15 Best Gifts For Dad That a Teen Can Afford!

15 Best Gifts For Dad That a Teen Can Afford!

Father’s Day and Dad’s birthday can be tough. Here are the best gifts for Dad that a teen can afford, AND that Dad will actually use and appreciate!

Best gifts for dad -he would always love a hug too!

What do you give to Dad??

Most men that I know go out and buy what they want or need on their own. But, our teens need to honor dad’s day, whether it’s a birthday or holiday, and purchasing a gift for dad is always a good thing! Dad birthday gifts and Fathers day gift ideas can be difficult to come up with, so read on for some cool gifts for dad, including gifts for the dad who has everything!

Almost all of these gifts for dad are less than $25 dollars. I did include a couple of more expensive items so that siblings and/or mom could chip in -still less than $50! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Wallet Ninja -this little tool is great! I gave each of my boys these in their stockings a couple of years ago!

 

Geekey -This is a new one to me, but what a great idea!

 

Peeps -and, no, this isn’t the candy! These clean dad’s glasses!

Screenklean -made by the Peeps people for cleaning larger screens like ipads etc. I need this!

Soul insole – Does dad work on his feet all day? These are supposed to be amazing for reducing and maybe even eliminating foot pain!

Stankstix -Speaking of feet… Does dad have stinky feet? Or does he have stinky gear of some sort? These look pretty cool!

Yeti tumbler -This 26 oz. size will be great for no refills, no sweat exterior, keeps dad’s drink warm or cool… These are great!

Whisky and cigar tumbler -I gave this to my dad for his birthday last year! It has a groove in the tumbler for his cigar -he loves it!

Beard care -There are so many things for a guy’s beard! If dad has a beard take a look at this kit!

Money clip -For the dad who likes to carry cash, a personalized clip is a great gift!

Power charger -This thing can charge a lot of devices. For the dad on the go who might forget to charge his phone, this is the best!

 

Waterproof portable speaker -This is one of the best gifts for a dad who has it all! He can take it fishing, to a game, or just hang it near his hammock!

Does dad love socks? Here are some great choices!

Digital photo frame -This is the one gift that is over the $50 limit I set for this post. Maybe mom can chip in! This is an everlasting gift that any dad would like to have on their study or office desk!

Best gifts for dad if you have a little bit more to spend…

If you have a little bit more to spend, or like the idea of an ongoing gift, here are some subscription gift ideas for dad.

If dad is a foodie

If dad loves socks

If dad loves sports

If dad is a nerd

Giving gifts is a great way to show thoughtfulness

One thing that we have really encourage our kids to do over the years, is to think of others. Gift giving is such a fun way to show someone love. Your teen doesn’t need to spend lots of money to give their dad a thoughtful gift. They don’t even have to spend anything!

Some of the best gifts for dad can be funny homemade cards or coupons for jobs or things that they can do with dad over the next few months.

Encourage your teens to think ahead… to know when their dad’s birthday is, to know when Father’s Day is, to acknowledge their love for their dads even if things are rough in their relationship right now. This is one thing that can be hard for our teens to do because dads can be gruff, and come across as grumpy at the end of a long day.

As moms, we need to find those times when they are getting along, and really help both sides to see that they really DO love each other, it just can be rocky sometimes. Help those dad and teens find ways to connect and bond!

Here is one more place to look for some reasonable priced gifts for dad!

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What Are The Best Subscription Boxes For Mom? 25+ Great Ideas

What Are The Best Subscription Boxes For Mom? 25+ Great Ideas

Are you like me? Are you constantly wondering what to give your mom for her birthday? Mother’s Day? Does she already have everything? You might ask what are the best subscription boxes for mom?

 

It depends on your mom, you, your budget, and your relationship. I give many options below so that you can pick from a variety of types, prices, and the regularity of delivery. 

Finding the perfect gifts for moms, gifts for mother in law’s birthday or anything (!), or gifts for Mothers Day is challenging. I have done the research for you!

Almost all of these can be ordered monthly or quarterly or even just once. They are original and lovingly curated by many small business owners looking for a unique way to sell their products beyond their own backyards. 

If I had unlimited funds, I would sign up for so many of these, because what is more fun than the occasional surprise in the mail full of goodies for me? And, I can take care of all my besties, my mom, and my mother-in-law all from the comfort of my own couch!

Take a peek at the few that I have selected as options for each of these categories of gifts. There are sooooo many more, so take a look at all of these monthly subscription boxes for moms!

I chose 5-6 different “boxes” for each category for moms (and a few for dads). One category that I found later was college kids! (Look for a list of other categories at the bottom of the post.) I copied the descriptions given for each box, but added in my own opinion as well. Good luck on your gift search. *This post may contain affiliate links.  My full disclosure policy is here.

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Here are the Best Subscription Boxes for Mom…

Are you kids wondering what to give to you?? I have landed on the genius answer for all your woes. Subscription boxes! These are the bomb -because you don’t want a robe. 

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Gifts for moms who are a Book Lover 

Bubbles and Books

I am not a big bath taker, but I know a lot of people in my life who are, and who would absolutely love this subscription.

Winding down at the end of the day with a steamy bath and a good book is one of life’s simplest pleasures! The Bubbles & Books box combines reading and relaxation to deliver a truly blissful bath experience. Choose your favorite book genre: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, or Mystery/Thriller.

  • Choose contemporary, paranormal, or historical romance – or mystery/thriller books.
  • Items to expect: Bath bombs, artisan soaps, bubble baths, teas, candles, lip scrubs, whipped soaps, face masks, bath salts and so much more! Every month a surprise treat!
  • Each standard box includes: 1 paperback, 5+ romance eBooks, 3-5 luxury bath and body items
  • Each premium box includes: 2 paperbacks, 5+ romance eBooks, 5-7 luxury bath and body items
  • Gift a Bubbles & Books subscription with a single box or choose from 3, 6, and 12 month pre-paid subscription options.

Book of the Draw

The price is right, and who wouldn’t love a surprise book every month. Since it is so inexpensive, if you get one you don’t like, just pass it along:)

Book of the Draw is a no-frills monthly subscription box containing highly rated fiction books that we have lovingly curated just for you. We only select titles we have read and loved for our boxes – we do the hard work so you can just sit back and enjoy! Subscribe now & let us help you find your next great read from just $7 per month.

  • All titles are highly rated not only by ourselves but also across multiple review websites (we’re not completely biased!)
  • Genres include contemporary, historical, literary, mystery, thriller, and chick-lit/romance. Select your favorite(s) at checkout and we will only send books from those categories.
  • We are transparent that our books come from publisher overstocks. This means we must classify them as ‘used’. They are in almost perfect condition, with just a mark on the top or bottom pages and occasionally some very minor cosmetic damage.
  • Each box will contain a surprise book. To ensure this is a pleasant surprise (in the sense you haven’t read the book before!) we encourage you to share your Goodreads profile or other reading log with us so we can check it is not a title you have read before.
  • We are now offering 1 and 2 book monthly options.

Used Books Monthly

Same description as above.

