6 Graduate Gifts with a TWIST

It’s officially graduation season, and the pressure to find the perfect gift is on. Whether it be high school, college, or a pursuit of other higher education, your graduate has worked hard. Keep reading to discover brands and products with a TWIST that your graduate will love.

Ban.do Planner and Stationery

Ban.do planner and stationery

Many schools provide their students with a planner with space for schedules and notes, but what these planners lack is personality. Ban.do is a stationery brand that specializes in planners with a TWIST. They come with fun stickers, and each monthly page is adorned with artwork by independent artists. Give the gift of practicality with style, and help your college freshmen stay on top of their studies, and your newly minted adults a way to keep track of their appointments. Get it here.

A Guide to Adulting

Grow the F*ck Up by John Kyle

Just because they’ve graduated, doesn’t mean that they know how to navigate the world just yet. Instead of throwing them into the unknown, nudge them in the right direction with a hilarious guide to adulthood and doing things on their own. From useful tips like how to do laundry to financial advice about credit cards and loans, John Kyle’s got adulting with a TWIST covered with Grow the F*ck Up.

Travel

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One of the major limitations of traveling is the cost. Traveling is a great way for your giftee to experience the world and all of its cultures. Flight tickets can be expensive, so knocking down some of that expense will have your grad feeling grateful. This is super helpful for those grads planning a semester abroad.

While some airlines have their own specific gift cards, FlightGiftCard is a great TWIST on limitless travel because they can choose from over 300 airlines to get to their dream destination.

MUJI

MUJI

If you’ve ever walked into a MUJI flagship store, you know that the brand brings minimalism to a new level. MUJI’s simplistic design in everything from their refillable pens to their storage units appeals to those who want a clean look for their home. If your graduate is moving into a not-so-spacious college dorm or their first adult apartment, MUJI is the spot to take organization to the next level with a minimalist TWISTall with an affordable price tag.  Check out the MUJI website here.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

For the past couple years, items deemed “vintage” have been trending. Old-school favorites like the record player and film cameras have made a comeback, and Urban Outfitters is a retail store that has played a role in the revival. Feed your own nostalgia, and give your grads a gift of timeless cool with a modern TWIST.

The Personal and Professional TWIST

TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands by Julie Cottineau

Give your grad the gift of getting noticed. Standing out in the bigger pond of college or the competitive job market is important to embracing all of the opportunities in front of them. Help them advance in both their personal and professional life with a signed copy of Julie Cottineau’s TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands. Add a personal touch by including their name in the order for the dedication.  

If your grad isn’t all that into reading, or you’d like to help expand their knowledge even further, consider a BrandTwist Personal Brand Plan. Maximize their potential with this 30-minute strategy session that will help your grad to seize the opportunities that they deserve, and distinguish them from the rest of the pack.

This post was researched and written by our own BrandTwist intern and soon-to-be graduate Mijyo Sasaki. She is a graduating senior at Dobbs Ferry High School who will be attending RIT in the fall to pursue International Business and Marketing, and has a passion for the fashion industry. Thanks Mijyo! We love your TWISTS and wish you all the best in college.

A TWIST On Graduation Gifts

It’s graduation season! That means that some will be sending off their children to college, some will be going to college, and the rest of us will just be watching. Either way, we all know someone who is taking that next big step to becoming an adult. Now more than ever it’s important to set them up for success on this path because they are the future. Invest in the future today with these graduation gift ideas sure to add a TWIST to the lives of this upcoming freshman class!

Avoid the Freshman 15

Graduation Gift Ideas - Flavor Fusion WaerIt is a reality that plagues thousands nationwide annually, and I mean it is just that, a reality. Statistics, as well as testimonials from suffering college freshman, have shown that the stress induced by their first year in college leads to students packing on pounds, fifteen on average. Though fifteen pounds does sound quite drastic, it is a very real figure and one that every freshman should try to avoid. To help them in doing so, gift them the Flavor Fusion Water Bottle, a water bottle that infuses fruits and vegetables into your water; granting it the sweetness of juice, but neglecting the harmful sugars found in juices known to lead to fat gain. This bottle is sure to help lead a healthier lifestyle and certainly puts a twist on the traditional water bottle!

Get it here.

