Graduation Gifts

Contributor post by Megha of bytheartbug

Here are some wonderful  “Graduation Gift” ideas.

I don’t have anything that is specifically for graduations, but I do have items that can be given for graduations, such as this pen which is based on my shop logo.

The actual logo is an original collage piece, one of the first ones that I did and one of the few early ones I’ve kept lol. The collage is in my favorite colors, and shows a Victorian woman who thinks it’s time for a change. I’ve never listed the actual collage for sale in the shop – maybe I should.

Anyway, I decided to have the pens made as a try-out in the shop and much to my surprise most of those I ordered have sold. I also gave a bunch as Christmas gifts to friends and family.

Pen -  Art Collage - Make Your Writing More Fun

Pen – Art Collage – Make Your Writing More Fun

I’ve no specific graduation present, unless you want to give a personalized portrait or a wreath.

But I created graduation favors.

In Italy, on this occasion, we generally use red color and little decors ( a ladybug or an owl ).

We believe they are lucky charms.

Inside my bag I can put confetti or some scented pot-pourri

Burlap bags for many different occasions, wedding, birthday or anniversary favor, baby shower favor, linen sachet, made in Italy rustic bags

Burlap bags for many different occasions

Get your graduates ready for Graduation with these wonderful vintage graduation party supplies! Set the table up with Hallmark’s “caps & scrolls” paper tablecloth and decorate the cake with either the boy or girl graduate or Both!! Celebrate this huge milestone with the ones you love!

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Vintage Graduation Decorations

I received a request for a graduation card for a very special young lady that will be graduating from high school. I created a bold and contemporary card that would make a lovely keepsake with the year of graduation.

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Graduation Card

For the graduate that knows what it takes to get the diploma.!
Something small, soft, and memorable was my inspiration for making this cute little owl.
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Crochet Graduation OWL

A special ring, it can be the perfect gift for a graduation with a feather imprint and a beautiful emerald green color, that can inspire happy, light times ahead.

This ring be worn as a statement piece with long skirts or dresses for a bohemian look at the beach or any other holiday destination.

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Statement emerald green ceramic ring

School is about more than just going to class. Commemorate your home, college town, or spring break memories with customized map art.

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Chapel Hill map print

I had an Aunt who lived in Philadelphia when I was young. Living in Baltimore, we didn’t get to see her much, so her visits were special, like when she came down to see us when I graduated. She gave me a charm bracelet as a graduation gift. I still have it. That inspired me to create this special “Graduation” charm bracelet.

Graduation All Sterling Silver with Amethyst and Aventurine Stone and Charm Bracelet

Graduation All Sterling Silver Bracelet

Beautiful rainbow colors merge into one another in this scented rainbow square chunk pillar candle. This candle is made in a 3 pour process, and has a core candle with the rainbow chunks set around it. This process creates a better quality, longer burning candle. Not sure of the total burning time, but I still have one that I light from time to time and its been with me for 11 yrs! Colors will vary slightly as each candle is hand made. Shown here unwrapped, it will come to you, wrapped in cello and tied with raffia/hemp cord.
This gorgeous rainbow candle would make a wonderful unity candle for a wedding, a great gift for a friend or loved one, a thoughtful graduation gift or a beautiful sentiment for a memorial service.
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel. There are seven chakras in the body, located in a straight line with your spine; this line runs down the center of your body, from the top of your head to the base of your spine. Each chakra is an energy center and is represented with its unique color. Color meditation involves focusing on each of your chakras and their color vibration in order to bring about balance in your mind and body; promoting healing and peace of mind. (Each of the chakras relates to the elements of Earth, air fire water, ether, spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
Rainbow Chakra Square Pillar Candle Unity Candle GIGANTIC Unique Handmade Candle 9" Tall 3" Wide 2.68 Lbs. Scented in Your Choice

Rainbow Chakra Square Pillar Candle

I love this quote, and I think it’s the perfect gift for a recent graduate as getting your way through those finally days can feel like a real push!

