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Gifts for Empty Nesters

Gifts for Empty Nesters

Gifts For Empty Nesters

 

Gifts for Empty Nesters are not hard to find if you know what to look for. Whether single or married, an empty nester is going through a big change as the children leave home. Some are excited about the new possibilities and others are downright depressed. Gifts that take into account their new household size and new routines will always be appreciated.

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Gifts for empty nesters

Gifts for Empty Nesters

 

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Empty Nest Gift Box

Is this not the cutest? The Confetti Gift Company on Etsy makes these gift boxes with a funny card, cocktail mug, candle, polka dot matches, 2 yummy cookies, and a small envelope of confetti. It is sure to cheer up a couple who has just dropped their last child off at college.

Gifts for Empty Nesters

Cooking for Two Cookbook

One of the things that is hardest for a new empty nesting couple to adjust to is cooking for a smaller household. The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook has over 650 recipes and tips for shopping and storing leftovers and ingredients. You can read my complete review of this cookbook at The Best Cooking for Two Cookbook.

Luggage Tags

I love these luggage tags! The new empty nester is definitley on a new adventure. Even if they cannot travel the world because they are busy working to pay for college, they can use them when they go to Parent’s Weekend at the college.

A Great Book

Check out 10 Best Books for Empty Nesters and find a great book for the new empty nest mom.

A Fun Mug

This Empty Nest mom mug is so fun and would make an excellent gift for a new empty nester. Add a book or gift card, wrap in cellophane with a fluffy bow and you have a perfect gift.

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Throw Blanket

After having teenagers in the house for however many years, pretty much everything in their house is worn out – from towels to throw blankets. A new throw blanket like the ones from Barefoot Dreams (the absolute softest ones ever) will definitely be appreciated.

Empty Nest Ornament

I love this handmade bread dough empty nest ornament!

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Beautiful Sign

This beautiful chalkboard sign would be a welcome addition to any empty nester’s kitchen. What a wonderful sentiment to share with their adult children.

Adults and Crafts Gift Box

Does she (or he) like to craft? Adults and Crafts is a gift box with all of the tools and supplies to complete a craft. A new craft is featured each month. You can give one month or a subscription.

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Gifts for Empty Nesters

My Garden Box

Send a My Garden Box. It contains everything you need to build relaxing, rewarding, and enriching garden projects, including live plants (variety of indoor and outdoor plants). With visually illustrated instructions, simple garden care tips, and properly portioned ingredients, assembly is fun & easy! 

Gourmet Food Basket

What would could better to go with their wine than a gourmet food basket. This one even ships Amazon Prime.

Gifts for Empty Nesters

TheraBox

You cannot go wrong with a TheraBox of self-care, stress reducing products. 

Gift Cards

Reintroduce the new empty nesters to going somewhere besides their child’s ball games. Raise has discounted gift cards for everything you can think of – movies, restaurants, and stores. If they are planning a home improvement project, then get a Lowe’s or Home Depot card. New hobbies? How about Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. The possibilities are endless.

Finding gifts for empty nesters is not that hard. They are beginning a new stage in life and there are a million possibilites for their new normal. Treat them to a night out or to anything that will help them adjust. 

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Coffee Care Package Ideas

Coffee Care Package Ideas

Coffee Care Package 

 

College days are long and hard and many are fueled by coffee. A Coffee Care Package makes a great graduation gift or college care package sent during the year. There are so many possibilites for a coffee care package like cute mugs, coffee pods, stainless steel bottles to keep their drink warm or cold, and Bizzy Cold Brew.

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Coffee Care Package

 

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A perfect item for a Coffee Care Package is a bottle of Bizzy Cold Brew. Each bottle of Bizzy Organic Cold Brew Coffee is cold brewed to yield the right amount of caffeine with a delicious smooth flavor. They brew their cold brew extra STRONG using more coffee per batch than traditional cold brew would. The result is approximately 200 mg/cup of naturally occurring caffeine – the perfect energy boost!

My daughter and I tried Bizzy. First, we whipped it up as a cold drink with ice, water and milk. Yum! Then we tried one of their recipes, the Cinnamon Hot Coffee. As I am more of a hot coffee drinker, I loved the hot version. The cinnamon syrup made this drink worthy of a coffee house specialty.

Bizzy Cold Brew would be great in a dorm room without a coffee maker. It is a perfect drink mix straight out of the bottle or heated up in the microwave.

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 We love our Hydroflasks at our house. They keep your drink hot or cold for HOURS. They have a stainless steel interior, so no funny tastes or smells, or concern about the safety of certain plastics. Pairing a bottle of Bizzy Cold Brew with a Hydroflask in your coffee care package will be appreciated every morning as your college student walks to class with their hot or cold coffee.

