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DIY Graduation Gifts

DIY Graduation Gifts

DIY Graduation Gifts

 

DIY Graduation Gifts are a fun and unique way to bless a new graduate. Graduation gift baskets contain many small practical items bundled into one gift basket. Almost Empty Nest has several posts dedicated to DIY gift baskets that are listed below. Most contain FREE PRINTABLES that you can download and add to your gift. 

Check out these DIY Graduation Gift Basket Ideas below: Dorm First Aid Kit, Have Loads of Fun in College Gift Basked, Dorm or Apartment Cleaning Basket and a Coffee Gift Basket.

For more graduation gift ideas: Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide

diy graduation gifts

DIY Graduation Gifts

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college survival kit

College Survival Kit

Make a College Survival Kit for the graduate to take to college for unexpected emergencies. A small bag filled with items like pain reliever, feminie products, tissues, lip balm, and of course, a Starbucks gift will come in very handy for a new college student. Get more College Survival Kit ideas in this post: College Survival Kit.

Cleaning Gift Basket

Another responsibility of leaving home is being responsible for cleaning your own space. Give them a cleaning bucket filled with supplies to help them keep everything in one place. A printable cleaning checklist is a fun addition. See New Apartment Care Package for more information and to download the printable.

first aid kit

Dorm First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is a thoughtful thing to put together for the graduate. Many of the commercially made ones contain a whole lot of bandaids and not much else. By making one yourself you can put in items like a thermometer, pain reliever, anti-biotic ointment and other items they may really need if they are sick or hurt. See How to Make the Best First Aid Kit for College for details.

coffee care package

Coffee Care Package

A Coffee Care Package with coffee, coffee stainless steel travel mug, and a coffee shop gift card makes a fun and useful gift.

laundry care package with cute "have loads of fun in college" gift tag

Have Loads of Fun Laundry Care Package

Every new graduate will be facing laundry – a skill they may or may not have already acquired. In any case, they will need some laundry supplies – detergent, fabric softener, bleach crystals, Downey spray. I also love the book “Do Your Laundry or You Will Die Alone” – a hilarious book of pithy advice from a mom who has been there. For more information and to download a Have Loads of Fun in College Printable go to Loads of Fun Laundry Gift Basket.

Going Away to College Coffee Gift Basket

College kids drink a lot of coffee. It helps their pocket books if they brew at least some of it in their room instead of always buying Starbucks. Create a DIY graduation gift with some supplies like coffee pods, a cute travel mug, creamer singles and If you are really generous, throw in the coffee maker as well! Other ideas are a cute coffee sign for their coffee bar and fun mug. For the free printable tag and for more coffee gift basket ideas see Going Away to College Coffee Gift Basket.

I hope you like these DIY Graduation Gifts! These make unique and special graduation gifts for all the graduates in your life.

And don’t forget to add these Bible Verses for High School Graduation to their gift! You can download them in the Subscriber’s Library. Sign up below!

 

I create all of my care package decorations, tags, stickers, and blog graphics with:

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Laundry Care Package

Laundry Care Package

Laundry Care Package

 

Looking for a fun and useful gift for a college student? How about a Loads of Fun Laundry Care Package? A care package filled with laundry essentials will be welcome by anyone who would like to have clean clothes. These DIY care packages also make great graduation gifts. The cute laundry care package printable is located in the Subscriber’s Library. You may gain access to the library by subscribing below.

 

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Going Away to College Coffee Gift Basket

DIY Graduation Gifts

Ultimate Graduation Gift Guide

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Laundry Care Package

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To create your DIY care package gather your supplies and download the FREE Printable “Have Loads of Fun in College” gift tag. You can sign up for access to the Subscriber’s Library below this post.

Supply List:

White Cardstock

Cellophane Gift Bag

Cute Ribbon

Basket Filler

Book: Do Your Laundry or Die Alone

Laundry Soap

Stain Remover

Downey Wrinkle Release Spray (For the college student who does not want to iron.)

Bleach Crystals (They weigh a LOT less than liquid bleach!)

laundry care package with cute "have loads of fun in college" gift tag

Place several laundry products like detergent pods, bleach crystals, stain remover, and wrinkle releaser in a clear cellophane gift bag. Tie the bag with a cute ribbon and add this FREE PRINTABLE “Have Loads of Fun in College” gift tag. You may access the gift tag through the form at the bottom of this post. The laundry items also fit easily in a USPS medium flat rate box if you are mailing your graduation gift or are mailing it during the school year to your favorite college student.

Do Your Laundry or Die Alone by Becky Blades is the most adorable graduation gift book I have ever seen. The advice is written in short, numbered paragraphs in a fun tone – something a college bound 18 year old might actually read.

Items to add to your Laundry Care Package:

Roll of quarters: Many dorms now offer the kids free access to washers and dryers, so they may not need the rolls of quarters anymore, but they always like money and gift cards.

