While it’s been a rush having blog traffic hit all-time highs at PENSIEVE…and I’m thrilled to have crossed paths with so many new interpeeps (bloggers and blog readers) I’m tired and I’m ready for a nap.
Before I draw the shades and turn down the covers (why does that make me think of Amelia Bedelia suddenly??), let’s take care of some bidness:
 THANKS to all my new subscribers! You’ve warmed the cockles of my heart, even if I’m not sure what a heart cockle is.
 Next week, I’ll get back to WRITING and not just posting a thousand photos and giveaway posts.
 To all my previous subscribers and subscribees–I miss you. A lot. I hope YOU don’t have a fork stuck in you, done with me (huh?).
 You’re all invited back next week for the debut of Pensieve’s Photo 40 Challenge. There will be prizes awarded and I’ll write a post to explain the "whys and what nots" early next week (it’s gonna be FUN, y’all!!!!!)
TODAY’S FINAL GIVEAWAY is a $15 Target giftcard. To be eligible for this drawing, I’m giving you a choice of what to do—
Any of the previous eligibility requirements from this week–
- Reading my 100 Things listing and telling me how we’re alike or different
- Sharing your favorite words of inspiration
- Scrolling my main page and telling me your favorite photo
If you’ve done all that ALREADY, could you PLEASE give me some high school graduation gift ideas (boys and girls) and wedding gift ideas? Or…please visit the sponsors on this page (you’re on your honor on that one–I won’t be tracking it and I completely trust you 😉 ) OR enter my "friend" Paula’s contest for an all-expenses paid trip to New York City (and let her know I sentcha).
And if you’ve done all that? And already subscribed to PENSIEVE??? For goodness sakes, tell ME you’re done with a fork stuck in you!!!
Be sure to check out the Bloggy Giveaways main page for last minutes additions! And remember, ALL FIVE of my giveaways are open til midnight tonight, drawing to take place by Sunday at midnight.
Giveaway #1: Starbucks giftcard
Giveaway #2: Amethyst & marcasite silver ring
Giveaway #3: Your choice of a book–THREE winners!!
Giveaway #4: Quilted duffel and "organizational helps
Love the pic of El Morro. Great prize, sign me up plz, LOVE Target!thanks
My favorite wedding present we received was a board game, a box of popcorn, and some hot chocolate. For those all too important date nights when you’re too poor to go out and do anything. 😀
Thanks for the great giveaway!
Ok, gift ideas! Gift certificates are the best, but I love to give Bible’s and devotionals for graduation, and then some type of marriage book to help the couple get off on the right foot. Maybe a gc and a nice book!
Thanks for all the giveaways!
GCs are so much fun!
I’m tired after just reading about your give-aways. I can totally understand your need for a nap. I think I’ll go lay down awhile.
Some of the best inspiration I’ve ever received: God is big, lean on Him. He never fails.
Thank you for another chance to win!
When I graduated from high school (eons ago!) two people gave me pieces of luggage. My favorite was a heavy-duty tote bag with a long carrying strap. I used that a lot in my single days and on into early marriage. It was great for packing enough stuff for a quick weekend trip.
It’s been a great week of giveaways, and I’m looking forward to reading your normal blog posts.
i love the pics with light, light, not so bright…especially the second one…such a cool effect, the dark with the neon!
theyakmom AT yahoo DOT com
*and yes, i am DONE…this has been a busy week with all the giveaway entering…now lets just hope all the visiting pays off and that i can keep visiting all the fun new sites i have found!
For seniors I think that gift cards work the best or a couple of rolls of quarters and some laundry soap in a basket is what I usually do.
Tara @ firstname.lastname@example.org
I love the pic of Recesses of Time. Great texture. Awesome eye for design.
Thank you for doing this giveaway.
tiffanyannrosson AT yahoo DOT com
I liked the Bridge Over Troubled Water photo on your main page.
