Best Tools for Wrapping Gifts

Best Tools for Wrapping Gifts

Best Tools for Wrapping Gifts

All year round, we have reasons to wrap gifts. Birthdays, holidays, babies are born, weddings, showers… The list is endless. I get tired of hunting around for all of my gift wrapping supplies, so I decided to write a post detailing all the best tools for wrapping gifts, and my reasons for including them on my list. 

One more thing. Teach your kids to wrap gifts! This is a life skill. They will need to wrap gifts at some point in their lives. I taught my boys, and one year I was so glad because I got the flu and I paid one of my boys to wrap the gifts for me! So glad that he knew this skill! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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In my dream world, I would have all of these supplies gathered together and organized in one of the options below. For now, I will muddle through with scattered and random supplies that my boys are constantly hiding from me -not really, but seriously, where is my tape??

Cutting/tape for gift wrapping

Paper cutter, folder, and ribbon curler tool -This thing is nifty. My girlfriend showed me how to use it, and it’s cool. If I thought that I could keep track of it, I would order it now.

 

Best scissors for wrapping, the most comfortable grip – I do have these, and when I can find them, they do not give my wrist “cutting fatigue” – is that a thing? 

 

6 pack gift wrap tape -Always need tape!

Wrapping supplies for gifts

Jumbo roll of brown kraft paper -I love the look of gifts wrapped in brown paper. I have a friend who only wraps in this, and her packages always look amazing!

 

Personalized photo wrapping paper -I came across this in my research for this post, and seriously, this is really fun for whatever event you are wrapping for!

 

Gift bags  -Always good to have on hand. I keep and re-use these all the time.

 

Gift boxes, assorted sizes -Also, good to have on hand.

Storage for gift wrap supplies

Gift wrap storage bag -I used to have one of these until the boys used it to slide down our stairs on it (this was back in the day. It was handy, but not made to withstand the other activity. I now have too many papers to store in this anyway.

 

Gift wrap under-bed storage container (with space for ribbon and other accessories -This is pretty cool, and I don’t think they could have used it for a sled.

 

Hanging gift wrap storage -I also used to have this, but I needed more storage eventually.

 

Gift wrap cart -This is the bomb, and I want one!

Bows/Ribbon etc.

Hand bow maker -I used to use these when I worked retail. Super easy and fun to create!

 

Ribbons for wrapping -Always need on hand, I have an entire drawer of different ribbons.

 

Unique ribbons for wrapping -I thought these were fun when I came across some in my searching.

 

Twine for wrapping -Pretty for dressing up packages in a more rustic way.

Accessories for wrapping

Packing paper for wrapping fragile gifts -this one is ec0-friendly

 

Tissue paper for wrapping -I always have some of this in a drawer. It’s fun to have different colors and themes to dress up the inside of a package.

 

Gift tags -Always need tags!

 

Mini gift cards to include with gifts -These were called enclosure cards back in the day. Nice to have on hand for gift-giving.

There you go! Turn on  some Christmas music or a favorite holiday movie and get busy wrapping those gifts! Even better, invite a friend over who needs to do here wrapping, and enjoy each other’s company as you tackle this task! Just make sure you know where the tape is!?

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Great Gifts For a Teenage Girl – 15 Brilliant Ideas!

Great Gifts For a Teenage Girl – 15 Brilliant Ideas!

Attention parents and grandparents of teenage girls, are you wondering what are good gifts for a teenage girl? Not sure what to get your teenage girl? This list is vetted by a number of teenage girls that I have reached out to for the best answers. Check out the ideas below!

See my gift guide for boys and ideas for stocking stuffers! Just choose one or all! Any teenage girl would love one of these gifts. 

Happy shopping! No matter if it is the holiday season or a birthday coming up soon, I hope that these ideas will help you to answer the question, What are good gifts for a teenage girl?” *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Ideas to instill gratefulness and giving

These are copied from my gift guide for guys blog post here.

One thing that we have really tried to instill in our boys is a sense of gratefulness. This is not always easy in this day and age. Some ideas that have worked for us are listed below. Try these with your teenage girls!