30% Off Sale It Always Seems Impossible Until Its Done, Inspirational Quote, Typography Print, Inspiring Art, Graduation Gift, 8 x 10 Print

Inspirational Quote Print

Dawn from SimplyMemories says,
These cute little scrapbooks make a perfect gift for the graduate. All of the hard work has been done. You only need to add photos and you’ll have a special keepsake to remember your accomplishment. They’re also a great way to display photos as graduation open houses/parties.
6x6 Chipboard Graduation Scrapbook Photo Album

Chipboard Graduation Scrapbook Photo Album

NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says,

I love giving a vintage gift to grads. Vintage is often unique, special and memorable. These heavy cast iron bookends that were made decades ago would make a wonderful and unusual gift for someone heading off to college. I can almost guarantee that no other student will have these cool gold bronze bookends in their dorm room! You can add a clever note with them e.g. “Best wishes as you sail off on a new adventure.”

Vintage Bookends Cast Iron Ships Marked 1928 Spanish Galleon

Vintage Bookends

Mother’s Day – Gift Ideas

Contributor post by Megha of bytheartbug

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and here are some lovely gift ideas to celebrate this special occasion.

As well drawing my inspiration from the natural environment I also use recycled products to create some of my jewellery (because of my love of the environment and the need to minimize waste)

This necklace has been created using recycled buttons and beads and makes a great statement for those mums who love to care for the environment and make a fashion statement at the same time!

Bar Necklace Upcycled Buttons and Beads Jewellery on Silver Chain Eco-friendly in Handmade Felt Envelope

Bar Necklace Upcycled Buttons and Beads

Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says,

When I was little, I loved to play dress up with my Mother’s clothes. She had beautiful high heeled shoes and lots of great hats. This is my favorite card in my shop, because it reminds me of her.

Happy Mother's Day Card, Greeting Card, Little Girl Dress Up, Lavender and Chartreuse

Happy Mother’s Day Card

Generally all necessary little things to sew something are collected, at worst, in a drawer or, in the best case, in an old cakes tin box.
For this reason I thought to create a nice basket specifically dedicated to sewing.

I hope my cheerful decorate basket will be a nice gift for a beloved mom!

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Decorated sewing basket

Arek from ARPELC says,

Mother’s birthstone necklace in 14k gold- the precious gift for wonderful Mothers with heart and birthstone set inside.

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Diamond gold necklace with heart

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection says,

I made a Mother & Daughter matching bracelet set. This is something sweet that can connect the two, like a sophisticated friendship bracelet. It would make a great gift for mom from a daughter of any age.

Pink Pearl & Gold - Mother Daughter Bracelet Set - One of a Kind- OOAK Hand Made

Pink Pearl & Gold – Mother Daughter Bracelet Set

Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says,

I knitted this delicate Baby Alpaca cowl scarf thinking of all of the women’s in my life: my mom, grandma and sisters. They all live to far from me. I imagined how they would wear this soft and cozy cowl everyday to work, to store, to beach in a cool day or just to be warm and stylish. This and other cowls in my store would be perfect gift for them!

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Knitted Cowl Scarf

Sharon from SharPharMade says,

For the mom that sews …

Butterick 3677 Sewing Craft Pattern Supply Misses Proportioned Pants

Butterick 3677 Sewing Craft Pattern

This is a gift for the really offbeat mom who loves zombies!

Ideal for fans of American Horror Story and the Walking Dead, it’s a mini collage on canvas that can be displayed in small niches, on a desk, or a shelf. What’s special about the piece, if only to me, is that the woman on the piece is my mother when she was expecting my oldest brother way back in 1949. So it truly is honoring Mother’s Day.

Zombie Inspired Small Art for Lovers of the Undead Vintage Style Collage Art  -- She's Got Brains

Zombie Inspired Small Art for Lovers of the Undead

I am so thankful that I can call my Mom my best friend. She is always there for me to love and support, she is the one person I want to share my joys and sorrows, and she stands by me through it all. This beautiful little card says just that with a simple greeting, “My Mother, My Friend” and is also a gift with 4 tea light candles to give a special Mom.

