52 Best Graduation Party Ideas Guaranteed To Impress

This post is all about graduation party ideas.

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The time has finally come to start thinking about graduation party ideas. 

Whether you are a parent of a graduate or the grad yourself, coming up with graduation party ideas that will WOW your guests can be difficult to find.

Throwing a graduation party can be stressful but these ideas will give you just the inspiration you need.

This post shows you the best graduation party ideas that are guaranteed to impress your guests.

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Graduation Party Ideas

High School Graduation Party Ideas:

1. Make A Photo Backdrop With Curtains
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Having a photobooth background is an essential for a graduation party and one that is cute AND easy to create is a win-win.

This DIY photobooth background made out of curtains is so cute.

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2. Use Pictures For a Simple Centerpiece

This is one of the simplest graduation party ideas and something that can be whipped up very inexpensively. 

All you need is a few bouquets of flowers to take apart, a vase from the dollar store, and a picture of the grad!

3. Display Party Entrance Signs
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See more pictures from my grad party here: The Secret To Throwing A Graduation Party People Will Remember

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This sign is from my own graduation party! My friend and I painted these and put them at the entrance of our neighborhood to show guests where they need to go.

It was the perfect entrance to the party and helped set the theme.

4. Use Large Balloons As Photo Props

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Is it really a graduation party without large number balloons?!

For real though, this is one of the most popular graduation party ideas because it makes a large impact at an extremely low cost.

It's also a super fun thing for your guests to hold while they take pictures with the graduate.

5. Display Cute Paper Straws

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Aren't these straws so cute?!

People will be so impressed to your attention to detail with these graduation straws.

6. Use Graduation Banners To Decorate Spaces

One of my favorite graduation party ideas - graduation banners!

I had banners all over my grad party because they are so cute and are cheap (win-win!).

Nowadays, you can find all different kinds of graduation themed banners on Amazon.

7. Make (Or Order) Graduation Cap Cookies

These graduation themed cookies are the perfect addition to the dessert table.

8. Make These Graduation Cap Cupcake Stands

These graduation cap cupcake stands are really easy to make and make a huge impact.

Click here to see the tutorial for this DIY.

9. Display a Graduation Memory Board
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Put together a memory board of all the major events that happened in high school.

This is such a fun thing for the guests and other high school graduates to look at and reminisce on all that has happened in the last four years.

10. Have a Chalk-Board Inspired Photo Backdrop

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If you're looking for inspiration for a graduation photo booth background, then this is it!

Chalkboard inspired backdrops are very popular and really are not hard to put-together. All you need is two large sheets of MDF (you can find this at Home Depot), some chalkboard paint, and chalk markers!

I love how in this picture they used a tassel garland to add some dimension to the board.

11. Use Their College Flag As A Table Cloth
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Super cheap and cute!

12. Frame Graduation Inspired Quotes

Print off inspirational quotes that relate to graduation and frame them around the party.

They add a big impact for a little price.

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13. String Lights Between Trees

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How cute is this outdoor graduation party ideas?! 

Adding the lights across the trees makes the party feel much more cozy.

14. Set Out A Wisdom Jar For The Graduate

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When I graduated college, I was looking for as much advice as I could get! 

This is such a fun way for guests to get involved and give their top piece of advice to the graduate.

15. Come Up With An Instagram Hashtag

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Coming up with an Instagram hashtag is a great way to make sure that you are able to see all the pictures guests took while at your party!

Make sure the guests know what the hashtag is by placing a cute print out in frames around the party.

16. Use a Ladder To Display Graduation Decorations

Who would have thought an old ladder would look this cute?!

Placing pieces of wood between a ladder is a very creative way to display snacks and other graduation party mementos.

17. Line Your Driveway With Old Photos

This is one of the most classic graduation party ideas and for good reason.

Not only will this show the guests the exact house the party is at but it also features all the cute photos of the graduate growing up!

18. Paint a Globe With A Graduation Themed Quote

Head to the local thrift store and see if you can get your hands on an inexpensive globe.

Paint the globe and add a cute saying on it and it is a perfect addition to your graduation party ideas!

19. Use a Friends Inspired Photo Backdrop

If I was a huge Friends fan I would have 100% used this at my graduation party.

One of my all-time favorite graduation party ideas!

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20. Set-up a Color-Coordinated Dessert Table

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Isn't this graduation party idea beautiful....so obsessed.

I love the classiness this graduate and her mom were able to bring to her party!

21. Spray Paint Pineapples As Table Centerpieces

This pineapple DIY is an easy centerpiece idea!

Stick in some pictures into the leaves of a pineapple and you've got the perfect graduation party centerpiece.

22. Use Their Future College State
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Celebrate the graduates college by incorporating the colleges state into the decorations.

This graduation party used her colleges state as the backdrop to her candy bar.

23. Use Pallet Boards As A Photo Wall

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I used pallet boards at my graduation but totally wish I would have used a garland and "yay" balloons like these girls did.

Such an easy backdrop but so cute and trendy at the same time.

24. Decorate With Large Balloons

36" inch balloons are all the rage for graduation party ideas and can be found in pictures all over Pinterest.

Best part? You can get 5 of these large balloons for less than $10 dollars.

25. Set Up A Donut Table

This is a perfect way to make your graduation party ideas yummy and cute!

26. Frame Your Garage With These Table Cloth Curtains

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Can you believe those "curtains" on the garage doors are actually table cloths?!

This tutorial is really impressive and something everyone who is planning on having their graduation party in their garage should read.

27. Have A Rose Gold Themed Party

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Obsessed with rose gold?

These rose gold balloons and fringe would make for the perfect photo backdrop.

28. DIY A Rustic Cupcake Stand

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Buy or DIY this cute rustic holder to display all your cupcakes.

29. Make A Polaroid Photo Booth

Polaroid film can be expensive. DIY this polaroid booth and snap away for a cute and cheap decoration!

30. "Nacho Average Graduate" Taco Bar

Is this not one of the cutest graduation party ideas?!

Everyone loves tacos and this is such a perfect way to tie it into a graduation party.

31. Decorate Balloons With Graduation Caps

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Easily decorate balloons by turning them into graduation caps.

Such a cute and fun idea to enhance the normal balloon!

32. Use Graduation Themed Napkins

Don't forget about the small details!

Graduation themed napkins add a small but impactful touch to the party.

33. "Donut Forget About Me" Table

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Who doesn't love donuts?! Set up a donut bar for your guests to grab from and anchor it with a graduation themed sign, "Donut Forget About Me".

34.DIY Gift Bags For Guests

These bags are super easy and your guests will love it!

Graduation Party Ideas For Guys:

35. Have A "Taco" Themed Graduation Party
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It can often to be hard to find graduation party ideas for guys but this taco themed party is such a great gender-neutral idea!

You could also take the idea from above and have a taco bar with a sign that says "Nacho Average Graduate". 

36. Use Balloons To Display Pictures
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How fun is this?!

Use balloons filled with helium to hold up special pictures of the graduate.

37. Make Snacks Look Like Diplomas

What better way to celebrate to eat! Make the snacks look like diplomas by wrapping a ribbon around them!

