Ten Local Businesses That Make For Great Graduation Gifts

May is here, which means high schools and colleges are getting ready to celebrate the Class of 2017. Whether you're looking for a simple gift or a giant surprise, local businesses around the Valley have you covered. Let's take a look at 10 local businesses that can make your graduation gift this year spectacular.

9. State Forty Eight

State Forty Eight, the clothing line that takes pride in Arizona, has become something of a household name over the past few years. The clothing is made of high-quality fabrics with designs that incorporate ASU and UofA! State Forty Eight's lineup includes hats, tank-tops, water-bottles, decals, and shirts.


7.  Phoenix General

Phoenix General (PHX GEN) is a modern general store that features apparel, home, and gift items inspired by the Sonoran Desert. The high-quality gifts reflect the artistic style of our desert and hand picked by storeassociates. The selection is great, but even better, all the items are made with sustainable materials.


5. Susan's Travel Services

Susan's Travel Services is just the ticket if you're looking to travel to celebrate a graduation. The company has more than 20 years of experience as a travel agency and ensures your trip is taken care of every step of the way. Whether you're looking for travel packages, custom vacations, or a mix of both,  Susan's Travel services has the trip for you.


3. Custom Hide

Leather is the name of the game at Custom Hide, which has been making artisan leather goods for more than 20 years. It offers such items as laptop holders, briefcases, Duffel bags and backpacks -- great gifts for graduates who are headed off to college or joining the ranks of the professional world. If you're looking for something a little extra, be sure to check out the custom-orders section on the web page.


1. Changing Hands Bookstore

One of Arizona's most popular destinations for over 40 years had to make an appearance on this list. Changing Hands Bookstore's incredible selection of volumes in every genre possible make it an ideal place to find the perfect gift.  And it's more than just books; you can find a quirky card, candles, notebooks, and more!

10. Sunglass Garage

This online-shopping store based in Arizona has a great selection of styles and brands, with an extensive array of polarization options and even snow goggles! A great pair of high-quality sunglasses can last for years, making them the perfect gift. After all, as the graduates look forward, there's only one thing left to say: Future's so bright, you gotta wear shades!


8. Across Arizona Tours

People from around the globe come to Arizona to see the many natural wonders right here in our backyard. Exploring those wonders is part of what makes us Arizonans, and giving the gift of an guided tour is the perfect way to see them. The best part is everything can be scheduled according to your needs. With half-day, one-day and multiple-day tours, there's something for everyone!


6. Basket Solutions

Basket Solutions in Mesa is an ideal stop for that all-encompassing gift. With the store's huge selection of gift baskets, it's a snap to find the perfect gift for yourgraduate. Basket Solutions offers competitive pricing and can even put together specific gifts for him or her!


4. Pop-Cycle

For gift with that homemade touch, Pop-Cycle is an excellent place to start. The artists pride themselves on using sustainable materials, and their products look incredible!  For example, the Arizona license-plate lampshade will blow you away!


2. Sibley's West

Downtown Chandler is home to one of Arizona's most unusual gift shops. Sibley's West has a collection of products from more than 200 artists and business -- all from within the state. It makes for a one-stop shop that oozes Arizona pride. It's easy to spend hours browsing the shop's ever-changing merchandise. Finding a great gift will be easy; the hard part will be deciding which one is best!

That concludes the list of 10 local businesses that make for great graduation gifts! If you didn't find exactly what you were looking for on this list, be sure to check out the Local First Business Directory; with more than 3,000 local businesses from across the state, finding the perfect business for your graduation gift couldn't be easier! If you're a member of the Localist program, be sure to check the directory, as some businesses have special offers and deals just for you!