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4 Iowa City Shops to Find the Ultimate Graduation Gift for Your Roommate


At the end of another school year, we find ourselves celebrating a major life event: college graduation. If you want to celebrate your roommate’s graduation, someone who has gone through all the ups and downs of this journey with you, then no doubt you’re looking for that perfect gift to mark the occasion.

Lucky for you, there are plenty of shops just outside the doors of RISE at Riverfront Crossings, right here in Iowa City, where you can find the perfect post-grad celebration gift for your roommate – and anyone else on your list.

What Can I Get for a Grad with a Sweet Tooth?

If your roomie loves a sweet treat, head over to the aptly named Sweets and Treats in downtown Iowa City. They stock everything from cotton candy to jawbreakers. And if you’re looking for chocolate, they’ve got plenty of that, too, including Harry Potter-style chocolate frogs!

Where Can I Go for Gifts that Pamper?

Drop by White Rabbit and pick up a few items from their apothecary. Make a personalized gift basket with items like the lavender eye pillow, herbal soap bars, Hippie Witch Lotion, facial oils, scented balms, and botanical perfumes.

What Can I Get for a Grad Who Is a Self-Proclaimed Bookworm?

Take an afternoon to browse the shelves at Prairie Lights Bookstore and Café. Just be prepared to leave with a lot more books than you’d planned to purchase! This beautiful downtown bookstore is filled with all the classics, as well as current favorites and bestsellers.

Where Can I Go for Gifts a Music Lover Would Appreciate?

If your roommate isn’t already into vinyl music, there’s no time like the present to introduce them to this old-school sonic pleasure. Record Collector has plenty of the latest hits and popular records, but they specialize in lesser known bands and singers, which means you can find all kinds of new (and old) treasures here. And don’t worry if your roomie doesn’t have a turntable – they sell those, too! Pick one up along with a variety of records, making for a perfect graduation gift.

Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment and marking it with a gift – and perhaps a celebration – is an important part of this transition. Let RISE at Riverfront Crossings help you navigate these big moments in life (and show you where to find the best shopping in Iowa City) by following our blog.


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