We believe books should be circulated and that an author’s work should endure. Your books are randomly selected from our inventory of your selected genres. We strive to select the best quality used books for our readers. Get a fun book surprise in the mail every month! -1 book envelope $6.79 -2 book envelope $11.99 -4 book box $17.49

  • Your books are hand selected based on your selected genres and reading preferences.
  • Only used books meeting our quality standards are sent.
  • We keep books in circulation. We like to find new readers for used books.
  • Keep the books you love, pass the others on someone who will.

Big Reads 

I have a few older friends who are struggling to read anymore with regular print for various reasons. This would be so great for them!

You choose the genre, we choose the book! Each title will be a surprise to you (like getting a present in the mail!) and a recent large print publication. This is an excellent subscription to gift to a family member or friend who you don’t get to see very often. We’re happy to include personalized notes from you to your loved one in each box.

  • New trade paperback book each month
  • Personalized notes upon request
  • Gift items approximately 4x per year
  • Large print books make for easier reading

Chicklitology 

I love chick lit, great escapism when i have the time.

Chicklitology is a celebration of witty, well-written fiction, about modern women’s lives. Curated by a Book Geek and Author, Katherine Womack, the subscription box substantiates everything that encompasses the genre: excitement, motivation, relatability and resolve.

  • This is a box for Moms, Single & Minglers, Book Geek Extroverts and Introverts; we’ll bring the solitude to her.
  • The boxes are themed, and will include a new release or an Oldie but Goodie, hard-cover or paperback, Women’s Lit title (ie. Chick Lit, Romance, Self Help, and Autobiography). On occasion, it’ll get steamy with Erotica. We’ll also toss in accompaniments (t-shirts, journals, mugs, jewelry, etc). Your beverage, snack and bookmark are guaranteed in every box–on us (they’re exempt from the box’s retail value).
  • Here is the best part: after completing a 12-month subscription term, you’ll become a certified “Chicklitologist”. Your celebratory box will be complimentary, and your subscription rate will be discounted thereafter. So, go ahead! What are you waiting for? Get certified!
  • If you’d like a spoiler, feel free to contact us (to determine if you’ve read the book of the month).

Gifts for mom who is a Food and/or Drink Lover

My Bean 

I have only started drinking coffee in my 50s. I love to try new ones, and this sounds great!

MyBean is the perfect gift for friends & relatives who enjoy good coffee and like to try new and exciting coffees from around the world! Our coffee is ethically sourced and grown without chemical pesticides & artificial fertilizers. Your box will contain 2 different types of freshly roasted whole bean coffee (12 oz total) every month.

  • A different exciting global destination every month! Perfect for dinner clubs, date nights, home-schooling curriculum, kids education, family time, healthy eating with fun flavors, or as preparation for an upcoming international trip
  • Includes: spices & spice blends from each featured destination, 5-6 recipes to feed 6-8 people each (for a full course meal)
  • Themed Music Playlist from each destination, plus a welcome postcard with fun facts about the featured country
  • Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free
  • Every box sold supports a Non-Profit that impacts Youth Education 

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Spice Madam 

We love spices in this house! My boys like super spicy, but have to tone it down for me. I might have to get this for more experiments in our kitchen!

Explore, discover, and experience a new destination each month through a monthly curated box of spices, recipes, themed music and fun facts from each featured country. Spice Madam also makes the perfect gift for that internationally-minded foodie in your life! What you can expect:

  • A different exciting global destination every month! Perfect for dinner clubs, date nights, home-schooling curriculum, kids education, family time, healthy eating with fun flavors, or as preparation for an upcoming international trip
  • Includes: spices & spice blends from each featured destination, 5-6 recipes to feed 6-8 people each (for a full course meal)
  • Themed Music Playlist from each destination, plus a welcome postcard with fun facts about the featured country
  • Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free
  • Every box sold supports a Non-Profit that impacts Youth Education 

Gusto di Roma 

Italian food, ‘nuff said!

Bring the delicious Italian cuisine home to you every month! Satisfy your hunger for authentic Italian sweet and savory food sourced directly from Italy. Enjoy 5-6 ready-to-eat Italian items ranging from gourmet chocolates to artisan salami. Perfect for gifts, dinner parties, and for an authentic Italian date night in!

  • Enjoy 5-6 gourmet Italian treats every month ranging from salami by artisan manufacturers, biscotti from Tuscany, olives in sea salt brine from Abruzzo, grilled vegetables in extra virgin olive oil from Calabria, fruit jam from Trentino-Alto Adige, pistachio cream and chocolate bars with cinnamon from Sicily.
  • No prep work or cooking required! All items are ready-to-eat and can be enjoyed directly from your monthly shipment.
  • Each shipment contains a mix of sweet and savory items to appeal to all preferences.
  • All items are non-perishable so you can enjoy the taste of Italy on your own time.
  • All shipments include a detailed insert with item descriptions and suggested arrangements and pairings. Perfect for gift giving or party hosting!

Brownie Bite Box 

This would be a great one to have and share with a friend. Sounds absolutely delicious!

A subscription box for anyone who loves chocolate. Nettie’s Craft Brownies combine brownies and chocolates in one delicious bite. We cut up our extra fudgy brownies into bite-sized pieces and hand-dip each one in chocolate. In fun flavors like Sea Salt, Peanut Butter, S’mores, and Espresso, there is a bite for everyone!

  • Makes a great gift for family, friends, co-workers and clients.
  • Each month your box will contain an assortment of our classic flavors, along with seasonal favorites.
  • We make our products using real, high quality ingredients with a recipe handed down through generations.
  • Our bites are hand cut and hand-dipped in chocolate. Each one is unique and crafted just for you.
  • We make our bites fresh to order. They will arrive at your door fresh and ready to enjoy.

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American Cocktail Club

Our oldest son worked in a distillery last summer, and he would come home and mix up new drinks for us. This box sounds like something that he would like to try.

The American Cocktail Club is a premium cocktail subscription box that curates all-natural and world class cocktails. Being part of the Club is like having the coveted seat at a high level mixology bar. 

  • This monthly box contains 4 servings curated by award winning mixologists around the USA.
  • The art of Mixology – Simplified! Hand crafted by expert Mixologists.

Incredibly unique, natural, fresh, low calorie, low sugar juice blends

  • Each of our flavors is designed to both stand alone, and work in combination—so you can make—or be served—hundreds of different drinks and never make a mistake.

*NOTE* We do not ship the Everything Box to Canada. Canadian orders for the Everything Box will be switched to an Everything but the Booze Box & refunded the difference

  • We do not ship the Everything Box to the following states: AK, KY, MS, UT

Subscription boxes for mom who is a Lover of Home and Living Beautifully

Succulents Monthly 

I kill all plants. EXCEPT, two tiny succulents that I have had for over a year. This might work for someone like me:)

Our mission is to help you, or that special someone in your life, build a fantastic collection! But if you’re like us, we’re guessing you already have a good start! 😉

  • Includes heathy plants, succulent growing mix, and everything else you need
  • Quality pots and containers that are as cute and clever as they are classy
  • Beautiful hand-illustrated paperwork with helpful potting and care instructions
  • Easy and fun family-friendly projects

 Laura’s Kitchen Table

How much fun is this? And, I love that there is connection with a Facebook community!