38. Showcase Sports Memorabilia In A Creative Way
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Trying to find a creative way to display sport memorabilia and/or trophies?

Use a pallet board and table to showcase all the sporting equipment.

39. Put Drinks In A Metal Bin With Ice

Not only is this an easy graduation party idea, but it will keep your drinks cold while saving room in the fridge!

40. Place Cupcakes In Shape of Graduation Year

This is an extremely easy way to situate cupcakes in a way that goes with the graduation theme.

41. Have A Nike Inspired Graduation Party

How fun would a Nike themed graduation party be?!

42. Have a S'mores Bar

A s'mores bar is the perfect outdoor activity to have for your guests.

I mean, who doesn't love some s'mores?!

43. Have Guests Address Their Envelope

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Plan ahead and have your guests write their address on a card.

Not only does this save you time, but it will also ensure that all guest addresses are correct.

44. Buy a Graduation Card Holder

Use a graduation card holder for your guests to put their cards and money into for the grad.

This makes sure that the cards don't blow away and that there is a specific spot for them so they don't get lost.

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45. Use 2020 Balloons For An Easy Photo Background

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Here is another graduation party ideas featuring balloon numbers!

This is really easy backdrop that you can set up for your guests to take photos in front of.

46. Display Yearbook Pictures
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Props to Mom for buying those yearbook photos even when you told her they were "so ugly!" Use your K-12 photos on your display!

47. Guest Book

Buy a book for guests to sign! It will be so fun to look back and see who was there and what they wrote!

48. Fill Champagne Glasses With Candy

Fill champagne flutes with candy! 

49. Put Graduation Sign In The Yard

Put up signs in front of your house to show guests where the party is being thrown.

50. DIY a Graduation Wreath

Did you know that you could make a beautiful wreath out of a pool noodle?!

You can find this graduation party tutorial here.

51. Make Fun Ice Cubes

Use fruits or even flowers to make your drinks super cute!

52. Use fun straws

You can buy or DIY these cute graduate straws!

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24 Photos of Insanely Beautiful & Organized Dorm Rooms

This is all about the best organized dorm rooms.

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I was obsessed with dreaming up what my dorm room would look like from how I was going to decorate it to looking at pictures of organized dorm rooms.

Maybe it's the type-A perfectionist in me or maybe I was just ready to get out of my house ( 😉 )but I would spend hours doing it.

...and I know I'm not the only one.

This post gives you SO many really cute and organized dorm room inspiration that you can go and recreate in your own room.

Insanely Organized Dorm Rooms:

1. Keep Everything In a Corner 

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One of the best ways to create an organized dorm room is to keep everything in the corner of the room. Why? Because it makes the space seem bigger because there is more space in the middle of the room!

So keep your bed and desks in the corners of the room to make your dorm look like the most organized one on the hall.


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2. Keep Things on the Back of Your Desk 
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When being organized, the key is to be almost minimalistic! 

I hate having things cluttered around my desk and not having enough places to lay my books out (that sounds stupid but it's honestly true haha).

Also, I love how this girl added contact paper to her desk! Such an easy way to cover that ugly and worn wood in your dorm room.

3. Hang Lights On Walls
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Another great way to create an organized dorm room is by hanging lights on the wall.

It's a great hack that makes the room look more spacious because it maximizes space. Definitely something to think about! 

4. Bedroom Upstairs, Office Downstairs
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This picture honestly  looks so cozy, and organized too! 

Lofting your bed is one of the smartest ways you can keep an organized dorm room because it creates SO much more space.

And this idea is awesome because if you're at your desk studying, your bed is out of sight, and therefore out of mind so you can GRIND! 

5. Have Nothing Except a Rug on the Floor

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Much like when I said to keep furniture in a corner, keep the floor clean as well. I'm talking minimalistic honestly. Sure the poofs and the ottomans are cute and come in handy, but if you really want an organized dorm room consider only having a rug on the floor.

With how nasty dorm room floors are, having a rug is an essential.

6. Keep With Whites and Neutrals
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An organized dorm room is half actual organization, and another half life hacks. 

So here's another life hack: use whites and neutrals as much as possible in your dorm room. Color is fun, but keep it limited so that you look like you have a lot more space than you actually do! (I like to add color in pillows so I can change it seasonally)

And white and neutrals just LOOK clean, so buying them means you've already won half the battle when it comes to organization! 

7. Organize Your Things Under Your Lofted Bed 
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Dorm beds are abnormally high, but there's a reason for that: STORAGE!

By putting stuff under your lofted dorm bed it allows for more storage and honestly is a win-win. I lofted my bed the two years I lived in the dorms.

8. Keep Surfaces Minimalistic  
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Pretty much obsessed with everything in this dorm room.

9. Use The Top Of Your Fridge To Organize Your Mugs
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It is well known on this blog that I love tea and will therefore find a way to incorporate it into about every blog post.

I love how this girl didn't waste the storage opportunity on the top of her fridge and actually made it cute!

10.Bring In Extra Furniture  
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This is only if you have space, but those new dorms at basically every SEC campus are not just essentially hotel rooms so if you're headed into SEC territory, you can probably apply this to your dorm! 

Bringing in extra furniture makes an organized dorm room in that it provides more space for you to hide things. Makes perfect sense, right? 

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11. Black and White Combo ALWAYS Looks Organized

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Contrast looks good. Good looks organized. Black and white is a contrast, so black and white looks organized!

12. Use The Same Colored Furniture 
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Maybe black and white isn't your thinkg, totally understandable!

Whatever your color may be, just use it all throughout your room. The same color creates a flow throghout your room and makes it look neat and tidy! 

13. Add The Same Patterns  
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You can take this tip for any style (if your thing isn't sunflowers but it does look SO happy) and use repeated patterns throughout your dorm.

Plus, this is good inspiration for suite rooms!

14. Put A Hutch Behind Your Bed 
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I think that this is one of the most genius ideas for an organized dorm room. And it's very unique too if you want to be a trendsetter! 

Have a desk hutch built up so that it can also be a headboard. It provides even more space for storage and organization!! 

15. Add Greenery/Succulents   
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I've probably made it seem like you shouldn't have any decor in your dorm room at all but that is SO not the case! Decor is needed, but it must be the right decor.

"Well what is that?" It is greenery and succulents. It makes a dorm room look organized because it provides some freshness and brightness to the room. Organization is all about the look of something, and greenery looks good! 

16. Keep A Few Things on Your Nightstand
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See how this nightstand has a lamp and a picture and that's it? It looks good right?

Keep like one to two things on your nightstand because less is best when it comes to an organized dorm room!

17. Just A Few Strands of String Lights  
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I know I know, string lights are almost like a necessity in dorm rooms nowadays! But yes, they contribute to an organized dorm room, too!

Don't use to many of them. There are so many spots for them and ways that you can use them it is so tempting to just put them everywhere but you're room will look like it vomited christmas lights if you use them everywhere.

18. Make a Sitting Area
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A lot of times people confuse organized with cozy, take advantage of this! 

A great way to make a cozy, yet organized dorm room is by creating a little sitting area. It doesn't take a lot of effort, just a bench or chair and some pillows. And people will love your dorm room! 

