Its in the bag
College chics know that big backpacks are for books, but cute clutches are just the ticket for going out with the gals. Rush attendees will be green with envy at this monogrammable envelope clutch with a detachable cross-body chain. They are made of vegan (read: faux) leather and come in turquoise, brown, black, green, pink, orange and coral. $28.95; monogramming $8 extra for one letter or $10 for three.
Eliza Bs, 8038 Providence Road. 704-335-8550; elizabs.com.
Move over Oh, the Places Youll Go, theres a new book on the block. 5: Where Will You Be Five Years From Today? is not a self-help or how-to book; instead it challenges the reader to take a close look within to see what he truly wants to accomplish. Take a chance. Go big. Make it happen. This book will help him realize he can do it all. $14.95.
Paper Twist, Specialty Shops on the Park, 6401 Morrison Blvd. 704-366-3100; shoppapertwist.com.
Handy and hands-free
Your graduating gal can phone home with this eco-friendly amp that requires no power. The Ozaki iCarry time2brick Amp sits horizontally or vertically and lets her listen to music or video chat, offering up to 15 decibels of amplification. Its compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S models. $34.
From the dorm room to the bathroom, this big bucket can carry all the shower essentials. Or when its movie night in a dorm-mates room, the bucket can tote goodies to and fro. It can pretty up a place or even serve as a bucket for beverages galore (like, um, a variety of juices). The galvanized bucket comes in purple, lime green, red or pink and is embellished with polka dots; each handle has a grosgrain bow on it. $28, including personalization.
An Initial Impression, 1108A Union Road, Gastonia. 704-854-8130; sewbizzy.com