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Thank You Gifts For Abroad

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Whether you are planning to stay with a host family, in a hostel, or with friends, it is a good idea to always have some small trinkets to give as gifts to whomever shows you a little hospitality while you are abroad. Not only will you be presenting yourself in the best light, you will also be presenting your country positively, which is something a lot of travelers don’t think about.

Rest assured buying thank you gifts doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many inexpensive things you can pick up that will be sure to satisfy and are easy to travel with!

1. Magnets

Magnets make great gifts because they add life to a kitchen! Plus, anyone who comes over to their house for a meal will most likely ask about them and that makes it a gateway to a great conversation about how a wonderful traveling student gave it to them as a little thank you.

2. Postcards

I have pen pals from Africa, Spain, and even just a few states in the U.S. and postcards are one of my favorite little gifts to get. I love having something to pin up on the refrigerator, around my room, or on my bureau mirror, and your kind friends, hostel works, or host family will too!

3. Homemade Goods

Anything home-made or handmade from your state is always a great gift. People love supporting local businesses and areas. Some ideas could be: jewelry, candles, jams, or chocolate. If there is a local market in your town on weekends, chances are it is a jackpot for inexpensive goodies like these.

4. Keychains

Add a little flair to your someone’s key ring with a unique keychain with their name or a cool design on it. Each time they reach for their keys, they will think of you.

 

 

Still in doubt? Think about what you would like to get as a gift from someone and go with that. As long as you put some thought into it, you can’t go wrong. Mostly it’s the idea of being appreciative to those who welcome you into their space for your extended travels. Show them they have made a difference!

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Father’s Day is this weekend, which means there is still a little bit of time to pick out something nice for your dad or the father figure in your life. When it comes Father’s Day, no gift is a bad gift. It’s all about showing your appreciation.

1. Cook or Dine

No one says you have to go all out on Father’s Day. A simple burger and brew might work just fine for your dad. Grab dinner at a bar nearby or fire up the barbecue in the backyard. Consider making your own BBQ sauce to add a special taste to the burgers.

2. Concert or Sports

Spend an afternoon at a baseball game, the evening at a basketball game, or a weekend concert.

3. Chocolate

Hey, it’s not just for women! Pick out a tasty treat, such as truffles from a local patisserie, or order something from Harry & David’s. For a lot of dads, the way to their heart is a delicious snack.

4. Unique Gift

Scour the net for one-of-a-kind gifts, such as this scratch map, which might inspire your dad to do some more traveling, a hypnotizing sand art mobile, or these repurposed coin guitar picks.

5. Phone Case

Pick out a case from Shutterfly to customize with your photos. The photos can be of family holidays, trips, or just photos of places your dad likes.

Whatever you end up doing to celebrate, remember to tell your dad how much you appreciate all the things he does for you!

Happy Father’s Day!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is coming! Do you know what you’re getting your mom? Now would be a good time to recall all those conversations you’ve had with her about what she likes and doesn’t like. Just in case you’re clueless, here are five affordable gift ideas any mom would be happy to receive.

1. Jewelry

All women love jewelry, but what will make your gift unique? If you can, take a look in her jewelry box, or if you see her before Mother’s Day, take note of what kind of earrings she wears. You can never go wrong with having her piece monogrammed with either her initials, the initials of you and your siblings, or just a sweet message. Personalizing is the touch that shows you put in the extra effort.

2. iPhone Case

If your mom is like mine and she’s just now joining the world of iPhone users, she might be scrambling for a decent-looking iPhone case. Again, personalization is key. Look for a case with a scene of her favorite location (ex. the beach), a quote from her favorite book, or one with her initials.

3. Books

For the literary lover, you can never go wrong with a book or even a year’s subscription to their favorite magazine. A lot of mom’s revel in reading magazines with a lot of delicious recipes or decorating tips, such as Real Simple or Food, or magazines with beautiful photography, such as National Geographic Traveler. If your mom has converted to Kindle, why not get her a cover?