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card

Pretty for Mom or Mom-To-Be! I love the fact that I can bring my grandma’s garden into my house with a wreath or two… ah, memories..they are the best!
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Ivory Burlap Wreath

My mother had a little girls tea set to play with when she was just a girl, which my sister and I also played with. To this day she loves to collect cups & saucers! This is a gorgeous Lefton set with dainty little Violets! Perfect size for just a spot of tea!

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Vintage Lefton Demitasse Cup and Saucer

 OldBookSmith from OldBookSmith says,

Everyone knows how many roles a mother is called upon to fill, and how many different hats she wears over the years of parenting. We wanted to honor these many responsibilities in a lighthearted way, and created this dictionary print as the perfect gift to show mom her many talents have not gone unnoticed!

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MOTHER Dictionary Print

All About The Heart

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, it is time to highlight our heart-making team members. Below is a sampling of some of the items that our team members have incorporated the heart into.  There are mug cozies, bibs, jewelry, art, hats, quilts and so much more.  More details about each of these items can be found in this lovely Etsy Treasury.  In addition to the featured products below, you can find more hearts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly members here and here.

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Happy Valentines Day!

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Fun with Fabric

Hello from Rita of Handmadebits4u.  I have another round of fantastic gifts for you from our team members.

The theme for this installment is fabric.  There are gifts for all ages that are made with fabric.  You will find embroidery hoop art, crayon wallets, key fobs, napkins, tea wallet, baskets, bibs, aprons and so much more.  So take a look and see if you can find that special gift for that someone special on your list!

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Hi, It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4u once again.  I sure do hope that you are enjoying these posts featuring gifts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly team members.

Today’s theme is circles.  You will find ornaments, paintings, pottery, jewelry, paper crafting and vintage items, dream catchers, and gifts for children all with circles incorporated into them.  We have such a multi-talented team!!

You can find detailed descriptions by clicking here and then clicking on the item of interest.

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Date Night

Maybe it’s a bit too cold to go dancing in the square, but even with the craze of the holidays ahead of us, every couple needs a night out to themselves.

A map and a wallet all in one, we can ensure that Mr. right won’t forget his money at homeWe also won’t have to worry about stopping and asking for directions, which you know he won’t!

Nail polish is one of the most resilient accessories a girl can have. You can’t leave it at the restaurant, you needn’t worry about the wind mussing it up, and there is zero risk of it wearing down or smearing on your face should things with your date start to heat up a little bit!  So go on, girl. Paint the town. And those pretty nails.

The fairy tale says that at the stroke of midnight, all the good things disappear. Luckily for us, we don’t live in fairy tales. Let that clock tick on past midnight and toast to being masters of your own time over a cozy late night coffee.

Happy Dating!

Frenchie

“Squared” Gifts from EtsyChristmasInJuly

Hi!  It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4U once again.

You must be scratching your head wondering what the heck is a “squared” gift.  And why would members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly team be making them!!  First of all, let’s define a square.

According to TheFreeDictionary there are a least 8 different meanings when we talk about the word square as a noun.  It could be a “T-shaped or L-shaped instrument for drawing.”  It could be the “product obtained when a number or quantity is multiplied by itself.”  When used as slang, it could be “a person who is regarded as dull, rigidly conventional, and out of touch with current trends” – this certainly does not apply to our team members by any means!!

One of the more familiar definitions is “something having an equal-sided rectangular form.”  It is this definition that has inspired many of the designs and creations by our team members for their designs and creations – squares can be readily seen in their product photographs!  Here are a few   “Squared” Gifts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly team members – you will find gifts soap, jewelry, face scrubbies, coasters, disc cutters, digital papers, pillows and more!  To find more details about each of these just click here and then click on the item of interest.

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Aren’t all of these squares beautiful!!

More Gifts from EtsyChristmasInJuly

Hi again from Rita of HandmadeBits4u.

It’s time for another installment of gifts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly team members.  Today we’re looking at gifts that range from $15.00 to $24.99 usd (before shipping/taxes).   You will find a wide range of gifts including, jewelry, knitted and crocheted gifts, cutting board, quilted and sewn gifts, and more.   Click here and then click on the item you’re interested in to find detailed descriptions and shipping information about each of these gifts.

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Happy Shopping from everyone from EtsyChristmasInJuly.

