Summer is coming and for many students, so is graduation! After all that hard work, it’s time to celebrate. Parents, friends, and family members looking for gift ideas or group restaurants in Seattle Southside need look no further.

5 Graduation Gift Ideas

  1. Gift Box from Seattle Chocolate
  2. Spa Package from Cedarbrook Lodge
  3. Growlers from Odin Brewing Co.
  4. Cake from Red Ribbon Bakeshop
  5. REI Gift Card

4 Great Restaurants for larger groups:

  1. Din Tai Fung
  2. Salty's at Redondo
  3. Bahama Breeze
  4. Mizu Steakhouse


Seattle Chocolates Gift box

Colorful open box featuring chocolate bars

Nothing says “congrats!” quite like a box of chocolates. Also, what a great metaphor about life after school…For a high-end (and delicious) gift box, try the JCOCO Tasting Experience Box. It’s a rainbow of color and unique flavors that any grad would love.


Spa Package at Cedarbrook

two friends getting a massage in the spa at Cedarbrook

It’s time to ease into your summer vacation and work that homework tension out of your muscles. A luxurious massage, facial, and body treatment at the Spa at Cedarbrook is exactly what a new grad needs to wind down after all those finals.


Growler at Odin Brewing Co.*

Pints of craft beer at Odin Brewing Co.

Not for high school grads, but for those college graduates, a growler and a good supply of craft beer from Odin Brewing Co. goes a long way after four years of school.


Cake at Red Ribbon Bakeshop

Purple Ube Overload Round Cake

Of course, the grad party will need a cake. Put some Filipino flare into your celebratory dessert at Red Ribbon Bakeshop. They have plenty of classic and unique flavors, including the vibrant purple Ube Overload Cake, perfect for a UW alumnus.


REI Gift Card

Female backpacker on hill looking off into the forest in the distance

Maybe your grad plans on exploring the great wide open after all that time spent in the classroom. They’ll be able to get all the outdoor, hiking, and camping gear they need for their post-graduate adventure at REI.


Group-Friendly Restaurants


Din Tai Fung

Steaming Din Tai Fung Dumplings and chopsticks

Local college kids have most likely raved about this place before, so take the party to Din Tai Fung for platters of mouth-watering dumplings and a great atmosphere for groups.


Salty’s at Redondo

Salty's Restaurant at Sunset in Redondo

Seafood lovers rejoice on the waters of Puget Sound. Salty’s at Redondo is plenty of space for a party and all the classic, fresh, and local seafood you could ever want.


Bahama Breeze

Frozen Bahamarita cocktails at Bahama Breeze in Tukwila

Bring the party to the Caribbean (or just a slice of it) at Bahama Breeze. Tropical drinks, delicious Caribbean-inspired dishes and a laid-back island-vibe make this the perfect venue for a party.


Mizu Steakhouse

Chef preparing food at Mizu Japanese Restaurant

Dinner and a show is a great way to celebrate new grads and Mizu Steakhouse offers both. Gather around the hibachi grill and bare witness to the amazing skills of Mizu’s signature chefs as they cook plenty of delicious and savory meats and veggies for the whole group.