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.


Love At First Swing Hammock

Yep you read that right, Love at First Swing Hammock will have you falling in love the minute you take your first seat. Hammocks are a must have, we have two at our house and the weather is finally cooperating that we can bring them out and sit in them. Most warm sunny days here at our place you can see a child or my husband or I sitting in one of the hammocks. We love to sit in them and watch the kids play out side in the pool, on the trampoline, on the swing set or even as they play a game of basketball or tag.


I wish I had a picture of the one that I bought for my husband two years ago for his birthday. It was the greatest thing that I could have every bought him. Finding something for him is like trying to find a needle in a hay stack, virtually impossible. He never has any ideas on what he wants, because if he wants or needs something he just gets it himself. With that being said I would highly recommend getting one of these Love at First Swing Hammocks for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or that coming Birthday!!


The story behind the Love at First Swing Hammock,

When Joe Demin first experienced one of these hammocks in Thailand, it was “love at first swing.” 100% hand-woven from 3.2 miles of soft, vibrant, colorfast and weather-resistant cord, a process that can take a week to complete but that offers a contoured comfort unmatched by traditional cloth hammocks. This queen-sized model is perfect for two people to curl up and enjoy relaxing together.

Demin tracked down the source of these woven wonders–a small village of the endangered Mlabri people in northern Thailand. The Mlabri were nearly wiped out in the mid 20th century, when the teak forests that were their home were cut down for decorative wood. But, after their population dropped as low as 300, they have begun a slow resurgence. They have turned their traditional weaving skills toward making these inviting hammocks as a way of bringing sustainable income into their community. So as you snooze away a warm afternoon in your bright, woven nest, you can know that its makers are resting more easily as well.

Because of its woven nature, the Love at First Swing Hammock should not be used while wearing clothing with exposed buttons or zippers, or jewelry with snaggable edges. But when proper attire is worn, the hammock will last you through many summers to come. Handmade in Thailand.

Dessert is the Best Gift

Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth? I love giving desserts as gifts. Weather it’s handmade cookies, bars, cakes or even a tub of red velvet ice cream (my personal fav). These are thoughtful sweet gifts to give for birthdays, holidays or just because. Often times I get in the mood to bake goodies but of course, I would eat them all if they stayed at my house so instead, I bring them to work.

It has become a ritual that I bring in a sweet almost every week. With the cool season I have all kinds of apple desserts on the brain. I want to make apple crisp, slow cooker apple streusel and apple cinnamon bread.  Surprise a friend with a homemade dessert, their reaction will make you feel so good.

It’s All About the Presentation

I have a few occasions coming up where I need to give gifts. Starting with the first, a baby shower. I usually choose items from the registry and hope that the new-mom-to-be will love it but this time I’m trying something different. Instead of giving the typical onesies, outfits and bottles I decided to present it in a more unique display. I’m big into wreaths lately and I think homemade gifts mean so much more.

This wreath is made of baby wash clothes, rolled up and attached to a Styrofoam wreath, with mixed accents of diapers, pacifiers, onesies, baby products, kleenexes, and anti bacterial soap. I thought this was such a clever idea that included all necessary baby items but given in such a special way.