Whether it is giving or receiving one of my very favorite gifts are water bottles. I carry one with me everywhere and that ensures I take in enough water everyday. Often people hear to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, although this is close to the recommended amount it does vary from body size, age, sex, and activity level.
These are the recommended amounts according to Mayo Clinic:
So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.
I find that water is the most refreshing drink for me. I drink lots when I exercise, when I go to bed at night I bring my trusty water bottle along side my bed and I drink some during the night and when I get out of bed I drink a bunch in the morning straight away. My favorite water bottle is an insulated Thermos bottle without a straw. The popular straw ones are nice but difficult to clean, once they get moldy they need to be replaced. Another thing about the straw is that I think wrinkles happen more easily from using a straw so often similar to a smokers lips. A great way to encourage drinking more water for a loved one is to give them a really nice water bottle, they will love it!
In the summer months there are many family reunions planned. I think this is because people travel a long way sometimes and all the children are out of school already so they are easier to plan and more people are available. I love family reunions. I have a very large family, some of my cousins I wouldn’t even recognize if I saw them on the street. At our reunions on my Mother’s side we typically gather in her home town, although this year’s reunion in in Missouri. The planning committee looks for a resort that can take reservations for cabins and camp sites, and people often stay at the resort for about a week. Some of us can only come for the weekend so that is when we have our big dinner.
At this year’s reunion I thought it would be a nice idea to make a family tree. I have designed a great big tree with my Grandparents at the base, their 12 kids among the branches and then all families attending will bring a piece to add to the tree. I think it is a great idea to have everyone one participate in the completion of the tree when they add their family members. I am not reveling the tree until it is complete to all so that it is a great surprise.
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.
If you are searching for those last minute stocking stuffers, I have got you covered. If you have little girls, nieces, cousins, girlfriends, etc. these hanging cosmetic bags or flat iron cases are not only useful but also really cute. I got a few of these for my little nieces. They are teenagers so I never what to get them. It’s always nice when you are able to give gifts that aren’t only personable but also useful. These Cinda B accessories are quilted and stylish, they remind me of Vera Bradley, but less expensive. There are a few different patterns that match any girl’s style. I choose these items for my little nieces and I’m really hoping they enjoy them. For the 16 year old I got this cute flat/curling iron cover, for when she has sleepovers and traveling and then I got the 17 year old this cosmetics traveling case. What gifts do you still have left on your list?
So, I am seeing the next and latest trend in popular stuffed animals are a variation of the traditional beanie baby called Beanie Boo’s . This is actually a new line of product from beanie company Ty and I have to say that they are kind of cute. This penguin, called Waddles, is just really adorable and would make for a perfect stocking stuffer for any child. They range from $5-$13 depending on the popularity of the beanie character.
These things are really addictive when you start collecting them too. And they also have a cute line of these beanie boos that are clip ons so they are perfect for your kids back packs. And if you have a child that gets invited to a friends birthday party and you do no know what to get them…you may just want to get the this. It is cute and affordable and makes for a great gift.