Grad Announcement Photos And Grad Gift Guide With Minted

by The Classic Brunette, 4:00:00 AM
As if I haven't said it enough on the blog, I'm graduating from college this semester! I took these graduation announcement photos last week before my spring break (which I'm on right now, hallelujah!) and I am so happy with how they turned out. Also, since she doesn't get enough credit, let me just shout out my best friend/roommate/TCB photographer Steph for always being there to shoot with me! Especially for this shoot since I made her get up before 7am... You're the best, Steph!

I'm thrilled, terrified, and just plain in awe that I'm already graduating (more about my thoughts on that in this post). Only a few more months and I'll be done with school! Seriously this past year has flown by, and although I'm sad I'll be done with college, at the same time I'm SO excited to graduate! I'll be sharing the final grad announcement design once I get them in the mail, but until then I'll just be admiring my photos, haha!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my favorite gifts for grads, as the time before graduation will definitely pass faster than you think! I've collaborated with Minted to bring you some great gifts for the grads in your life to help them either start their new 'adult' life or to help them create special memories of college. It may seem a little early to be sharing graduation gifts, but I just want to make sure that if you order something more personalized, it will allow enough time to be delivered! I've gathered a few of my favorite picks below!
Gold Foil Wall Art | Rosé Print | Class of 2017 Photo Art | Gold Graduate Print | Cinque Terre Print | Personalized Pink Lace Stationary | Personalized Gold Pattern Stationary | Abstract Painting Print |

Minted has a huge variety of prints and art pieces that are the perfect gift to give a grad to start their new adult life! Many students move into their first "real" places after graduating, so offering a beautiful art print is a great way to help them get started! You can choose from something sophisticated like an abstract painting, or go with something more fun and whimsical like this Rosé print (my personal fave!). Or you can go with a more personalized piece like a gold foil city map. There are tons of cities to choose from, and if your grad has a connection to a certain city, I think that would be such a sweet gift to give. I ordered a New Orleans map for myself because the city has been a huge part of my college memories! I studied 'abroad' there for a few weeks during my sophomore year, and am writing my senior thesis on New Orleans Voodoo, so I wanted to commemorate my love for the city in some way.

Speaking of memorable places, if your grad is more into photographs you can gift them a beautiful photo of their favorite place. For example if they studied abroad in Italy they might enjoy a photo of the Cinque Terre coastline (above) or a photo of a beautiful town in Tuscany. Another great option is to give a photo of the grad, or even form photos into a memorable piece of art like the Class of 2017 one above! If art or photography aren't your grad's thing, stationary is another great gift that they probably won't think to buy for themselves!

Do you have a grad in your life?

This post was not monetarily sponsored by Minted, however I did receive free product in exchange for posting my honest opinions!
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  1. such great gift ideas! love the gold foil print and that rose print at the bottom

    xo Emily

  2. These are such cute pics, and I love the ideas for grad gifts!


  3. Seriously SO adorable! Love this post!

  4. So much cuteness! You look stunning in this dress! XO

    Anna ||

  5. Love these pics! Can't wait to see your grad announcements! You are so on top of it! I am graduating in May as well! Crazy how fast time goes by... Godlike with the end of your semester!

    XOXO, Kylie

  6. I love your dress and a huge congratulations on graduating this semester!

    xo, Sara

  7. These photos are gorgeous! I am a huge fan of Minted! We got our save the dates and wedding invites through them and were so impressed!

  8. Gorgeous photos! Love the dress you're wearing! I'm doing my save the dates & invitations through Minted!

  9. You are stunning + this dress is just perfect on you!

  10. Such great gift ideas! I graduated from my undergrad just over 2 years ago, and I remember I was so excited! Congrats on (almost) graduating!

  11. Congrats on your upcoming graduation! Your photos turned out so well!

    Greta |

  12. THese are great photos! How exciting that you're graduating soon, it's an awesome achievement! :)

    Hope you have had a wonderful weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  13. Gorgeous photos, Sami! Congrats xo

  14. Minted is the best! I used them for my HS grad party invites and got so many compliments on the design! Love your outfit by the way!

  15. I'm graduating in May too and about to take my photos! So excited to see what you do with your announcements. Loving that Rosé print!


    Lauren //

  16. That's a lovely dress and congratulations on (almost) graduating :) Great picks too for graduation gifts.


  17. Your dress is seriously GORGEOUS! Love that rose print too, so cute.

  18. I love your gorgeous dress and smile. That gift guide is so cool!
    Ash |

  19. These photos are so cute! I never had grad photos taken for college, but I wish I would have!

  20. Sami - you are beautiful. A huge congrats!


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