It has been nice coming to visit you daily, through the bloggy giveaways. Thank you so much for your generosity and creativeness in executing your contests. Always something fresh and new to answer, but not so difficult that it took 20 minutes.
Have a great weekend. I wish you all the best.
I love the recesses of time photo, so neat!
thanks for a great week of giveaways!
Dude, gift cards are the best thing to give. For newlyweds I like to give a card to a place that does framing. You gotta frame those wedding pictures!
This has been a fun week! Thanks.
For graduations, I always liked receiving money or gift cards. I know it isn’t necessarily the funnest gift to give. But it’s practical and easy too. Unless you know the person really really really well.
Bibles are fun to give/receive. But you really have to know the person. Mom and I love Bibles. My sister? Well, she has the one she reads. But she doesn’t feel the need to own a lot of Bibles.
I’d stay away from the cheeseful books with the word “graduate” in them.
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters picture was really cool. I can’t believe all those bridges in one picture!
Thanks for the chance to win another great prize.
Let’s see I entered the Paula contest and added you to my Google Reader. So, graduation gifts… If you know where the high schooler is going to college, a gift card to their student store or maybe to a local restaurant or coffee shop in their new city. I’m lame with wedding gifts and always stick to the registry! Thanks for the chance to win!
Well I’ve come this far, why not enter the last one.
You need gift ideas,huh? Five pop into my head. Not sure where the ideas came from.
1. A Starbucks gift card
2. An amethyst & marcasite silver ring
3. A book of ones choice
4. Quilted duffel and organizational helps
5. A $15 Target giftcard
I have no chance of winning now, do I? 🙂
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night — Sarah Williams
I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance.
I think for wedding or graduation gifts, something monogrammed is always fun. For high school, a piece of monogrammed luggage is very thoughtful (and useful!!). We’ve received a few monogrammed wedding gifts with our married initials on them – pillowcases and a picnic basket, and my mom has given monogrammed vases before. Hope this helps! 🙂
For high school graduation we like to give a nice pen/pencil set, sometimes engraved. Cross is a great company. For weddings we like to do monogramed towel sets from Lands End. You can always check the registry and see what color scheme they are going with.
Thanks for the great giveaways all week!
mnatherson at comcast dot net
Well, it seems that we have ABSOLUTELY nothing in common. You’re like yin to my yang, or vice versa. Ok, there is something… I also have a chicken pox scar between my eyebrows!
I like the photo in your side bar….looks like you’d had enough of something! See you next week.
My favorite words of inspiration are:
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” C. S. Lewis
Thanks for the giveaway!
Ok, my THREE favorite photos, because I’m horrible at narrowing ANYTHING down to just one (why yes, shopping w/ me is a torture LOL).
This might seem silly but I really LOVE the picture you took for giveaway#4 (the bag & stuff), just something about the color combination & everything, it makes me happy.
The picture of the bridges in Chatt. I went to college near Chattanooga, and it brings back memories LOL
And from a total “wow what a cool picture!!” standpoint, the arched doorways, very cool!
I love the Erma Bombeck saying of “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything that you gave me.”
I’m done as well. And… I can’t roll my R’s and I’ll eat just about anything if it’s deep fried also….
I didn’t read all the previous, but my favorite gift for graduation is a gift card, of course, with a copy of Dr. Seuss’ “Th Places You Will Go”. So timely for that experience.
I checked out your sponsors’ sites!
For a grad or wedding gift if you are really close to the woman, I think giving a Pandora bracelet (www.pandora-jewelry.com) is a great gift that they can add charms onto for all the big events that are to follow in their lives! That’s what I want for my college graduation anyway!
You and I are quite different in:
#34 But I kinda like the scar on my arm from my own vaccine.
as my scar is on my leg! The doctor had the theory that in this way, I’d look better in a bathing suit! (Yes, of course it shows.)
I love gift cards…favorite inspirational quote is “life is not measured by how many breaths you take…but by how many moments take your breath away.” Have a great one
my fave dessert is also creme brulee and i can’t roll my r’s either! have a great weekend! thanks for the chance to win!
