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Graduation Gift Ideas from Frost River

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Graduation Gift Ideas from Frost River

Graduation ceremonies are commencing and studious students across the land are being elevated to new roles out in the world. Don’t you think they could use a new bag to go along with new adult status? It would set them up for success and go along with all the training, preparations, enthusiasm, and exuberance amassed through a career of school, now heading onto new courses, into their new vocations out in the world. Work bags, Travel luggage, totes, purses, and accessories handcrafted here in Duluth could help them get head-and-bag-toting-shoulders above the rest. Add a monogram to make their new go-to bag super extra special.

Working in Bent Paddle Brewing Co.'s taproom with the Frost River 898 Premium Carrier Brief Messenger Bag, 826 Padfolio, and 933 Lunch Bag.Work Bags 

Our heritage quality, waxed canvas and leather briefs and messengers set a tone of lasting quality and trustworthiness to help make positive first impressions wherever they’re carried. Job interviews, first days at work, meetings, sales calls… a good bag will help a busy professional stay organized, carry what needs to be brought along, and in the case of Frost River bags, bring along an air of the outdoors. We hold all of our work bags to the same standard as our canoe packs, they’re made to hold up to hard use outside and look great while they’re at it. Waxed canvas is weather resistant and stands up to the working world’s abrasions like a seasoned professional. Experience and character stand proud on a bag that gets better with age and use. The charisma of a good patina sets a tone of honest know-how and valuable lessons learned. Set a new graduate up for longstanding success with a bag that can last through a whole career.

Travel LuggagePremium Laurentian Luggage 

Graduates are gonna need to travel… to and from college, for new jobs, and simply utilizing their new-found freedoms (hopefully vacationing with their own new-found paychecks). Our soft sided luggage, will help to get new grads there and back again in unique and trustworthy style. We craft a full line of CarryOn bags that are great for bringing on board airline flights without  the hassle of checked bags. Waxed canvas duffels are great at conforming to the confines of an airline overhead bin, an automobile trunk, hatch, or pick-up box. Rugged and trustworthy, our weekender bags are refined enough for five star hotels, easy going for cozy bed and breakfast stays, and rugged for travels to out of the way hostels.

AccessoriesFrost River Accessory Bag XP 

 Portfolios, purses, Lunch Bags, water bottle covers, wallets, totes all add to a professional appearance, promote reusability, help keep a busy person organized. Being made to the standard of the outdoors, with a function-first philosophy, Frost River bags can remind a carrier to get outside, and use their trusty work bag on fun weekend jaunts as well. All our gear is made to be outside and designed to hold up to canoe country camping trips, that means they’re at ease on more urban pursuits. No, you probably won’t bring your Padfolio or Heritage Brief on the next canoe trip… but we make ‘em tough enough, so you could!

Heritage Black Premium Carrier Brief

 Timeless styling, hardworking materials, lasting durability, all in a classic carryall - Our Carrier line blends professionalism with the easy going messenger bag. The Carrier Brief is a great base model, blending style, ease of use, and value. The Bike Messenger Bag adds a waist belt to stabilize the bag while on a bike, perfect for commuting to work. The Premium Carrier adds a padded laptop sleeve, extra leather, and two color options, Field Tan or Heritage Black. All are built to last right here in Duluth, Minnesota at Frost River.

Single BriefSingle Briefcase

Rugged elegance with a perfect blend of waxed canvas, leather, and straightforward layout. There’s a spot for standard sized laptops on the inside and a pair of zip closed slip pockets that are perfect for papers on the outside. Reliable leather from Red Wing, Minnesota dresses up this brief, handcrafted construction at Frost River in Duluth, brings it all together, our lifetime guarantee ensures it’ll be at your side for years. 

Premium Mesabi Range DaypackMesabi Range Daypack 

A brief for your back. Dressy enough for work, rugged enough for the trail, here’s a pack that can and will do it all. There is a padded sleeve for a laptop and just the right amount of space to carry what’s needed but not overburden you on daily commutes. Feel free to upgrade the shoulder straps to padded buckskin leather… It’s a nice upgrade, built just like the straps on our canoe packs.


 A briefcase with capacity to carryover for longer stays, too. The side pockets are big enough to stow a change of clothes, rain jacket, and stuff. Part brief, part luggage, all made to last and keep you moving forward.

693 Imout Bag CarryOn. All of the get up & go of the Frost River Flight Bag, in a round duffel. Waxed canvas utility with just the right amount of class.

ImOut Duffel

 A classic round duffel made from premium materials. Our waxed canvas, leather from Red Wing, Minnesota, and solid brass hardware come together with the skilled hands of an American workforce to create a great bag ready and willing to accompany you on travels near and far. It’ll remind you of those round nylon gym bags you carried as a kid, only these are much nicer.

810 Premium Laurentian Luggage Medium. Great Luggage, premium leather bottom, lots of pockets, lots of class.Laurentian Luggage

 Premium luggage for the greatest of travels. Compartments are the rule with this design. There can be a spot for everything, and a reliable way to keep it where it belongs. Big side pockets for bulky items, a zip pocket on the front offers ready access security, magnetic snaps allow quick storage to the front pocket.

Voyageur Backpack Luggage

 Crafted as a backpack first, luggage second. The contoured backstraps are robust to comfortably carry a load, and stowable to stay out of the way when carrying it by the handle, loading into planes or with an accessory shoulder strap. The main flap opens wide for easy loading and unpacking. There are several lash points outside and Accessory XP snaps inside to allow flexibility in lashing and storage compartments. Need a size down? The Voyageur comes in briefcase-size, too for the daily grind or for service as a personal item.

826 Padfolio. A portable desk– for a lap. Made from waxed canvas and premium leather, with slots for a legal pad, papers, cards and a writing utensil.Padfolio

 Like a writing desk for your lap, there’s spots for papers, envelopes, cards, and a writing pad. Stiffening panels provide just enough structure without undue bulk. There’s a snapped leather strap to keep it all together. You’ll like the way this folio feels.

Frost River's Waxed Canvas Lunch Bags help you haul your lunch sustainably for a lifetime. Made in the USA, usable just about anywhere.

Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag

 Add a bit of sustainability to a lunch break and help promote healthier (and less expensive) lunches to a new graduate with our lunch bag, modeled after a real brown paper bag. Get the SB version if you want the security of a solid closure, the standard version has a simple strap with a friction lock. It works to keep the bag closed, but strap on the SB version doubles as a handle.

Dopp KitTravel Kit 

Moving on to the next stage of an education or the daily grind often involves travels near and far. Help a graduate bring those bits and bobs necessary for good hygiene with a Travel Kit. Heavy duty zippers keep contents secure in the large main compartment and slim front pocket, while durable double bottom, waxed canvas or leather, keep countertop spills out and bottle mishaps contained. Monograms make them personal.

Leather Bi-fold WalletWallets 

We’ve got a couple options for wallets for a new grad… Our Leather Bi-fold Wallet is classic, made to last, and laid out as you’d expect with spots for cards and cash. The Card Holder is all leather, sized to carry a couple cards on each side, and works great in a front pocket. Our Circle Tour Wallet offers the security of a zip and more capacity to carry a bit more. A Pocket Folio will keep a pocket notebook protected and does wonders to keep papers together. For those of us who still write checks, this Check Book cover is among the best around. Feel free to add a monogram to any or all of the above.

Shop the whole collection of graduation gifts in our Gifts for Grads category and find something they can carry for a lifetime.