Category Archives for "Gift Ideas"

December 13, 2016

Gift Ideas for Teens

Great Job for Teens

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Is your teen expressing interest in looking for their first job? We recently asked on Facebook what your first jobs were, wondering if much has changed since we were kids. It hasn’t, most of the great jobs for teens haven’t changed. I remember what it was like starting my first job. I started on my 16th birthday at a BBQ restaurant and thought it was the coolest job ever! Getting to spend that first paycheck and buy whatever I wanted without having to ask my parents was the coolest feeling in the world! So We wanted to put a list of some great jobs for teens together for you, so you and your teen can look over it together and decided what kind of job would be perfect for them to pursue!Continue reading

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Together with my friends from Mavens of Money we bring you our hottest posts. This week we’re sharing all about Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas.

The Mavens of Money group is comprised of 11 bloggers:  MadameDeals | The Coupon Challenge | Mom On Dealz | Coupons are Great | This Mama Loves | A Frugal Chick | The Centsible Family | Stretching Your Budget  | Penny Filled Pantry | Freebie Spot | Saving Toward Better Life |

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

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Reindeer Food Recipe

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Cards, Tags, and Wrapping Paper

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Thumb Print Ornaments

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Manicure in a Jar

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Body Scrub: Sugar and Sage

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Handprint Art Oven Mitts

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Homemade Vanilla

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Peppermint Candy Bowl and Peppermint Candy Tree

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Hot Chocolate in a Jar

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Sharpie Coffee Mugs

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5 Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

5 Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Father’s Day is almost here! Every year my little one and I love to make my husband something homemade that he can cherish forever! (We also throw in a gift card with it so he can get something he wants ha!).  Over the years, we have come up with some pretty cool stuff. This year we are making him a picture frame for my daughter’s dance picture to go in his locker at work paired with an Amazon gift card and dinner wherever he wants to go. (Don’t tell him ok!?). I was thinking some of you might be looking for some last minute great Father’s Day gift ideas so I wanted to share with you some of the awesome crafts that the Real Advice Gal team and I have made so far, and I hope one of these crafts is perfect for the dad in your life! Continue reading

Finals Care Packages for College Students

Do you have a young student in college about to take final exams? Do you know any students who might need a little pick me up or some encouragement as they face a grueling exam week? As a youth group leader at our church I know and care about quite a few young people and often think about them during this time of year as they hit the books and spend countless hours in study groups. I thought I would share with you how I create finals care packages for college students.

Finals Care Package for College Students are a great way to support your student

How to create finals care packages for college students

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 

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Graduation Personalized Gifts: Money Necklace

Church Hill Classics Diploma Frames

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November 29, 2015

Gifts in a Jar Ideas

Decorate Gifts in a Jar in your own way!

Gifts in a Jar Ideas

Use these tips and ideas to create your own unique way to Decorate Gifts in a Jar.

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Giving Gifts In A Jar is a fun and easy way to give gifts to friends and family. There are lots of ideas and the best part of making these thoughtful homemade gifts is it’s cheaper and inexpensive.  Continue reading