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DTR Graduation Gift Guide: Stay Home & Celebrate

Downtown Raleigh Graduation Gift Guide: How to Celebrate Your Seniors While Staying Home

Graduation cap

While the graduating seniors in our lives are not able to have a traditional commencement ceremony during this time, there are still many ways we can celebrate their hard work through high school and college. Through video conferencing, special orders, and meaningful gifts, we can show our support and excitement as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

See below for DRA's suggestions for at-home graduation parties, gifts for the future, and other fun items from Downtown Raleigh shops.

As always, please follow all social distancing guidelines and safety protocols from government officials to ensure your and the community's safety. 

This is by no means an exhaustive list. See our COVID-19 shopping pages for more info on other downtown spots to shop.



Herschel cotton backpack

A new chapter in life calls for a sleek new backpack, and this Herschel Supply Company option from Apex Outfitter comes in multiple colors, too.


House of Swank locally grown t-shirt

For a unique way to celebrate, put in a custom order at House of Swank or Artikle 74 for T-shirts celebrating your grad and throw a virtual party as a surprise.


photo clips from Port of Raleigh

Whether your graduate is heading to college or moving into their first apartment, these geometric photo clips from Port of Raleigh add small color to their memories and their space.


Kindness card deck from Edge of Urge

There are some lessons that can't be learned in school, and this Kindness Card Deck from Edge of Urge helps build compassion and empathy with every card.


Deco gift card

Not sure what they want? Let them decide! Buy a Gift Card from DECO Raleigh in any amount and sign them up for a virtual shopping experience. They can then choose their own gift, from locally made mugs, prints of the downtown skyline, cheeky books, and funky socks.


Two Roosters ice cream flavors

Sometimes, you're not quite ready to grow up yet. In that case, grab a pint (or two or five) from Two Roosters and have a good ol' fashioned ice cream party at home with your family.


Sircastletees custom shoes

For the one-of-a-kind graduates out there, nothing beats a pair of custom kicks from SirCastleTeees to show off on long walks around the neighborhood.


Raleigh Denim white button ups

Every one needs a classic button-up shirt, and Raleigh Denim makes the utmost best ones to invest in for new graduates.


Beatles Let It Be album

For the cool cats and kittens out there with record players, some classic vinyl from The Pour House can help get them through all kinds of ups and downs.


Munjo Munjo paleta t-shirt

Nothing beats a soft T-shirt from a local artist company, and this Paleta shirt from Munjo Munjo (along with some extra stickers) is a crowd favorite.


Urban Outfitters party supplies

And finally, make them feel extra special with party decorations from Urban Outfitters. (Alternatively, make a big statement with this wacky guy.)


Whatever you do, know that Downtown Raleigh stores are here to help celebrate the awesome seniors in your life. Congratulations to the entire class of 2020 from Downtown Raleigh Alliance!