 Change the way you charge

Graduation Gift Idea - iPhone Charge PackThese days it seems like no one can put down their cell phones, and though our freshman will experience a change of scenery, this likely will not change. Some see this as a problem, others take no issue with it, but if you truly want your college freshman to love their gift, enable this problem. This can be done with the Mophie Juice Pack Air for the iPhone. This chargeable case comes with many features, and at its peak, it can provide you with 27 hours of battery life, so on the go, whether it be an internship or a boring lecture, you’re good to go. Not only that, it also serves its function as a case well, providing level two high impact protection for your iPhone.

Get it here.

Running shoes with a TWIST!

Grad gift ideas - adidas Running shoesCollege students tend to care about two things, style, and comfort. The Adidas Ultra Boost fulfills this, but is also a world-class performance shoe, and can work for any student who needs to go for a run to alleviate college stress. The patented boost technology is said to be the most comfortable option on the market, and the elegant look of the show turns fashionista heads everywhere.

 Get them here

Marketing 101

TWIST Book Cover - graduation gift ideasOf the upcoming freshman class, there are thousands of entrepreneurs, future C.E.O’s, and aspiring businessmen and women who will have to truly master the craft to ensure success in the future. This means an understanding at all levels, not solely focusing on one aspect like management, but also knowing a bit about marketing as well. After all, effective marketing is why you have an iPhone, or why you gravitate towards the Mac computer before a Dell, it’s not merely a matter of preference. Sure your freshman’s marketing courses will show them a lot, but it’s traditional, outdated, and just like any marketing course anywhere else. None of it will stand out. If you truly want success for them, get them this book.

Get it here.

Take a little study break

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 9.49.30 AMOftentimes studying can be a bore. Ok, I lied, studying is a bore. It’s something we only do because we have to. However, it can be fun, and over at ThinkGeek they’ve found a way to do just that. With these table tennis notebooks, not only can you store all of your notes, but you can also turn study breaks into ping pong tournaments. This set provides everything but a cool study partner to play with, so go ahead, add a TWIST to your next study session!

Get it here.

About the Author:

BrandTwist Intern - Graduation Guest PostEnrique Garcia is working as an intern at BrandTwist for this month. He is a high school senior from Dobbs Ferry, New York and will be graduating in June. In the fall Enrique will be attending the business school at Manhattan College, concentrating in both finance and marketing. 

Interested in guest blogging for BrandTwist? Contact jamie@herculiz.com.

How to Twist Outside the Box This Father’s Day

Everyone understands the annual struggle of finding the perfect gift for dad on Father’s day. No matter what kind of person your dad is, finding a gift that’s thoughtful and that he might actually use is always tricky. It’s easy to find yourself slipping into the traditional last minute habit of buying him yet another tie, but this year, try stepping up your Father’s Day gift game by taking a generic gift idea and adding a TWIST that is sure to secure your spot as the favorite child.

father watch

For the runner: 2015-2016 has certainly been the year for workout technology. New gadgets promising a better workout have flooded the market, but what makes one fancy pedometer better than another? A good twist to give your father is the Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Running Watch. The twist for this watch is that it, unlike some of the big name fitness monitors, is built specifically for runners and not only records your progress every run, but gives you advice on what more you are capable of doing in the future to help you continue to improve.

 

father drill

For the handy-man: A crafty guy who loves DIY projects needs way more than just your basic hammer and nails to really be able to build something special. But a complete tool box can be very expensive. A great twist on this classic gift for a do-it-yourself dad would be the Dremel Oscillating Tool Kit. This single tool has over 30 different functions your father can try out on his next project without taking up too much space.

 

father foodie

For the foodie: Instead of getting your food-loving dad some more pots and pans, spend a Saturday with him at the Smorgasburg Food Festival in Brooklyn! The vendors at this outdoor festival specialize in twisting classic foods into new, unique creations such as the ramen burger (which features ramen noodles as the buns for a classic burger) or a hotdog from Asia dog (a hot dog with asian inspired toppings such as Japanese curry or asian sesame slaw.) All of these vendors twisting their food will be sure to wow and inspire your father, plus he will get to spend the day with you!

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 3.40.42 PMFor the outdoorsman: For activities like camping, conserving space and versatility are key functions when deciding what to bring on the trail. Rather than just getting your dad some more fishing line, try the Alex water bottle. The twist for this bottle is that it, literally, twists open and turns into a bowl that you can eat out. The bottle opening also helps make cleaning it easy. This gift is something your father can bring along and use anywhere without weighing down his backpack.

 

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For the entrepreneur: If your father has his own business, help give his brand a boost this father’s day by giving him TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands, The book is sure to help your dad learn the in’s and out’s of twisting himself and gain tools to make his personal brand even better. He’ll learn how to take off his “brand blinders” and look outside his category to make his business stand out and thrive in this competitive market, which will certainly help make this father’s day memorable for him.

