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The graduation season is finally here, and students of all ages are leveling up to the next step in their lifelong careers and pursuit of educational goals. It’s time to celebrate those achievements with a special gift for the graduates in your life. Sure, you can pick up another gift card or you can purchase another copy of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” or you can spend a little time picking out a special graduation gift that is as unique as the person you’re gifting it to. Make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime moment and find a great graduation gift at any of these fun local Denver shops.
1426 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-3770

Now that your recent graduate is living on his or her own, you’ll want to find a few special pieces to start making that apartment a home. Among the rest of the hand-me-downs and garage-sale-furniture, should be one or two unique furniture and home décor pieces that will truly make their new place feel like home. Check out Element for some exciting, urban and contemporary home furnishings with tons of selection for furniture, lighting, rugs, and more. It’s a locally-owned shop with excellent service too, so you’ll have no trouble finding that perfect gift for your special grad.

Nosh Nest
1550-D Platte St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 455-1504

When setting out on your own for the first time, it’s surprising to realize just how many kitchen items you may need. That’s why a gift basket full of kitchen supplies makes such a great graduation gift. Check out Nosh Nest for some fun and eclectic kitchen items that you won’t find anywhere else. Stock up on gourmet foods or load up a basket with gadgets, napkins and colorful aprons. No matter what you pick up here, your grad is sure to love all the special gifts you find at this unique and funky local shop.

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The MacSpa
1738 Wynkoop St., Suite 103
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-0049

Now that your grad is starting his or her career, it may be time to upgrade that old college computer. Whether you’re looking to get into a new system or you just need some help with upgrading your current computer, the MacSpa is a truly exceptional way to shop. You can find lots of helpful accessories for your new Mac or you can look into some special classes to learn how to get the most out of your latest purchase. With exceptional service and a relaxed and comfortable environment, the MacSpa is the perfect place to get your graduate some help with a new Mac, iPad or iPhone.

Ooh! Aah! Jewelry
4216 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 855-7241

One of the best ways to celebrate a recent graduation is with the gift of jewelry. Surprise your special graduate with a unique piece of art that will last a lifetime. A ring, necklace, watch or bracelet is a great way to show your pride and the cool, funky and hip designs at Ooh! Aah! Jewelry in Denver are sure to delight. You’ll find lots of contemporary and traditional designs here with lots of great items for any graduate. Whether you want a classic style ring to say “congratulations” or you want to find something more unique to truly represent the personality of the gift recipient, check out Ooh! Aah! Jewelry for the perfect gift.

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56 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-2288

Sometimes you need a gift as unique as the person receiving it, and that’s where a hip store like Decade comes in. You’ll find tons of different accessories to gift here, from clothing and jewelry to home furnishings, stationery, books, toys and more. You can easily get lost in the store as you stroll through the many different sections of gifts, each more perfect than the last. Forget purchasing another boring book or predictable gift for the grad in your life, get him or her something truly memorable and personal like the special gifts at Decade in Denver.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.