Loving This Water Bottle for Gift Giving

I carry a water bottle with me everywhere, I look for my keys, purse, phone, and water bottle before I leave the house. If I forget it I am immediately thirsty. Drinking water is very important to good health so I like to give my loved ones nice water bottles as gifts. I found this one recently which is great for the person on the go.

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This Contigo Autoseal Kangaroo Water Bottle is available from Amazon for $12.19. It has really nice features for someone on the go. The opening seals tightly and can be operated with one hand. It is 100% leak proof and spill proof, isn’t that great? The built in compartment lets you put maybe some cash and your car key in it when hiking, how convenient right?

More features:

  • Patented AUTOSEAL technology – Press the AUTOSEAL button to sip; release to automatically seal.
  • No cap to remove, no spout to open – convenient one-handed water bottle operation from sip to seal, perfect for all activities.
  • Patented AUTOSEAL lid is 100% leak-proof and 100% spill-proof.
  • Water bottle features a built-in compartment – just flip open door to store ID, gym card, money, key, and more!
  • Flip up handle with carabiner to clip to gym bags and backpacks.

Graduation Gifts


Everyone knows the best gift for a graduate is cold hard cash but what else can they use? For graduates I don’t know well I always give them cash, its easy, convenient, and appreciated on both ends. I love not having to shop or wrap. When I do know a graduate well I like the give something more personal even if it is just part of the gift. I like to believe they appreciate it and will always keep it and think of me and how kind and thoughtful I am when they use it. I know, it’s most likely a fairy tale but I am going to keep on doing it anyway.


Other go to graduation gifts are gift baskets, I like to fill up a container they can use with items they will need. A good container is a clothes basket or a waste paper basket, the basket becomes a useful part of the gift and there is also NO WRAPPING! Items in the baskets can be laundry soap, household cleaners, homemade dish cloths, easy foods, their favorite recipes and ingredients for them, a gift card for groceries or gas. These are all great items graduates need as they take the next step in life. A clock is also a great graduation gift or a book. One of my favorite gifts was to my nephew, I have him a hammock, he does love it and I think it is great that he spends time there and I could be a part of that.


Give a Homemade Gift

There is nothing more personal or thoughtful than a homemade gift. With the type of idea websites on the internet today it is easy to find an idea for just about any occasion and anyone. Home made Mother’s day and Father’s day gifts are so thoughtful and appreciated immensely by parents. Even when they come from a grown up child. I made my Mom a garden stepping stone two years ago for Mother’s day and she loved it. It was  fun project to do with my siblings too so that was a bonus. Some great sites I use to come up with home made gift ideas are Pinterest, and Etsy.

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This Mother’s day gift basket idea I found on Pinterest. This is very basic and easy to make. Slip a ribbon on a basket and fill it with your Mom’s favorite things. You could put a flowering plant in there, her favorite beverage, some pictures taken she might not have seen before, a nice pair of socks and of course some chocolate. Handmade coupons for chores and some quite time are also fabulous presents! These are basic ideas that do not cost much but she is sure to appreciate. Mom’s love thoughtfulness, it doesn’t really matter what the gift is if there was thought put into it.

Cell Phones

I stuck to my guns and didn’t give my daughter a cell phone till she was 15,I was going to give it to her when she was 16,but school and sports became a conflict.How are we suppose to know when to give them one.I didn’t get one till I was 18 and could pay for it by myself.She loved it though and is very grateful for it.I’m glad she doesn’t take to much advantage of it!

Give a Gift – Just Because

Gift giving is not only for birthdays and holidays. Giving a gift “just because” can say so much about how you feel.This is not just for romantical feelings, this can be for a family member or friend as well.

Remember, the cost of the gift does not measure the importance. It’s the giving that makes the gift a special expression of your feelings.  There are many low cost or free ways to let someone know how you feel about them and that you appreciate them.

Think about the person and what they like – giving them something completely out of the blue not only makes them feel good, you will feel good too.