Today's graduates are a curious mix: they love high tech (like Kindles), but they also love low tech. Hence yesterday's recommendation of the Lamy Safari fountain pen, which has been proved time and again a good gift.
Another low tech gift, which is good paired with the pen, is a notebook. Not just any notebook, of course, but one imbued with that je ne sais quoi of the iconic item. I speak, of course, of the moleskine.
I got a Paris moleskine for Frugal Son before his year abroad. He loved the map. These are available for many other cities.
Another very snazzy notebook, which also has the iconic je ne sais quoi, is the Rhodia.
Your graduate can--in fantasy or reality--sit in a cafe somewhere, recording wonderful thoughts.
Any other great notebooks out there?