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It is easy to complete your coffee care package. Wrap your items in a cellophane gift bag. You can add some colorful fill in the bottom also. Tie it up with a cute tag and ribbon. These Coffee cup tags are available in the Almost Empty Nest Store.  (A Starbucks gift card for the days they do not have time to make their own coffee is an added special touch.)

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College Survival Kit

College Survival Kit

College Survival Kit

 

A College Survival Kit is a perfect gift or DIY project for a soon-to-be college student. Some kits are cute with puns and tags. Others are a collection of items for a dorm room. This college survival kit is meant to go in the bottom of a backpack or in the car of a college student to have on the run when emergencies arise.

Whether they are in desperate need of a snack or cup of coffee, have unexpectantly started their period, or have a splitting headache, this college survival kit will be there for them when they need it.

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College Survival Kit

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HOW TO MAKE A COLLEGE SURVIVAL KIT

started with this clear bag I found on Amazon. They came in a set of three, which is handy if you are making gifts for several people. I was looking for something small enough for a backpack or car console. I also liked that I could easily apply the labels to a clear bag as opposed to a fabric bag. The clear bags can also be taken into an NCAA sporting event that requires clear bags.

Packed Party has some absolutely adorable and superb quality bags that could also be used. I carry one of their bags in my purse for my lipglosses, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, etc. It is such a good bag because it has a vinyl liner.

Your college survival kit does not have to have a label, but when it is given as a gift, it dresses it up. I made the label with my Cricut machine.

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WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A COLLEGE SURVIVAL KIT

Tylenol or other pain reliever: In case of the sudden onset of a headache or other pain.

Hair Ties: Sometimes a hair tie breaks or it is windy outside or a college girl just decides she wants to pull her hair up.

Tissues: Tissues can be used in an emergency to wipe up a small spill, help fix smeared makeup, or for their original purpose, to wipe a nose.

Feminine Products: No explanation needed. Periods come sometimes at very inconvenient times!

A Small Healthy Snack: A college girl may find herself in need of a snack between classes or when she absolutely cannot break away from studying or a group project.

Lip Balm: Chapped lips are no fun.

Nail File: Nails break and start snagging on everything. A nail file can be a really handy item in a pinch.

Safety Pins: Loose hem, button that won’t stay buttoned, blouse that is showing more than you thought when you left the dorm….

Band Aids: For a cut finger or shoes that are blistering a heel.

Starbucks Gift Card: Sometimes a cup of their favorite beverage is an emergency and what is a college student to do if she is out of money. The college survival kit to the rescue!!

Hand Sanitizer: Unfortunately our kids are going back to school during a pandemic. They cannot have too much hand sanitizer.

Mask: They will also need a collection of masks – some for their room, one for their backpack, one for the car. Most schools are not going to allow them in a building or a classroom without a mask. Having an extra one in their college survival kit will be a life saver if they accidentally left theirs somewhere or dropped it outside on the way to class. Good to always have an extra clean one in case theirs is dirty or a strap breaks.

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OTHER ITEMS TO THINK ABOUT INCLUDING

Antacid tablets

Small multi-tool

Breath mints

Small sewing kit

Sticky notes

Pen/Pencil/Highlighter

Stain remover pen

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A college survival kit makes a great graduation gift or college item to make for your daughter before she heads off to school this fall.

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Graduation Care Package Ideas

Graduation Care Package Ideas

Graduation Care Package Ideas

Care Packages are one of the best ideas for graduation gifts. They give the graduate a box full of items that relate to their interests or future! These Graduation Care Package Ideas are also great for treating the graduate to wonderful self-care, beauty, wellness, special dietary needs, or other fun products. Cratejoy carries more graduation care package ideas than I could include in one post, so feel free to get lost on their website!

Graduation Care Package Ideas

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For the graduate who wants products from small businesses owned by women:

Brownstone and Main delivers a box filled with beauty, self-care, wellness, and lifestyle products created by women-owned small businesses around the US. Their boxes include 5-7 products with a guaranteed value of over $70. A new box is curated every other month. The Brownstone and Main care package would be the perfect gift for an ambitious female graduate.

For the snacker

MunchieCrate delivers a box of 15 snacks for the one studying in the dorm and ready for a late night pick-me-up. These are the snacks the kids grew up with and will be excited to see.

For the coffee lover who will definitely have a Keurig

New K-cups from Podaholics every month will be perfect for the graduate who wants to start each morning with a cup of coffee before work or class.