19. Loft Your Bed 
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This is a pretty obvious way to keep an organized dorm room. But sometimes we forget the obvious, so I wanted ot make sure and remind you! 

20. 1-3 Things Per Cubby  
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See how this cubby in the dorm room only has a few things in each cube and isn't just jam packed? It makes it look clean and organized, right? 

I know I said to store things, but where things are visible to other people, store them smartly!! 

21. Put Beds To One Side  
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This is a lot like putting the beds in the corner, keep things together to create flow and yes that can include your beds!

And putting your beds to one side also maximizes space and makes the room seem a lot bigger than it actually is which also plays into looking organized!

22. Create Symmetry  
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Another eye trick that you can play on people to make them think that your dorm room is insanely organized even if you haven't truly cleaned in ages is by creating symmetry throughout various places in the room!

This nightstand is the perfect example of that. It has the same lamps, and the same poofs in front of it. It makes it look nice and nice makes it look organized.

23. Put Items On Window Sill Instead of Furniture Tops 
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Consider putting a lot on there because you can technically hide it when you close the blinds. It's a great way to make use of unique space.

24. Just A Tapestry
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I suggest tapestries for a lot of things, they're great! But if you're going for an organized dorm room and want a tapestry, stick with just the tapestry. 

Tapestries have designs on them that when paired with other things can look messy and cluttered, and that is the opposite of what we want our dorm room to look like! 

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30 Most Popular Christmas Gifts for College Girl

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Deciding on Christmas gifts for college girl is not an easy feat.

You might find yourself asking these questions...What's considered "cool" right now? How will I know she won't throw it away? Will she laugh because it's such a lame gift?

Let's be real, girls are never easy to shop for but it's especially hard to find the perfect present ideas for college girl. 

As a college Junior, these are the most popular asked christmas gifts for college girl this year. If you buy one of these, it is almost guaranteed that they will love it! 

At the bottom of the post, I tell you 65+ more popular gifts college girls are asking for this year.

This post shows you 30 most popular Christmas gifts for college girl.

Most Popular Christmas Gifts for College Girl

1. Ugg Slippers

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UGG slippers are extremely popular christmas gifts for college girl will last you for years.

These are especially popular in dorms because you can wear them throughout the dorm hall and don't need to take them off.

The UGG slippers are the best and will last forever. If you want a cheaper option, these slippers are less than $20 dollars.

2. Water Bottle

easy christmas gift for college girl water bottle
christmas gifts for college girls water bottle

S'Well water bottles are the "it" thing right now because they are cute but also keep water cold for days (not an exaggeration-- I have one and love it).

If the person you're gifting is more outdoorsy, I find that these college gals usually tend to go for the Hydro Flask

Both are the most popular water bottles people get in college.

The most popular colors currently for college students are matte blackgoldblack crocodile, and marble.

3. Fuzzy Blanket
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Is there a more comfy looking blanket?! I'm thinking no.

You can't go wrong with a blanket as a Christmas gift, it is a hit for all kinds of people.

Dorms and apartments have a history of being freezing since no one wants to pay for a lot of heat. A blanket is a must in the winter.

This blanket comes in a variety of colors and sizes (twin, queen, and king). 

4. AirPods
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Bluetooth headphones are a college essential and beloved item by many.

Some of my college friends said that bluetooth headphones have been their favorite purchase of the year and that they didn't know how they lived without them before (slightly dramatic, but you can clearly tell these are a hit).

The original Apple AirPods are the most popular wireless headphones for college students. They hold battery for a long time and don't break easily. However, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative these wireless headphones come in at just $27.99.

5. Apple Watch
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Apple Watches are another "it" item and something that everyone wants.

Not only can it help you stay organized and on top of your work, it can also help look at your fitness and sleep patterns.

This is a bigger gift, but one of the most wanted christmas gifts for college girl.

Looking for gifts for college students guys? Don't worry, this also comes in black and gray.

6. Lululemon Workout Gear
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You can never have enough Lululemon clothes and will be a hit no matter what the girl is like.

Lululemon is by far the most popular workout brand for college students.

7. Fuzzy Sweatshirt
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I called my sister to ask her what she thought the most popular christmas gifts for college girl would be (she's a freshman at University of Wisconsin-Madison) and she said hands down fuzzy sweatshirts.

She has this one from Nordstrom and whenever she wears it, she has at least ten girls asking where she got it from. 

The one I have listed is a cheaper one available on Amazon, but if you want the real deal the Nordstrom sweatshirt is the way to go. 

These are really popular and for good reason. You are basically a walking blanket wearing this!

8. Gift Card for a Massage

Um, who wouldn't want a gift card for a massage?!

A massage is something every college girl wants but usually can't afford, so surprise her with one on you!

9. White Adidas Sneakers
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I recently saw a picture of a group of girls from my high school with their college friends and every single one had white Adidas sneakers on.

It is definitely the popular shoe available right now.

I included the black and white adidas sneaker because thats the classic option (still very popular) but the all white one is the most popular option right now. 

10. Baseball Hat
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Hats are always popular but especially with college students since sometimes we don't feel like washing our hair ;/. 

These are the two favorite hats... The first hat can be customized to have the initials of your local airport. It lets the student bring a little bit of home to college.

The second hat is the distressed look which is SO popular. Both are great options!

11. Long Winter Jacket
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christmas gifts for college girls

If you're in the North and the college student doesn't have a long winter jacket like one of these, you my swell plan their funeral. 

Okay, totally kidding. But seriously, a good jacket is so essential for anywhere that gets cold. Most of college students classes require a walk and colleges don't cancel classes easily for snow/cold weather.

This Christmas gift for college girl can be a little pricey, but they both last forever. The Canada Goose Jacket ($923.71) seems extremely expensive but you would be shocked at the amount of college students that have them because they keep you so warm. 

12. Satin Pajamas
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The go-to college pajamas is a large old t-shirt and a raggedy pair of shorts.

BUT, having a nice set of satin pajamas makes you feel much more put together and the perfect way to feel a little more like, "I've got my shi* together and I will ace this test tomorrow".

Everyone could use a new set of pajamas and no one really thinks about buying themselves them which makes it the perfect gift.

You can purchase these pajamas here.

13. Stickers for Laptop
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Putting stickers on your laptop is a very popular thing to do among college students.

You can purchase all types of laptop stickers for really cheap on Amazon. They even come in packs of one hundred.

This is a perfect christmas stocking stuffer for college students.

14. Dainty Necklace
dainty necklace christmas gifts for college girl

Dainty necklaces are a cute everyday necklace that college students can wear. This style is very popular among students and is the perfect little accessory.

You can find this necklace here.

15. Portable Charger
best gifts for college students portable phone charger

There is two things college students are always dealing with: Always being on the go and their phone never charged.

A portable phone charger is the perfect gifts for college students and can easily fit in a backpack or purse.

Don't think the college student will like this color? Don't worry, it also comes in black, red, and silver.

16. Scrunchies
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Scrunchies are SO popular and the perfect way to snazzy up a normal pony tail.