Discover delicious food, beverages and fun kitchen items from some amazing female entrepreneurs! Each box is carefully curated with the female foodie in mind to easily change up your weeknight dinner, indulge in something decadent or find a new satisfying snack. Every month, you can expect:

  • Carefully curated items such as, desserts, spices, sauces, seasonings, snacks, teas, coffee, cocktail mixers and kitchen accessories
  • A featured recipe related to that month’s box theme
  • Kitchen Conversation card; questions to create conversation between friends/family while enjoying your monthly box
  • Access to a private Facebook community group to share products, as well as receive additional recipes exclusive to members

Seasonal Home Decor Box

I am a terrible shopper for decor. I think that things will work, but then I get it home, and it doesn’t work for me. Maybe if someone else picked it out, it would work. You could always give things as gifts if something arrives that “speaks their name”.

We love to support small businesses and our boxes always include at least one item created by independent artisans or small businesses. You can be sure that each item selected for our boxes is high quality and perfect for keeping or gifting! The value of the box will always exceed the retail price.

  • High quality new releases quarterly.
  • Styling ideas and maker info included in each box.
  • Unique, artisan-made exclusives included in each box.
  • Fresh, seasonal decor to update your space.
  • Great house-warming or gift ideas!

The Appalachian Mercantile

Yum!

The J.Q. Dickinson Appalachian Mercantile is a selection of the finest foods, crafts and home goods shipped directly to you. Each box contains 6-7 items, and includes a recipe as well as a card telling you about each maker. Our boxes can be ordered monthly or seasonally. We carefully select each item to meet our standards for quality. $65 value

  • Carefully curated food and home products
  • Recipes sent with each box
  • High quality Appalachian foods, crafts and home goods sent seasonally or monthly
  • 6-7 full sized products

Wanderkarma Travel Box

Really cool things each month! Whether you are a traveler or not, these items can inspire you to explore new places, either in person or virtually!

Wanderkarma Artisan Box is for the traveler and lover of beautiful handmade products from around the world. We take you on a journey to a new country or city every month…. all within our boxes! We have traveled to Costa Rica, Greece, Paris, and Japan As a final touch, we send you a travel guide to fuel your wanderlust to travel to the world.

  • 3 to 5 artisan or traditional items from the country every month
  • Fair Trade Jewelry, Handbags, and Home Decor
  • Explore a new country through the box every month
  • We will also send you a Travel Guide to the country!

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Gifts for mother who needs some Self-Love Boxes

TheraBox – Self Care Subscription Box

Health and wellness, love and self-care, what more do we need?

Each box includes 1 research inspired therapeutic activity to wire your brain for more joy plus 6 to 8 self-care wellness goodies to reduce stress & enhance your life! We aim to inspire more love & happiness in every box through mindfully curated products to feed your mind, body & soul. For all finders & seekers of an inspired life❤️ #TreatYoself!

  • 1 happiness activity plus 6 – 8 self care wellness goodies (i.e., aromatherapy, natural/organic bath, body, skincare products, and other lifestyle goodies!)
  • Over $120+ retail value in every box!
  • Curated by therapists to increase happiness & reduce stress
  • Unbox happiness monthly! Filled with all things mindful, thoughtful, and beautiful to help you de-stress and live an inspired life!
  • #TreatYoself or a loved one to some self care & relaxation!

Success Crate 

As an entrepreneur myself, I love the ideas behind this box. We all need a little push to make ourselves better, to take a step out of our “comfort zone”. If you know of someone needing a little encouragement, this one would be great.

The result of Success Crate monthly boxes is to help entrepreneurs and everyday people feel self empowered, more focused & prioritized, become productive, grow their business & skills and to be a better person. We are looking for ambitious individuals that want to take their personal growth to the next level. If that’s you then you’re in the rig

  • NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERS- Receive a brand new New York Times best seller book with an explicit intention to help you in your personal and professional life.
  • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES – Each month you will receive personal development tools such as journals,workbooks,pens,customized worksheets created by our team all dedicated to a specific monthly theme.
  • EXCLUSIVE WORKBOOKS AND GOAL ORIENTED ACTIVITY SHEETS-Each month you will receive 3-5 exclusive worksheets curated to help you reach your goals faster by helping you stay on track and on task to reach your goals.
  • You will receive the ultimate personal development seminar experience delivered monthly to your door, our boxes are crafted with you in mind, loaded with lots of tools and resources to help you create the absolute best version of yourself.
  • LEARN GROW BECOME- Obtain the tools you need to get you one step closer to your goals. Learn from the best mentors, grow your mindset and become the creator of your life.

Faithbox

I know that I am always looking for a way to grow my faith! I love that there are daily devos included in each delivery…

Faithbox is an exciting way to promote positive Christian living by helping people grow in their faith journey and strengthen their relationship with Christ! Each month has a different theme to help you focus on different parts of your faith. We ensure that the companies we partner with for our Faithbox create ethical, eco-friendly products.

  • Everyday Faith: a daily devotional that we publish every month to help keep you centered with Christ!
  • Impact Guide: Gives a detailed description of each product included, where is came from, the impact it has, etc.
  • A variety of hand-picked items from Christian companies that do good.
  • Items include: jewelry, accessories, Christian books, art, decorations, and more!

Her-Mine

I love that this one supports women in business. Self-care from experts -other women!

HER-MINE is a curation of beautiful and thoughtfully composed lifestyle products delivered monthly. We are cultivating and nurturing a sisterhood that cares about supporting women-owned businesses. Each limited-edition box features carefully-selected items that deliver value and pursue a common purpose: to foster growth of women-owned businesses.

  • 5-8 full and deluxe sample size self care lifestyle goodies in every box!
  • Amazing products curated from women owned businesses
  • Thoughtful theme every month
  • Curated to increase focus on self care and self love
  • #Selfcare is self love, so treat yourself or a loved one to some ?

Smartass and Sass

This one made me laugh. This would be fun if you are or know someone who is a little sassy!

Smartass & Sass is a gift and subscription service for snarky individuals and cynical a**holes. We hand-select products from artists and small businesses and work with manufacturers to produce brand-new items that are sure to make you giggle. Subscribers also help us decide on items and have access to a secret sale shop. Join our community today!

  • 3 subscription options: shirt, box, or shirt & box
  • 5-7 items per box
  • Items include: mugs, bags, notebooks, apparel, and more!
  • Shirts are soft-blend unisex and printed locally (size chart image above)
  • Ships internationally to Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Australia

loved+blessed

This one is a little bit bit different, but sounds like a great concept for growing in your faith!

We’re a monthly membership community for Christian women. If you want to live life encouraged, no matter your situation, then this is perfect for you! We’re not a typical sub box that focuses on products. We send you care packages with God-inspired right-on-time messages to help you grow in your faith and be more hopeful.