  1. Each time the boys make money, whether it’s allowance, money they’ve earned at a job, or gift money for their birthday, we ask that they save some for gifts that they might have to purchase in the future. This shows them that what they save matters. And, when they are shopping for gifts for friends or family, it means so much more to them that they are contributing to it themselves.
  2. When our boys receive gifts, they are required to write thank you notes. This is not something that they enjoy, but they still have to do it. Sometimes, I am better than others at reminding them to do this, but I feel like it is so important to show gratitude to others for taking the time to purchase something that they like or enjoy. Most gifts cost money as well, so that needs to be appreciated as well.
  3. My boys have to think ahead and purchase gifts for one another. They really put a lot of thought into the process, and it’s been fun over the years to see what they come up with. Usually 2 go in together for the third brother, and so they work together, which is also really fun to see. Sometimes they purchase gifts, and occasionally, they will make gifts.
  4. They are also supposed to get my husband and I each something or something for us together-we try to give them a few ideas ahead of time!Now check out my ideas for the girls!

*Did you know I have a Facebook group all about Deals for Moms of Tweens and teens? Here is the link!

What are good gifts for a teenage girl?

Lululemon Black Wunder Under Pant Hi-Rise–  Love these!

Rustic Jewelry Organizer–  This will hold all the jewelry that your girl has, and it conveniently hangs on the wall.

GoPro Hero 9 –This is not much more than just the GoPRo 7 alone!-  Dream gift for the adventurous girl.

Ruffled Ankle Booties–  Cute for jeans or dressing up.

Wireless, Waterproof, Speaker–  This has built-in mic, plays for 12 hours, and 2 built-in speakers. Great for the pool or anywhere she wants to go.

ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil and Diffuser Set–  Comes with 8 starter oils:  peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, orange, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus, and frankincense. Has auto shut-off and a 7 color LED light. So many uses for oils!

Fun Hippie Boho Pants–  100% cotton, super comfy for all the lounging going on these days.

The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal:  A Five-Year Record (goes with the book The Happiness Project)-  This would be a great gift for the beginning of high school or college!

Kate spade New York Activity Tracker–  Cute way to keep track of all activity.

Air Chalks Set: 10 Colorful Hair Chalk Pens–  Temporary color for fun accents on occasion.

12 pcs. Makeup Brush Set -Cup holder and 12 professional cosmetic brushes

Have you heard of a squishmallow? They are these cute pillow critters that are all the rage right now!

Looking for a gift that keeps giving? Here are wonderful subscription boxes for all ages of girls -you pick the age range. The boxes each contain positive lifestyle products that are actually tested out by groups of girls for their approval.

Here are some mini gift ideas for a stocking or to tie on with ribbon when wrapping the gift…

Earbuds -always good to have a backup set for the backpack

Phone caseso many cute choices

Phone charger -There are so many cute animal chargers to choose from!

Thank you cards -These are always good to have on hand!

Here is a gift just for fun! I just came across it, and it is the cutest little waffle iron! So much fun for a sleepover or just for a fun breakfast. Remember, you can cook lots of things in a waffle iron, so think outside the box with this one:)

I hope that this helped you out if you are asking, “What are good gifts for teenage girls?”

Check out these other posts for the holidays:

Gift Guide for Teen Guys

Teen Stocking Stuffers

49 Holiday Movies To Watch With Your Teen

Advent Calendars for Teens

Budget Friendly Ideas for the Holidays

11 Ways to Bond With Your Teen Over the Holiday Break

And these are links to other gift guide posts:

Best Valentine Gifts for a Teen to Give or Get

Best Gifts for a Teen’s Easter Basket

Graduation Gift Guide

Gifts for a New Driver

Lover of Schitt’s Creek

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

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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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25+ Advent Calendars That Teens Will Love!

25+ Advent Calendars That Teens Will Love!

“Advent calendars that teens will love” has been so much fun to write!

I was wanting to write a new holiday post, and I realized how many fun advent calendars there are available! I decided that this would be a fun post, and my boys and a couple of their girlfriends helped me to find advent calendars that teens will love.

I am always updating this post beginning in late July. Order soon because there are only a few of some of these left, and I had to delete a lot off of the list! I am looking for new ones to add, but it takes time!)

Is there an advent calendar for teenage boys that they would like?

Yes! My boys still love the velcro advent calendar that we have and when they are all around they still do rock, paper, scissors to put on the next figure. 

Officially, Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means “coming” in Latin, This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

I like to think of it as anticipation for a special event! There are now advent calendars for having a baby, for Hannukah, and even for your dog! And, I could not help but add this Covid Advent calendar of fun activities -this is not your traditional Advent calendar- but a great idea!

Be sure to check out my other gift guides below!