Dryer sheets

Laundry Basket: Putting all of the supplies in a laundry basket will up the gift even more. Tie the “Loads of Fun” gift tag to the basket. You can use larger quantities of detergent and other supplies with a basket.

Steamer: Our entire family is in LOVE with our Rowenta steamer. It is so much easier to steam clothes rather than haul out the ironing board and iron.

Portable clothes line

StramperBag Backpack Laundry Bag

Prefer a premade Laundry Care Package? Check this one out in the Almost Empty Nest store. Also available: Create you own Laundry Care Package with the Laundry Care Package Box Decorations. 

I create all of my care package decorations, tags, stickers, and blog graphics with:

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win

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Easter Care Package

Easter Care Package

Easter Care Package

 

Wishing you could send an Easter Basket to your college kid who can’t come home for the weekend? Send an Easter Care Package instead.

Use these Printable Easter Care Package Box Decorations to make an Easter Basket. Fill it with Easter goodies to complete the care package. Even if you can’t be there, the Easter Bunny can still send a box decorated like an Easter Basket to celebrate the occasion.

The Easter Care Package Printables, as well as ALL of the Care Package Printables featured in Almost Empty Nest posts are available for FREE in the Subscriber’s Library. You can sign up below.

For a complete list of Care Packages:

Care Package Ideas

Easter Care Package

 

How to Make your Easter Care Package:

 

I start all of my care packages with a Medium Flat Rate Priority box. The boxes are available for free at your post office. They ship for $15.50 regardless of the weight of the package.

An Easter Care Package may be the easiest of all care packages to make because the stores are full of colorful Easter items to make your package a gift to remember.

Of course, the first thing you need is Easter Grass! Put this in the bottom of the box. It also acts as packing material.

 

Add some Plastic Easter Eggs. For my son’s packages, I stuffed each egg with money. One son has to use coin operated laundry machines, so plastic eggs are a great place to put quarters.I also made a box for a relative who is serving oversees in the military. I put candy in his plastic eggs.

And no Easter basket or care package is complete without a Chocolate Bunny.

Finish off your care package with any other Easter themed items you would like. I used Goldfish crackers and other candy. Seasonal school supplies, scented candles, or bath items would also be great – anything that brings some beautiful color to the box.

You will have them hopping around their dorm room or apartment on Easter morning with a few treats from you to remind them how much you love them.

Want to make your Easter care package even more special? Almost Empty Nest has premium Easter Care Package Decorations available in the Almost Empty Nest Store.

Prefer a DONE FOR YOU Easter Care Package? Check this one out in the Almost Empty Nest store.

A Year of Care Package Printables

All of the supply lists, box decorations, and item tags to make Care Packages for Halloween, 2 Different December Finals, Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, Easter, and Spring Finals. Over 50 of my most popular downloads all together in one place and it's TOTALLY FREE for members of the Almost Empty Nest Community.

The Year of Care Package Printables is part of the Almost Empty Nest Printables Library. Gain access by becoming an Almost Empty Nest Member. If you prefer not to be a member, you may purchase the printables HERE.

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Taco Care Package

Taco Care Package

Taco Care Package

 

 

Why send a Taco Care Package? Because any day can be special! A Taco Care Package will be just the thing to put some fiesta in an otherwise stressful day. It is perfect for Cinco de Mayo in May or for anytime.

Taco Care Package Printables are available in the Printables Library. You may sign up below the post for access.

For more care package ideas:  College Care Package Ideas for Every Occasion.

taco care package

Taco Care Package

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One of the cool things about tacos is you can put anything in them. But not spaghetti. My son once lived out his fantasy of making spaghetti tacos (something he and his friends had seen on iCarly). He said that was not too good. Other than that… anything. Fish, chicken, ground beef, all veggies. Whatever you like.

Tailor the taco care package to your college student’s likes.

Below are the items I included in the Taco Care Package for my son. When preparing a care package, I usually start looking for items at Target while I am doing my usual grocery shopping. It was an easy care package to fill because all of the items I included were grocery items. If you would like to get more creative with party supplies and other items for Cinco de Mayo, places to look are Amazon for cute party supplies and other fun items, Etsy for done-for-you care packages, Michael’s, the Dollar Store, party stores, and anywhere you shop for groceries and household items.

Mel at Parenting High Schoolers has TONS MORE Cinco de Mayo ideas.

taco seasoning, taco shells, Spanish rice

The first thing every taco care package needs is taco making supplies like taco seasoning, taco shells, and some Spanish rice to go on the side.

rotel tomatoes and velveeta

My kids LOVE queso. The easiest way to make it is to dump a block of velveeta and a can of Rotel tomatoes into a crockpot. 

jar of salsa

You also need some salsa. The only problem with salsa is that it normally comes in a glass jar. I wrapped the jar in bubble wrap to send.