  • We offer 2 Membership Options to uplift your spirit: BOXES OF ENCOURAGEMENT (includes a gift inside) or WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT (devotional items only)
  • Online Community Fellowship (+discounts for our in-person events)
  • Weekly Video Lessons
  • Monthly Blogs + Life Application & Spiritual Growth Workbooks
  • Access to our growing catalog of videos and workbooks in our Members Course Library (valued at over $475)

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Perfect gifts for mom who is a Lover of Crafts

Scrapbooking Store 

During the pandemic, I have been crafting with paper. I might have to convince my husband to give this one to me!

A fun, monthly scrapbooking subscription box that is uniquely designed and hand selected just for scrapbookers. Each month members receive a beautiful, themed scrapbook kit that is filled with all of the items you need to scrapbook until your next kit arrives.

  • Each box is full of 12×12 (double-sided) pages, stickers, cutouts, or other embellishments
  • Opportunity to upgrade for several extra embellishments each month!
  • A monthly project inspiration sheet included each month!
  • Includes membership into our exclusive Facebook Club where you can interact and grow with our community of fellow scrapbookers!
  • Makes the perfect gift for you or the scrapbooking lover in your life looking to capture special moments of joy and surprise!

The Hopebroidery Box

I used to do these little embroidery projects with my grandma, and I loved that it was so easy to create something beautiful from colored thread!

The Hopebroidery Box is a monthly subscription service for hand embroidery! Each month, I send subscribers everything they’ll need to complete that month’s project, including a stitch by stitch video tutorial. You can also choose the mini box, which includes just the pattern and tutorial link.

  • Choose between the big box ($45, includes at least $45 worth of hand embroidery materials delivered to you monthly) or the mini box ($12, includes the digital version of that month’s pattern + the video tutorial, but no physical items).
  • Boxes are sent out on or around the 4th of each month – boxes purchased this month go out next month (for example, if you sign up at any point in June, your first box will go out in early July)!
  • Share photos of your progress by tagging me (@hopebroidery) and using the hashtag #hopebroideryBOX!
  • Need extra help with your project? Not a problem – contact me directly via email, and I’m happy to help!

The Adults and Crafts Crate 

This sounds like fun! I am always up for learning something new and crafty. And, it is nice that they send everything that you will need so you aren’t constantly realizing that you need another tool or more supplies.

Adults & Crafts is a thoughtfully curated craft subscription box for adults & teens to create fun and trendy projects! Every month is a different craft to allow you to learn a new craft technique like wood burning and engraving. Create beautiful products like wine carriers and epoxy resin coasters. Two subscriptions are even perfect for date night!

  • We send you all the tools, materials, accessories and instructions you need to complete the craft. No last minute trips to the craft store needed!
  • Create trendy projects like wine caddies, epoxy resin, candles, and more!
  • Perfect for a family night, for a friend hangout, or for date night.
  • Learn a new craft skill every month varying from clockmaking, to embossing, to woodworking. The possibilities are endless!

Adult Coloring Monthly

I love these coloring sheets! I put out 4-5 in my classroom each month for my middle schoolers to work on while I do my daily read aloud. They LOVE it! Fun to do with a friend:)

Each month comes with 12 new coloring sheets in an artist’s pad mailed to you + 12 digital downloads! You can keep and reprint the digital downloads forever. Each month has new themes from Paris cityscapes, elephants, succulent terrariums, mandalas and more!

  • Each month comes with a set of 12 adult coloring sheets mailed to you. Plus, receive the same images as digital downloads.
  • Your Digital Downloads are sent within 24 hours of your order!
  • 6 Month Subscribers get a free mini pack of colored pencils.
  • Year Subscribers get a free mini pack of colored pencils plus a full sized coloring book!
  • You can skip or cancel at any time! Once digital downloads are sent, no refunds are available.

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Where the fun begins! (Fabrics and notions for quilters) –

These look like so much fun! Sadly, I do not sew, but the fabrics are so pretty, and could be made into many things!

This subscription box is for fabric lovers. Fabrics are a work of art. Some are stunning and some are just useful. Fabrics come from professional designers who use colors, designs with fabric to make the most interesting and beautiful projects. You won’t be unhappy with our choice. 100 % Guaranteed. On occasion there are extra gift.

  • We are committed to bring you the best and keep customers loving their boxes.
  • Careful choosing, thinking and planning about what we send.
  • Our boxes will be of more value than what you pay. We love to add extras.
  • This will be a quilters haven. Are you ready?
  • MMQ will ship with USPS in a padded flats rate envelope. We will split the $8.00 ($4 for you and $4 for us). These bags will ship all over the USA for the $8.00.

Here Are Some Best Gifts For Dad!

Jerky of the Month

We are weirdos and love to get different flavors of jerky and compare the taste. This would be a great gift around here!

High Quality Craft & Artisan Jerky From Around The U.S.A. Award-Winning Experience. Flexible Gift Ordering. Exclusive Selections. Personalized Gift Message. Best Variety. Hard-to-Find Craft Jerky. Designed For All Jerky Lovers, Join the Club or Gift a Membership. No Long Term Commitment, Cancel Anytime.

  • New Brands & Flavors Every Month
  • Add A Personal Touch With A Custom Gift Note
  • Awesome gift idea for jerky lovers!
  • Sign up to receive delicious, top quality, artisan jerky every month.
  • Free (USA) Shipping over $50

BBQ Box

For a long time, my husband would only grill. Now he is a pro in the kitchen, but this would still be something that he would love!

We deliver BBQ essentials to help you create unique flavors that will wow your guests. We also love a good snack, so each month we will send an edible item as well! Fire up the grill and let’s get cookin’!

  • 1 Sauce or Marinade
  • 1 Rub or Spice
  • 1 Snack or bonus item
  • 1 Sample Pack of wood chips to go with the recipe

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Booze Dogs

These look delicious! And. what a fun concept!

Looking for something different? An idea that provides an unforgettable time? Try Booze Dogs, Booze + Meat! Choose between juicy 1/3 lb. burgers, smoked 3.2 oz. bratwurst, and/or flavorful 2 oz. hot dogs authentically infused with real bourbon, gin, and/or rum. Servings vary between 3-8 per lb. Variety boxes change monthly.

  • Each box shipped will assume a variety of meat & liquor flavors. Specify your interests or make special requests during the checkout process.
  • Gourmet Meat: Premium pork shoulder and premium ground chuck slow smoked with natural hickory hardwood chips
  • Infused with real booze for 6 hours and blended in the highest quality spices
  • Clean labels with ingredients you can pronounce, no synthetic flavoring, and never any nitrates or nitrites used. Arrives in a 100% recyclable box with dry-ice in ≤ 3 days from ship date, and excludes liquor bottle.
  • A portion of profits are contributed to a reputable national canine rescue organization

The Father of All Boxes

This looks like a box that would be a great gift for any man in your life. There are a great variety of items each month that most guys would love!

Gifting Dad a memorable experience just got easier! Craft cocktails meets artisan snacks, specialty coffee meets decadent desserts. The Father of All Boxes is packed with artisan made goodness for him to discover. Makes the perfect gift for husbands, Dads, Step-Dads, Father-in-Laws, or any father figure in your life.

