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.

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!

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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

many useful items, click the pic 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…

Other related posts:

Emergency road trip kit.

Best Gifts for Teen Girls,

Best Gifts for Teen Guys

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

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13 Best Gifts For Dad That a Teen Can Afford!

13 Best Gifts For Dad That a Teen Can Afford!

Best Gifts For Dad That He Will Actually Use!

Here are the best gifts for dad that a teen can afford, AND that dad will actually use! Father’s Day and dad’s birthday can be tough because… what do you give to him??

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!

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

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!

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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!

Weekly dose of parenting encouragement

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 socksIf dad loves sportsIf 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!

Other related posts:

Best Gifts for Mom ( I do include a few ideas for dad in this post!),

Ideas for Parent in June,

Some Really Great Reasons to Shop on Amazon!

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What are the best subscription boxes for mom?

What are the best subscription boxes for mom?

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.

Almost all of them 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.

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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. 

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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).

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

Lover of Home and Living Subscription Boxes

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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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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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 For the Dads!

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!

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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!

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 are: games, kids activities, spiritual, date night, nerds, and pets to name a few…

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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”

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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? There are so many ideas out there. 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 graduates, 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…

Have you read my post about the legal implications of turning 18?

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!

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.

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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!

Gifts for gals (or guys):

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.

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…

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!

Other helpful posts:

What Will Your Freshman Will Really Need in Their Dorm Room,

10 Tips For Making a Care Package for Your Teen,

What Will /Happen Now That Your Teen Is Turning 18 and here are

15 Best Bible Verses to Help Your High School Senior

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

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Gift Guide for a Teen’s Easter Basket

Gift Guide for a Teen’s Easter Basket

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Easter is right around the corner!

Get ahead of the game with these great ideas for a teen’s Easter basket…

Just because our teens don’t believe in the Easter Bunny anymore, doesn’t mean we can’t spoil them with a few little gifts! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

We need to remember that our teens need 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.

One thing that is happened locally last year was that families posted pics of pretty colored eggs in their window for kids to look for on neighborhood walks. Another idea would 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!

 

Fill your teen's Easter basket with love!

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. 

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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Teen’s Easter Basket Ideas:

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!

More Teen’s Easter Basket Ideas:

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!

Earbud Splitter –Great to listen with a friend, and it’s in a bunny shape for Easter!

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!

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.

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!

 

Other posts you may enjoy: 

Making a Care Package for Your Teen

Games to Play with Your Teen Anytime,

Gift Guide for Teen Guys, and

Gift Guide for Teen Gals 

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

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Best Valentine’s Gifts to Give and Get For Teens

Best Valentine’s Gifts to Give and Get For Teens

Valentine Fun!

Valentine’s Day can be such a fun time for teens. Even for teens that do not have a special “other person”, giving gifts to a bestie or other friends can be fun! Finding the best Valentine’s gifts can be a lot of fun, and there are many great activities as well that I list at the bottom for fun!

We encourage our boys to give gifts at least to us and their grandparents, even if it is just a card. These can mean a lot, especially if they are homemade!

Showing someone that you care is a life lesson, and there is no better time than Valentine’s Day to make sure that this happens!

Encourage your teens to reach out to someone or many someones with a message of friendship and/or love.

I put together the following list of Valentine’s gifts with help from my boys and my middle school students. These vary in price from just a few dollars up to a lot -most are really inexpensive items of less than $25. Our teens need to remember that it is the thought that counts more than anything.

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Best Valentine’s Gifts!

Red or pink nail polish

Heart boxers

Heart pillow

 Giant hersheys kiss

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

Pink earrings

Heart sweatshirt

Love dish

Shaving kit

Heart mug

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ―H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Heart magnets

Heart shaped sunglasses

Leather ear pod case

Pink candle


Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ―Ben Carson

  Pink or red tassel earrings

Personalized pocket knife

Heart socks


The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ―Pablo Picasso

 



Heart jammies

Bedshelfie

Nintendo switch

Heart shaped box – Use these to create something beautiful to then fill with some other gift for your Valentine.

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” —Booker T. Washington

Photo box explosion album -My son got one of these for Christmas from his girlfriend! It is so cute! She did say that it took some time to put together.

Some fun activities for spending time together on this special day!

•Watch some movies about love! Then, make some Valentine’s popcorn and enjoy a date night!

•Make heart shaped cakes, pancakes, waffles or cookies

Here are some links to recipes.

Cupid floats,

20 Valentine cookie recipes,

14 Valentine’s dinner ideas

•Set out some simple Valentine’s Day decorations – Some links to fun decor…

Dollar Store decor for Valentine’s,

Valentine’s vignettes

•Create a Valentine tree -I think these DIY twig trees are so cute! This one is cute, too.

•Write someone love notes and/or coupons -you get to choose what to offer.

•Spend one on one time with your teens -watch movies, play games, take a walk… Here’s the link to  a post my friend wrote about creating a fun day with her teenage daughter!

•Get them their own box of candy -always a favorite!

•Hot chocolate bar with these cute supplies -Here’s a great Idea for a charcuterie board, and an easy recipe for crockpot hot chocolate.

•Decorate your teen’s door with fun Valentine’s stuff or do some homemade hearts with personal messages!

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