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Freshman Year Survival Kit Graduation Gift Idea

Freshman Year Survival Kit Graduation Gift Idea

Are you looking for a gift for the high school graduate in your life? I know I always need ideas. I am a youth group leader at my church which means I am fortunate to be able to celebrate the success and hard work of many students as they complete their high school careers and move onto college. This year I decided to make a freshman year survival kit gift for one of my students.

Freshman Survival Kit Graduation Gift all wrapped up

Because I am lucky enough to have so many great young people in my life I also have to stick to a tight budget when giving them gifts. The perfect place to find all of the items I wanted to include in the kit and stick within my budget is the dollar store. It is amazing all the great things you can find for gift giving for all sorts of occasion but especially for the high school graduates on your list this year. So the kit starts with a large container to hold all of the items. I chose a laundry basket but you could also do a plastic storage tote or garbage can.  Continuing with the laundry idea i picked up some small bottles of Tide laundry detergent. These cute little bottles are perfect because they take up very little space. I also grabbed a box of dryer sheets.

Freshman Year Survival Kit laundry supplies

Next I hit the food aisle. I know college students these days  have all sorts of meal plans and dining options but there will still be times when they need to make something quick in their dorm room or common area. I was so happy to find a great variety of microwaveable meals. Freshman Year Survival Kit Dinner

I found a small jar of jelly and some single serve peanut butter. Add bread and lunch is ready!

Freshman Year Survivial Kit lunch

Don’t forget about breakfast. Again I went with the microwave being the preferred cooking method of college students everywhere and picked up some single serve oatmeal cups.

Freshman Year Survival Kit breakfast

I also got some fun flavors of Hawaiian Punch …. and two mugs. I put the drink packets in one mug.

 Freshman Year Survival Kit drinks

My budget for this gift was $50 so I took the extra cash left over after buying all the items into the other mug. All college students can use some cash!

Freshman Year Survival Kit Extra Cash

Lastly, I grabbed a few school supplies; pens, pencils, and highlighters. I also got a microwaveable bowl for heating leftovers or cooking ramen noodles.

So then I put it all together.

Directions to Assemble the Freshman Year Survival Kit Graduation Gift Idea:

1. Cut an extra long piece of cellophane (you can always trim it later). Pput it in the basket so it is covering the bottom and the sides.

2. Arrange microwaveable meals inside the basket around the edges putting a round one in the center.

Freshman Survival Kit put meals in bottom

3. Put the school supplies inside the microwaveable bowl, then put the lid on.

Freshman Survival Kit Graduation Gift bowl with school supplies

4. Put the bowl in the center and tuck all the rest of the items along the sides. I also added some Jolly Ranchers for a sweet treat!

Freshman Survival Kit Graduation Gift tuck the rest of the items along the side

5. I added a beach ball to the top that says Congrats Grad! You could add a balloon instead or maybe a sweatshirt with the logo of their new college on it.

Freshman Survival Kit put school supplies bowl on top of meal in the center

6. Finally I pulled the cellophane up around the beach ball and secured it with tape. Then I tied a ribbon around the top. I think the final project turned out really nice.

Freshman Survival Kit Graduation Gift

What kind of graduation gifts do you like to give. You can never go wrong with money, I know but sometimes it is nice to make a something to make the day even more special! Young people everywhere deserve to be celebrated for this amazing milestone in their lives!

Other Graduation Gift Ideas:

Graduation Personalized Gifts: Money Graduation Wreath

Graduation Personalized Gifts: Money Graduation Wreath 

graduation money necklace

Graduation Personalized Gifts: Money Necklace

Church Hill Classics Diploma Frames

See how to save on college dorm room items
How to save on textbooks 

April 1, 2016

How to Make a Baby Diaper Wreath

How to Make a Baby Diaper Wreath

Learn how to make a baby diaper wreath

I was recently invited to a baby shower and I was thinking of what baby shower gift to bring, I want to give them something memorable and of course pratical and looks nice. Since I’m crafty, I decided to make a personalized baby shower gift using diapers because we all know they will need tons of diapers. The result turned out to be super cute so I wanted to share with you my super easy tutorial on how to make a baby diaper wreath. The wreath that I made is for a baby shower gift for a boy, but the great thing is you can just alter the design if you want to make it for a girl or make it a neutral gender baby shower gift. This can also be used as baby shower decoration.Continue reading

How to Make Wash Cloth Bunnies aka Boo Boo Bunny

I have seen these little bunnies before and I think they are just adorable. I decided to try to make my own wash cloth bunnies. You won’t believe how easy it is.

Washcloth Bunny step by step instructions

How to make wash cloth bunnies

Here are the materials you need:

  • washcloths (get full size washcloths – not the itty bitty baby ones)
  • googly eyes
  • pom poms
  • ponytail hair bands or rubber bands ( I like hair bands better)
  • glue
  • ribbon (optional)

all the supplies you need to make a washcloth bunny

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March 19, 2016

Peeps Projects and Recipes Round Up!

Here is your roundup for all Peeps Projects and Recipes!

Peeps Projects and Recipes Round Up!

Easter is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate then with Marshmallow Peeps? Little bunnies and chicks shaped out of marshmallow goodness? Yes please! Did you know Peeps has been around since 1953?? Peeps started out at just yellow “chicks” for Easter but have since evolved to lots of different colors, and shapes, including Bunnies for Easter,  Pumpkins for Halloween, Hearts for Valentines day, and Christmas Trees for Christmas!Continue reading

Spring Cleaning Tips with Free Printable Deep House Cleaning Checklist

Disclosure: This spring cleaning post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood, but all opinions expressed here are mine and I hope you like them.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Springtime is finally here! One of my favorite things about spring is opening my windows, letting the light in, and sprucing everything up! You know what I’m talking about, Spring Cleaning time! I know I know, most people don’t like cleaning, but something about spring cleaning makes your house feel new and fresh, and really brings the sunshine in! I always do an annual deep house cleaning during this time of the year, so I wanted to share with you a few spring cleaning tips that I have picked up along the way!Continue reading