  • Classically sweet, bold, and full of adventure…just like Dad.
  • 5-7 products to discover – everything from artisan treats and craft cocktail essentials to body care and grooming.
  • Curated from small-batch makers and artisans from around the country.
  • Shipping is included, arrives ready to gift, includes personalized note card.
  • Available as a One-Time Gift or as a 3 month gift subscription. Be sure to select “non-renewing” if you would not like your subscription to recur.

Basic Man Subscription

My husband and dad both love really soft t-shirts and socks. This would be a winner with them both.

Each month, we will ship you a high-quality t-shirt, performance boxer-briefs & pair of socks. Our crew neck shirts are super soft. The boxer-briefs have “stay-put” legs, breathable vents, and an extra soft waistband. The socks are extra comfy with a variety of styles. The colors will vary in each shipment and match each other.

  • Odor-resistant and antimicrobial boxer-briefs made from bamboo
  • Premium quality cotton & REPREVE t-shirts with the perfect fit
  • Amazing quality basics sustainably made using recycled waterbottles
  • All at an insanely low price for products that should be replaced often
  • Athletic compression & combed cotton socks for everyday wear. Super comfy!

best subscription boxes for mom

Here’s the thing about our lives these days. It is different. We have slowed down. We are home more. We are trying different things for fun. 

I encourage you to “gift” these to your friends and family, but also to yourselves. Take advantage of this change of pace to support these unique businesses, and to take gift-giving up a notch! I feel like these subscription boxes for moms fit the bill for GREAT gifts!

One gift that isn’t a subscription, but that my mom loves, is her digital picture frame. She asks us each month or two for pics of the kids, and she updates her frame. She always keeps her favorites, but I swear this might be her favorite gift ever!

Other categories of subscription boxes are: games, kids activities, spiritual, date night, nerds, and pets to name a few…

Here is my all-time favorite comfy, over-sized, fuzzy hoodie sweatshirt for a great nap or to give as a great gift! I really do want one in every size.?

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know:  “What Are the Best High School Graduation Gifts”

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: “What Are the Best High School Graduation Gifts”

Here is the best gift guide for high school graduation gifts that I put together with some help from recent grads!

Are you wondering what to give to the graduate in your life? Whether you are searching for graduation gifts for college or graduation gifts for high school, there are so many great ideas.

I asked my two older sons who graduated from high school within the past few years which of their graduation gifts they appreciated the most and/or have used the most. I asked my nieces who have all graduated in the recent past as well. And, I asked 12 other recent high school graduates and college, both guys and girls.

Here is what I found out with direct quotes about their favorites to make the best guide for high school graduation gifts…?

I love graduation time -do you? These kids are so excited, and eager to fly… I remember heading off to college with my monogrammed towels, and empty scrapbook to fill with memories! Those were my two favorite gifts from high school graduation. That seems like so long ago, and also like yesterday!

Have fun picking out the perfect gift for the graduate in your life!

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The best high school graduation gifts!

Graduation gifts for guys (or gals):

1. Money or gift cards to fast food chains or local eateries- “Who doesn’t love free money and food?!

 

2. College hat – “Great to already have when I got to school.

3. Shower caddy filled with supplies- “I liked having a caddy already filled so I didn’t have to think about it.”  This would take a little research to find out their favorite brands to fill it with, but such a useful gift!

4. MacBook— “My mom got this for me. I have used it every single day for college and jobs.”  A bit more of an expensive gift, but all students will need some sort of computer.

5. Headphones– “I wish that I had asked for these when I graduated. I had to buy them myself later.”

6. Microwave– “Have used everyday in my dorm and then my rental house because it didn’t have one.

The best high school graduation gifts!

7. Reading pillow– “I didn’t think that I would use this thing, but I did, and my friends all wanted one once they saw mine!

8. Amazon Prime for students– “This has been great for ordering books and watching movies when I probably should have been studying. But, my grades have been good, so I guess it’s okay.

9. Slammo game– “My brothers gave me this game. It’s been fun out on our campus lawn. Taking to my frat next year.

10. External battery charger– “This thing is great. I always have it in my backpack. Been a couple of times that I was really glad I had it!

 

11. Magic Bullet“I still use mine, and I graduated from college 2 years ago!”

Graduation gifts for daughter (or son):

1. Money or gift cards to beauty stores- “I love to eat out when I don’t have to pay for it!”  Here is a great blog post by Southernly Splendid with fun and creative ways to gift with money!

 

2. Keurig– “Can’t. Live. Without!”  Great for coffee of course, but also hot chocolate, hot tea, soup…

3. Toolbox with little handy items such as:  hammer, screwdriver, tape, different sizes of batteries… “I didn’t think that this was a good gift, but almost every week either I have used this or a friend has!”  Since this is a soft-sided bag, lot’s of other little things could be added like batteries, tape, string, Command hooks, even a deck of cards!

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4. Monogrammed towels– “I love my pretty towels. I got them in my school colors, and I still use them.”  This takes a little time to get the towels and find someone to do the embroidery, but I know even my son loves his!

5. Overnight/gym bag– “I had a bag already, so this was great because I could dedicate one for the gym, and then I had one to pack real quick to go away for a weekend!”  Bags are great because they can always use them for extra storage in small dorm rooms or apartments as well.

6. Lap desk– “I never had one of these before, and I always wanted one. I use it all the time although not always for studying. I do my nails and even eat on it when we order food.

7. Water bottle– “I got 3 of these, and I use them all the time. When one is dirty, I grab another!

8. Toiletry bag– “I love that it lies flat, but then scoops up all of my stuff. It’s great to grab for running to my friend’s for the night or a weekend trip.

9. Pretty jewelry– “My grandma got me a pretty bracelet that said, ‘Love you to the moon and back’. I wear it all the time.”  You can never go wrong with jewelry!

10. Catch-all dish– “My sister got a great little dish for her room that is great for keys, glasses etc. I wanted one, too, so I ordered one myself for my dresser. I can’t wait to take it to college.

 

High school graduation gifts

Great books to give as high school graduation gifts:

Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet

Make Your Bed

ABCs of Adulthood

Rising Strong

The Latte Factor

Other gift guides that I have written:  for teen guys and teen gals

Research for high school graduation gifts done for you!

I hope my list of high school graduation gifts helps with these next few weeks full of high school and college-ending events. It’s an exciting time for our kids, and the graduation gifts on this list will give them a head start with their new life!

By the way, do you need an inspirational graduation card? Or here, or here.

Here are some cute graduation cake toppers for girls. Here’s a more general one, and here is the coolest one that pulls money out of the cake!

Good luck shopping, and let me know if you have any other good ideas.

P.S. My son got the best little book for graduation, and I had to share the link with you all! It’s called Assume the Worst The Graduation Speech You Will Never Hear by Carl Hiaason and illustrated by Roz Chast. It is really great! It cuts through to the heart of what kids really need to hear about life in a hilarious way, and the pics are great. Grab one for your favorite graduate:)

One more thing to know about high school graduation…

Before your teen leaves for college, be sure that you have all of their legal ducks in a row.

There are a couple of things that you should be sure to take of whether they go far away or not. If they leave your state for college or a job, be sure to check that they are protected in that state as well!