This 5-pack from Urban Outfitters is the most popular scrunchies pack.

17. WildFox Phone Case
cute iphone case

Wild Flower phone cases are extremely popular among college students.

They have all different designs so they are perfect Christmas gifts for college girls. 

You can find more Wild Flower case designs here.

18. Eyeshadow Palette
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This eyeshadow palette is perfect for college students because it has colors for everyday wear and colors that can also be worn on a night out.

Any beauty lover would love this palette. (also, if you can snatch it up--get it! It's sold out so many places because of how popular it is!)

They have a few available left here.

19. Face Masks
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Face masks are the closest thing college students will get to a spa. Believe me, this will be one of the best Christmas gifts for college girls. 

This gold face mask is the ultimate luxury face mask (not at a luxury price).

You can find this face mask here.

20. Silk Pillow Case
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College apartment and dorm showers can be rough on the hair so anything that can tame it a little bit, is worth it.

These silk pillowcases are known for helping keep hair from breaking and eliminating frizz.

You can find silk pillowcases here.

21. Robe
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Um, who wouldn't want this as a Christmas gift?!

This robe is the perfect thing to throw on after a shower and cozy up in during the brutal winter months. 

You can find this robe here.

22. Giftcards

Gift cards have always been and will always be the most wanted Christmas gift for college girl.

The most popular gift cards among us college students are Amazon, Target, food places, and Gas gift cards.

I'm biased to Amazon because they offer SO many products. They can get everything from game day apparel to food (and everything in between). Amazon gift cards can be purchased online.

23. Bluetooth Speaker
good gift ideas for college students | bluetooth speaker

Every college student needs a bluetooth speaker. It is essential!

This JBL Flip 3 Splash-proof Portable Stereo is one of the most popular speakers because of how loud it can play, it won't break it drinks get spilled on it, and can easily fit in a purse or backpack to take somewhere.

24. Travel Mug
christmas gifts for college girls
christmas gift for college student

If the student you are gifting this too is a coffee or tea lover, this is a must.

The Yeti Tumblr is truly the best insulated travel mug and keeps your drink hot all through the day. Plus, it doesn't spill which is very important. If you don't like white, there are 12 other colors to choose from.

If you want to go for a "cuter" route, check out these travel mugs with gold lids. I want one!

25. RayBan Sunglasses
christmas gifts for college girls

Everyone wants Ray Ban sunglasses. These are BY FAR the most popular sunglass brand for college students. You literally can't go wrong getting a pair of Ray Bans for a girl in college.

I would say aviators are the most popular style Ray Ban for students but there are all different kinds of styles, so make sure to see which one you think they would like best!

26. Tile
christmas gifts for college girls cheap

If the student you are buying for loses things a lot, they NEED a Tile! 

You attach them to your keys and hook it up to an app on your phone. The app will tell you exactly where your keys are so you never misplace them.

AND they are less than $25! I always assumed they were much more than that.

You can find this gold tile here.

27. Initial Necklace
cheap gifts for college students
gifts for college girls cheap

Initial necklaces are the thing to wear right now. The most popular ones are these two which are actually dupes for more expensive brands (like WAY more expensive).

These are a little bigger so if the person you're buying for doesn't usually wear jewelry I would maybe stay away from this.

28. Towel Wrap

I've said it before and I'll say it again, towel wraps are a MUST in college!

I used mine everyday and still use it every single time I shower.

You can find this towel wrap in all kinds of colors here.

29. Luna Face Cleaner
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You know Clarisonics? Well this is the new "IT" skin care cleaner.

I do have to say, these are amazing and clean your face so well.

These aren't cheap but they will last you a long time (and come in many different colors!).

30. Personalized Makeup Bag
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A personalized makeup bag is so nice to have in college because you are usually carting your makeup around to different places for parties or game days you are getting ready for.

To have a customized makeup bag that is clearly yours can make sure your stuff doesn't get lost.

Plus, you'll be able to have it for a really long time!

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If Santa could just get me everything on this list that would be great ;). 

Seriously though, these are the most popular Christmas gifts for college girl that are being asked for this year. They will be impressed that you knew to get things that are so "cool" right now ;).

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42 College Hacks Everyone Should Know By Senior Year

This post is all about college hacks.

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Now that I am a senior in college, I realize just how much I didn't know going into my freshman year. I've learned SO many college hacks that would have made my life a million times easier if I would have learned them freshman or sophomore year of college.

I put a huge list together (and asked my friends too) of the best college hacks that we've learned the last four years.

These are the best college hacks that everyone should know about before their senior years.

College Hacks You NEED To Know:

1. Take advantage of student discounts! 

There are sooo many amazing student discounts available from some of your favorites places. This is my ultimate favorite college hack just because who doesn't love saving money?

I use almost all of these and it's saved me so much money. I am already sad that once I graduate I have to pay full price for all these services ugh. I'm hoping that I can make it last as long as possible ;). 

1. Spotify (this also includes Hulu!)

2. Apple Music

3. Amazon Prime Student 

4. Movie Theaters (like $6 Student Thursdays)

5. Museums 

6. Shopping! (especially online!)

2. Buy extra long chargers.

Seriously this has saved me so many times. There are never enough plugs, especially in dorm rooms and apartments, so having a long charging cord that can reach you is crucial. 

The worst is when you're studying or laying on the couch and all you want to do is scroll through your phone but it's about to die. And then your charger doesn't reach. 

A long phone charger will be something you realize you need way more than you would think trust me! 


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3. Reheat pizza with a glass of water in the microwave to prevent soggy crust.

This is a drunk hack that you will appreciate at 2am after coming home from the bars.

I love leftover pizza as much as the next person but the WORST is when you reheat it and it gets all soggy. It just isn't the same. 

Don't worry... you'll never have to eat soggy leftover pizza again. This college hack is one of my favorites! Just fill a cup with a little water and put it in the microwave with the pizza and it soaks up any moisture. No more soggy crust! 

4. Keep your dorm or apartment smelling fresh with a laundry sheet.

My least favorite thing is when I walk into my room and it smells bad. This hack is so easy and lasts so much longer than an air freshener. 

Just put a laundry sheet on a fan or your air conditioner and there you go! It smells so much better. 

5. Loft your bed for more storage.

Lofting your bed or using bed risers gives you so much extra storage! This college hack is so helpful especially when living in the dorm and basically no room to put anything. 

Being able to put a few more storage bins under your bed makes keeping things organized a lot easier. 

6. When giving a presentation, make a friend ask you a question you already know the answer too.

I absolutely hate public speaking so anything that makes it easier I am here for. There are usually Q&A portions after presentations so if you have a friend in class, definitely tell them to ask you a question. 

This college hack makes it so much less nerve-racking and it will make you sound like you really know your stuff!  

7. Build your GPA in your first years when classes are easier.

You'll thank yourself senior year for this one. 

Going from high school to college is a hard transition but freshmen year classes are definitely the easiest of your 4 years. 

Work hard your first few semesters and do as well as you can. It only gets harder. Having a good start will give you some cushion for when your classes are tougher and it's more difficult to get As. 

