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Best Grad Gifts for High School

What are the best Grad gifts for the high school graduate?

Well, let me show you!

First, I should lead with the obvious…


It’s always the best grad gift for the high school + college graduate.

Howevvvver, there are so many other great gifts + creative ways to present said CASH.

The graduation announcements are starting to fill our mailboxes. And whether you’re a graduate or an attendee, grad gifts are on everyone’s minds!

I wanted to share some of the things I’ll be wrapping up for the grads in our lives.

SMP Side Note:: If you’re graduating, you might take a peek or share this link to drop some hints to friends and family…wink, wink!. 

Here’s a top 5 on best grad gifts::

1/ Signing initial::

 I snagged this metal initial letter at TJ Maxx recently for a perfect signing gift + easy way to tuck in some cash.

You or the lucky senior could display it at a grad party + later take it to decorate their freshmen 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!


2/ 12 month calendar::

A great idea for the grad who loves photos + may miss home. A bold, modern typography and a cute design. This is both a practical + 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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3/ Vera Bradley wristlets::

They are a great way to give something practical + useful.

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. These collegiate ones are perfect if you know the college they’re attending.

If you live near a Vera Bradley outlet you can buy a matching line of college gear for the Grad! You’ll be the style gift-giver of the party!

4/ A Custom-stamped message bracelet ::

Etsy makers create THE BEST one-of-kind, unique gifts. These bracelets are ideal for the sentimental graduate.

You can customize the message that is hand-stamped on it, and it comes in three different metals!

Ideas of things to stamp on it:: graduation year, a note, or an inspirational quote.

5/ The college Caddy::

Is the Grad going to a big school? Living in a dorm? If so, then getting them a caddy to hold all their bathroom essentials is a MUST HAVE GIFT.

Fill it with shampoo/conditioner, soap, or just tuck some CASH inside it😉

Easy-peezy shopping for the best grad gifts for the high school senior!

Until next week…

Cheers + happy shopping

💖Andrea |High School Senior Photographer


Modern High School Senior Portraits + Headshot Photographer serving Dekalb County and Kane County


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