Advent calendars that teens will love!

AND, my friend Monica over at How2WinScholarships.com has put together an advent scholarship activity! This is a fun way to get your teens motivated to apply for some of those pesky scholarships that are so helpful when paying for college! ( She usually updates this around October or November.)

There are so many different kinds of advent calendars that teens will love, take a peek at the 25+ calendars below! Each calendar has its own theme for so many different interests… and, don’t forget to order soon since most of them are 24 day calendars starting December 1.

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This is the advent calendar that my kids grew up with, so I had to include it on this list. Even though it’s for younger kids, my boys still put it up (as teens and older!), and add a character each day, and I love it!

Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar

Here we go with advent calendars that teens will love!

•For the DIYer, here are 24 cute holiday boxes with sticker for you to put together your own version!

DIY Holiday Boxes -these are reusable!

•Have a little tree for your apartment, dorm room or bedroom? This Advent calendar has 24 tiny ornaments that you could use.

Christmas ornament calendar

•Marvel movie lovers?

Marvel advent calendar -almost 30 surprises over 25 days as you count down to Christmas. Here’s another Marvel advent choice by Funko.

•Any jewelry lovers out there?

Bracelet advent calendars

•Do you know a crafter? 

24 Handmade Arts & Crafts Ornaments & Decorations 

•Have a chemist in the house?

The Crazy Scientist Advent Calendar – 24 Cool Science Experiments

•Does your teen love Harry Potter? This is a great advent calendar… And, here is a countdown calendar with not HP, but really funky “Cabinet of Holiday Curiosities” -great items for the 24 days!

Funko Advent Calendar: Harry Potter – 24 Vinyl Figures

•Have a horse lover? I am leaving this one on here as of July, 2022. There is only one left, but hoping there will be another release!

Breyer Horses 2022 Holiday Collection

•Here’s another Funko advent calendar…

Funko Advent Calendar: Dragon Ball Z Pocket Pop! – 24 Vinyl Figures

•Do you have a lover of all things origami?

Make your own origami advent calendar -These are not different shapes, but origami boxes that someone would make, then put a tiny gift inside. If you have a hardcore origami artist.

There is a German version of an origami book with all sorts of Christmasy designs. Written in German, but I am guessing the pictures show it all anyway. If you have a teen that tries this, let me know how it goes!!

 

•Want a do-it-yourself version?

24 reusable burlap bags for advent calendar -so many choices! I will share the picture of my favorite one. Here is a version that has pockets.

•Here’s another brain teaser advent calendar…

24 Brain Teaser Puzzles Wire and Plastic Puzzle Advent Calendar

 

Have a kid ot teen who like diamond painting? New driver?

Diamond Painting Kits – Make Your Own Gem Keychains

•Know someone who loves The Office?

Funko The Office Advent Calendar

•Know someone who loves baths?

Spa life “Fizzle All The Way” Bath Bomb Advent Calendar -12 days, not 24

•Know anyone who loves Fortnite?

Funko Advent Calendar: Fortnite

•I have seen it all! This one is for crossword lovers!

Mindmade The Advent Calendar for Crossword Lovers

•My boys love The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Here is an advent calendar and pop-up book with this theme!

 

 Here are some advent calendars that teens will love that I do not have images for, but they are worth mentioning here!

Badvent calendar -Krampus Christmas (24 naughty characters to find),

Movie advent calendar with holiday flicks -this is one that I might have to do this year!

12 Days of Potato Chips Advent Calendar

Christmas Activities Advent Calendar (re-usable)

24 Days of Cookies -yum!

And, here are some Star Wars countdown calendars

Advent calendar with hot sauces and here is another advent calendar with hot sauces

 12 Days of Noodles Mandarin Style Advent Calendar

Tea advent calender -There were a bunch of these! Here is a link to a couple more. These would be great for a girlfriend!

So many Lego advent calendars!

I hope that this gives you great ideas to find an advent calendar that teens will love!

Related posts:

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49 Awesome Holiday Movies For Teens: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

Best Year Round Posts for Parenting Teens and Tweens: 50+ Titles!

Advent calendars that teens will love!

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The Ultimate List of the Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

The Ultimate List of the Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens

Are you looking for the best stocking stuffers for teens? This age can be challenging. With a little help from me, you’ll find the best stocking stuffers.

