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Meaningful (and Practical) Gifts for College Students

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

College is a right of passage for a lot of us and once we’ve long since graduated, it’s no wonder we get a little nostalgic as our own children head off to university and learn to experience those days of living off ramen noodles, pulling all-nighters, and professors with insatiable appetites for exams.

So whether  you’re planning on sending them a care package for their first semester away from home or searching for the perfect keepsake to congratulate them as they wrap up their final year before heading into the professional world, we’ve got some wonderful gifts for college students that will help them feel professional, encouraged, and loved.

Meaningful gifts for college students and young professionals


If the student you’re thinking of is always in need of supplies, why not equip them with a quality, handmade sketchbook or portfolio? Not only will it be a personal item they’ll love, but an impressive, handheld resource to take with them on job interviews.

Meaningful Gifts for College Students & Young Professionals - personalized sketchbooks and portfolios

The Leather Portfolio Book

We took the versatile post-bound album concept and turned it into this rustic portfolio book. Use the plain paper pages that are included or change them out for standard 8.5×11 clear plastic sleeves. The brass posts make it easy to add, remove, and rearrange pages. Great for students  putting together a writing portfolio or photographers needing to store prints and negatives from the dark room. Starts at $96.

Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook

Who doesn’t love Moleskine? This watercolor sketchbook can be personalized, making this an incredibly practical gift with just the right amount of sentiment. The paper is great for holding watercolor paints and can be used in the horizontal or vertical orientation. This art book come with the signature Moleskine back pocket and elastic closure. $40.

The Leather Artisan

One of our most versatile designs, the leather artisan is a photo album, sketchbook, and art journal all in one. It holds dimensional items, great for students who love to journal their college years with mementos and photographs. The leather artisan album is made with Italian watercolor paper with deckle edges, giving the book an artistic feel while still remaining practical for artists. Starts at $129.

It almost seems inevitable that college will spark ideas worthy of writing down. If you’re looking for something truly personal and special for the studious wordsmith in your life, our handmade leather journals make great gifts!

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Leather Rustic Journal

Our classic leather rustic design in journal form. This little journal is great for men or women, can be personalized, and comes with lined pages. Great for those who need a place to record their latest and greatest ideas.

Pocket Constellation Journal

Our constellation journal makes an incredibly personalized gift. Perfect for writers or artists who need something to help keep track of their latest inspirations while on the go. If you know the zodiac sign of the person you want to gift this journal to, have it punched into the charcoal leather cover! In case you want additional personalization, you can opt to have their name or other wording debossed on the cover as well.  Available as a large sketchbook as well.  Starts at $68.

Envelope Portfolio Clutch

Styled to resemble an envelope clutch, this leather keepsake is actually a leather bound book with blank pages. Great for design students who need something polished and professional for their sketches. $88.


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Professional Italian Leather Journals

We can picture your favorite Physics grad student scribbling away in one of these professional journals. With the soft, buttery leather cover inspired by eras gone by, he’ll be channeling his inner Einstein as he drafts out his latest theories and findings. $56.

Christian Lacroix Notebooks

Offered in a variety of sizes, these luxe journals are a delightfully glamorous spin on the moleskine journals we all love. Starts at $18.

Italian Leather Large Sketchbook

We all know the college student funds are often low, so why not spoil your favorite art student with this classic and luxurious Italian leather sketchbook.  Hardbound in rich, brown Italian leather and filled with Italian watercolor paper, this sketchbook makes a lovely graduation gift. $208.00

The difference between our leather travel journals…

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

We get asked this all the time:  “What exactly is the difference between your leather travel journals – world travel journal and “the” leather travel journal?”   The answer is simple.  In a nut shell, the leather travel journal is more of a journal plus some reference pages.  The World Travel Journal is a combination journal and reference book.  Here are the details on each:

Leather Travel Journal

Leather Travel Journal

“The” Leather Travel Journal

Our leather journal is the book you’ll reach for to keep an ongoing record of all your travels. With 224 lined pages and  A flexible smyth-sewn binding with rounded corners makes this an easy road companion. Includes 224 lined journal pages, international air distances and weather, world time zones and much more.

  • Size: 5-3/8″ x 7-3/8″
  • Smyth sewn for strength and longevity
  • Cream-white, acid-free, archival quality paper with gilt edges
  • Double faced cream satin ribbon marker
  • Personalization is available (bottom right or centered, replacing the text +$)

Reference Pages Include:

  • Perpetual Calendar: 1926 – 2025
  • International air distances and weather
  • World time zones
  • U.S. road/air distances and weather
  • Measurement equivalents and conversions
  • International travel information
  • Online resource guide
  • Record of personal data

Leather World Travel Journal

Leather World Travel Journal

World Travel Journal

Our travel journal includes summary pages for detailing your adventures and full color maps to help you on your way. Editorial information includes toll-free numbers, world weather, distances and international dialing codes.

  • Size: 4-3/8″ x 6″, 320 pages
  • Cream-white, acid-free paper with gilt edges
  • Double-faced cream satin ribbon marker
  • Smyth sewn for strength and longevity
  • Personalization is available (bottom right or centered, replacing the text +$)

Resources Include:

  • Perpetual Calendar: 1976 – 2025
  • Record of Personal Data
  • 32 Personal Map Pages / lined pages
  • Personal Telephone Directory
  • Telephone Information: U.S. and Canadian area codes, International dialing codes, Toll-free numbers.

Travel Information:

  • International air distances,
  • Country information (capital, currency, language, religion),
  • Directory of foreign embassies in the U.S.,
  • International travel information (passports, customs, etc.)
  • Weather (international temperatures and precipitation)
  • Weights and measures (equivalents and conversions)

76 Pages of Maps Include

  • World Time Zones
  • World Regional Maps: All continents, Pacific, Polar regions, Caribbean
  • City Maps: Major cities from around the world