduate Hotel for 15% off your purchase.  


Monkees of Raleigh | Chapel Hill, NC 

Your one stop shop for women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories awaits. This North Carolina-based boutique has been operating for over a decade, and with the code GRADUATE2020 you’ll get 10% off your order.  

Mod & Soul | Richmond, VA 

Shop bohemian styles from this women’s boutique offering a selection of dresses, tops, gifts, and accessories. Use the code GRADUATE20 for 20% off your entire order.  

Amoeba Music | Berkeley, CA 

Browse the world’s largest independent record store and get both fresh and vintage vinyl from some of the most legendary musicians of all time.  

Disco Cowgirl | Nashville, TN 

The graphic t-shirt line creates graphics that are all designed and printed locally, and blends both grime and glam. Peruse their web shop and get free shipping on orders of $50 or more.  

Reinvintage Shop | Columbia, SC

Shop found objects and obscure oddities at this one-of-a-kind shop that takes vintage and up-cycled items and gives them new meaning.


Blue Manatee Books | Cincinnati, OH 

For every book bought, Blue Manatee Books donates one to a child in need. Buy a book for that literary lover in your life or make a donation to the Blue Manatee Literary Project in their name.  

Alumni Hall | Chapel Hill, NC 

The home of collegiate apparel, Alumni Hall is an emporium for apparel and accessories to get your game-day garb on point. Use the code Graduate2020 to get 20% off your entire order.  

Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop | Evanston, IL 

Shop crystals and gems at this old school rock shop in the heart of Downtown Evanston. Secure opulent gems like opal and tourmaline or stock up on stocking stuffers with quartz and pyrite for your friends and family. 

Giraffes & Robot Pop Art | Providence, RI 

This quirky Etsy shop run out of Rhode Island features apparel and products with an array of different pop art images. Use the unique code Graduate2020 and receive 10% off plus free shipping.  

Prickly Pear Paper | Phoenix, AZ 

The Arizona-based stationary shop boasts eye-catching premium paper goods as well as letterpress printing and other aesthetically pleasing bits and bobs. Stock up on holiday cards using our unique code GRADUATE20 to get 20% at checkout.  

Candid Art | Berkeley, CA

Keep the kiddos cute and cozy all season long with one-of-kind kids quilted jackets and blankets from California-based creative shop, Candid Art. Don’t hit the checkout button until scooping something for yourself. They have everything from home decor and eclectic jewelry to face masks and greeting cards.

Rowe Boutique | Columbus, OH 

From chic tops and dresses to cozy athleisure, Rowe Boutique will help get you expertly styled for this holiday season. Use the code GRADLOVE20 for 20% your entire order.  


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