Stocking stuffers are my favorite way to give gifts to our boys! I know I have many fond memories growing up as a child of Christmas morning and running to see what was in my stocking. Finding the best stocking stuffers for teens can be a challenge!

One of my favorite Christmas memories was receiving a printout of the safety features of a car in my stocking. I asked my parents if it was there by accident because it was a car that we didn’t have at the time. Turns out that they had gotten this car for me to take back to college.

I was sooooo excited. Mind you it was the ugliest car ever, but it was all mine, and I couldn’t have been happier.

Needless to say, that was my favorite stocking stuffer ever, especially since the key was in the toe of my stocking. (Sometime I will have to write a post on the ugly cars that my parents got for my sisters and me to drive.

There are so many creative ways to give gifts in a smaller way. Our boys love to open their stockings first every Christmas morning. Santa props them up next to the fireplace since a couple of times they have pulled the hooks off of the mantle from their weight.

I have put together a gift guide for stocking stuffers for your teens. I asked my teens and their friends for these ideas, so here you go!

One thing to remember is that teens love gift cards, and that is always a great option! Here are many choices. 😃

*This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

Stocking stuffer ideas…

  • Sneaker balls -These are great for deodorizing stinky shoes in their gym bag or locker. My boys actually get embarrassed when their shoes stink. If your teen doesn’t notice the smell, then this is really a present for you!
  • Portable phone charger –One of the most powerful ‘mini’ chargers on the market. It will add over one charge (6 hours talk time) to an iPhone 6, almost one charge to a Galaxy S6 or around one charge to most other phones. These are great to throw in a backpack or purse.
  •  Swedish Fish  -‘Nuff said. Really any candy works!
  • Ridge wallet -These are great with the money clip, and they need a place for their licence and school ID.
  • Duct tape  –The uses for duck tape are endless, both for crafts and fixing things. My boys have many rolls of tape, and they have used it for so many things!
  • Sun Bum Chapstick  –Always a good choice! Contains soothing cocoa butter. Gluten Free/100% Vegan. Petrochemical-free.
  • Bombas  –Moisture wicking, ventilation, smell free, soft touch and durability. Perfect gifts for a stocking! 100% happiness guaranteed! My sons love these, and you can order one pair, a pack or a subscription.
  • Fitbit Alta HR –Track your activity levels, sleep patterns, and more with the black Fitbit Alta Activity Tracker in size small. This sleek band uses an array of sensors to keep track of how many steps you take, how far you walk, how many floors you climb, the number of calories you burn, and the time you spend active. Alta is sweat, rain, splash proof.
  • Snack subscription box -Food is always a good choice, and here are so many options at different price points!
  • Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds- Look for in-ear headset built in bluetooth V4.1 technology, and microphone give a real stereo music sound and stable calling. Find some that are sweat-proof and waterproof with up to 8 hours playing time. (My son got some for his birthday and loves them for the gym!)
  • 3-in-1 charger stand– Works for iPhone, earbuds, and Iwatch all at once. Super convenient, and it really doesn’t take up much room at all!
  • A Dogs Purpose  –Everyone love a great dog movie. But, seriously, any movie is a great idea for a stocking. My boys always like a couple of movies for their stockings. Here are some great sports movies -more than 65 titles!
  • Do you have a teen that is a picker? Here is a great thing! It’s a Picking Stone Kit, and it’s basically a covered rock that your kid can pick on to relieve that desire instead of picking on their own skin! Plus it is supposed to sooth stress -who knew!
  • Bubble tea -have your teens gotten into this craze?
  • Starface acne patches -These are so great! The little star shapes can grip in creases, and other difficult spots. They are cruelty free, and use the ingredient Hydrocolloid, which is clinically proven to improve pimples overnight. This is the starter kit, and it has refills.
  • Noise cancelling headphonesActive Noise Cancelling technology. Significant noise reduction for travel, work and anywhere in between. Advanced active noise reduction technology quells airplane cabin noise, city traffic or a busy office, makes you focus on what you want to hear, enjoy your music, movies and videos. The noise cancellation function works well both in wire and wireless mode. 
  • Selfie Ring Light -If they are going to do selfies, they may as well be the best possible. This clips on for easy use and is rechargeable.
  • Hydrating Facial Masks -My boys love these, so don’t rule the guys out on this one.

Do you have a teen that loves the show Schitt’s Creek? I wrote a post about the show with lots of gift ideas! And, don’t forget that cash and gift cards are also great small gifts that are great stocking stuffers for teens!

