Style Spy: 5 Local Gift Ideas for College-Bound Kids

These meaningful pieces will remind them where they came from—and maybe even prompt them to call home once in a while.



This bag is made of durable golden jute that’s also waterproof. It holds more than 100 pounds, and each purchase supports fair wages, annual profit dividends and retirement funds for the mothers who make them.

Global Citizen Market Bag, $68 at First & Little Boutique, 25 W. Main St., Middletown, 562-8976

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This T-shirt will give your teen all the feels. Not only is it unbelievably soft, but the simple design says it all: The First State is my happy place.

My Happy Place Home Tee, $30 at Nicole J Boutique, 17 Wood St., Suite 53, Middletown, 376-7393

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Sneak one of these candles into your kid’s bag to help ease their nostalgia. Available in three scents that represent the charm and character of each county. New Castle County combines vetiver, orange and patchouli for a sophisticated and understated scent. Kent County is a blend of sweet and spicy, with hints of nutmeg, vanilla and clove. Sussex is inspired by the salty sea air. Each candle is hand-poured, made with natural soy wax and burns for 60 hours.

Signature candle, $15 each at Suds Bar Soap, 31 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 647-1303

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Your kids won’t be singing Alice Merton’s hit song wearing one of Gary Knox’s designed and printed tees. He also sells a selection of tumblers and decals.

ROOTS T-shirt, $19.99, Tervis tumblers, $19.99–$29.99, and decals, $3.99 at Forney’s Too Ltd., 102 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 734-2425





Show some First State love with one of these patch hats. Each is stamped with an image of everyone’s favorite crustacean and area code.

Regular patch hats, $24, and leather patch hats, $30, by Kam Productions at The Brush Factory on Kings, 830 Kings Hwy., Lewes, 745-2229; Lifecycle, 10 S. Front St., Milford, 233-1657

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