Brandi Michel

The Gift Idea Guide for Your Teen or College Student

High school and college aged kids are sometimes the hardest to buy for because everything we (translation: adults) pick can be “lame.” Or whatever the word for uncool is these days. 😉

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But no fear! I’ve done the work for you and scoured my favorite store Amazon for some amazing gifts that are perfect for your older child.

Since this list contains an overwhelming number of unisex gifts, I didn’t divide the gifts by sex but some are distinctly boy or girl. So, have fun getting inspiration to get those big hugs or exuberant high fives for whatever the occasion.

And to make your life even easier you can shop right from this page! Just click right on the image to go straight to that specific item on Amazon.

Disclosure: I do earn a small commission anytime a purchase is made using any one of my Amazon links. If you do decide to purchase any of these awesome gifts, it actually helps to keep this blog running smoothly by purchasing through one of my links. Thanks a bunch! Happy Shopping! 😉 

Gift Ideas Guide for the Older Child in High School or College

 

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout LED

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout LED

This is a really cool gift for the kid who loves to grow things, is into science, or if you have a budding chef. This complete kit allows you to grow herbs, salad greens, vegetables, or flowers. They can grow up to three plants at a time! The high performance LED is tuned to the specific spectrum that allows for plants to at their maximum and even blinks to remind when nutrients are needed.

Vintage Lighted Star Marquee

Vintage Lighted Star Marquee

This is a cool marquee light that will liven up any desk or dorm room and is your secret way of letting them know they’ll always be your star! 😉

ATTCL 2016 Vintage Fashion Round Arrow Style Wayfarer

ATTCL 2016 Vintage Fashion Round Arrow Style Wayfarer

These stylish sunglasses are totally on trend right now! And they won’t break the bank and are available in a variety of cool colors.

Hangry Kit Sweet & Salty Snack Sampler

Hangry Kit Sweet & Salty Snack Sampler

If your kid is away or on their way to college, this gift will let ‘em know you’re thinking of their nutrition. 😉 We don’t want them getting hangry!

Fandango Gift Cards

Fandango Gift Cards

Movies, movies, movies … Need I say more?

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

 

This cute and fun journal is a welcoming way to ease your teen into the habit of journaling and thinking about themselves and their future.

Emojicon Backpack

Emojicon Backpack

Who doesn’t love emojis at any age?!

Premium Metallic Tattoos

Premium Metallic Tattoos

These aren’t your typical “kiddie” tattoos. These are premium metallic tattoos that last for days and won’t lose their shine. And they’re non-toxic and come with a 30-day money-back guarantee!

APIE Portable Wireless Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

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For the outdoors lover who wouldn’t want to miss listening to their i-tunes playlist this speaker is a great option. It’s also completely waterproof and delivers HD acoustic sound for crystal clear sound. To top it off, it comes with a built in SOS emergency button!

Herschel Supply Co. Charlie Card Holder

Herschel Supply Co. Charlie Card HolderThis is a simple and easy gift for pretty much anyone. It comes in 24 difference colors and designs to there’s one everyone would love.

1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion Diary

1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion Diary

Here’s another great tool to get your young person to journal and reflect on their life in a meaningful way. The benefits of journaling everyday are too good to pass up, so this is an entry level way to develop the awesome habit.

iPhone 6S Leather Case, iPhone 6S Case

iPhone 6S Leather Case, iPhone 6S Case

This is not just another phone case. It holds money and important cards, but it also folds to prop up the phone for easy viewing! And the best part is it comes in over 40 unique colors and designs.

Amir 3 in 1 HD Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit

Amir 3 in 1 HD Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit

This lens kit turns your cell phone (i-phone, Galaxy, and other Android phones) into a professional camera. You get 3 in 1 HD Lens – Including superior quality 0.4x Super Wide Angle Lens + 10x Macro Lens + 180° Fisheye Lens. Enjoy the high quality and incredible images

Sephora Gift Card

Sephora Gift Card

You can’t go wrong with a Sephora gift card for the girl who loves all things beauty! This is an easy win.