I loved your picture of the rabbit’s eye where you can see your reflection! That’s such an amazing photo. I also liked the pictures, and story, about your bunny babbies.
My husband and I like to give a copy of the favorite book that we received when we go to weddings. It’s called the Most Important Year in a Man’s Life and the other side is called The Most Important Year in a Women’s Life. It’s written by two couples- the men write advice from a man’s perspective and the women write advice from a woman’s perspective. It is very insightful and is funny too! We read it to each other and really enjoyed it and learned alot.
Okay, aside from the shot of your feet (I’m assuming they’re yours, yes?) in front of the ocean (which is the best place in the world for feet to be), I very much like the colored light pictures on your WW post.
So glad I found your blog. Looking forward to non-carnival fun with you next week. 🙂
The photos things sounds great I’ll be back to check it out.
Graduation gifts – my aunt made my cousin a scrapbook full of stuff she had kept from her school days, pictures, play tickets etc. It was very cool and lovely. If that is too much work Starbucks are selling a mug that you can get everyone to write on. Which I thought was nice. We all wrote on our shirts when we left 🙂
My nicest wedding presents (that weren’t off the list) were a willowtree statue and a certificate to have our hands printed on a plate which was then inscribed with the date of the wedding and our names.
Gosh that was long – I am done!
Ah ha – not only are we both fascinated by history but we both face the what do I do for graduation gift dilemma? What a small world (lol) — anyway, in the search for the best graduation gifts ever I ran across this blog and her idea (not mine I can’t get credit for the best idea ever, but remember who sent you there!)
I’ve already done 1 & 3. So, that leaves 2. Something I keep trying to get my husband to understand.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got. paraphrased because I can’t remember the exact quote.
Re your note: I’m guilty of just saying a quick crappy blurb throughout this giveaway, and doing my Entrecard drops and Linkreferral visits. But, sometimes something moves me enough to actually put thought into my note. I’m going to subscribe to you today. I’d like to see what you’re really about. *smile*
HAH, I already did! LOL
Unlike you, I’ve never taken dance lessons or been a lifeguard. But tiramisu is one of my all-time favorite desserts too! And manners are very important to me as well; I love it that I’m starting to see the results in my kids.
I also took 10 years of dance! except… i DO know how to spot lol
and… i don’t remember squat from history in school. my husband is from another country and know more about American History than I do, go figure huh
One more thing we have in common–we both started recycling this year! I am having a hard time finding a place for it, convincing my husband to join me, and not cringing when people toss things into the trash. Thanks for your generous giveaways! They have been so fun!
A practical-ish HS gift would be either a gift card to Barnes and Noble, or to iTunes. If they are college-bound you could get them a desk lamp or if you have more money, a bed in a bag set.
I love the recesses of time photograph. Very cool. 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂
DON’T give a sappy gift book for a graduation gift. I mean what do you do with it the next year? My friend and I were laughing about how many copies we have of “Oh! The Places You Will Go!”.
I say you can’t go wrong with cash, cheques, chocolate, or cards (of the gift variety…I was trying to go with a “c” theme) oh, girl’s like candles, too. Make that the FIVE C’s!
I like the fortress picture best of the ones you have up now!
graduation or wedding – a tool kit. I got one for my wedding and even though my husband has a gajillion tools, I use mine all the time (and he does sometimes, too!)
I love the “Calgon took me away” pic. I want to go there. Bad. lol.
“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” -ancient chinese proverb
I used to reflect on this quote when I was single and hoping for my future husband. So I kept a green tree (young, lively heart) and my singing bird came at last!
Put down the fork and pick up a spoon. Have some crem brulee before your nap. Or at least a little ice cream. Sweet dreams!
Your comment about smiling with your eyes and lips is exactly how I think. You just worded it much nicer than I ever could. Thanks!
My favorite photo is the one from San Juan. Man, it spoke to my heart as soon as I saw it. I love the simplicity, the curved arches, the repetition. It’s great!