 

About the Author:

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Kate Gouran is working as an intern at BrandTwist for this month. She is a high school senior from Hastings-on-Hudson and will be graduating from Hastings high school in June. She is very excited to be attending Tulane University in the fall and she plans on double majoring in marketing and musical theater.

 

 

Interested in guest blogging for BrandTwist? Contact jamie@herculiz.com.

Delicious Twists for Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mom by giving her some delicious TWISTS that go beyond the typical manicure, chocolates and flowers. Here’s our picks for culinary gifts to show mom how much you appreciate her unique taste:

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Girolle Cheese Cutter – No need to go to France to experience a delightful cheese TWIST! Cheese is more fun and tastes even better when thinly sliced – literally with a twist – into delicate, paper-thin shaves. Mom will have fun with this attention-grabbing cheese cutter.

 

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Optic Twist Glass Set with Custom Holder – Pair your whimsical cheese shaves with wine served in this handsome set of wine glasses that come complete with their own TWISTS: a beautiful twisted glass design and a customizable box to add a little personal twist.

 

 

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Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit – No kitchen should be without that special sauce… hot and spicy is the culinary wave now, and here’s a special TWIST: A kit giving all mom all she needs to make her own secret sauce! Mom can personalize the label and create her own brand twist!

 

bt recipe art

 

Recipe Art – When is a chalk board more than a chalk board? When it TWISTS to becomes a lovely, framed work of art customized with your favorite recipe! Immortalize mom’s kitchen talent… which favorite recipe of Mom’s would you choose?  Homemade soup… cookie… dip… spiked lemonade…

 

 

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Flowers in the Kitchen Cookbook – Flowers are a traditional Mother’s Day gift… they always make mom feel special.. but this flower TWIST will last for decades: a cookbook that gives all the info. about cooking with flowers, complete with gorgeous photos. Flowers add a beautiful, flavorful twist to make mom’s special dishes really stand out.

 

 

Twist angle whiteHelp mom cook up more for her business! Is your mother an aspiring entrepreneur, small business owner or artist? Help make her dreams come true! Give her a copy of TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands by Brand School founder Julie Cottineau.

Brand School is our highly effective, premier branding program that gives tools and insight to grow a stronger personal or business brand. Get more information about the next session and our Brand Health Check HERE.

 

Valentine Twists For Him and Her

Expressing love can take many forms, but there’s something intimate and long-lasting about putting your passion for your Valentine into words. Here are our picks to help you TWIST your thoughts and feelings into original compositions that your sweetie will cherish of years to come.

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 3.23.35 PM Letters to My Love – With this TWIST, you get to say “I Love You” all year long. Letters to My Love  gives you 12 fold-and-mail style letters that use clever prompts making composing a lot easier (“I knew you were the one for me when…”). You fill in the story, seal the envelope and indicate an “open on” date… so the gift of sharing your love continues throughout the year.

 

 

loveletternecklaceLove Letter Necklace – A love letter with a stylish TWIST. This necklace makes your passion timeless and fashion-forward. You engrave the two of your’s initials, plus words of love (1-3 line message up to 12 characters each)  and this enchanting gold plated or sterling silver “letter and envelope” pendant becomes a wearable reminder of your affection.

 

 

throwpillow“Remember When” Throw Pillow – From a fun vacation to a special song, TWIST your favorite memories to create this one-of-a-kind pillow that’s always there to cuddle up with.

 

 

 

ticket bookJust the Ticket, Ticket Stub Organizer – Remember your favorite concert together, special event, shows, sporting events, airline flight or amusement park visit?  With this TWIST you can preserve your memories and share your reflections of them with this handsome ticket stub organizer!

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 3.46.28 PM Love is Art Kit  There’s nothing like sharing a new experience together to ignite your passion. How about putting your passion down on canvas together? Fine artist Jeremy Brown’s TWIST gives you everything you need to capture the beauty of your connection in his Love is Art Kit. So, hang up the “do not disturb” sign, take out your paintbrushes and create a visual celebration that will last for years to come.

 

 

Support your sweetie in growing their business. Are they an entrepreneur, small business owner, artist, performer, or freelancer? Here’s a way to help them be more successful doing something they love. Brand School is our highly effective, premier branding program that provides the tools, framework and insight to build a stronger personal or business brand. Receive more information about the next session and see if you qualify for a one-on-one Brand Health Check Strategy Session HERE.