“Top Gifts For Brides and Grads
If your like most of us, you have a list of weddings, showers and graduations to attend this spring and summer. And, like most of us, you’re probably rushed for time and can’t spend hours hunting for that elusive “perfect gift.”
At Hermann’s, we wait on lots of young people who are just starting out life, whether they’re heading off to college for the first time, they’re new college grads moving into their first place or they are newlyweds building a home together. So we know what they love- and what they hate- when it comes to gifts.

To help you in your quest for a present that sends them over the moon, I’ve pulled together my short list of never-fail gift picks. Here’s to short but Successful shopping expeditions!

Best Gifts for Brides and Grooms

Aluminum serving pieces. Whether it’s a serving plate, bowl, chip and dip or cake plate, aluminum serving pieces make ideal gifts for newlyweds because they are affordable, attractive, versatile and so easy to care for. The young couple can use them to serve or as decorating tools – fill an aluminum bowl with fresh limes, and you have a darling centerpiece!


Kitchen linens. You can’t go wrong when you give kitchen and table linens to newlyweds. What young couple doesn’t need cute dish towels, table clothes, place mats and napkins to go with all those dishes they’ve just received?

Trays. In my book, you can never have enough trays because they are incredibly versatile. Newlyweds can use them as serving pieces when they entertain. They can hang them on the wall as artwork or use them as the base or backing of a tabletop display. They are great placed on a coffee table to corral the remotes or on the kitchen table to hold the day’s mail.

Cake Plates. These gotta have decorating pieces can be used to serve the delectable dishes the new bride and groom cook up in their first home, or as a base for seasonal decorative displays. For even more drama, stack them on top of each other. I love cake plates in glass, metal, china…..who am I kidding – I love them all!  

Pitchers. Another essential for the newlyweds, pitchers are not only practical for everyday purposes, filled with ice tea or o.j., they also make wonderful vases for flowers. Or, use them to hold kitchen utensils or linens. I also love to cluster collections of cream ware pitchers atop kitchen cabinets or on buffets.

Rose bowls. Rose bowls are a versatile piece that can grace the coffee table, mantel, entry chest or a dining table in any new couples home. Fill them with flowers or set an inviting glow to the room by placing a candle inside them. Choose from a more traditional cut or a contemporary one depending on the newlyweds taste and you’ll be sure to please the happy couple.  

Lanterns and birdcages. I’m crazy about lanterns and birdcages because they are one of the best year-round decorating tools you can find. For spring display, fill with a fern and your done. In summer, fill with a battery operated candle for outdoor dining. In the fall, toss in some vines and gourds and you have a great harvest display. For winter, try some pine cones or Christmas tree bulbs.

Bookends. Bookends are the kinds of things that everyone can use, but rarely buy for themselves. We have a great collection at Hermann’s, from the traditional to the fun and funky.

Serving Pieces. This will add the perfect finishing touch to any newlyweds table. And something you can never have to many of when it comes to entertaining. We have some wonderfully eclectic serving pieces to fit any style.

Monogrammed Acrylic Entertaining. Practical and attractive, our acrylic monogrammed trays, glasses, place mats and ice buckets are a wonderful for outdoor entertaining here in Texas. And what newlywed couple wouldn’t want their new monogram on these great pieces.

                             Gifts For Grads

Picture Frames. Starting out at a new college or at a job in a new city can be a bit scary at first. So give the grad some picture frames to fill with photos of friends and family.


Votives and Scented Candles. Have you ever smelled a boy’s college dorm room, frat house or first apartment? If so, You know why scented candles are a must. They add a bit of style and a much-needed breath of fresh air.

Lamps. Today’s dorm rooms are not like the dorm rooms we remember-cold, sterile and institutional. Today’s co-eds are decorating their dorms, sorority rooms and student apartments to the nines. Grads love interesting accent lamps that are ideal for studying and that add style to their space.

Artwork. One of the last things the new grad will invest in is artwork, yet nothing warms up a dorm room or first apartment like art. Pick out a set of inexpensive framed art prints they can hang in a grid or display in an easel n a bookcase.

Bedding. In a dorm room or studio apartment, the bed is often the focal point of the room. So treat the grad to some stylish or funky bedding, like washable quilts, accent pillows or duvets. We’re carrying a brand new line at Hermann Furniture that’s bright fun and very affordable.

Desk Top Accessories. What better way to help get the new grad organized than some stylish desk top accessories. They will love our fun and whimsical file folders, mouse pads, notebooks and paperweights. We have a great selection in both of our two stores.

Free Standing Letters. This a great way to help any grad have memories of all they’ve experienced at school. You can customize their initial with just about anything you can imagine or leave it plain for a simple stylish statement to fit any new grads decor. 

Personalized Gifts. Everyone loves there name on something and we have so many items to choose from to give the new grad. Luggage tags, notepads, stationary, pens, and travel mugs can all be personalized with your favorite grads name and a pattern they will love.

Sterling Silver Jewelry. Beautiful personalized gifts await you grad that will help them look stylish. Choose from a variety of pendant shapes, sizes and even fonts. A wonderful gift they will cherish for years to come.

Stop by Hermann Furniture and Hermann General Store and our talented team of present pickers will help you knock out every name on your list (the same goes for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday and anniversary gifts!)

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