Ok, well we for sure have the loving to laugh until we cry in common, so I will let you in on a BIG tip. Go buy Quelf right now! Amazon, B&N, wherever! Go buy, and have a girls night, guys are too uptight to play. You will laugh a LOT. I even spit soda all over my friend last time. But she still wants to play again. We do it once a month and we feel SO good afterwards.
One thing that I give as a graduation gift is a larger picture frame with the cardboard border/mat that you can have your classmates or just close friends sign. It works well for both guys and gals. I have seen them at Pottery Barn, Barnes and Noble…
I would love to be entered in your giveaway.
owatz (AT) telus (DOT) net
Loved reading your 100 Things! I am getting more inspired and will do my own soon.:)
I laughed because I actually have a pretty good sense of direction so I could help you out there but you and I could both really appreciate some Creme Brulee and Tiramisu together. Your comment about carmelizing the sugar cracked me up.
This has been a fun week. I look forward to seeing whatever else you have up your bloggy sleeves and getting to ‘know’ you better! 😀
My fav pic on your main page is the Driftwood. It’s really neat! Would love this Target gift card!
I can’t roll my R’s, also have no musical ability, and I’ve never taken ballet – just some of the things I’ve found on your 100 list of how we’re alike and different 🙂
well. i love the neony thing from the skating rink.
and i LOVE gift cards. you love me, right?
good graduation gift would be a car or a trip.
I like the Recesses of Time photo. Enter me!
I love Gift cards so I can buy what I want.
I like your photo of San Juan
I love the bridge over troubled water pic! Great giveaway – thank you! Now go get some rest. You deserve it.
My favorite gift for a wedding is a “package” if I can do it. Find their registry and put together a bowl (for the kitchen) or a garbage can (for the bathroom) with a bunch of other things that would go in said room like utensils or towels/washclothes. Other than that I like to give picture frames and candles, both in generic simple styles so they can be used easily.
My favorite graduation gift was a picture from someone got me that was grad and year specific. I put my favorite pic of some friends and I in it from graduation day.
Haha it’s been a great week!
My favorite graduation gift is gift cards. $25 or more to some place you know the person shops at. Wedding presents.. hmm I’m not married, but a great photo frame or photo album is always nice. For my aunt, we bought her a really nice silver frame and got her only wedding photo of when she and my uncle married and had it digitally restored and blown up for an 8 x 10 frame. She really loved it. Granted that was an anniversary present, but just a frame will work as well because I’m sure the couple will be having photos done!!
#6 I love it when something is funny enough to drive me to tears!
I took some Ballet…but only like 3 years of it…I’m still not graceful! I’m geography impaired too! You should see me try and teach my son Geography!! LOL It’s quite funny…maybe not so funny you cry from laughing so much, but still funny!
Please enter me:)
I read your 100 things. Alike–read more books is always a new years goal.
Different–I never took any sort of dance
Graduation gifts, I loved a really nice monogrammed bath robe. I used it all four years and a nice sturdy weekend bag. They were so useful for going home for a visit or a weekend trip and I still have the bag to this day!! (I’m 32).
Also, I love to give a gift certificate to Bed Bath & Beyond or any bed bath place near where the college age person is going, that way if they need something while they are there they don’t have to worry about money.
I really enjoy Target and giftcards! A graduation idea- I like to give an easy to read daily devotional for them to take to college. I also give $10-$15 giftcards to Wal-mart or Target so they can get the things they need for school! A wedding gift I’m giving is magazine subscriptions to a couple of really good cooking magazines!
A really great wedding gift idea is to have their invitation matted and framed for them!
My kids all had the same 3 or 4 songs too and “Let me call you Sweetheart” was one of them too!!!! Not a super well known song I don’t think anymore. I used to sing it all the time as a kid and now it is my ringtone too if you can believe it. Edelweiss is another one my kids have all heard over and over, but they love it because it is familiar.
I would die without Target. Count me in!!!
Can I use your fork?
