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Gifts for High School Graduates

We’re in the tail-end of graduation season, which probably means you’re fresh out of gift ideas for all those high school graduates heading off to college. It’s easy to get the grad a gift card to a favorite store or give them some much-needed cash, but giving them something special that will help with the transition or make them an instant hit in the dorm rooms will make your gift really stand out. Check out some of our favorite gift ideas for high school graduates that are perfect for plenty of grads, especially when paired with a personalized graduation congratulations card that shows how proud you are of all they’ve accomplished.

1. Help them record all of their favorite memories with a digital camera. Taking pictures of their dorm room, floor socials, and new best friends will help any new college student remember what made the first year the best year yet. A digital camera is the easiest way for them to share their pictures on facebook with friends and family, and will help keep everyone in the loop about what a great time they’re having.

2. Making new friends has never been easier than with portable games like foosball or pingpong. Created in small sizes perfect for a dorm room or small apartment, these games are the perfect gift for the sporty grad who can connect with new friends over a friendly game.

3. Let them connect over music with speakers. Whether sharing their favorite new artists or listening to some of their favorite songs together, having a set of speakers beyond the normal computer ones will make this high school grad the hit of the college dorm.

4. Cancel out the noise of roommates (or those new speakers!) with a set of noise-cancelling headphones. Whether the new grad wants to jam out to his or her music in peace or needs to drown out the noise to make studying easier, these headphones will come in handy for a variety of occasions.

5. Remind the grad of where they’ve come from and where they’ll go. As they start this new chapter, any new grad will be a little sentimental for their home and friends from high school. A photo collage frame that holds pictures of their family and friends is a sweet decoration for any dorm room that their new friends will love to see as well. Tell the new grad how much you think they’ll still accomplish with a copy of a book like Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!“. You can personalize it with a sweet note inside to remind the graduate of how proud you already are of them, and how excited you are for all that the future holds.

Be sure to check out Cardstore’s collection of graduation cards to find one to pair with your gift for an added touch. Whether featuring a photo of the grad or an inspirational quote, it’s a great chance to share your best wishes with the grad. What are some of your favorite gifts to give to high school grads?

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Featured Cards: Colorful Grad OwlsColorful Graduation LetteringGraduation Signposts

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Featured Cards: Notebook Class of 2013, Yearbook Photo Graduate, Watch Out Graduation

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

How many times have you given a tie to Dad or Grandpa for Father’s Day when you couldn’t think of any better gift idea? Inspired by this Father’s Day card featuring the stat “65% of Dads would rather receive nothing than receive another tie,” we thought coming up with some alternative Father’s Day gifts would be the best way to help you celebrate Dad this year. Paired with some of our favorite Father’s Day cards, there’s no better way to thank Dad for all he does. Check out our list of ideas below for some DIY and last-minute gift ideas that are sure to impress him much more than another tie ever could.

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1. Does Dad have a sweet tooth? Tell him how much you love him to pieces with this cute jar of Reese’s Pieces featuring some DIY details.

2. If Dad loves his beer, why not grab one that has an adorable note already attached? Check out this tutorial to find a creative way to dress up one of his favorite brews. If Dad takes his beers very seriously, why not order him a beer flight sampler paddle that can even be engraved with his name, or sign him up for a beer of the month club!

3. Is Dad a total techie? Get him a gift that gives throughout the year, like a subscription to a great magazine! If he loves learning about new gadgets, choose a magazine like Wired to keep his interest piqued for months on end.

4. If your Dad is absolutely in love with his sports teams, maybe the best gift for him is something like this iphone case featuring his favorite team’s logo! As long as it’s personalized with his favorite team or sport, you can’t go wrong.

To round out some of these great gift ideas, be sure to include a great Father’s Day card that fits his personality. The combination of a one of a kind, personalized card and a thoughtful gift will help to make this Father’s Day especially memorable. Are you planning on getting Dad something outside of the box and unexpected this upcoming Father’s Day?

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Featured Cards: Number One Baseball Player, Father’s Day Blueprint Design, Dad Photos With Robots, Free Beer for Dad

Inspiration Board: Sparkle Birthday

Every birthday could do with a little extra sparkle. Add something special to birthday celebrations with fairytale-esque silver details in everything from the birthday card to the gift to the outfit to the cupcakes! If there’s any day your friend deserves to feel like a princess, her birthday is it.

