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Best Places To Buy Gifts For Grads In Charlotte

May 7, 2013 6:00 AM

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Celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of a graduate! For some, it will be the beginning of a new career. Others will be putting down big bucks for tuition and books. Whether exiting high school or college, here are some gifting ideas for that special person. Think of places offering take-home knowledge for transitioning lives.

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U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 391-3900

Price: Starts at $15

Oh, the wild joys of learning! It’s time to ditch the books and do a little real-life learning. The U.S. National Whitewater Center offers up so many gifting ideas for that graduate. It’s over 400 acres of activities promoting healthy lifestyles. The Canopy Tour Pass costs $89. It’s a three to four-hour guided excursion through 14 tree platforms lining the Catawba River. There are seven ziplines, cargo net climbs, rappel stations, sky bridges and more! For $54, get the grad an All Sport Day Pass. It includes rock climbing, ridge course, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and eco trekking. A Quick Sport Pass ($15, $20 & $25) is a way to experience one activity. Learn a new sport with the Kayak Sampler. The $55 package includes the basics of kayaking. Sail through treetops, then wine and dine. The Zipline & Dine Excursion is $75. Instruction Sampler is led by a professional. The $80 pass covers a climbing and kayak lesson or a mountain biking and kayak lesson. Here are a few more suggestions:

  • Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP) lesson includes surfing and paddling techniques/$45 for 90-minute lesson or $65 for a group of three.
  • Survival 101 is two days and one night of learning the seven priorities of survival on Hawk Island./$125 includes dinner and breakfast.
  • Rodeo Rafting requires an upgrade in the $54 All Sport Day Pass. It’s 90 minutes of waves, drops and technical turns.
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le Vanitee Salon
1226 Mann Drive
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 246-8832
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Price: Starts at $75

Owners of le Vanitee Salon Deb Halbeisen and Mona Hickey offer the perfect gift package for the student transitioning to the professional world! It’s called Imaging. It begins with a 20-30 minute consultation with the client. Hair color, skin tone and eye color are assessed. Lifestyle issues are discussed, such as the amount of time available to get ready for work and what grooming tools will be utilized? Is work a conservative or trendy environment? A pink streak in the hair would not be appropriate for most large corporations! Hair issues, such as best color, highlights or not and length will be determined. The grad will be counseled on best wardrobe colors for skin and hair coloring. Color swatches will be utilized. Deb and Mona offer 30+ years of experience in the business and have counseled many individuals in the corporate realm. This valuable opportunity will provide take-home knowledge, saving time and money, easing and aiding this important transition in life!

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Bruce Julian Clothier
8128 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 364-8686

Price: Starts at $300

A well-fitted suit will help the grad appear more confident in making this huge step into the business world! Bruce Julian Clothier at the Arboretum can make that happen! Currently, a navy suit is the most popular. That doesn’t mean charcoal and black should be excused, though. The most important element is the cut. And, that would be slim. Slim cut, flat-front pants and a narrow lapel. The in-store tailor will advise on a proper fit, avoiding sleeves and pants that are excessively long. The client will be advised on best colors for the look. Custom work is available. Consider a unique photographic image placed on the jacket’s lining. In fact, pick from over 15,000 images. The clothier is experimenting with patches on the jacket’s elbows. The grad will come away with the perfect tie for the perfect shirt. That’s sure to make for an easier first job interview!

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Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Parkway S.
Concord, NC 28027
(704) 455-3200

Price: Starts at $12

Thrills and speed. What perfect way to get out of that humdrum studying routine. The Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR hub dominates this sport! There are a variety of gifting opportunities here. The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is May 18. The pre-race concert will feature country music star Blake Shelton. Packages for this event starts at $99. The Coca-Cola 600 is May 26. Gift the grad a $149 package to include the NASCAR LiftMaster Pole Night, the History 300 and the Coca-Cola 600. There’s also a NASCAR racing experience for $129.00, replete with the thrill of taking three, high-speed laps in a real NASCAR vehicle!

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Carolina Adventure Boot Camp
Matthews, Charlotte & Monroe
(704) 451-4885

Price: Starts at $99

Carolina Adventure Boot Camp will give the grad a new attitude on life! Being in top shape is not a prerequisite for this challenge. It’s a fitness program of instruction and nutritional guidance, led by the motivational instruction of certified fitness trainers. The grad will need a water bottle, exercise mat, hand weights, running shoes and a desire to improve. Participants meet at Matthews Elementary School and Sun Valley High School, among others. Expect to gain strength and endurance, a flatter belly and a harder body. Gift certificates are available. Stuff the certificate inside a water bottle and give it to the grad!

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at

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