Tostitos chips

A 13 oz bag of chips will fit in a medium flat rate box from the post office.

Almost full taco care package

The items fit in a medium flat rate box perfectly. You can see the bubble wrapped salsa in the taco care package.

Completely packed taco care package box

The box is ready to go with the chips on top. I was just able to close the taco care package and tape it shut to be mailed.

 

How to Mail Your Care Packages:

I recommend Medium Flat Rate boxes from the post office. The boxes are free. You can pick them up at the post office before you make your boxes. They currently cost $15.50 to mail regardless of the weight. All of my care package printables are designed to fit this size box.

No time to make a care package?

Check out Etsy for a cute Taco Care Package like this one:

Etsy taco care package

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Saint Patrick’s Day Care Package

Saint Patrick’s Day Care Package

Saint Patrick’s Day Care Package

 

 

Sending a Saint Patrick’s Day Care Package is complete fun for both the giver and the recipient. There are way more unique items to include in your Saint Patrick’s Day Care Package than will fit in the box.

The Saint Patrick’s Day Care Package Printables are available in the Printables Library. The printable includes a box decoration for sons as well as daughters. You may sign up below the post for access.

For more care package ideas:  College Care Package Ideas for Every Occasion.

saint patrick's day care package

Saint Patrick’s Day Care Package

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Below are the items I included in the Saint Patrick’s Day Care Package for my daughter. When preparing a care package, I usually start looking for items at Target while I am doing my usual grocery shopping. In this case I put my radar up for green items and there are a LOT OF GREEN ITEMS out there. Other places to look are Amazon for cute party supplies and other fun items, Etsy for done-for-you care packages, t-shirts, masks, jewelry and more, Michael’s, the Dollar Store, party stores, and anywhere you shop for groceries and household items.

Emerald brand snack packs

Healthy snacks are always a good thing to include in any care package. These Emerald brand 100 Calorie packs are perfect.

Cascade pods, Gain pods, and cleaning wipes

Green is the color of nature, freshness, and clean, so many cleaning products come in green packaging. Cleaning products are expensive so it is always good to include at least one in a college student’s care packages.

Gilette Venus razor blades

Another item I found while cruising the aisles at Target was razor blades in a green package. Razor blades make cleaning products look cheap, so no college student it going to be sad to see these in their box.

3 avacados

My daughter LOVES avacados, so I threw some of those in also. She also loves brussel sprouts and those are also green…

dove dark chocolate and mint swirled chocolates wrapped in green foil

Every care package should include something sweet. Dove makes dark chocolate mint swirled candies in a beautiful green foil wrapper.

saint patrick's day care package box

The Saint Patrick’s Day Care Package printables include a printable for sons also.

 

How to Mail Your Care Packages:

I recommend Medium Flat Rate boxes from the post office. The boxes are free. You can pick them up at the post office before you make your boxes. They currently cost $15.50 to mail regardless of the weight. All of my care package printables are designed to fit this size box.

No time to make a care package?

Check out Etsy for cute Saint Patrick’s Day Care Packages like this gluten-free care package.

Gluten free saint patrick's day care package

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Super Bowl Care Package Ideas

Super Bowl Care Package Ideas

Even if your college student does not like football, chances are they will find themselves either hosting or attending a party for the Big Game! Send them a Care Package using these Super Bowl Care Package Ideas to help start their party or give them something to take to a party.

The Super Bowl Care Package Printables are available in the Almost Empty Nest Printables Library. Follow the links above and below this post.

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How to Make a Super Bowl Care Package

 

 

Super Bowl Care Package Ideas

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I chose these bright yellow napkins because they looked like penalty flags! The green striped straws are adorable and are a nice contract to the yellow napkins. Your sons may not care about these items, but tell them that the girls will love them!!

The football stress balls are fun to throw around or to use for decorations.

The guys will love official Super Bowl merch like these Super Bowl logo cups.

Everyone needs football brownies and Super Bowl Rings! 

I got industrious and made brownies that I cut out and decorated to look like footballs. If shipping the brownies is not an option send them a brownie mix, cookie icing, and a football cookie cutter.

I also enclosed a Walmart gift card that I bought at a DISCOUNT on Raise, so they could go get some more food and party supplies.

The completed Super Bowl Care Package – a Super Bowl Party in a Box!

Cutest Super Bowl Cookies EVER!! 

I found some ADORABLE football cookies on a blog called The Monday Box. This blog is completely dedicated to recipes that can be mailed in care packages.

How to Mail Your Super Bowl Care Package:

I recommend Medium Flat Rate boxes from the post office. The boxes are free. You can pick them up before you make your boxes. They cost $15.05 to mail regardless of the weight. The Printable box decorations fit these boxes.

I make all of my Care Package decorations and labels with Pic Monkey.

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