My quote for the day “Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.”
I dont know who wrote it…but craked me up!
Let’s see. We both love books (I’m a huge fan of the Velveteen Rabbit too). And if I had a torch then I would totally get what you mean by the cheap thrill of carmelizing sugar. I think the biggest difference between us is that you sound like a type A and I am not.
El Morro, Old San Juan is my favorite photo. That would make a cool card. 🙂 I signed up for your rss feed too.
have a good one!
i’m thinking that carma will pick me sense we have the same type of dreams 🙂 oh and we both have great feet! i mean really, what else matters!?!?! 😉
favorite words of inspiration:
just do it – nike
I enjoyed your 100 things post. I also have a chickenpox scar but mine is on my cheek and also made me uncomfortable. We had alot of similarities. I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks for the giveaway!
OK-I am an embroiderer I do lots of graduation gifts. Lots of people give towels. In fact, that was my favorite gift when I graduated from high school- a monogrammed towel. A real big one with my name on it. Of course, I’d never had one. So I thought it was great! I monogram laundry bags from this website http://www.ohmint.com They come in lots of girl colors and camo for boys. (I think boys ideas are hard & I have 3 boys!)
My name is Robin too!! You don’t here that name much anymore… we’re getting old. Oh, #36 describes me exactly. My husband tells me I could get lost in the mall!!
As of now my favorite inspirational quote is; “We must become the change we wish to see in the world” – Ghandi.
Thanks for offering the gift card =)
I’ve found gift cards to be a good graduation gift. Nowadays it’s so hard finding something they’d actually need/want. If you’d just like to give a check, making it out for $20.08 is cute.
Did I enter this yet, lol. Too many contests. We are a lot of like in #15. I love your blog btw, read it all the time. I believe I found you in the last big bloggy giveaways.
I read your 100 Things…
Do you know this is the FIRST time I’ve ever READ this…lol! How many times have a been to your page…A TON! & This is the FIRST time I’ve read this!!!!!
I’m with you on the NO musical ability outside of appreciating it in others….
NONE…what-so-ever!!! I wished I could play an instrument though…maybe in another life!!!
My fav inspirational words are: Tomorrow is a new day.
Always helps put things into perspective
Wedding Gift Ideas: I say stick to the registry. People love to get stuff they picked out!
I didn’t read all of the comments. My favorite gift for grads is a “college package” (of course only for those going away) stamps, envelopes, pens, nice writing paper, paper clips, other office supplies. 🙂
I read your 100 things and had such a great time! One of my all time favorite movies is The Sting and Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid probably because of Newman and Redford. I dream about trying to get away from someone chasing me and do all these death defying things and still can’t get away! I, too, have no musical ability whatsoever! I laughed so hard at #89 because my dad said that all.the.time!
I am tired too, for gifts Oh things you will do by Dr Suess
Well, we have several things in common.
1. I love the sound of laughter.
2. I laugh until I cry which does’nt happen enough for me either.
3. My goal was to find more time and read this year and so far, so good.
4. Dirty finger nails and toe nails gross me out as well.
5. I’m a strong believer in God,
6. I love how Jesus Christ showed us how to love God and others.
7. I don’t know how to read a compass either. ~lol~
8. Good manners are very important.
9. I cannot roll my R’s even though I’d love to.
10. I wish I could purr like a cat too. 🙂
11. I’m musically challenged.
12. I can’t sing.
13. I love flowers.
Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
Like you I….
#5 – my favorite sound is child’s laughter, especially when they are still very young. My son is almost 12 & often the laughter now is that of a boy guffawing (if that makes sense) but every once in a while I get a true belly laugh that warms my soul.
#98 – I too only wear scented lotions – Vanilla Bean Noel preferably. Until mid-summer and then I crave fresh scents.
Unlike you I
#84 – Am almost always hot!!
#91 – Am an only child
Thanks for a fun week of reading & sharing!!
well, this isnt on your list, but you seem intense. i’m intense, so that’s a similarity.
as far as graduation gifts, nothing beats money. a gift card is a close second, but money is always a blessing. thanks for all your great giveaways.
