Gifting the Grad

30 05 2012

If you do an internet search for graduation gift ideas, the first thing to pop up is usually money. Not my gift of choice. At least put a little a little thought into it. Money origami, anyone?

With several graduations coming up, I think I can do better.

I am plotting a gift basket for a college bound teen I know. Yes, “gift basket” sounds cheesy, but I was thinking more along the lines of a hip tote like these upcycled ones from TerraCycle. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a Clif Bar Duffel Bag teeming with some necessities they might not think of…like a pair of flip flops, s bottle of acetaminophen, those removable hooks that don’t mark up the walls…well, you get the idea.
And why not include some TLC for the grad’s hair? My new favorite line is Garnier Fructis. As a BzzAgent, I got to try the Sleek and Shine shampoo and conditioner. The smell is very light and, with the nourishing formula, makes for smooth, happy hair. I like how it virtually eliminated all my frizzies, but there’s several varieties to choose from to fit your needs. If you don’t know your grad’s hair type that well, go for something like Daily Care. Who wouldn’t want healthier hair? (I’m sure many teens would like this model’s hair too, but I can’t say that mine looks like that after using Sleek & Shine.) The product bottles are also made of less plastic, so there’s less weight to haul to the showers! They make a good fit with the TerraCycle bags, because Garnier is sponsoring a TC beauty brigade.

What would you put in a gifty tote for teens?

Cattiwampus Unusual Gifts & Giveaway Link

25 11 2009

I just found this fun shop called Cattiwapmus via the As Good As Cake blog. I love indie stores! From their adorable clothing like these Robot Tees, to their fun games like Candy Dominoes, you’re bound to find more than one thing to “ooh and awwwh” over. Bean and Mighty Man could really use some new tableware like the Wheels Dish Set. The store also has a blog where you can read about their specials and new products.

Enter to win $25 store credit to Cattiwampus from As Good As Cake Reviews and Giveaways: here.

As Good As CakeI highly recommend stopping by to see all the other the very unique and artistic ideas on her Holiday Giveaway list!

Gift Guides

16 11 2009

‘Tis the season for gift guides…

Hottest Holiday Toys From MamanistaMamanista has a list with some neat things for little kids I haven’t seen before. I think the Sprig Toys Adventures Dino Rescue Playset is my favorite from her list. She’s just started her 12 Days of Giveaways so you might win something from the list too!



I think little kids are easy to find interesting presents for, but I really need help with the tweens and teens on our list. Any ideas????

Breezy Oaks Boutique

14 11 2009

I love little boutique stores. It’s always interesting to see what little treasures people have discovered. Breezy Oaks Baby Boutique is a good example with beautiful gifts for babies and kiddies. And, I especially like that their store has a link to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

After you find something you like, you can win a $25 gift card to the Breezy Oaks Baby Boutique at Two of a kind, working on a full house blog here. (through 12/2)

Clever Gift Giving: Works for Me Wed

23 09 2009

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I always like to spiffy up a simple card or a gift card gift with something handmade. Adding a small personal touch makes the recipient feel special.
A mini-clipboard from the craft store decorated with scraps of nice paper makes a fun and useful gift card holder. Why not add a strong magnet to the back and the recipient can put it on the fridge? More about this particular clipboard here.

aug 2009Recently, we had the honor of attending a friend’s Eagle Court of Honor. Boy, did we ever have a hard time finding an appropriate card! I ended up making a card by printing the image of an Eagle on magnetic paper and affixing it to the card stock with dimensional dots. He’ll (hopefully) be able to use the magnet long after he’s thrown out the card and burned through wisely spent the cash gift.

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Baby says thank you!

28 01 2009

My friend had this great idea from her friend to make little “care packages” to give to her OB, L&D nurse and other people who helped her during her stay in the hospital while giving birth. I guess it’s along the lines of handing out cigars to everyone around when the kid pops out, but a little more thoughtful. My friend says the staff really appreciated it, especially the “grumpy” nurse who she almost didn’t give one to.

Following her lead, I came up with a simple item to hand out to special people. Still, it was easy enough that my toddler could help and we could make extras. It could also be a good party favor for a baby shower if you match the insert card to the party invitations/theme.

The hardest part is deciding what treat to use and then making sure the bags will fit the treat without looking overstuffed or empty. I used single serving packages of Land o’ Lakes Hot Chocolate for three reasons: 1. I like them, so hopefully others will too, 2. They fit nicely behind a standard-sized thank you card, 3. I had a box in the cupboard already!

For me, the best part was that I had all the craft materials in my stash and I had found packages of thank you cards from a resale shop (less than 3 cents a card!).
Here’s Bean showing off the finished gifts. Directions are below…


Thank you cards
Ribbon to match
Clear Candy Bags (found in the candy making aisle of any craft store)
Something to fill bags with (Hot Chocolate packages, candy, etc)

Using a paper cutter, trim the front off the thank you cards to fit inside the bag. (Optional–add a little handwritten note to the back of the card) Slide the card into the gussets on the candy bags. Fill bags with treats and tie closed with ribbon. You’re done!

A Crafty Lunchbox

17 06 2008

Well my niece has finally made it; she graduated from High School and just turned 18! To mark both occasions, I made her a stylish lunchbox that’s too cool for school. It was filled with a (matching) burgundy bag with a brown flower, chocolates and jelly bellys, and some 4×6 photo paper. I am thrilled she liked it. The floral pattern is on both front and back (cut from one sheet of 12X12 paper) and the sides and trim are painted to match. Everything is sealed in Mod Podge and laquered. A lot of fun to make and hopefully, a lot of fun for her to use!

WFMW: Easy Peasy Father’s Day Gift

11 06 2008

It’s always a challenge to come up with new ideas for Father’s Day crafts. This project is super easy and Dad can probably use it more than he would a new tie! (especially since he never wears ties) And, as a bonus, you probably have all the materials on hand already. In one morning, Bean and I had a personalized gift and card made for all three of our special men: Dad, Grandpa and Pepe. Here are the directions:

Sturdy cardboard of desired size (recycle something!)
Assorted patterned papers (Scraps are perfect!)
Stickers, cut-outs, markers, pens, rubber stamps, other embellishments
Adhesive of choice
Mod Podge or other sealant glue
Pack of Stickies

Cut out base paper and adhere to cardboard with adhesive of choice. Let children color, glue, sticker to their hearts’ content. We traced and cut out handprints for one and added sticker messages like “Love you Grandpa!” There are endless possibilities for decorating! It might be cute to write, “Take note, Dad: I love you!”
When finished, apply a layer of Mod Podge to seal. When applying, you can swirl the brush or dab it up and down to make a textured surface. While the sealant glue is still tacky, press a stack of post-its to the page. You can also glue other embellishments to decorate. Let dry overnight.

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