With the Leaving Cert results due imminently, are you wondering about what gifts (if any) to give? If the idea of putting money in a card doesn’t appeal to you, what about one of these 10 Leaving Cert gift ideas that aren’t money.
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#1. Sign Up To A Streaming Service
Netflix, Audible, Spotify and similar streaming services will be happily received, and are a great idea for teens preparing to move away from home.
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#2. Makeover Time!
After the stress of exams and waiting for the dreaded results, you could make time for a pampering day with your teen. What about a mani-pedi session, a new haircut, or a makeup session at a beauty counter with some goodies to take home?
#3. Pack Up A Food Hamper
Moving away from home for college is a daunting and often expensive time. Why not create a basket of goodies as a great send-off gift?
The hamper could be pantry essentials (tea, coffee, oils, sugar, jam, sauces, pasta and so on) to help set your teen up for life away from home – or perhaps a themed basked of their favourite sweets and treats?
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#4. Time For A Coffee Break?
Is your teen a coffee drinker? What about their own coffee machine so they can brew up before heading off to classes? A quick and easy alternative to their own coffee machine is a voucher for a coffee shop so they can indulge in caffeine at any time.
#5. Kitchen Skills
Your teen may need some help in the kitchen to prepare them for living away from home. Make sure they have the basics, either by teaching them yourself or enrolling them in a cookery class. A few staple meals under their belt, and then at least you know they can keep themselves fed. Pair your cookery lessons with some suitable cookbooks – Save With Jamie by Jamie Oliver, Mary Berry’s How to Cook or Delia’s How to Cook are all good starting points.
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#6. A Monthly Subscription
There are lots of subscription options that are ideal for teens – and a monthly delivery is like the gift that keeps on giving! Choose anything from magazines to makeup or beauty products to healthy snack deliveries!
#7. Smartphone Gadgets
Gadgets of any description are a great idea for teens, and something for their phone is perfect. What about a Lumee phone cover with a light that helps take the perfect selfie, bluetooth speakers or headphones, pop stoppers for perfectly angled viewing, or one of these Luckies smartphone projectors (available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Easons, or direct from Luckies).
Okay, so this is pretty close to giving cash, but vouchers do offer a huge range of possibilities – clothes, stationery, sporting equipment, restaurants, cinema, bowling, activity days, supermarkets, music downloads, book shops, transport, weekend breaks, beautician, hairdressers…the list is endless.
#9. Household Essentials
Is your teen moving away from home for further studies? Stock up on household essentials to ensure their move is as seamless as possible. Depending on whether they are sharing a house, living on campus, or setting up on their own, they may need basic kitchen equipment, bed linen and towels, cleaning supplies, and all the less-glamourous items that we tend to forget!
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Which of these Leaving Cert gift ideas would you go for? Do you think gifts are expected? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!