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The Best Books to Give At Graduation: 29 Great Choices

The Best Books to Give At Graduation: 29 Great Choices

As a lover of books, the idea of giving a book at graduation is my favorite. There are so many great books to give at graduation…

I love to wrap up useful gifts or money (or both) and include one of the following books. They are all great for different reasons. Another idea would be to gift one book from each category for a nice beginning to a young person’s library. There are best books for growth mindset, finances, relationships, and several more categories. 

Finding inspiring books for graduates can be fun. Pick the category that you feel like you wish you had known more about when your were starting out.

I divided the books up into these loose categories. Some of them fit into more than one spot, but I tried to pick the one that I felt like was the best fit. Good luck finding great books to give at graduation. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Finance books to give at graduation

Finance (n): a term for the management, creation, and study of money and investments. …

Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money

If you’re looking for practical information to answer all your “How?” “What?” and “Why?” questions about money, this book is for you. Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money covers the A to Z of Dave’s money teachings, including how to budget, save, dump debt and invest. You’ll also learn all about insurance, mortgage options, marketing, bargain hunting and the most important element of all―giving.

Because this is the handbook for Financial Peace University, you won’t find much new information here if you’ve already taken the nine-week class. It also covers the Baby Steps Dave wrote about in The Total Money Makeover, and trust us―the Baby Steps haven’t changed a bit. So, if you’ve already memorized everything Dave’s ever said about money, you probably don’t need this book. But if you’re new to this stuff or just want the all-in-one resource for your bookshelf, this is it!

How To Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World -Cousineau

Drawing on years of teaching personal finance in the high school classroom, as well as valuable life experience as a young professional, Cousineau introduces topics ranging from compound interest and mutual funds to Roth IRAs and insurance deductibles. Each chapter contains straightforward explanations, practical examples, revealing anecdotes, and hands-on tools that will help you to jump-start your personal financial journey.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • The foundational concepts of personal finance and building wealth
  • How to avoid costly financial missteps
  • How to budget, save, and invest your money wisely
  • How taxes and insurance work
  • How to prepare for life’s big expenses

The Latte Factor: Why You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Live Rich -Bach

In this compelling, heartwarming parable, Bach and his bestselling coauthor John David Mann (The Go-Giver) tell the story of Zoey, a twenty-something woman living and working in New York City. Like many young professionals, Zoey is struggling to make ends meet under a growing burden of credit card and student loan debt, working crazy hours at her dream job but still not earning enough to provide a comfortable financial cushion. At her boss’s suggestion, she makes friends with Henry, the elderly barista at her favorite Brooklyn coffee shop.

Henry soon reveals his “Three Secrets to Financial Freedom,” ideas Zoey dismisses at first but whose true power she ultimately comes to appreciate. Over the course of a single week, Zoey discovers that she already earns enough to secure her financial future and realize her truest dreams—all she has to do is make a few easy shifts in her everyday routine.

Napkin Finance -Hay

Surveys have found that two thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test, and nine in ten believe personal finance should become a required high school course. Tina Hay understands the confusion. While attending Harvard Business School, she struggled to keep up with classmates–many of whom came from the banking world–when it came to understanding jargon and numbers-heavy concepts.

Tina developed a visual learning strategy using sketches and infographics that helped her succeed in her studies and master even the most complex financial topics.

The first illustrated guide that makes finance fun and accessible, Napkin Finance can help even the most numbers-phobic reader learn about complex financial topics without dying of boredom.

 

 

The Graduate Survival Guide: 5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make In College -Oneal and Cruze

This is the guide you wished you had when you went to college! Bestselling author Anthony ONeal is on a mission to help EVERY high school graduate succeed in life with The Graduate Survival Guide. There are five mistakes you can’t afford to make in college. Authentic, real-life stories from Anthony, along with compelling data, will help ANY high school graduate recognize how these mistakes can negatively impact their financial future. As Anthony tells students, “The caliber of your future will be determined by the choices you make today.” This is a must-have book for every high school senior! 

The Graduate Survival Guide will help students: 

  • Identify and avoid the five biggest money mistakes.
  • Learn how to make smart financial decisions during college.
  • Put into practice healthy habits to keep them out of debt.
  • Take responsibility for saving and spending with a plan.
  • Discover how to avoid student loans and pay cash for college.

The Graduate Survival Guide will give you the confidence and wisdom needed to come out of college KNOWING you crushed it.

 

Adulting books to give at graduation

Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown … (I think of it as the interim from young adults into the rest of their lives.)

Adulting : How to Become a Grownup In 535ish Steps -Brown

If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it’s OK. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Just because you don’t feel like an adult doesn’t mean you can’t act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown’s popular blog, Adulting makes the scary, confusing “real world” approachable, manageable—and even conquerable. 

Almost Adulting: All You Need To Know To Get It -Rose

In Almost Adulting—perfect for budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies—Arden tells you how to survive your future adulthood. Topics include:

  • Making internet friends who are cool and not murderers
  • Flirting with someone in a way to make them think you are cool and not a murderer
  • Being in an actual relationship where you talk about your feelings in a healthy manner??? To the other person???????
  • Eating enough protein
  • Assembling a somewhat acceptable adult wardrobe when you have zero dollars
  • Going on adventures without starting to smell
  • How sex is supposed to feel, but, like, actually though

By the end of the book—a mash-up of essays, lists, and artwork—you’ll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialized adult.

Your Turn: How To Be An Adult –Lythcott-Haims

A former Stanford dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising and author of the perennial bestseller How to Raise an Adult and of the lauded memoir Real American, Julie Lythcott-Haims has encountered hundreds of twentysomethings (and thirtysomethings, too), who feel they’re just playing the part of “adult,” while struggling with anxiety, stress, and general unease.

In Your Turn, Julie offers compassion, personal experience, and practical strategies for living a more authentic adulthood, as well as inspiration through interviews with dozens of voices from the rich diversity of the human population who have successfully launched their adult lives.

Being an adult, it turns out, is not about any particular checklist; it is, instead, a process, one you can get progressively better at over time―becoming more comfortable with uncertainty and gaining the knowhow to keep going.

 

All I Need to know I learned in Kindergarten -Fulghum

I loved this book! For years I had the poster that goes with this book in my classroom, and I never taught kindergarten. I then hung it in the basement where my kids played…

More than thirty years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo—a credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Today, after being embraced around the world and selling more than seven million copies, Fulghum’s book retains the potency of a common though no less relevant piece of wisdom: that the most basic aspects of life bear its most important opportunities.

Here Fulghum engages us with musings on life, death, love, pain, joy, sorrow, and the best chicken-fried steak in the continental United States. The little seed in the Styrofoam cup offers a reminder about our own mortality and the delicate nature of life . . . a spider who catches (and loses) a full-grown woman in its web one fine morning teaches us about surviving catastrophe . . . the love story of Jean-Francois Pilatre and his hot-air balloon reminds us to be brave and unafraid to “fly” . . . life lessons hidden in the laundry pile . . . magical qualities found in a box of crayons . . . hide-and-seek vs. sardines—and how these games relate to the nature of God. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is brimming with the very stuff of life and the significance found in the smallest details.

Humor books to give at graduation

humor (n): a funny or amusing quality · jokes, funny stories, etc., of a particular kind · the ability to be funny or to be amused by things that are funny.