8. Eat at as many free food events as you can.

OMG there are sooo many opportunities for free food. And trust me, you'll want to eat at every one. 

Food is expensive, especially if your like me and want to eat out all the time. 

The first few months of school there are so many events to get free food. New club meetings, networking events, Homecoming week, etc. Go to these! You'll save a ton of money on meals and the food is usually super good too 🙂

9. Rent your books on Amazon.

I will honestly never understand how a single book can cost over $200. That makes no sense! 

The good thing is is you can usually rent your books on Amazon rather than paying an absurd amount of money at your school's bookstore. 

Before buying them at school, check Amazon Rentals and compare prices. This college hack has saved me sooo much money throughout college. Just make sure you send it back before the rental deadline! 

I've also used Chegg and really like them because you get a ton of free product samples in the box they send you with your books haha. 

10. Go to office hours! 

Your professors LOVE when students come to office hours. More often than not, they are sitting their bored, waiting for someone to come talk to them. 

If you are struggling at all or have any questions, I highly recommend stopping in to office hours. It's definitely intimidating at first, but after you do it once, you'll realize that your professor is actually their to help and wants you to succeed. 

This is also great to network and get to know your professors. Who knows, you might need their help after graduation! 

11. Drink Pedialyte to lessen a hangover.

Alright, this may sound weird but I stand by this college hack 100%. If you are of drinking age, Pedialyte is pretty much the cure to a hangover. 

Drink it before you go out and after and you'll feel like one hundred bucks the morning after. And trust me, I get the worst hangovers of all time. 

12. Figure out what time of day you are most productive and take advantage of that.

I am such a morning person so I've learned to schedule my classes right away in the morning and do as much as I can before dinner. 

Some people like to stay up late and wake up late. And that's great! Schedule your classes in the afternoon when you are most productive. 

I've learned that if you don't schedule around your most productive time, you end up skipping class or just being lazy and tired. Listen to your body and follow that! 

13. Set your phone screen as your schedule the first week of classes. 

I am so bad at remembering my schedule so this was such a good college hack! It's so much easier to do this than to log in to your school's site and find it. It saved me so much time. 

14. The proper way to wrap a Mac charger. 

I didn't know how to wrap my computer charger for like 3 years into college. This blew my mind lol. This college hack will save you a lot of tangled cords! 

15. Go to class!

It is sooo easy to get in the habit of not going to class. But it's also super easy to get behind. The stress is not worth it. 

Go to class and learn! That's what college is all about. 

16. Bring a door stop when moving into the dorms.

I didn't do this and honestly I probably would have gotten to know a lot more people on my floor if I did. Having your door open is such a great way to tell your neighbors that they are welcome to come in and hang out! 

17. Check out people's leftovers on move out day.

When people are moving out they realize they have a lot of stuff that they don't use or don't want anymore. Check the common areas of your dorm or apartment building for things that people left behind! 

I've found everything from mini fridges to really cool posters. It's like a free garage sale!

18. Don't procrastinate.

The freedom of college makes it so easy to procrastinate and put work off. Stay on top of things! 

It will save you so much stress later in the semester. Cramming at the last minute is the worst and will ultimately hurt your grades. Trust me, I've been there. 

19. Find someone more productive than you and study with them. 

I love going to the library with other people that have their sh*t together. It makes me feel guilty when I'm not doing work which makes me so much more productive. 

One of the best motivators is finding a group of super hard-working people and doing work with them.

20. Only print on campus.

Having a printer sounds nice but honestly it's just a money pit. There are so many places on campus to print for free! 

You don't think of the paper and ink that you'll have to buy and it really does add up. Find the closest printer to your classes or where you live and go there when you need to print! 

21. Try to keep your Fridays as open as possible.

Trust me when I say you will not want to do ANY work once it hits Friday. Try to schedule as little class as you can so you don't have a packed day. 

This college hack helped me a ton once my classes got harder. Monday - Thursday I would be on my grind and would end up burning myself out by Friday. 

It's also great to have a 3 day weekend every week! How great does that sound?

22. Make eggs in the microwave when you're feeling lazy.

I am sooo lazy when it comes to cooking. This college hack has made my life 100x easier in the morning. All you need is a mug, eggs and a microwave! 

This is SO helpful for people living in the dorms too! 

23. Fancy up your Ramen Noodles. 

Everyone knows Ramen Noodles is a classic college meal. I mean how much easier can it be? 

These steps give you a way to switch up the classic Ramen meal to make it a little more home-cooked. I hope these recipes makes you feel a little less lazy! 

24. Know how you study best.

In your first year, test out different ways of studying - flashcards, rewriting notes, rewatching lectures, color coding, etc. Everyone learns differently and it helps so much to figure out how you study most effectively. 

I personally like Quizlet but need to actually print out the Quizlet sheets since I am a visual learner who needs to hold paper in my hand (weird but shows I figured out how I study best!!).

Once you figure out how you study best, studying gets a lot easier and quicker. Your exams will also go a lot better! 

25. Buy a Brita.

Wherever you are living, I always recommend getting a Britta. It honestly just makes your water taste so much better (which is why I love it) but it also makes sure your water is clean which is great too lol.

We used this college hack all the time in the dorms because who knows what's in the water there. 

26. Use free transportation. 

I wish I utilized this college hack more throughout college. Uber is so easy to get in the habit of using to get places and I definitely am guilty of that. 

But trust me, it adds up FAST. 

At my school, you could get a bus pass for free if you were a student. This saves so much money and the bus goes everywhere! Highly recommend looking into free transportation on your campus before you spend an arm on a leg on Ubers lol. 

27. Use binder clips to keep chargers in place. 

I hate when my charger is so short and falls on the floor when I'm studying or in bed. This college hack is sooo easy and makes your charger actually stay where you want it to. So helpful!

28. Place clothing vertical to save space. 

This college hack is great when you are low on storage! You can fit sooo much more in your drawers by placing things this way. 

If you are living in the dorms or a small apartment with limited space, this is a great way to save space. And it looks so organized! 

29. Tape a laundry cheat sheet to your hamper.

I still don't remember what cycle to put my laundry on and I'm a senior lol. This college hack will ensure that you never mess up your laundry because you'll always have a cheat sheet with you! 

30. Use a picture frame as an easy dry erase to-do list.

I love making to-do lists and staying organized. This college hack is so easy if you have an extra picture frame lying around. 

This is so simple and it looks great too!

31. Keep your books and notes and sell them to people that are taking the class after you.

I've been doing this college hack since freshmen year (since I have a younger sister) and keep all my class materials to either give to younger students or sell to people. 

This way you can make money off of material you otherwise would have thrown away and you're helping another student! Good karma 🙂 

32. Make your own coffee.

When I think about the large amount of money I spend on coffee from Starbucks a year makes me question my life lol.

This is the easiest college hack but is so tempting not to do. Seriously if you are on any sort of budget, making your own coffee will save you SO much. And it's so easy to find what a good combination that is either similar or the same to what you would order at a coffee shop. 

Keurigs or Nespresso machines are a great investment that will make it easy and fast to make a great cup of coffee. 

33. RateMyProfessor.com

This is the BEST website to use when you're signing up for classes. People rate their professors on different things like difficulty, work load, etc. 