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Cardstore.com One Wish Wand Birthday Card for Her

Shoshanna Dress from Bloomingdales

Mercury Trinket Box and Morelia Ballerinas Flats from Anthropologie

Silver Cupcakes from Favin

Take 2 Tuesday: Sunshine

Sunshine is in abundance during the summer, and I just can’t seem to get enough of it. Whether it’s in the colors I wear of the way I feel, everything just seems to be sunnier! To continue with my absolute obsession with yellow during this bright season, I’ve been loving the idea of pairing this Thinking of You Card with a sunflower for a great gift to give to a friend you haven’t seen in a while. It seems like nothing else could possibly make someone smile like the combination of a sweet card and some gorgeous flowers.

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Sunflower photo from Flickr

Why Don’t You… July 16 & 17

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… make sophisticated friendship bracelets? As a girl, I always felt there was something so special about sharing a friendship bracelet I had made with a close friend. Using this DIY tutorial from Dear Lizzy, friendship bracelets are all grown up in the most stylish way possible. Wrapped in velvet, this is a bracelet that is so easy to make and incredibly pretty too.

063011 lemonslush2; Why Dont You... July 16 & 17… make refreshing summer slushies? If the weather in your area is anything like it is here, you’re hot and constantly craving cool summer treats. When I came across these Lemon Lime Slush Cups on Momtastic, that are cleverly held inside the lemons, I knew it would be my go-to treat for the weekend. Cleaning out the lemon rinds is easy enough for the kids to help with too, so it can be a fun activity everyone can get involved in.

Why Don’t You… July 2 & 3

6a00d83451c0f869e2014e896e1ed7970d; Why Dont You... July 2 & 3… make your own 4th of July menu and name tags? If you’re planning an especially large and festive 4th of July celebration this year, you’ll love this tutorial from {frolic} for making your own menu and name tags in a perfectly patriotic style. They’d make a perfect addition to your decor.

b; Why Dont You... July 2 & 3… make child-sized aprons? Any future chefs out there love having their own kitchen equipment, including an apron that actually fits them properly! This tutorial for aprons for kids made out of placemats is one of the coolest and cutest I’ve ever seen. Plus, they’d make a sweet gift for a pint-sized chef.

liberty3; Why Dont You... July 2 & 3… make a 4th of July headband? It can be difficult to dress the part for the 4th without looking overly red, white, and blue. When I came across this idea for a DIY headband fit for someone like Lady Liberty herself, I saw what a patriotic and stylish addition could be made to any outfit. I love that it can be a headband or clip, there are so many ways to make this craft your own!

Why Don’t You… June 18 & 19

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berrytags1; Why Dont You... June 18 & 19… treat someone to summer fruit? I’ve never canned much of anything, but with the bounty of summer fruits I’ve been feeling inspired lately to make some homemade jam. When I found these free summer fruit labels over on Creature Comforts, I knew any excuses I had been making for avoiding this had to be left behind; these tags are too cute!

Take 2 Tuesday: Relaxing

Finding a great Father’s Day gift is one of the most challenging things to shop for. I never know just what he wants, and I hate the idea of giving something totally useless. I’m finally realizing more and more that the simple but completely appreciated gift of relaxation, some time alone, and a lack of pressure is sometimes the best. This Hammock Lawn Dad Funny Father’s Day Card by American Greetings would give him the best motivation to take the day off. Seen next to this photo of a real hammock, it looks like there’s nothing he would enjoy more than a snooze in a hammock.

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Hammock from Flickr photographer Bill_Cross

Barbecue Inspiration

As it slowly warms up here in SoCal, we’ve been using the grill more and more each week. Father’s Day happens to be arriving soon, and as so many men I know absolutely love grilling, I’ve been thinking about some possible grilling accessories that would make great gifts for this holiday. Below are some of the items I’m currently admiring.

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Minden Outdoor Gas Grill from Williams Sonoma

Aussie Burgers from Martha Stewart

Button Down from J.Crew

Original Wayfarer from Ray-Ban

Barbecue Gift Set from Gourmet Mike’s

Cardstyle Find #99: Lisa Stickley Paper Goods

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