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Thanks for clicking by the Blog today! I'm Andrea and the photographer behind the lens of Shining Moments Photography in Sycamore, Illinois. I have a guilty obsession with Starbucks + Instagram and specialize in Teens, High School Seniors and Headshots.

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Our Picks for Amazing Grad Gifts

We know it’s just about graduation time, and whether you’re a graduate or an attendee, grad gifts are on everyone’s minds! We wanted to share some of the things we will be wrapping up for the grads in our lives (and if you are graduating, you might want to take a peek or share this link to drop some hints to friends and family…wink, wink!).  Here’s our top four gift ideas that are practical, fun, and sure to please!

Signing initial:  I snagged this metal initial letter at TJ Maxx recently, and thought of what a perfect gift this would be. You or the lucky senior could display it at a grad party, and later take it to decorate their new stomping grounds: the dorm room! There is a similar wooden version available online at Kohls.  Add a few colored or metallic sharpies to make it extra-easy to use!

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A great idea for the grad who loves photos and may miss home: a 12 month calendar. With bold, modern typography and a cute design, this is both a practical and fun gift. It will look great in a dorm room or on top of a desk, and will help them feel close to home whenever they glance at it.

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Vera Bradley wristlets are a great way to give something practical and useful…no one wants trinkets that will be forgotten or stuffed in a drawer! Their classy little zipper pouches can be filled with a reloadable VISA or gift card, and they can use it later on for carrying their ID and keys across campus. We like this floral wristlet with plenty of room for a cell phone, and this smaller version.

Custom-stamped message bracelet from artisan retailer Etsy is our last pick, and we bet this one will be ideal for the sentimental graduate. You can customize the message that is hand-stamped on it, and it comes in three different metals! Some ideas of things to stamp on it: their graduation year, a note, or an inspirational quote.

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Andrea, Shining Moments Photography, is located in Sycamore, Illinois and specializes in modern high school senior portraits sessions that highlights your individual sparkle! SMP offers other fun sessions as well. So click around for a few minutes + take a peek at just a few past sessions.