Gifts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly Leaders

Hi All.  It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4u again.

I have been featuring gifts from our team members in previous posts.  These include:

Gifts Under $20
Gifts Under $50
Gifts/Stocking Stuffers Under $10 

Today I want to feature gifts from our leaders and blog contributors – it’s a small way to express our thanks for the extra time and effort they put in to keep the team running.

First, we need to say a big thank you to our tireless and super organized team leader, Michelle of EviesToolEmporium.   Michelle’s shop specializes in metal stamping sets, drill bit sets, jewelry pliers, manners, vises, metalworking tools, jewelry tools, craft tools and hobby tools.  You can also find tutorials in their shop using the tools that are sold.  Check out this 36 piece 1/16″ (1.5mm) Letter and Number Metal Stamping Set with Case, Steel Bench Block, and Hammer.  It’s perfect for anyone on your list who has a passion for metal stamping.

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Because of their love of nature, AGiftOfNature features adorable miniature landscapes and aquaecapes.  These mini terrariums bring the beauty of nature to you in your home or office.  This Birds Nest Air Plant Aviary is a DIY Kit and features a festive airplant with natural woodland decor!

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Alicia of AliciasFindings creates jewelry through her thoughts, ramblings, and current trends.  This beautiful kumihimo necklace has a dichroic glass leaf pendant.  It’s a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe.

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Paula of ilPiccoloGiardino enjoys making preserves, jams and jellies this time of year.  I’m drooling over these homemade Fig and Orange Jam Sweet and Savory Jellies.  It’s a great spread for holiday cheese platters and is a super fantastic hostess gift!!

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Jente of KnittingHedgehog has a rocking chair and a secret little garden that provides her with inspiration to knit and create her unique and luxurious knitwear.  Her attention to detail sets her apart from others.  This eco friendly, 100% pure new wool Owl Hat is a prime example of her workmanship!

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Natalie of whenshuttersclick is a fun-loving, crafting girl who fell in love with photography at a very early age.  She combines her love of crafting and her love of photography in creating beautiful pieces featuring both old and new photos.  You will find necklaces, cards, gift tags, bookmarks, key chains, tie clips, money clips and more in her shop.  This blank Photo Note Card is but one of her many creations.

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And I guess I need to toot my own horn too.  I’m a craftaholic for sure.  I have dabbled in many different kinds of crafts and still have the urge to go out and buy supplies for any new one I see.  My first love though is working with fabric.  I recently started making Cathedral Window Pincushions.  I have a couple listed in my HandmadeBits4u shop and am working on a few more for the shop and for upcoming fall craft fairs.

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So thank you to our EtsyChristmasInJuly leaders and contributors!  You are appreciated for sure.  Watch for more posts for gifts ideas from our team members in the near future.

Stocking Stuffers Under $10 from the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team

Hello again!  It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4u.  Today I’m featuring stocking stuffers unders $10 USD (before shipping/taxes).  It’s never too early to start picking up gifts for family, friends, hostesses, teachers, coaches, and anyone else on your list.  In addition to the gifts below, you can find more under $10 stocking stuffers here and here.

Have a guy one your list?  Here’s the perfect stocking stuffer for him:  Bay Rum Soap by SummerfieldSoaps!

Summerfield Soaps

Here’s a DIY kit for the kids on your list.  This Zen Garden Kit from CedarwoodCreations includes all supplies needed to make this delightful Zen Garden.  And there are many charms to choose from.

cedarwoodcreationsThese silver plated chainmaille earrings in Byzantine weave with black glass beads will be the perfect stocking stuffer for someone on your list!  They are expertly made by Marijana of UrsulaChainmaille.

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HampshireRose has the perfect solution for those of you who give gift cards!  Here’s one of her lovely Giftcard Holder that will hold those cards until it’s ready to be opened.

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WalterSilva makes beautiful pill boxes.  These solid wood boxes feature a “beautiful ladies” image on top.  They  can also be used as a tooth-fairy box or can house first curls or wedding rings.

waltersilvaThanks again for stopping by.  And remember you can find more stocking stuffers for under $10 from our team members  here and here.