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Gifts for the graduate

By MARY JANE PARK

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 17, 2001


Green is the favorite color of expectant high school and college graduates; bills and checks are always in style. We found other options, most of which can do double duty as money holders. Congratulations, class of 2001!

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For those whose mailing addresses and home telephone numbers may be mutable, cards bearing e-mail addresses and cell phone and pager numbers can help friends stay in touch. Calling cards (up to 3 lines; extra line, add $2). $15.90 for 25; $23.90 for 50. The Write Place, 2900 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg; telephone (727) 895-2543. Styles, prices vary at bay area stationery and print shops; some computer programs let you create your own.

Classic sterling silver engravable clip holds together folding bills. Money clip. $28. White Buffalo. Brandon TownCenter, Brandon; Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa; Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg.

For cap-and-gown photos that record the event itself. 31/2-by-5-inch "Class of 2001" picture frame. $9.99. Kmart stores.

Fold in the straps of this backpack, and pull out the handle. Voila! Your bag now is wheeled luggage. Chimp key chain included. Kipling Basic Alcatraz 18-inch wheeled backpack. $178. Bentley's Luggage & Gifts. Brandon TownCenter, Brandon; Countryside Mall, Clearwater; Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg; Citrus Park Town Center, University Mall, West Shore Plaza, Tampa. Toll-free telephone: (800) 330-0050; on the Web: http://www.bentleys.com

Pull those old fraternity, sorority, athletic team and rock concert T-shirts from the drawer and put them together in a memory quilt using school emblems or colors. Or use a T-shirt as the centerpiece for a "surprise" pillow that unfurls into a quilt. T-shirt quilt workshop class (four sessions) $20 plus supplies; surprise pillow class, no charge; about $35 in supplies. Can't sew? Staff will do the work for you. Sewing Circle Fabrics, 408 33rd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; telephone (727) 823-7391. (T-shirt quilt by Jane and Jennifer Sayler of St. Petersburg.)

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