. Dining & Cooking

Is your mom always in the kitchen whipping up delicious dinners and mouthwatering desserts? Consider adding something unique and fun to her kitchen space with a decal for her mixer, a picturesque cutting board, or printed dishtowels.

5. Gift Gard

Pick up a gift certificate to her favorite store, her favorite website, or a spa in town where she can be pampered one afternoon.

Still not sure what to get? Another good way to get a sense of what your mom likes is by checking out her Pinterest or Amazon account. What she pins or adds to her wish list is basically her telling you what she wants – so take a hint!

Good luck!

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Pinteresting DIY Gifts for the Holidays

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The holidays are well underway! I love buying gifts for everyone, but as college students, the holidays can be just as expensive as they are enjoyable. Thanks to this wonderful site called Pinterest, I have developed a list of great, easy, and cheap gifts that you can make yourself!  Be ready to get crafty!

1. Wine Bottle Crafts

If you are of age or know people who are, keep empty wine or alcohol bottles. Make a twine bottle: you would need is a glue gun, empty wine bottle, and twine from a local craft store. All you need to do is start with the end of the twine, use your glue gun to glue the end to the bottom of the bottle, and start wrapping the twine around the bottle. As you go, glue down the twine occasionally. Make sure you keep the twine tight and close together, so that you cannot see the bottle through the twine.  You can do this with ribbon too! There are a lot of possibilities with wine bottles.

2. Ornaments

You can also get super creative with ornaments. Find some plain ones and grab the glue and glitter. You can make a design on the ornament with the glue. While the glue is still wet, throw the glitter all over it and let it dry.  Make a bunch of these and you just made new decorations for a loved one’s tree! Get creative and incorporate something they love into the design!

3. Baked Goods

Everyone loves baked goods. Check out the recipes on Pinterest for some awesome ideas! Plus, you can be that person that everyone envies for bringing the best food to the Christmas party.

4. Scarves, Hats, and Blankets

Know how to crochet or knit? Use the skill to make an awesome scarf for everyone! Pinterest has some awesome tutorials for how-to’s that can help anyone from beginner to pro. It’s not just an easy gift, it’s a pretty fun hobby and very easy to learn.

These are just a few examples of crafty gifts you can make and give, don’t be afraid to get creative and come up with your own! Be sure to like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter and let me know what you do for this holiday season. Take pictures and send steps! Best entry will be given the title of “Craftiest Gift Giver,” and will receive a secret prize! Let the crafting begin!

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5 Affordable Gift Ideas

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There is still time to shop for any gifts you might want to pick up for your friends and family this holiday season. If you’re on a budget this year, don’t worry – there are plenty of cool gifts to choose!

For The Tea Drinker

This yellow tea submarine is perfect not only for a Beatles fan, but also for those who crave tea. It is a fun and creative way to enjoy any cup of tea.

For The Movie Lover

Have a friend who sees at least one or two movies a week? Get them this awesome ticket stub diary so they can remember which ones were thumbs up, and which ones were not so great.

For The Wine Specialist

It’s not Monopoly, but Wine-opoly. Players “buy favorite wins, collect bunches of grapes, and trade them in for decanters.” Perfect for those Friday night dinner parties.

For The Sports Buff

Choose their favorite NFL team to print on delicious chocolate m&ms. Perfect snack for when they are watching the game!

For The Baker

Who doesn’t love owls? With these owl measuring cups, baking can be done in style and add a bit of pizzaz to the kitchen.

For The Music Lover

The most influential pop albums from 1955 through 2003 are listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery; it’s a must-read for any music lover.

For The Travel Enthusiast

This scratch off map has got to be the coolest map I’ve seen. This map can be scratched off for each place traveled! Gives a whole new meaning to wall art!

When it all comes down to it, no gift is a “bad” gift (unless it’s an ugly Christmas sweater), it’s all about the thought you put into it. Happy Holidays!

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