Graduation Mad Libs -Price

With 21 “fill-in-the-blank” stories about final exams, the last day of school, and of course, graduation parties, this book is jam-packed with hours of fun. Play alone, in a group, or with your favorite teacher or professor. Mad Libs are a fun family activity recommended for ages 8 to NUMBER.

Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear -Hiaasen

My parents gave this one to my oldest son. It is great, and I have bought it for so many graduates since!

“This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That’s not what you need. You need a warning.”

So begins Carl Hiaasen’s attempt to prepare young men and women for their future. And who better to warn them about their precarious paths forward than Carl Hiaasen? 

Following the format of Anna Quindlen’s commencement address (Being Perfect) and George Saunders’s commencement address (Congratulations, by the way), the collaboration of Hiaasen and Chast might look typical from the outside, but inside it is anything but.

This book is bound to be a classic, sold year after year come graduation time. Although it’s also a good gift for anyone starting a job, getting married, or recently released from prison. Because it is not just funny. It is, in its own Hiaasen way, extremely wise and even hopeful. Well, it might not be full of hope, but there are certainly enough slivers of the stuff in there to more than keep us all going.

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Golden Book -Muldrow

This humorous guide offers advice for getting the most out of life, the Little Golden Book way! Drawn from beloved classics like The Poky Little Puppy, We Help Mommy, and many more classics,  important lessons such as “Remember to stop and smell the strawberries,” “Don’t forget to enjoy your wedding,” and “Be a hugger” are paired with iconic images by Richard Scarry, Eloise Wilkin, Mary Blair, Garth Williams, and more. 

ABCs Of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons -Copaken

Here’s a book of wit and wisdom that’s perfect for graduation or any other “welcome to the adult world” moment. From New York Times bestselling author Deborah Copaken and noted sculptor Randy Polumbo come 26 genuine and funny bits of advice as surprising as they are sensible.

From “A is for Anger” through “Z is for Zzzzzzz,” each entry is paired with the authors’ street-smart photography of the matching alphabet letter to create a savvy gift. Based on a viral article written by Copaken when her own firstborn left for college, The ABCs of Adulthood is a delightful, worldly riff on learning your ABCs all over again.

 

Good habit books to give at graduation

Good habits are those repetitive actions or behaviors you want to repeat. They have positive physical, emotional, or psychological consequences.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People -Covey

One of my boys had to read this book for a class. We had such great discussions as a family with this one!

The 7 Habits have become famous and are integrated into everyday thinking by millions and millions of people. Why? Because they work!

With Sean Covey’s added takeaways on how the habits can be used in our modern age, the wisdom of the 7 Habits will be refreshed for a new generation of leaders.

This beloved classic presents a principle-centered approach for solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

 

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Live… And Maybe The World -McRaven

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven’s original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life’s darkest moments.

Rising Strong -Brown

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability – the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome – is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people – from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents – shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, what do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion, and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Life skills books to give at graduation

Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable humans to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life.

How To Cook Everything The Basics -Bittman

Mark Bittman’s highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With How to Cook Everything The Basics he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook, particularly novices, should know.

1,000 beautiful and instructive photographs throughout the book reveal key preparation details that make every dish inviting and accessible. With clear and straightforward directions, Bittman’s practical tips and variation ideas, and visual cues that accompany each of the 185 recipes, cooking with How to Cook Everything The Basics is like having Bittman in the kitchen with you.

What you’re Really Meant To Do -Kaplan

Building a fulfilling life and career can be a daunting challenge. It takes courage and hard work. Too often, we charge down a path leading to “success” as defined by those around us―and ultimately, are left feeling dissatisfied.

Each of us is unique and brings distinctive skills and qualities to any situation. So why is it that most of us fail to spend sufficient time learning to understand ourselves and creating our own definition of success? The truth is, it can seem so natural and so much easier to just do what everyone else is doing―for now―leaving it for later to develop our best selves and figure out our own unique path. Is there a road map that will enable you to defy conventional wisdom, resist peer pressure, and carve out a path that fits your unique skills and passions?

 

 

Relationship books to give at graduation

relationship (n); the way in which two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other

The Last Lecture -Pausch

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

Tuesdays With Morrie -Albom

I read this book years ago. It is wonderful. The relationship between Mitch and Morrie, the lessons, just the fact that they were able to rekindle such a wonderful connection…

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague.  Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder.  Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance.  He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life.  Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college.  Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.

The 5 Love Languages -Chapman

In the #1 New York Times international bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? -Warren

This is a book I read years ago. It defines life from a Christian perspective, but answers so many questions that anyone might have. This will affect a person’s relationships with everyone and everything.

Before you were born, God knew what your life had in store for you. His hope for you is to discover the life he created just for you–both here on earth, and forever in eternity. Let Rick Warren guide you as you learn to live out your true purpose.

The Purpose Driven Life is more than a book; it’s a road map for your spiritual journey. Combining thoughtful verses from Scripture with timely stories and perspectives from Warren’s own life, The Purpose Driven Life will help you discover the answer to one of life’s most important questions: What on earth am I here for?

Throughout The Purpose Driven Life, Warren will teach you to spend time getting to know yourself and your creator in order to live your life to the fullest. Unlocking your true purpose will also reduce your stress, simplify your decisions, increase your satisfaction, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity.

The Tao of Pooh and Te of Piglet -Hoff

An utterly unique and accessible introduction to the ancient principles of Taoism with the world’s favourite bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friend Piglet.

Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world’s most beloved bear, and Pooh’s Way, as Benjamin Hoff brilliantly demonstrates, seems strangely close to the ancient Chinese principles of Taoism. And as for Piglet, he embodies the very important principle of Te, meaning Virtue of the Small.

Carpe Diem books to give at graduation

Carpe diem, often translated as ‘seize the day,’ a phrase used by the Roman poet Horace to express the idea that one should enjoy life while one can.

Year of Yes -Rhimes

She’s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews?

With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.

Wild -Strayed

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone.

Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

1000 Places To See Before You Die -Schultz

The world’s wonders, continent by continent: A trek through Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. A sunrise balloon safari over the Masai Mara. Canyon de Chelly. The sacred festivals of Bhutan. The Amalfi Coast. Sailing the Mekong River.
 
In all, 1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers: sacred ruins, coral reefs, hilltop villages, deserted beaches, wine trails, hidden islands, opera houses, wildlife preserves, castles, museums, and more. Each entry tells why it’s essential to visit and includes hotels, restaurants, and festivals to check out. Then come the completely updated nuts and bolts: websites, phone numbers, prices, best times to visit.

Enjoy Every Sandwich -Lipsenthal

As medical director of the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients struggling with disease to overcome their fears of pain and death and to embrace a more joyful way of living. In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day.

The power of those beliefs was tested in July 2009, when Lee was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his diagnosis, illness, and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and that even as he was facing his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before. In the bestselling tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie, told with humor and heart, and deeply inspiring, Enjoy Every Sandwich distills everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose, and peace in our lives.

