This year, Graduate Hotels wants to give you amazing gift ideas and introduce you to the people behind some of our favorite local shops in the communities we’re in. From wellness must-haves to experiential gifts, this gift guide has a little bit of everything—including exclusive discounts.
Peak and Valley | Seattle, WA
Meet Nadine. When she couldn’t find quality adaptogen and herbal products to help her chronic stress in 2019, she decided to create Peak and Valley to provide sustainably packaged, mindfully sourced and inclusive wellness products. Her herbal blends make the perfect gifts for your wellness-minded friends.
Get $5 off with code GRADUATEHOTELS
Ivory Paper Co. | Columbus, OH
Meet Alitzah. In her quest to find the perfect planner, she kept coming up short—so she decided to make her own. After three years of hard work, Alitzah’s Ivory Paper Co. now offers a wide range of premium, locally made stationary products, including its signature All-In-One Planner. We wouldn’t judge you if you bought two—one to gift and one to keep for yourself.
Condor Chocolates | Athens, GA
Meet Nick and Peter. This brother duo was born and raised in Athens but grew up spending summers in Ecuador with family. Wanting to embrace their heritage, they opened Condor Chocolates in 2014. Today, they have an online shop and two locations with coffee and cacao sourced from Ecuador. We don’t know about you, but we’d love to unwrap chocolate bars as a gift.
Why I Love Where I Live | Tucson, AZ
Meet Kristin. When she first moved to Tucson, she decided to post one thing she liked about her new town every day on Instagram. This soon led her shop, Why I Love Where I Live, which offers products that foster a love for the community, no matter where that community is. Here you’ll find clothing, hats, books, home décor and more.
Providence Ghost Tours | Providence, RI
Meet Courtney. Since 2006 she’s been hosting haunted walking history tours of Providence’s College Hill neighborhood. Her experiences growing up in a haunted Vermont house inspired her to start Providence Ghost Tours, which has quickly grown into an East side favorite. Give a friend this ghostly gift and they’re sure to have to good time.
Get $2 off adult tickets using code GRAD2
Revel & Flourish | Minneapolis, MN
Meet Emmy + Jody. A few years ago, they decided to team up and use their wedding and floral expertise to better serve themselves and their community. This partnership led to Revel & Flourish, a floral and design studio that uses local Minnesota-grown flowers and local goods. Order a custom arrangement for someone special through their online shop.
Get 10% off orders with code GRADUATE10
HERE: A Pop-Up Shop | Annapolis, MD
Meet Ellen. Nine years ago, Ellen and her best friend wanted to do something creative together. Inspired by smaller pop ups, they decided to create HERE: A Pop-Up Shop to help support Annapolis artists and make a truly one-of-a-kind space. With anywhere from 55-80+ artists per shop, you’re sure to find presents for everyone on your list at HERE.
Get 10% off using code GRADUATE10 (expires 12/31/2021)
Mitten Raised Bakery | East Lansing, MI
Meet Katie. Born and raised in East Lansing, Katie has traveled the country learning from top pastry chefs and culinary greats. In 2017 she returned to her home state and opened Mitten Raised, a bakery serving up handcrafted cookies, donuts, cakes and more using locally sourced ingredients. Pick up a treat (or two) for all your holiday get-togethers and gift exchanges.
Get 10% off in store with code GRAD10
David Lee Black | Providence, RI
Meet David. A life-long curiosity of the creative world inspired him to not only make a living from art but to make art his way of living. David is an award-winning photographer and sculpture artist who’s currently in residence at Graduate Providence as Sweet Dreams Society Member. Wrap up one of his fine art prints for truly unique present that will stand the test of time.
Get 20% off using code SWEETDREAMS
Mokiimonster | Chicago, IL
Meet Moca. She’s the creative mind behind Mokiimonster, a Latina-owned small batch Hand Dye Textiles Company. Inspired by her Mexican heritage, Moca creates one-of-a-kind pieces using botanicals. Her shop sells everything from soft robes and lavender eye pillows to colorful kitchen towels and baby onesies.
Get 20% off with code GRAD20
Taste of New Haven Food & Drink Tours | New Haven, CT
Meet Colin. He started Taste of New Haven Food & Drink Tours ten years ago to help bring people together over food, drinks, history and fun. These unique tours support local restaurants and shops, plus give back to the community. Any foodie would love to unwrap a tour gift card this season.
Get 20% off with code GRADUATE20
Not Bad Illustration | Atlanta, GA
Meet Taylor. His custom hand-drawn illustrations can be found on murals, posters, stickers, shirts and more. Currently, Taylor is in residence at Graduate Richmond as Sweet Dreams Society Member. One of his quirky creations would make the perfect stocking stuffer or secret Santa gift.
Whether you prefer to shop in person or exclusively online, make sure you’re shopping local this year.