*Did you know that I have a Facebook group that is all about Deals for Moms of Tweens and Teens?

Are you looking for new Christmas stockings? I have thought about ordering a new look when we downsize. For now, I will stick with what we have, but there are SO many cool looks for stockings out there!

Check out my other holiday posts:

49 Holiday Movies to Watch with Your Teen

Budget Friendly Ideas for the Holidays

11 Ways to Bond with your teen over the holiday break

Advent Calenders for All Ages

Gift Guide for Your Teen Girl

Gift Guide for Your Teen Guy

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

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7+ Best Gifts For A New Driver

7+ Best Gifts For A New Driver

Two of my boys have been driving for awhile, and our youngest just got his license! Want to talk about worry? I want to share tips for surviving these days, and give you some great ideas for the best gifts for a new driver.??

Here are three things to remember when you have a new driver in your house. And, don’t forget to check out my best gifts for a new driver below! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Have clear expectations

Let your teen know that just because they have received their license, there will still be limits. The amount of driving freedom will be increased as they prove that they are responsible.

For instance, in the beginning, they may be allowed only to drive to and from school. Gradually, other activities can be added.

We were worried about our oldest parking in the crazy tight school parking lot. So, we chose a place on the back side of the school for him to park on the side of the road. It meant that he had to parallel park if he was late, so he always went early to be able to just pull in next to the tennis courts.

As your child drives successfully over time, and follows your rules, add to the places that they can drive and the times they are able to leave your house. We gradually let our boys drive at night to go to a friend’s house or to a movie.

Best gifts for a new driver

Have explicit rules

The rules were clear cut. They had to let us know when they were there, and when they were headed home.  If they wanted to go anywhere else, they were to call and ask. This rule was huge because we wanted to know where they were at all times.

We did not track our boys, if you are wondering. My husband and I talked about this at length, and decided that just because there is technology to do this, we didn’t feel the need for it. We had long talks with each of the boys as they started to drive with their permits. The boys knew that as long as they followed our rules, they would continue to have their driving privileges.

Limit night-time driving

Driving at night is more dangerous in general for all drivers. More accidents occur between 6 pm and 6 am for teenage drivers than any other time -more than 50%. Glare from oncoming headlights and low visibility are the main culprits for these accidents as well as young drivers trying to multi-task.

As your young driver gains more experience, have them go out for short nighttime errands. Our son loves a quick DQ run which is literally about a mile away. He gets to drive, and we know that he is not going far. Then gradually, maybe send them a little further away to the another destination that they might be equally excited about like a friend’s house or another fast food joint that they love.

Here are GPS trackers for your loved ones in case of an emergency or a stolen car…

Non-negotiables

There are some non-negotiables. Buckle seatbelts. No multi-tasking while driving. No drinking and driving. Limit the number of passengers based on the graduated license. Here is the link to all state’s licensing programs. Make sure that you, and your teen, know the rules.

Determine consequences for any violations of the above rules. What will your policy be if your teen receives a traffic ticket?

My advice is to be sure that your new teenage driver has some skin in the game. In other words, will they be making some portion of the car payments? Will they pay for the car insurance, or at least a portion of it? I would highly advise this because they will take driving that much more seriously!

Faith and Humor by Hillary Ibarra

Best gifts for a new driver

We just had a bad weather day, and I was thinking about the things that I like to have in my car at all times, and realized that my boys’ cars are maybe not equipped with those same things.  So, I have put together a list of items that you should be sure to put into your teen’s car. Actually, we should all have these things in our cars! Here are some great gifts for a new teenage driver!

Rather than list each thing individually, I found these great kits!

Emergency Road Kits -There are 12 different ones, I will list a couple…

Auto Emergency Distress Kit -includes

many useful items, click the pic below for more info!

Best gifts for a new driver

Car phone mount for dashboard -This makes it all hands off and safe

I also added some fun items as well because you know how fun it is to make a car your own!

Mini fidget pop clip-ons -These are fun for everyone!

 

Fuzzy steering wheel cover -I know a teen girl who loves hers!

Dice gear shift handle -My son got this in his Easter basket. I never would have thought of changing my gear shift handle…

Here are a couple of keychains: lucky penny, personalized leather, St. Christopher, charm ring for driver

And, car charms are fun!

 

And, some car air fresheners – my boys have tried all sorts. They crack me up how many times that they change them out! Here is one choice below…

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