The graduation gift guide continues into day three as I explore gift ideas for those leaving academia and entering the working world.
Slide belt buckle — If the graduate is likely to find themselves at a job where they’ll be wearing dress trousers daily, then investing in a quality belt buckle might not be such a bad idea. The slimmer, 1” size of the buckle can be used with a variety of leather straps and swapped quickly.
If you don’t know the graduate’s size, then buy them the buckle and a gift card to a store where they can purchase a strap on their own (straps can be found at Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Paul Stuart and lots of other places). Add a monogram and you’re all set with a great personalized gift they can easily use every day.
Again, which metal to go with will likely depend on what other metal items they wear. My preference is to wear gold buckles with brown leather and silver buckles with black leather. However, I do think that silver can be put with brown and look just fine, especially with darker tones like burgundy.
I think the neatest and most classic designs look like the one above: an engine turned front with room for initials, however, a plain front would be good for those who have a more sleek, modern and casual style.
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