Graduation gift: I received a nice set of towels. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but when fall came, it sure was handy. You can fix them up in a basket with some toiletries or laundry soap.
It’s never too late to become what you might have been. – Arthur Wilde
I’m still here!
Highschool graduation gift ideas- a guitar or other musical type thing? a gift certificate to a favourite shop? something computer or techy related?
I agree with you about the victim mentality. I heard a sermon on Acts 4 (?) (“Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee”.) Peter didn’t give him what he was asking for (money) which wouldn’t have changed his circumstances. Peter gave him what he NEEDED (healing). Peter reached through the circumstances and pulled out. At the time, my sister has just revealed to me that she had been abused by a relative. I didn’t remember anything, but I was torturing myself with the “What if?” thoughts. That night, I decided that I was not going to be a victim. I chose to be a victor.
My all time favorite wedding gift is the $79 crystal vase from Tiffany’s. Looks stylish and impressive and doesn’t cost alot
Thanks for a great giveaway!
courtneyhunt71 (at) aol (dot) com
When my neice got married, someone gave her a handmade tree skirt and a box of tree decorations. Since this would be her first time living in her own place it would be rather pricy to get everything in the first year. I thought it was a lovely idea and so did the couple.
Okay… gotta enter just ONE more before I’m done!
Here’s a graduation gift idea for boys that has been well-received when I’ve given it: a sturdy tool box. If you want to go all out, you could add a few tools… or a gift card to Home Depot or someplace like that… or chocolate candy… or a combination of the above! But just the empty box is good, too.
I laugh until I cry A LOT. My friends know that something has really tickled me when they see me well up. I’m more likely to cry for that reason than any other.
I also found my reading slacking when I started blogging…until I joined a group blog all about books. Now I have a place to talk about all that I’m reading, which my real life friends probably appreciate!
I haven’t done ballet since I was a kid and I read a lot of books
I use my cell phone to tell time, too… and I like my smallpox vaccine scar!
You are so right-on with this one:
“I’ve found once you begin recycling, you think about environmental stewardship a whole lot more…I get a little twitchy when I see people throwing cans and plastic bottles in trashcans”
I am now the “that isn’t very green of you” police!!!
ndisilvio at gmail dot com
“Let go and let God” reminds me that being a control freak is not productive.
For grad/wedding gifts, money is always the right colour and the right size.
My favorite inspriational quote by Robert Frost. ‘Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.’
My favorite quote is:
“No boy is worth crying over, and the one who is won’t make you cry”.
That particular quote kept me from being involved with guys who didn’t deserve me.
Also I think a really good graduation gift is a gift certificate to an office supply or school supply store so the college bound person can stock up on their school needs.
Can I skip straight to the graduation presents since I just graduated and know what my favorite gifts were?
I adored a necklace my mother’s cousin gave me. A single pearl on a silver chain, it fit my tastes perfectly – simple and eyecatching. Many of my relatives gave me Borders GCs because I love to read.
For boys, a nice tie (with some money tucked in it, perhaps) is an excellent alternative to jewelry.
I also liked the fuzzy slippers with the logo of my chosen college on them.
Many high school grads need items for college – decorations for their dorm room (or more boring things like a bedspread) can be useful gifts both the grad and the parent will appreciate.
Hmmm. Wedding gifts, eh? Well, as one who bakes and cooks just about everything from scratch, I like to give a good all around cookbook, and a nice crock full of spoons and spatulas and wooden utensils. Or cast iron pans. But lately, I’ve been hearing that my Mom’s favorite wedding gift to give, that she gets great reviews on, is a waffle maker. So there ya go. 😉
Graduation gifts? Well, I think the grads like money more than anything else, or especially if their going to college after – gift cards to Bed, Bath and Beyond, or other stores they can get handy dady stuff for their dorm rooms. Also, always nice gift cards to restaurants so they dont’ always have to eat in the dorms.