Man Up!: 367 Classic Skills for the Modern Guy

Man Up!: 367 Classic Skills for the Modern Guy

This is a totally cool and relevant book for any guy in your life. This book really thinks of everything!

Umbra Fotochain Picture Frames, Set of 3

Umbra Fotochain Picture Frames, Set of 3

This frame set is a really cool way to put their favorite photos on display. I think I want a set for myself!

Luxury Inflatable Lounger Sofa by Airlug

Luxury Inflatable Lounger Sofa by AirlugThis has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. This fully inflatable lounger inflates instantly and doesn’t require a pump!

Portable Charger Mopower 3000mAh

Portable Charger Mopower 3000mAh

This charger is a must have gift. You don’t want your child out and about with a dead cell phone! This inexpensive gift could be a life-saver.

W7’s Ultimate Eyeshadow Collection

W7’s Ultimate Eyeshadow Collection

This eyeshadow palette set has every color base covered and you’ll look like an expert without needing a PhD. in beauty!

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual:

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual:

If your daughter loves but is new to the arena of make-up, this gorgeous and easy to follow book will help them look and feel their best.

Ikee Design Acrylic Jewelry & Cosmetic Storage Display

Ikee Design Acrylic Jewelry & Cosmetic Storage Display

This storage unit is sleek and functional for many uses such as cosmetic, jewelry, and even for art and drawing supplies! So this gift could be for a girl or guy!

All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice RemoteAll-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice RemoteThis is a great gift! It’s the smaller version of the Amazon Fire TV Box which is what our family uses to watch TV. This is a low cost way for your kid to get their own!

I hope you love this gift idea guide for your higher schooler or college student. Let me know in the comments sections if you found this gift guide helpful and add any other gift ideas you’ve found to the list!

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Guide Idea Guide – Non-Toy Gifts for the Science, Engineering, or Crafty Kid

Non-Toy Gift Ideas for the Science, Engineering, and Crafty Kid

This gift guide is full of year-round gift ideas for the kid who loves to create, tinker, construct, craft, and build. Those kids who are crazy over crafts, STEM activities, and engineering projects will LOVE these gift ideas.

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If your child is anything like my oldest daughter, traditional toys usually end up in the back of the closet or lost under the bed. She loves the “idea” of having the latest toys that flash on the screen in the commercials that interrupt her favorite shows.

But what she really loves is anything that allows her to express her creativity. If you have a kid in your home that loves to build, experiment, create, draw, or craft; you MUST look at this gift guide. Your creative kiddo will thank you!

I’ve left the gift guide open to both girls and boys because most of the gifts are perfect for either. I’ve just separated them between the younger and older kids.

And to make your life even easier you can shop right from this page! Just click right on the image to go straight to that specific item on Amazon.

Disclosure: I do earn a small commission anytime a purchase is made using any one of my Amazon links. If you do decide to purchase any of these awesome gifts, it actually helps to keep this blog running smoothly by purchasing through one of my links. Thanks a bunch! Happy Shopping! 😉 

Gift Ideas for Younger Kids (Ages 4-8)

 

Melissa & Doug Catch & Count Wooden Fishing Game With 2 Magnetic Rods

Melissa & Doug Catch & Count Wooden Fishing Game

Wooden magnetic fishing game that’s excellent for developing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, core strength, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

This 20 piece kit allows your young scientist to explore and learn the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools Which is it? Might wanna fix that!

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Jungle Crew Lab Set

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science KitThis kit is the winner of the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor! It shows budding scientists how to conduct simple experiments with 10 hands-on activity cards.

Creativity for Kids Do Art – Pottery Studio

Creativity for Kids Do Art - Pottery StudioThis pottery kit introduces little hands to the history and art of hand sculpted pottery. The kit includes 3 lbs. of clay, a pottery wheel, and everything else your child will need to make their very own masterpiece!