Before choosing your classes, I definitely recommend checking this website out to make sure that you're not getting yourself into a super hard class. People are very honest on this site so it will help you a ton. 

34. Listen to recorded lectures at 1.5x speed. 

If you have recorded lectures that you have to watch or are rewatching to study, watch at 1.5x speed. You really can't tell that much of a different and it makes it go sooo much faster. 

35. Copy your keys.

Once you start living on your own, you're going to have keys that you're most likely going to lose at some point (I've already gotten locked out of my apartment so many times). 

Most keys say "Do Not Duplicate" but I promise a locksmith will definitely still duplicate lol. Having a copy will save you so much trouble for the time when you are finding your original. 

36. Check grade distributions. 

Before signing up for classes, especially classes that you are taking just for extra credits and you want to be easy, check grade distributions from your school's registrar. 

I always use this college hack when looking for classes. This will show you the portion of students that get As, Bs, etc. This can help show you how easy the class will be and what your chances are of doing well. 

37. Make time to exercise.

I know we've all heard about the Freshmen 15. Well it's real. 

You have so much more time in college but it's easy to feel like you need to study all the time. Exercising actually helps a ton with productivity and your mood.

It's definitely something you should really try to incorporate into your schedule! 

38. Cooking with a coffee maker.

This is a GREAT college hack for you college freshmen! What better than an appliance that can make your coffee and your dinner? 

39. Don't forget to sleep! 

Guys sleep! I feel like college students have a stereotype that they don't ever sleep. Which some people really don't BUT it's so important!!!

It actually is proven that you retain information better when you get a good night sleep. All-nighters are never a good idea. And who doesn't love their sleep?

40. Get the Mint app to help budget.

I got this app this past summer and it's been so helpful. You can set budgets for yourself for different categories like eating out, bars, shopping, etc. And then it tracks your spending. 

It gives you a weekly summary of your spending and it's made me see that I spend waayyy too much money.

If you're on a budget, you should definitely download Mint! 

41. Bring cash out instead of your debit card. 

I have saved sooo much money doing this. If you are of age and are going out on the town, or if you're just going out to dinner with friends, bring a limited amount of cash out. 

This way you literally can't spend a lot of money because you only have a certain amount! Whenever I bring my debit card out, I always tend to spend way more than I planned to. 

Definitely try this college hack out if you're on a budget or want to save some money! 

42. Have fun!!! 

College goes by wayyy too fast. Don't forget to have fun! Don't take yourself too seriously and don't be afraid to mess up. You only have 4 years and stressing over the small things is not worth the time! 

Live these four years to the fullest! 

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The Ultimate Guide To Writing Open When Letters (60+ Ideas and Printables)

This post is all about making Open When Letters.

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There is nothing worse than being away from someone you are close with and sometimes you just need a little gift to show them how much you love him - insert Open When letters.

My boyfriend and I have been in a long distance for almost four years now and I know first hand how hard it can be!

I also know how you have to really use your creativity to keep sparks flying and remind them that even though they may be thousands of miles away, they are constantly on your mind.

This post gives you over a hundred Open When Letter ideas and a free printable so you can create a gift your loved one will never forget.

What Are Open When Letters?

open when cards

Open When Letters are a really special and creative gift to send to someone far away from you. 

You create a large amount of letters with special notes in them each pertaining to a topic. One example of an Open When letter would be, "Open When...you need a study break".

This would be the perfect card to send to a college student that you are either in a relationship with, friends with, or is your child. 

When finals come and they need some extra loving, they can open that card and it can put a smile on your face.

It's an easy and personal way to let them know how much you love them!

What Do You Write In Open When Letters?

open when letters for boyfriend

This is really up to you and the person you're creating it for but there are a few rules we like to follow when creating our own Open When Letters.

First things first, there is a main card labeled just "Open When...". That is the first envelope they should open and in it you can write the rules of the cards.

In this letter, explain to them how they can only open one or two letters a week and to open the letter, they need to be feeling whatever is on the front. 

Here's some rules we recommend including on the first letter:

  • NO peeking! 😉
  • Open the letter whenever the topic applies to you.
  • DON'T open them all right away...do it sparingly!
  • Text me and send me a picture when you open one of the letters.
  • Save them! They will be fun to look back on.
  • ENJOY them!

For the other letters, write things that go with the envelopes topic. 

For example, in the envelope "Open When...You're feeling sick.", you can write different cold and flu methods that will help them feel better.

It's really simple and allows you full (and personal) creativity!

How Do I Make Open When Letters?

It is so easy to make Open When Letters! SO EASY!

All you need is an envelope, markers, and a whole lot of creativity.

Don't worry, if you need actual ideas for what to put on your Open Letters, we're getting to that in just a second!

On each envelope you need to make sure that you write "Open when..." and then include an event or feeling.

This will be gross if you are not in a physical relationship with this person (like if he's your kid haha) but some people even write "Open when...you're horny." HAH! I want to see what they write in that!

Unfortunately for my boyfriend, he did not receive that letter 😜.

At the end of this post, I tell you how you can download all of these "Open When..." printables used in these pictures.

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Open When Letter Ideas:

We included 12 different Open When Letters ideas in the free printable used in this post but you can go create your own as well.

Coming up with ideas can be difficult so we have put a list together of over 60+ ideas. 

Open When Letters for Boyfriends:

Open when...

  • you are happy.
  • you are annoyed of me.
  • you need a hug.
  • you wish we were together.
  • I'm not answering my phone.
  • you're feeling jealous.
  • you're thinking of our future.
  • you need a kiss.
  • you're wondering if this is worth it.
  • you need to know I LOVE you.
  • you need to laugh.
  • you want to breakup.
  • we just got off the phone.
  • it's your birthday.
  • you just took a big exam.
  • you're really stressed out.
  • you miss me.
  • you're feeling sick.
  • it's our anniversary. 
  • you need to laugh.
  • you're feeling distant.

Open When Letters for Best Friends:

Open when...

  • you can't sleep.
  • you need a pep talk.
  • you're stressed.
  • you need a study break.
  • you're doubting yourself.
  • you graduate.
  • you've had a great day.
  • you're mad.
  • you're happy.
  • you need to talk to someone.
  • you need a pick-me-up.
  • you've had a bad day.
  • we fight.
  • you're bored.
  • it's your birthday.
  • you're sick.
  • you're feeling lonely.
  • you miss me.

Open When Letters for Parents:

Open when...

  • you're missing me a little.
  • you're missing me a lot.
  • you need someone to talk to and I am not answering.
  • we haven't talked for awhile.
  • you feel sad.
  • you feel lonely.
  • you're stressed out.
  • you're crying.
  • you need a hug.
  • you need some love.
  • you need to know how much I love you.
  • you need to know someone cares.
  • you need motivation.
  • you need a pick me up.
  • you feel out of place.
  • you just want to come home.
  • you're doubting yourself.
  • you want to give up.
  • it all feels like too much.
  • you feel like you have no friends.
  • you're feeling insecure.
  • you're feeling happy.
  • you need some momma time.
  • you can't sleep.