Hope that helped!
I love the all the baby bunny photos! You just can’t beat photos of baby animals. Thanks for a chance to win!
From your 100 Things – #15, 31 & 84
I have that same Chicken Pox scar in the same place…
You’ve done great this week – thanks for giving away so much great stuff!
One wedding gift that I think can be sweet (depending on how well you know the couple) is for a couple that are just setting up housekeeping (ie, they are moving in together from their parent’s homes), do a “pantry” gift… all of the essentials that a pantry needs, like sugar and vanilla and ranch dressing… some people will think this is tacky and some people will love it (hence why you have to know the couple!).
This we have in common:
I’m geography impaired and have no sense of direction.
I can get lost going to work!
My grandfather died of Alzheimer’s so I too have seen the end-of-life dementia you talk about in your 100 things. It’s the most heartbreaking thing you could ever see. 🙁
Gift cards and cash are great for graduation and wedding gifts. I really appreciated an iron (seriously!) when I graduated, because when I went off to college I was the only one who had one.
I absolutely LOVE the baby bunny photos. I submitted the post to Digg and Skirt so lots more peeps can see them! Thanks for the giveaway!
My daughter graduates from high school this year. What do they all want AND need is $$$$. My oldest graduated last year and she received a candy bouquet plus the had included cash flowers. Super cute and much appreciated.
Gifts. They can be hard to pick out sometimes. Gift cards are the most avilable but if the person in question is a son/daughter/relative you might want something a bit more personal. I have a few suggestions for that. 1) Personalized jewelry. Have something engraved with a date and an endearment. 2) When someone is wed they have to buy everything new to start off life with. So you could buy the wife brand new things for the kitchen like pots, pans, silverware, etc. Or for the new man of the house you might consider a new TV, dvd player, etc. Things that they need basically. It’s not extravagence..its nessessity. And 3) Graduation brings a sense of freedom before getting a job or going to college so another thing you could give as a gift would be a trip to somewhere the person has always wanted to go. Memories for the time ahead when they are stuck around the house and or work.
I read your 100 things and I’m right with you on #10. Also, I LOVE how you related the generosity of God to Oceans, waterfalls and mountains. Awesome!
My oldest graduated last year and my youngest graduates this year. What they want AND need the most is $$$$$. Last year, my daughter received a cand bouquet which included cash folded up like flowers. Super cute and much appreciated.
i like gift cards placed in a handmade card with a little saying on it — its something personal and it allows the recipient to still buy what they want
What a great giveaway! I hope i’m the lucky winner 🙂
Never pay list — find it somewhere else at a bargain price!
My favorite words of inspiration : “This too shall pass”. When things get me down, I know it is not the end of the world, I will make it through and it will be a memory I have learned from.
peggie dot loden at gmail dot com
I visited Macy’s and saw way too much that I liked!
Speaking of liking, I love the photos of the baby rabbits! The peeing bunny is hilarious!
Words of inspiration: “Goals are stars to steer by,not sticks to beat yourself with”
-Barbara B Smith
We both love to read and the blogs are slowing down my book reading too.
The last picture of the little baby bunnnies has got to be the cutes thing I’ve ever seen!!! 🙂 It’s beautiful 🙂
6. “I love to laugh until I cry because something is really, REALLY funny.” – Yes, except sometimes you feel really helpless when you can’t stop and people are looking at you kind of strangely. 🙂
10. “I’ve found one of the downsides to blogging is I don’t read as many books.” – Yes, and it makes me very sad. 🙁
34. “But I kinda like the scar on my arm from my own vaccine.” – Me, too. I read a book once was there was a VERY dramatic scene involving a vaccine scar.