A Whack On the Side Of Your Head: How You Can Be More Creative -von Oech

Over the years, A WHACK ON THE SIDE OF THE HEAD has been praised by business people, educators, scientists, homemakers, artists, youth leaders, and many more. The book has been stimulating creativity in millions of readers, translated into eleven languages, and used in seminars around the world.

Now Roger von Oech’s fully illustrated and updated volume is filled with even more provocative puzzles, anecdotes, exercises, metaphors, cartoons, questions, quotations, stories, and tips designed to systematically break through your mental blocks and unlock your mind for creative thinking. This new edition will attract an entire new generation of readers with updated and mind-stretching material.

Gmorning, Gnight: little pep talks for me and you -Miranda

Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others.

But as Miranda’s audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful collection illustrated by acclaimed artist (and fellow Twitter favorite) Jonny Sun.

Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.

I Wish You More -Rosenthal

I love this book! I have read this to each of my classes the last three years, ever since I came across it, at the end of each school year. The sentiment is so sweet, and perfect for any age.

Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant, inspirational book for kids of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace.

Whether celebrating life’s joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age. This book of wishes is sure to bring positivity to all who read it.

Final thoughts about great books to give a graduate

I hope my list of books to give at graduation helps with these next few weeks full of high school and college-ending events. It’s an exciting time for our kids, and the books on this list will give them a head start with their new life!

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Gift Guide for a Teen’s Easter Basket: 21 Ideas

Gift Guide for a Teen’s Easter Basket: 21 Ideas

Here are great ideas for your teen’s Easter basket! Our teens may not believe in the Easter Bunny anymore, but we can fill a basket for them!

Fill your teen's Easter basket with love!

We need to remember that our teens still like to have fun and have something to look forward to. These gifts are all fun and/or useful. Let’s make Easter a fun holiday to look forward to.

Easter activities for teenagers

A fun activity locally that families do here, is post pics of pretty colored eggs in their window for kids to look for on neighborhood walks. Another idea might be for your older kids to put on a puppet show or video for younger kids. Be creative, and let your teens think of fun things to do! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

Most of the posts that I tried to find to link to this article had really silly ideas for teens at Easter, so here are some that I came up with after talking to my boys and their cousins who are all older teens.

Involve your teens in the planning of this holiday. They love to help with the younger kids. Decorate and hide the eggs. Stuff plastic eggs for younger siblings.

Help your teen find a volunteer opportunity for your teen at church or with your city. Visit an assisted living facility and give little treats to the elderly.

 

Here are more ideas for teen’s at Easter including non candy Easter basket ideas…

Watch Passion of the Christ as a family and discuss the meaning of this important holiday. (Caution, this is for older teens.) And, watch Hop for some lighthearted fun! Movies are great additions to a teen’s Easter basket.

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Ideas for a teen’s Easter basket

Teen’s Easter Basket Ideas for Boys:

Here are some great monthly subscription basket ideas for guys!

Candy–Get creative, there are lots of silly candies that guys would like!

Boxers –Fun new underwear for the spring season

Cards/Dice –A great game for study breaks going into finals!

Razor/Shaving gel –If you buy it, they won’t have to!

New earphones –My son just spent some of his earnings on a new pair, and he loves these!

Video game –My whole group of guys LOVE this game!

Money/Giftcards — These are for food, always an easy and much appreciated gift!

Teen’s Easter Basket Ideas for Daughters:

If you would live to gift your girl with a monthly subscription basket, here are a ton of ideas!

Candy— Organic jelly beans for your sweet girl!

Nail polish –In fun spring colors!

Lipgloss –I know your daughter will appreciate this gift at all times!

Book –Have you heard of the enneagram self discovery system? It’s pretty cool! My nieces love this book!

Flip flops –These are sooooo comfy!

Here are squishy Easter eggs -think stress balls…

Money/Giftcards –These are for shopping, again, always a sure win!

No matter if your teen is still home or far away, these gift choices should help you out while you plan their Easter. Good luck planning your teen’s Easter basket whether they are far away or just down the hall. I hope this helps you to find the perfect Easter gifts for teenagers!

Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Teens

Here are squishy Easter eggs -think stress balls…

These shiplap bunnies are super cute to stick somewhere!

I just found these great personalized luggage bag handle wraps that would be fun in an Easter basket for your teen’s next trip!

Here are “spring-y” diamond art kits -there are some really cute designs.

Pack up a quick care package or arrange a basket for home. Good luck and happy Easter!

A teen's Easter basket can be fun too!

 

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Dorm Room Decor For Springtime: 11 Easy Ideas!

Dorm Room Decor For Springtime: 11 Easy Ideas!

Spring is such a fun time of year! Here are some great ideas incorporating dorm room decor for springtime. They take up very little space!

Creating a homey spot for themselves is so important for our teens’ mental health and a fun way to get into better spirits, no matter what the time of year! So, whether they live at home with you, in a dorm, or in an apartment, these are all easy spring dorm room decor ideas.?

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Dorm room decor for springtime that is easy and inexpensive

Start with storage for your holiday decorations

Be sure to grab a flat storage container to put the decor in under a bunk or regular bed. If you only purchase small and flat things, the need for storage is minimal. This set of containers has one for fall decor, and one for spring. If your teen drives to school, they can bring one home over holiday break and exchange it out. (This set was also one of the cheapest options, these are more expensive than I thought!)

Spring Decor For Your Dorm (and some holiday ideas as well f0r St. Pat’s and Easter)

•Start with a light-up spring tree. This will take your teen through Easter, and will easily fit on a small table or shelf to be out of the way. If your teen already has a plant in their room, plant stakes are great! Here are some shamrock stakes. These flower plant stakes are cute. And, how cute are these bunny backsides?! (Guessing that only a girl will be doing this!) They just stick into the soil, so they will take up no new space!

•A spring doormat just inside the door will set a fun tone as well. Here are some Easter mats, and here are St. Patrick’s mats.

•Does your teen have a light up box? This is great for any holiday or time of the year!

•A string of shamrock lights will set the tone. Or these Easter lights

Here are some plain pastel lights for a more general theme of spring. And, here are some cute St. Patrick’s Day banners,  Easter banners, or spring banners that could be hung anywhere.

•Wall decals are fun and take up NO space!

Here are some St. Pat’s decals, some Easter decals and, here are some springy ones for a more general theme. Another no space easy decoration is window clings!

•A fun seasonal item is a  St. Pat’s mug or a bunny mug

•Grab a set of pillar candles. Then, add some springtime decals to add for a holiday twist. This is super cheap and easy!

•Here are some St. Patrick’s pillow covers and here are some Easter ones. And, here are some cute springtime ones.

These take up little room, and your teen can switch them up each holiday.???❤️??

•If your teen gets a grapevine wreath, then with a little “spring-y” ribbon and/or specific decorations for each season. This is fun for their door.

Other ideas for Springtime fun!

If your teen is looking to just decorate their door, here are some great ideas.

Here are great care package ideas for diferent holidays and themes for spring.

This post is part of a link party FULL of ideas for spring! Click here to see!

I hope this post has given you a lot of easy, and mostly inexpensive ideas for springtime decor in a dorm room or apartment!

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