Want to print out the "Open When" Letters from these pictures?!

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Lucky for you, I am giving you a FREE coupon code so that you can download and print out these templates to use on your own cards!

It makes everything SO easy...all you need to do is print them out and tape them!

Here's how to download them:

  1. Click here to download the Open When Letters.
  2. Send them to your cart.
  3. Put in your information and use coupon code " openwhenletters "
  4. DO NOT put it ANY credit card information. This item is free so you will not have too. If you do, we unfortunately cannot offer any refunds so make sure you don't ;).
  5. Right when you checkout, the download will come up and you can print it out!!

You will LOVE them!

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The Step-to-Step Guide to Planning the Perfect Friendsgiving (+ A FREE Checklist to keep you organized)

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to celebrate this year (don’t stress out yet, you still have time!).

This is a holiday surrounded around celebrating what you’re thankful for and who’s not thankful for some great friends?! Let’s celebrate them (and show what kickass hosting skills you have) by bringing them all together for none other than….a Friendsgiving!

Friendsgiving makes for the best time and here at BSL want to make the planning process as easy as possible. We have put together a checklist for you to follow but also will go through every step to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Who exactly are you going to invite this event?

This is the first thing you need to think about. How many people do you want to invite? Make sure you are being reasonable and that your space will fit everyone comfortably. Plus, is your table big enough and do you have enough chairs? For a Friendsgiving, you really need to think about this. Write all these people out in your “Who to Invite” section of the checklist. From my past Friendsgivings, I have found that 10-15 people seems to be the perfect number.

When date do you want this event for?

Think about the best time for you to throw this party. I have found that most people host it the weekend before Thanksgiving to ensure that everyone is really feeling “thanksgivingish” ;). However, if you are hosting this at college make sure to check into when you are having your school break. Since people will be making a dish for this party (we will be getting to this shortly) having it on a Saturday or Sunday (maybe not Sunday depending on how boozy you want your night to get) will be best to allow people ample time to prepare their dish.

Send out the invites!

I love sending invitations and believe its the first glance at how great the party will be. There are so many card options these days both in paper and email form. I truly love a paper invitation and think it shows the work going into this party, but also know that evites are much easier so I will show you options for both.

Minted: If you’re looking for paper cards to send I would look at Minted. I am obsessed with all cards that Minted does and think they all look very professional. My card favorites are this one (I actually used this for my invitation one year), this one, and this one. Lucky for you, they also offer evites for FREE! I used this feature for a party I threw a few weeks ago and thought the card looked great and was super easy to work with but did experience some people not receiving the card to their email box (shoot!), so just beware and keep your eye out! They have a ton of options for this but my two favorite options are this one and this one.

Canva: Canva is a free design software that I highly recommend (I use it for ALL my graphics on my blog) and gives you the option to download the image you design which means you can include it in an email or you could print it out and send in the mail. It is super easy how to learn how to use the website and they have pre-made Friendsgiving cards that you just need to put your information into. The Friendsgiving templates I found are this one, this one, and this one.

What’s the deal with the food?

*Disclaimer: I am just assuming we are talking about Thanksgiving food here so that’s what I am going to focus on. If you want to have a Chinese food-themed Friendsgiving go for it!*

I have found the most effective way to make sure you are not stressing AND not spending a fortune on this event is by assigning food to each guest and you (the host) make the turkey (which is why this is prefilled this section in the checklist!). I say you should make the turkey for a few reason. One, because it needs the oven and would be a pain in the booty to take a turkey in the car (I don’t know why but the thought of that is funny to me haha). Two, its the main piece!!

While assigning foods to guests might sound demanding, it really isn’t at all. The side dishes are pretty simple and I’ll give you an idea of what to assign shortly. On the invitation simply write their name and say “Please kindly bring ___________ cooked and ready to serve to this special event!”. People would much rather want this than worry that they are going to bring the same dish as someone else. If someone can’t come to the party you can still easily make that person’s assigned dish because you only have the turkey, make sense?

How will you decorate?!

This is my favorite part!! There are so many good ideas out there on how to decorate and I have a post coming out in the next few weeks on a TON of different ideas so make sure you check back for that. However, I definitely recommend thinking ahead on a photo backdrop (emphasis on a banner that says friendsgiving) that people can take pictures in front of and name cards for their spot at the table. Both of these give the event a professional and thought about esthetic that will “wow” your guests. A HUGE thing– make sure you plan where you are going to put all the food!! I always put it on a separate table and serve buffet style so the table doesn’t get uncomfortably crowded.

Get good vibes with some music your guests will love.

I am a huge fan of Pandora and Spotify but for events have leaned towards Pandora just because I found a station I LOVE! However, I don’t have the unlimited version so the ads can really interrupt things. My absolute all-time favorite station on Pandora is “Hipster Cocktail Party” and in my opinion plays the perfect music for a dinner party. On both Pandora and Spotify they have specific stations for Friendsgiving that you can also check out. Make sure you have music going while guests are coming in! It will really begin the event on the right foot.

The finishing touch to your shower is leaving your guests with a favor.

This sounds like it could be really complicated but it’s not at all! Make some caramel apples and wrap them individually in a plastic bag (the ones they sell at Michael’s). Wrap it with a bow and a tag that says “I am so thankful for you!” (you can make these super cute in Canva) and your guests will feel extra special.

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41 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Teens They Will DIE Over

This post is all about Christmas gift ideas for teens.

christmas gift ideas for teens

Let's be real, girls are never easy to shop for but teenagers are a whole nother story. These Christmas gift ideas for teens are guaranteed to be a hit.

Plus, I made sure that my little sister who is a teenager approved all of these to really make sure they are the go-to gifts!

This post shows you 41 best Christmas gifts for teens.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Teens:

1. Earrings 

Earrings are always a good Christmas gift idea for teens because teen girls love to accessorize! Right now, the trendy thing is to have dainty earrings like the one above. 

2. Old English Initial Necklace 

christmas gift ideas for teens

These necklaces are SUCH a fashion trend right now, and current fashion trends make some of the best Christmas gift ideas for teens! 

PS - I am getting this for my little sister (she's a junior in high school) and she's very "in" with the cool style...I think if the teen your shopping for likes "cool" and popular things she will definitely like this.

3. Polaroid Camera 

If there is one thing that I have learned, it’s that polaroids are coming back, and they are SUPER popular amongst teens. 

So if the teen in your life doesn’t already have one of these, I highly suggest getting them a Polaroid camera for Christmas. 

4. Perfume

All girls love perfume but getting a nice perfume is definitely not something a teenager wants to buy. BUT, it is something they would love to receive as a gift!

This Gucci perfume is a good option because it's Gucci so duh but also is on the lower end pricewise of "expensive" perfumes ($50ish). 

5. Scrunchies
teen gifts

Scrunchies are BACK. I love how scrunchies play up a normal hairstyle or even look cute on your wrist. 

These are really popular among younger girls so this is a perfect easy gift for a teen! 

6. Record Player 

Record players are another retro item that is coming back into style for the younger generation. Teenagers think that they are so cool, so it would make an AWESOME Christmas gift idea for teens this year! 