For the guy who loves to work out and load up on protein

Send a Brotein Box to help him fuel his workouts with high protein treats like protein bars, jerky, and other snacks.

For the graduate who is gluten-free, but would like a sweet treat

Can you believe these gorgeous cookies are gluten free? Each box includes 12 gorgeous, yummy, and gluten free cookies! They also have cookie decorating kits. All of the profits go toward adoption fees.

For the new college guy (or any guy)

What college (or any guy) would not like a new pair of underware, socks, and t-shirt each month? One more day he does not have to do laundry! Basic Man delivers premium quality cotton and bamboo products. The boxer briefs are odor-resistant and antimicrobial

For the popcorn lover

Kernal Crate boxes include 3 unique flavors every month and are tree nut free, peanut free, and gluten free. 

For the New Teacher

Teacher Care Crate is a self-care box for teachers. It includes 6+ items specifically curated for teachers to destress and relax.

For the Woman ready to take on the world

Spark, Hustle, Grow is a subscription box and online community for female entrepreneurs. Every box includes a personal development or business-focused book and 4-6 chic office supplies, tech gadgets, and stationary. Recipients also receive monthly business trainings by experts.

For the Fitness Enthusiast

Barbell Boxes are available for men or women and include the most effective supplements and fitness gear on the market including product, recipes, supplement plans, and motivation.

For the Crafter

For the gal or guy who likes crafting and would love to have all of the tools, supplies, and instructions for a project delivered each month. All Adults and Crafts projects are useful and trendy and provide the opportunity to learn a new crafting technique each month. 

 

For some faith-based encouragement

Upbox curates lifestyle boxes with a captivating Scriptural theme, filled with treasures they love + use, too! They include an assortment of goodies like cards, bath+body, beauty, yummy treats, home goods, + accessories!

For the office and paper supplies lover

Freshen up her desk with a sophisticated office and paper supplies care package by Cloth and Paper. The guys would like the “pensperation” package. It includes 5-7 pens, pencils, or writing tools. 

For Game Night

Game Night in the dorm or with friends anywhere. Escape the Crate sends an “escape room” style game every other month. Each box features a unique theme and gives a team of players 1 hour to escape using the clues included in the box. 

For the Car Lover

Glove Box sends a curated box of 4-6 premium detailing products, towels, and accessories from top car care brand. Packages feature products from the brands the pros use, and as a special bonus DELUXE subscribers receive access to exclusive discount codes and monthly how-to videos to detail like a pro. 

For the Dog Lover

BoxDog sends 6-8 premium products for dogs, including 4 bins of 100% handmade bakery treats, 1 vegan skincare item from the BoxDog line, 2 unique toys and 1 dog dear or gadget item you won’t find in stores.

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Bible Verses for High School Graduation

Bible Verses for High School Graduation

Bible Verses for High School Graduation

 

High school graduation is such an exciting time filled with bittersweet memories and dreams for the future. As our babies take their first steps into the real world, we want to send them with encouragement and prayers. These Bible Verses for High School Graduation are the best guidance to give them.

Write these Graduation Bible Verses on a graduation card or print them out on card stock so they can tape them to their mirrors and pin them to their bulletin boards.

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Bible Verses for High School Graduation

 

Proverbs 3:1-2 – Do not forget my teaching, but keep my commandments in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

Deuteronomy 31:8 – The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Numbers 6:24-26 – The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Exodus 14:14 – The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Colossians 2:6-7 – So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Micah 6:8 – He has told you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Matthew 5:16 – Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

 

 

I love every one of these verses. They are my prayers for my own children. I pray you will be able to use these Bible Verses for High School Graduation to encourage the graduate in your life.

What are your favorite verses to write in a graduation card? Comment below!

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Gift Ideas for Teens and College Students

Gift Ideas for Teens and College Students

30 Ideas for Best Gifts for Teens and Best Gifts for College Students

Shopping for teens and college students can be fun and challenging. It seems that the older kids get, the smaller and more expensive the presents are. I remember needing two rolls of wrapping paper to wrap a giant plastic car for my toddlers. Now I sometimes need barely a square of wrapping paper and the gift costs 5 times what the giant plastic car cost. But, if you know where to look, there are many gifts for this age group that do not need a charging cable. Read through this list of Best Gifts for Teens and Best Gifts for College Students for awesome present ideas that will not break the bank.

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 Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys and College Guys

Teenage boys can be SO HARD to buy for. Here are some unique gift ideas for teenage boys.

If your teen or college student (boy or girl) does not have a pair of AirPods, I promise you they want them.