Backyard Safari Cargo Vest

Backyard Safari Cargo Vest

This adorable little safari vest gets your little explorer outside and exploring their environment. The vest includes binoculars, tons of durable pockets for gathering findings, and strong D-rings for hanging other equipment.

Build & Imagine: Malia’s House

Build & Imagine: Malia's House

This award winning dollhouse allows your child to design her very own playhouse for her dolls just the way she likes. This magnetic construction set stimulates imagination and play as she puts her designer skills to work.

Spirograph Junior

Spirograph Junior

The classics are making a come-back! I recently bought this kit for my 7-year-old daughter and she loves creating tons of designs. Plus the kit is portable and self-contained right in the handy case.

Candy Construction Building Set

Candy Construction Building Set

This building kit encourages the STEM skills by allowing kids to build their own sweet structures with sticks, gumdrops, swirls, and more. This is a great and fun learning tool that blends every kid’s two loves – building and candy!

Osmo Coding Game

Osmo Coding Game

Osmo is the easiest way to introduce your child to the concept of coding. This fun and engaging game guides Awbie, the game character, on a Strawberry-munching adventure!

Seedling Design Your Own Headphones

Seedling Design Your Own HeadphonesKids can design their own headphones with stencils and paints to express their creativity. This is a gift that’ll definitely come in handy.

Gift Ideas for Older Children (Ages 9-12)

 

Piper Computer Kit

Piper Computer Kit

This is an educational computer kit that teaches STEM and coding through Minecraft. This is a pricey gift but if you have a Minecraft lover who has the desire to learn how to tinker with electronics instead of just playing with them. This kit comes with everything they’ll need to assemble their own computer.

K’NEX Education ‒ STEM Explorations: Swing Ride Building Set

K’NEX Education ‒ STEM Explorations: Swing Ride Building Set

This engineering toy has 486 colorful pieces that complete a fully functioning battery operated swing ride. They built, then play!

ALEX Toys Craft Knot-A-Lion

ALEX Toys Craft Knot-A-Lion

No sewing required, just knot and stitch super soft double sided fleece. The kit includes fleece pillow and blanket shapes, strips and tail pieces, felt shapes, stuffing, embroidery floss and needle and instructions. This is another gift that’s sure to get tons of use.

Craft-tastic String Art Kit III

Craft-tastic String Art Kit III

This is a fantastic new way to make string art. The kit includes 3 string art canvases to make a bird, starburst, and “fun” designs, or create your own designs. Just push the pins right into the pre-patterned foam bases and string away, no hammer or nails needed.

Project Mc2 Bubble Gum Chemistry

Project Mc2 Bubble Gum Chemistry

The Popular show Mc2 has a line of chemistry related kits geared toward young girls. This kit lets kids make their own gum! Yum!

Real Cooking Supreme Baking Set

Real Cooking Supreme Baking Set

This 70 piece baking kit includes all mixes, chocolate, candy, and frosting to inspire your budding baker to create yummy treats for your family and their little friends!

 Scientific Explorer Young Architect City Planner Set

Scientific Explorer Young Architect City Planner Set

This architecture kit gives your child the ability to plan an entire 3D city! They start on paper and then build their plans into a real 3D model just like the real thing.

Meccano – Micronoid – Blue Basher

Meccano - Micronoid - Blue BasherThese little robots are actually built by your child and then programmed to do all kinds of commands likes talking, walking, and whatever they come up with! This allows kids to tinker and understand how things work.

SmartLab Toys Get Growing! Greenhouse

SmartLab Toys Get Growing! Greenhouse

If you have a green-thumbed child, this will make a great gift. The kit includes the pots, seeds, and growth chart to tracks their plant’s progress. All they need to add is soil, water, and sunshine!

