One of my most popular posts of all time is my graduation gift ideas post; it's a carefully curated list enthusiastically approved and eagerly endorsed by my children and their friends. My niece said, "It's a good list, Aunt Robin--I can't think of anything to add." She's the one who recommended the darling Scout Be-Low-Me Under Bed Stowage, declaring that of all things was her favorite graduation gift.
Since that post was published during graduation season, I thought it might be helpful to offer a Christmas version, just in time for Black Friday. Out of curiosity, I searched the top 20 items sold through Amazon from my list; I've noted a few comments on some of the items:
The above items are from Amazon, but other popular gifts purchased elsewhere are worthy of consideration, too--
1. Chubbies Shorts.
Brilliantly marketed to the fraternity-inclined, college-bound set, Chubbies Shorts have won over my high school son and his friends, too. They don't buy just one pair, they buy multiple. While I'm not fond of some of their ads (geared toward those of legal drinking age), Chubbies harken back to the the shorts of our grandfathers. Don't try to understand them. But make sure your boys have a pair or two.
2. Collectible ornaments. The Christmas we got married, I tied dozens of bows to decorate our tree. We had a few first-year-of-marriage ornaments, a few we each brought from home, but mostly our little frazier fir was barren.
This won't be the case for my babies; between my mother-in-law and me, we've selected special ornaments for them each year. This year they'll receive Lisa Leonard's "My Holly" ornaments personalized with their initial and name. (Use the Coupon Code HollyJolly through 12/25/13 for an additional 15% savings if you order anything from Lisa's shop!!)
3. Dorm art. This is a fun, inexpensive sticking-out-of-their-stocking stuffer, and at allposters.com, there are zillions to choose from.
4. Jewelry. Rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets and even sports watches are dynamite in small packages. I love the faith-inspired collection at DaySpring--it's not "too" Jesusy. (DaySpring also has some KILLER Super Deals through Black Friday at 60-70% off!). Plus, I reeeally like the vintage typewriter key necklace (for voracious readers and budding writers) and gold hoop earrings at Lisa Leonard Designs.
5. Gift cards. Amazon's Holiday Gift Cards offer a Free Gift Box and Free One-Day Shipping and they have EVERYthing. Restaurants, movies, lots of entertainment and shopping options for picky teens.
6. Electronics. Big ticket items, if these are in your price range, this is what your kids are hoping for:
7. I received an email from a dear friend in response to my post that insisted gloves, a 3-in-1 windbreaker, good rain boots and a bubble umbrella are necessary; on a blustery, rainy day, I suppose most students would agree :).
Hope this helps with gift-giving ideas!
Tell me what's on your list for teens and older children.
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