Nice workout socks like these from Bombas will be worn everyday whether they are working out, lounging around, or every day with tennis shoes.

11 in 1 Wallet Multitool

This 11 in 1 Wallet Multitool would make a good stocking stuffer for all of the men in your life. It’s a screwdriver, bottle opener, cutting tool, wrench, and more.

Hydroflask has figured out what other makers of stainless steel water bottles have not by making the opening large enough for ice cubes. These stainless steel bottle are the best! Our family loves them. (The girls love them too!)

Bath and Body Gift sets like this one from Kiehl’s will definitely be used. Every guy needs soap and shaving cream. Having nice products will make them feel good and confident.

 

Gift Ideas for College Students, Teenage Boys, and Teenage Girls 

 

Here are some fun ideas for all of the teens and college students on your list

“Stranger Things” is an original series on Netflix about a group of teenagers in the 1980s. The 80s culture is spot on and the characters are relatable for teens and the adults who were teens in the 80s. (I’m raising my hand!) A Stranger Things Trivial Pursuit game would be such a fun by the fire or snow day gift for any teen. There is even a portal in the game to send players to the “Down Under.”

Phones never have enough battery and a portable phone charger is a must. Mine has saved me more times than I can count.

An air lounger is perfect for the backyard, the beach, the quad on campus, or the family room. My daughter had one she used to take to track meets. You do not have to blow these up. Just swing through the air and fold into position.

Help them keep their phone where they can see it so they are not fumbling around the car for it. Whether they are using the GPS or listening to music, a car phone vent mount will make their day.

The Harry Potter books these kids grew up reading are now available in full-color, beautifully illustrated editions. You can buy a set of books 1-3 or buy them individually. The fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was just released in October 2019.

We have life hammers in all of our cars. These hammers can help you escape your car in an emergency. They will cut a seat belt and break a car window

Everyone needs a new pair of house shoes. House shoes keep your feet warm in the winter and are great to slip on in the dorm to keep your feet off the perhaps less-than-super-clean floors.  

Do they like movies? Challenge them to see the top 100 movies of all time with this movie bucket list scratch off poster.

Give the high school kids a Planning for College Planner. It will help them organize the entire college search and application process in one place – including building their resume beginning as a high school freshman.

 

Best Gifts Ideas for College Girls and Teenage Girls

The girls are easier and often more fun to buy for – there are so many possibilities.

Any college girl would LOVE this steamer. My husband and I have one of these in our bathroom. It is AMAZING. Wrinkles gone in a flash without setting up an ironing board. (Some of the guys might appreciate it as well. My sons think they are good with a bottle of Downey Spray….)

My daughter and I both love our real acrylic makeup storage units. Real acrylic ones are sturdy and last for years (instead of months with cheap plastic ones). 

Love these new travel jewelry cases by Stackers. Any woman in your life would love one of these!

I love everything made by The Rifle Paper Company – gorgeous covers and thick, bleed-free paper. I have this set of notebooks. They each have a topic for my notes and journaling. Any girl would feel special to whip one of these out in class.

A beautiful and fun set of gel pens would go great with the Rifle Paper Notebooks.

Teens and college girls are always taking their makeup places – to a friend’s house or back and forth from college. A new makeup bag would fit the bill. I like how this one has a separate zip pouch at the bottom for brushes or whatever she would like to separate from her other items.

Everyone needs a felt letter board. These are so fun for commemorating events in pictures. (See my daughter holding one on her first day of school here.) They are also fun for encouraging messages!

“Meh” is one of the many things I hear my daughter say that I was not aware were words. May as well put it on a coffee mug.

How about a high school bucket list book? 97 Things to do Before You Finish High School sounds like an instagram worthy project.

Drop these super fun lipstick highlighters in their stockings!

Give her an easy way to spend some time with God with this 3 Minute Devotions Guide.

Subscription Care Packages for Teens and College Students

 Give the gift that gives all year. A monthly or quarterly subscription box. Every month or quarter the gift recipient will receive a box from the subscription service filled with goodies for them to enjoy.

Craft subscription boxes are fun for those wanting a creative outlet. Craft in Style boxes feature new projects, easy instructions, all the supplies, and free gifts along the way! Crafts vary from terrariums, clay marbling, candles, gold gilding, sun print photography + more. All boxes can be customized for you.

Snack Nation provides healthy snack box subscriptions in three categories – tasting, deluxe, and gluten free. Perfect for a student who is having difficulty finding healthy treats on campus.

Do you have ideas for the Best Gifts for Teens and the Best Gifts for College Students? Share them in the comment section below.

 

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