Dayton Daily News from Dayton, Ohio on May 23, 2010 · 57
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Dayton Daily News from Dayton, Ohio · 57

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DAYTON DAILY NEWS | SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2010 | L!FE | D5 Grad gifts bypass cash for cachet By Wendy Donahue McClatchy News Service Cash gifts are a no-brain - er for college graduates. But Derek Blasberg, the 28- year-old author of the new book “Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady” (Razorbill, $16.99) warns recipients may not benefit in the manner intended. “Often, before they know it (and probably before they write a thank-you note, tsk tsk), that money will be spent,” he wrote in an email. “Maybe think about buying this person a stock, or at the very least writing a check, so it won’t immediately turn into a tip for the cute bartender.” Cash also doesn’t look particularly imaginative, Blasberg says. Instead, he suggests more personal gifts. Here are some options: Luggage: Grads heading on an international tour probably will need more than a tote. LeSportsac is lightweight, with colors that will stand out from the pack. 21-inch carry-on, $180 at and For daily schlepping of an iPad around the School of Hard Knocks, ColcaSac has created a sleeve that’s padded to protect it from dents, drops and other mishaps. ColcaSac uses natural fabrics in earthy col - ors, on the premise that they might be less likely to attract thieves’ eyes. $35.95 at Dorm life: The Web site stocks necessities and luxuries for dorm life, such as the mini-futon, which serves as seating or a mini-bed for visitors ($148.42). Another option, the Sidekick Saddlebag Organizer ($9.73) hangs between mattresses, with pockets for remote control, phone, water bottle, pens and tissues. For a whimsical touch, headboard wall decals by Mina Javid ($40 to $70 at will give a dorm’s twin bed some personality, without clutter or overcommitment — the stickers will peel off when she moves out. Self-knowledge: It’s easy to lose one’s self in life after high school; give your grad a daily reminder. Pickled Tink lets you choose initials or words in vibrant shades of handmade matte paper on charm bracelets or silver necklaces. A necklace with two charms is $52. A bracelet with six charms is $116. See For a lifelong memento, a sterling silver Tiffany bracelet ($145 at can start with a Class of ’10 round lock charm ($150 in sterling silver); she can gather others for each successive success. Correspondence course: They’ll need stationery for those thank-you notes. Lend a hand, and have fun doing it at Pose., where you can create a lookalike image of your favorite grad from a range of facial features and accessories (which include mortar boards) and backdrops that include preppy polka dots, skylines and a martini glass (not recommended; we’re just sayin’ … ). $2 each; minimum of 15 cards; turnaround in three to five business days. Introduce them to the archaic pleasure of writing with a tool other than their thumbs. The Faber- Castell E-Motion Crocodile Pen’s barrel is made of resin engraved with an ivory crocodile pattern. $70 at Faber- An iPad sleeve by ColcaSac. Jewelry from Pickled- The Class of 2010 looks back at high school and looks ahead to a new start. Our special section will include helpful tips and information for graduates as they prepare for the next chapter in life, plus photos of area seniors and a list of the area’s top students. Coming Sunday, May 30, inside The Dayton Daily News. ONLINE: View photos of the area’s top students, valedictorians and salutatorians, and if you’re a graduate, share photos from throughout your senior year at school at go/graduation Saluting the Class of 2010 Invitations/All Occasion Reception/Banquet Hall Invitations/All Occasion CHAPEL IN THE WOODS The perfect setting for small weddings and events 4107 E. St. Rt. 73 Waynesville, OH 513-897-5505 Banquet Hall at the Warren County History Center 121 S. Broadway, Lebanon, OH R R Weddings Receptions Parties Capacity 180 Warming Kitchen 513-923-1817 Country Club of the North Where Dreams Come to Life! Searching for the perfect venue? Look no further, you’ve just found it! A few prime dates are still available but won’t last long. To book your event, contact Pam Vitale at 937.313.8158 or Call now to hear about our Summer Special You can trust the specially trained staff to pamper you and your guests throughout the day at Country Club of the North. Reception/Banquet Hall 2633Fa rHillsAvenueinOakwood (937)299-8733 Mo n-Fri13 am - 6pm;Sa t13am - 4pm FineStationer y &Invitations ",.41:-'40:/$9,0<,;487:/"<:471:: )1;491617;:/(8;1#,90:/&7=4;,;487: +100472:/*38>19:/"49;30,?:/%8540,?: Fine Stationery & Invitations for All Occasions 2600 Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood (937) 299-8733 Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm; Sat 10 am - 4 pm First Class Rental Facility 4275 Powell Road Call Ray: 937-237-7293 DAYTON FOP LODGE HALL Choice of your own caterers Outside Weddings Seating for 300 Ample Parking Wedding Receptions Parties Corporate Events & More

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