7. ...and Vinyls for it!

IF you’re gonna get a teenager a record player, they need records to play on it right? 

8. USB Tassel Keychain

How cute is this keychain?! This would be a really cute stocking stuffer idea!

9. Journal 

Teens can be full of angst, or they can just have a million thoughts that they want to write down. Getting a teenager a journal is never a bad idea, especially when it comes as a Christmas gift! 

10. Disposable Camera

The early 2000's are coming back babbyyy! Really though, the teen would DIE to recieve these and be like "how did you know?!"

11. Cute Sweatshirt

Are you really a teen if you don't wear sweatshirts and leggings EVERY single day?! No, you aren't.

I give teens sh*t for this, but realistically I did this too in high school. If you are like this, ask for some cute sweatshirts like the one above!

12. Birkenstocks 

I have seen teenagers EVERYWHERE rocking these shoes. I have a pair and they are so comfortable and easy to slip on when you are running somewhere quick! 

And like the hoodies, these have a bunch of different styles and colors so your teen can find the one that they love the most! 

PS: Chances are your teen will want these plastic birks in white.

13. Short Uggs

UGG's are so nice to have when it's cold out and something that last forever (I still use my Ugg's from 5 years ago haha).

14. Gold Wall Grid

I always like to redecorate and add things to my room decor. This gold wall grid is so cute to hang photos or other fun images on! 

This is so simple but will definitely be used for years to come! 

15. Makeup

This set of Mario Badescu is really popular and a Christmas gift that seems expensive but it isn't!! It's under $20 :).

16. Makeup Brush Set 

This is the perfect makeup brush set for someone interested in makeup but doesn't have a ton of brushes. Amazon has a ton of questionable makeup brush brands but this is a really good one!! It's sold at Ulta too but the convenience of Amazon is amazing.

17. Fjallraven-Kanken Backpack

Teenagers don’t want to carry purses anymore, they want to carry mini backpacks! 

This mini backpack is super cute and exactly what teenagers want. 

18. Charging Phone Case 

Teens are SO attached to their phones. We've all been there - you're out and about and your phone dies and no charger to be found. The worst feeling. 

So keep them happy and their phones fully charged by giving them a phone case that is also a charger for Christmas! 

19. Face Mask
teen gifts

How FUN does this face mask look? I can TOTALLY see teenager girls obsessing over it at their next sleepover. And it’s really inexpensive, so it’s for sure a great Christmas gift idea for teenage girls!  

20. Lightbox With Letters

These are so much fun to have in your room! You can switch up the words for whatever your mood is. 

So fun for a teenager! 

21. Rose Quartz Jade Roller 

Teenage years come with some mean skin problems... trust me I've been there. These feel so nice on the skin and have a ton of benefits like improving blood circulation and reducing puffiness. 

I would have loved receiving this as a teen so I know yours will too! 

22. Weighted Blanket 

This is a perfect gift for any teen that tosses and turns at night or is always stressed! 

Weighted blankets have so many benefits. Your teen will definitely thank you for this one. 

PS- weighted blankets are AMAZING!

23. Relaxed Cropped Shirts 
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These cropped shirts are realllyyy popular among teens and something will be worn a TON!

24.  Facial Spa Massager 

Again... taking care of your skin is so important as a teen! This is such a good way to cleanse, exfoliate and massage your face. 

Help your teen feel like their best self with this facial spa massager. 

25. String Lights 

Teenage girls are always striving to get that Tumblr aesthetic going. And string lights are a great way to help achieve it!

They can also be super inexpensive if you get them on Amazon so if you need a more cost friendly Christmas gift idea for your teen, definitely look into this! 

26. Cute Winter Hat

Love this hat and it will definitely be a go-to for winter!

27. Vans 

​Vans are a great shoe to have. They add a little something to an outfit but are so easy to slip on! 

These are perfect as a gift for the teen that is always on the go and needs a simple shoe to throw on. 

28. Airpods

If you haven't caught on to this trend yet, let me tell you -  Airpods are the new thing that pretty much everyone is getting! 

They honestly are amazing and I know any teen would be soo happy to get these as a gift. 

29. Neon Sign 

Neon signs are SO in right now that they would make the PERFECT Christmas gift for a teen. They light up a room (literally lol).

30. Ray Bans

My first nice pair of sunglasses I got was when I was a teenager and I still have them to this day. It's a big responsibility to make sure you don't lose them or break them but that's what your teenage years is all about. 

I love these Ray Bans (I have them too!). Ray Bans last forever so they are perfect for a first nice pair. 

31. Laneige Lip Mask

This stuff is the BEST! I use this every night and am officially hooked.

This is a great stocking stuffer Christmas gift idea for any teenager in your life! 

32. Salt Lamp

Salt lamps have sooo many benefits like raising energy levels and cleansing the air but they also add a cool touch to any room. 

It’s a great Christmas gift idea for the teenager that is always looking to add something cool to their room, but might also need to keep their temper in check from time to time. 

33. Clarisonic Brush

One of the worst things about the teenage years is puberty and the acne that comes with it. A Clarisonic brush is a great solution to the acne part, I’ll let you know if I find a solution to the puberty part lol. 

A Clarisonic brush might not seem like the greatest Christmas gift idea for a teen, but I promise that its one they will use all the time and be thankful for in the end! 

34. Gift Cards 

Teenagers are probably the pickiest age group out there. If that sounds like the teenager in your life, then I have a simple solution for you: Giftcards!

If there is a store your teen loves, there are gift cards for it too. I’ve found that gift cards are the easiest Christmas gift ideas for teens and also go over super well with them, so you can’t go wrong! 

35. Beanie

It's officially beanie season. You can't have enough beanies! 

I've seen so many people wearing this brand around too. So many different style options and I love the look of them! 

36. Hydroflask

Hydroflasks are ALL the rage right now.

They come in super fun colors and keep water cold for HOURS on end. They’re really popular amongst teens so it would obviously make an awesome Christmas gift idea for a teenager! 

37. Slip Hair Ties

These scrunchies are highly talked about and is known for being able to wear them without getting kinks in your hair. 

38. Eno

Another idea for the teen that loves to be outside is an Eno, which is a hammock that you can pretty much hang anywhere. I can promise that pretty much any teenager would LOVE to get this as a Christmas gift this year. 

39. Books

A lot of times over Christmas break, teenagers want to read a book just for fun. They’re SO tired of reading books for their English or history classes in school!

So, a great and honestly inexpensive Christmas gift idea would be a couple of books. Amazon has literally every book in existence so I promise that you can find one that the teen in your life will like. 

40. Echo Dot 

Echo dots are like the PERFECT size for teenagers! 

And in the new echo dots, the speakers are just as good as in the bigger Echos. So a Dot is all that a teenager needs!   

41. Texting Gloves 

Teens and texting are as much of a package deal as peanut butter and jelly are, am I right? But in the winter months it’s cold and teen’s fingers struggle to text, which to them is not ideal. 

Make it easier for the teen in your life to keep up with their favorite past time by getting them gloves that they are able to text through. This is definitely the MOST teenager kind of Christmas gift that I’ve ever heard of! 

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