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

FlightGiftCard

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.

Skin care meets Technology, what a TWIST!

This entry welcomes a guest blogger, 2018 summer intern Alexa Reith. 

Going through the teenage years is hard enough but having to deal with acne makes it 100 times worse. It is a known fact that at least 85% of teenagers struggle with acne. It is also a known fact that no teenager wants acne!

There are many products on the market that promise amazing results, but unfortunately most don’t deliver. The skin care aisle is full of a variety of acne treatments: Cleansers, toners, spot treatments, face masks, and moisturizers, just to name a few. While some may be focused on teens, most of them are general, not designed for a person’s particular skin type. All these products leave teens asking the same question: Which product will work for me…and can I afford it?

I found a simple answer to this question and uncovered an interesting TWIST in the process. The product is: Curology.

Curology is a both an affordable acne treatment AND it’s specially designed for your skin. The company TWISTs personalized skin care with technology. You sign up on the website, curology.com, and send in a picture of your face. Curology then creates a specially designed formula designed to work on your skin, and the cream is shipped to your house in a branded bottle. In another fantastic brand TWIST, it comes in a personalized package that reminds you that this isn’t your generic acne treatment.

To top off the experience, Curology makes dermatologists available online in case a customer has any questions. Skin care meets Technology, what a TWIST!

One of my friends, Gloria, used this product for six months and now her skin is crystal clear! She said that one of her favorite things about the product is that “It is specially designed for your skin which makes it more likely to work.”

This is Gloria’s skin before (left) and after (right). As you can see Curology worked wonders for her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At $30 every two months, this is a treatment that even a cash strapped teen can afford. By TWISTing a tailored experience with technology and personalized branding, Curology shines in a crowded market!

Alexa Reith is a senior in High School in Westchester NY, and served as BrandTwist’s summer intern in 2018.  She plans on majoring in marketing in college. She enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and spending time with family and friends!