Cross Country Gifts for High School Seniors

I spent Sunday afternoon getting gifts ready for the darling senior twin daughters Cross Country Banquet that is on Tuesday evening.

I’m pretty sure the Cross Country team doesn’t read my blog so I can share some pictures of the gifts.

First, let me just tell you it’s tough to find an appropriate unisex gift for teenagers! Especially with a small budget.

I actually started searching for ideas by “googling” the title of my post.
Is “googling” a word? No clever ideas came up. But I do love a challenge and was happy to do all the shopping online.

I highly recommend The Engraved Gift Store if you need anything engraved. They made me say WOW! I ordered 14 very affordable solid pewter key rings on Thursday online and had them one week later. With free engraving, free shipping and free gift boxes.

I was delighted to find the boxes had little name labels on them and they included the cute gift cards that fit perfectly inside the box. I LOVE companies that make my life easier with little touches like that!

How cute is the little pewter track shoe I attached to each key ring? Remember, it was a tight budget so I went to eBay and found a shop that had 10 zipper pulls listed and when I emailed the shop, the owner emailed me right back and said he would include 4 more for just an additional $2.00 which meant the shoe charms were just under a dollar a piece with shipping. I also LOVE to find bargains!

I also made digital photo collages for each of the fourteen seniors, uploaded them to Costco Photo Center and picked them up last weekend.

I don’t dare show you any of the collages in case one of them really does read my blog. They should get at least one surprise.

The senior gifts were fun to get ready and I don’t mind helping because I say “no” to most school volunteering these days. You know, those pumpkin bars really used up most of my volunteer energy.

What’s semi-funny is that I did not volunteer to do senior gifts. I didn’t even know they did senior gifts. I’m out of touch like that.

What I did volunteer to do is help put the girls’ senior scrapbooks together. Because I am a parent of two of the five seniors and by volunteering to donate albums and supplies, I could be sure the scrapbooks were extra lovely.

And thanks to my former next door neighbor and his fabulous camera, I can give you a sneak peek of one of the gorgeous title pages I was able to make for my daughters.

If you all will be quiet and won’t tell them you got to see one of their pages…

before the banquet,

before they get their albums.

I really want to show you my new

most favorite candid photo

of a moment captured on film

of my twin daughters being sweet to each other…

Shhh, don’t tell them I showed you any of this!

Now available for hire to find decent gifts within your budget without ever having to go the mall. Woo-hoo!

What did you do this weekend?


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    Melinda says:

    Wow! That’s the best thing I can think of to express my continuing amazement at all you do for your family. No wonder they don’t mind that you go off on scrapbooking weekends. My daughters keep telling me I have to get their books done by May. Think I’ll make it??

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    Karen says:

    This was great! Thanks for the ideas that I’m tucking away for next year when my son is a Sr. Hopefully I can find just as much with a golf theme. As much as he doesn’t like us walking the course with him, I may have to-just to get some photos. Will you show us what you did for the collages later?? THANKS.

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    Rhonda says:

    Oh Sherra, those are great for the boys AND girls. Good idea. All of it… and that you managed to stay out of the Mall. I too will do anything to avoid a Mall crowd.

    I will have to remember the fun key chain idea for my Sunday School class.

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    Sherra says:

    @Melinda: You can absolutely get the girls’ books done by May – let’s go away for a weekend and I’ll help you. I haven’t done that in a loooong time!!! 😉

    @Karen: The charm shop sent me a “free gift” and it is a golf shoe which would be perfect for your golfer son! And don’t hesitate to get out there on the course and take some pictures – those are my most favorite pics of both my dad and my kids. I’ll definitely give you a peek at the collages, I just need to remove the kids names before I’m comfortable posting them.

    @Rhonda: Remember when the mall used to be fun? Yeah, I can barely remember either!

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    Cindy G says:

    Hi Sherra, I’m totally stealing the keychain idea! I noticed that you had 2009 inscribed on them instead of the year of the XC season. Is that because that is their graduating year? Thanks!

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      Sherra says:

      Obviously not on the blog very much – just keeping here for our family stories. I did have their graduation year engraved for the seniors on the XC key chains. Hope yours turned out great! 🙂


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