42. “Recurring dream themes of mine used to be running away from someone who was chasing me, the ability to fly (sometimes in relation to the former), not being able to put my contacts in because they were too big for my eyes, and my teeth falling out.” – Ditto, except for the contacts thing. I don’t have the others anymore either, but I hadn’t thought about it. 🙂
44. “I’m a strong swimmer and, although decades from being current, was a lifeguard.” – Definitely not. My cousin used to pull my sister and I under water all the time when we were little, and we are both unnaturally nervous about water. I had to pass a swimming test my freshman year of college, or else I would have to take swimming lessons the first semester. I passed that test out of fear: couldn’t stand the thought of all those lessons.
80. “I d.e.t.e.s.t. a victim mentality and blaming others for your circumstances.” – AMEN, sister.
94. “I’m very competitive when playing games, but it probably doesn’t come across that way.” – I’m very competitive and I think it DOES come across that way. 🙂
My daughter is going off to college this year, and for Christmas, I made up a list of things to give her for going away to college. Some of them were – a microwave, a coffee maker, my sister gave her a really nice bowl and mug set, a smoothie maker, a george foreman grill. Gift cards to staples or barnes and noble are nice too.
For my nieces and nephews my husband took computer parts and put together a computer for them when they graduated. His brothers and sisters would chip in on what ever parts needed to be replaced. It wasn’t a totally brand new computer, but it was much better than they would be able to afford on their own. A printer is also a good idea.
We are alike in that: we both love to hear laughters and we both love to laugh (until I cry sometimes when it’s really funny…me, too)!
I am in the same boat, looking for good graduation ideas. Something fun, but not something that will break the bank when bought in volume! Especially for a high school graduation. So, I think I will come back and stalk your comments!
I know some people don’t like to give money, but I remember being a graduate (barely lol) and money was more than welcome. Since most high school graduates have senior trips, college, etc. they can use it. I usually just find a nice card and put money in it. Now I’m done too lol. Thanks so much for the giveaway! 🙂
Lets see…how are we alike…
I took ballet when I was young, only for about 3 years. I love the way babies laugh. I hate dirty fingernails. I also wished I paid more attention in school. Ha, my watch battery died about 2 years ago and I haven’t replaced it. I use my cell phone also.
I totally, totally agree with you on #29!
I really like the Lights at the Skating Rink photo – the one with the neon hoops hanging from the ceiling. Very striking!
Thank you for the giveaway! Also, I’ll have to check back for your Photo 40 challenge. Sounds intriguing!
My favorite quote is, Let every breath praise the Lord. I try to always remember it…
Graduation gift idea: Oh The Places You’ll Go…I think it’s by Dr. Seuss. Wonderful book for graduates. Works for boy or girl too!
What a wonderful giveaway you are doing here.
Have fun with your giveaway. Don’t forget to head on over to my blog and enter mine!
“One of my favorite sounds is laughter”
me too! and your blog makes me smile and laugh! thanks for the contests too!
Sorry – but for all graduations (high school or college) I ONLY give money – because I know for sure that is what they REALLY need (especially college). However – I do know that if a high school graduate is headed off to college, traditionally you give something they will need in the dorm – i.e. Towels.
Scrapbooks are great for graduations. Thanks for the contest.
My husband and I buy copies of Mere Christianity by C S Lewis for new graduates. College is such a testing time for young people. We encourage them to pick it up and read it–especially if they struggle with any doubts. Also, I really like Life on the Edge by Dr. Dobson. It sums up all the choices in that part of life well, even if it is a little redundant to what most kids have already heard.
OK, I entered Paula’s contest – what fun!
Now enter me for this drawing. Please?
Love the Bridge over troubled water pic! Enter me please!
One of my favorite sayings:
He paid a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.
Thanks for all the giveaways this week. I hope I win one. I am adding you to my bloglines reader!!
Great ideas for weddings. Bride and groom massages, spa days! They need to relax after a day that hectic, give them the chance to do it together!
Please enter me in this giveaway. I went to one of your sponsors. Thanks!
Let’s see. I subscribed. And entered the Paula contest. And clicked on an ad. And I think I left words of inspiration on a previous one. (I think.) I’m burnt after this too. 900, and I probably entered a third of them.