3Doodler Create 3D Pen

3Doodler Create 3D Pen

This no mess, and non-toxic 3D pen allows your child to easily create imaginative 3D pictures. This is the world’s first and best selling 3D pen on the mark

These are wonderful gifts ideas for the “non-toy kid and ones I personally plan to purchase this year! Let me know in the comments below if this gift idea guide was helpful to you.

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Words of Wisdom When You Feel Overwhelmed

Words of Wisdom when you're feeling overwhelmed and need encouragement to keep moving forward!

Words of Wisdom when you're feeling overwhelmed and need encouragement to keep moving forward!There are days – those days – when the sun goes down way before I’m ready, and my too long and largely untouched to-do list must get rolled over to tomorrow – AGAIN. When my flawlessly planned day gets sideswiped because my toddler wakes up with a fever of 102.6 and is screaming. Or when I’m driving home after dropping my girls off to school and my car suddenly overheats leaving me stranded.

We all have bad days like this. And after the immediate shock wears off, we move on and get over it. But when a horrendously bad day turns into a week, month, or even a year – it’s open season for overwhelm.

I’ve experienced the feeling of overwhelm too many times to count. I think I may even be an overachiever in the realm of letting stress and the demands of life get the best of me.

You may be in the thick of an overwhelming day, or even a really bad year. Maybe you have a new baby at home and can’t get more than two hours of consecutive sleep. Or maybe you’ve decided to go back to school with everything else still in full effect. Maybe you’re like me and are launching into a new business. Or your family is dealing with disappointment or tragedy.

There are endless reasons and seasons that can cause even the strongest and level-headed person to get overwhelmed. I’ve been there a thousand times both for the exciting blessings in my life that required all of me and the curses that I’m thankful I’ll never see again.

Feeling overwhelmed is the place wherein we’re overtaken completely by something and the rest of our life is crying out – Hey! We’re over here!

And it’s this division that really amps up the stress and anxiety.

Just know things have a way of smoothing themselves out over time. New and unfamiliar things eventually become second nature, and hard things become easier over time or go away all together.

The key is knowing how to focus in on what is going to be most helpful to YOU. For example, if you have a newborn baby, soaking up that little blessing and keeping your body healthy and rested needs to be your main focus – NOT the laundry. So, get help if you can. And let your other kids watch some Doc McStuffins so you a take a nap!

On the other hand, if you’re overwhelmed by the daily demands of your life; focus on all the areas you can’t let go of and find ways to make them easier. Then get rid of the dead weight. Oftentimes, our comfortable ways of doing things are broken and ineffective. But we keep doing things our familiar way because we fear the learning curve of doing something new will be too high. It may be in the short run, but you’ll be thanking yourself in the long run.

Even though life is sometimes tough – YOU’RE TOUGHER!

You need to roll up your sleeves with your goal in mind and get it done, bit by bit. There’s no magic formula for overwhelm – just the sheer belief that it won’t always be like this is all you need.

In the meantime, we all need words of wisdom and encouragement in the middle. The following quotes and scriptures were designed to infuse you with strength and remind you to KEEP GOING. And don’t forget the smile!

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When you find yourself getting overwhelmed, the first thing to do is STOP. Take a break and look at your current situation and identify what’s causing you to feel overwhelmed in the first place.

Decide what is most important and focus on that and let everything else wait. For example, if you have a sick kid or kids just focus on tending to their needs and making them feel better. And it’ll pass soon and you can get make to normal life.

If you’re working on a time intensive work project, look for ways that allow you to spend more time getting that project done, so that looming deadline can stop hunting you down!

Don’t feel guilty for changing your regular routine for a season if it’s needed. Focusing on what’s most important and learning to make peace with what you can’t focus on will lower stress and anxiety.

Worrying doesn’t benefit you or the situation, so going with the flow will serve you well.

Part of getting on the other side of overwhelm is knowing you’re not alone. Do all the other moms reading this post a favor and type in the comments how you handle challenges and difficult situations.

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