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THE COMMUTE: Podcast Recommendations {vol. 3} – Lessons from a Quitter by Goli Kalkhoran

THE COMMUTE: Podcast Recommendations {vol. 3} – Lessons from a Quitter by Goli Kalkhoran

We don’t like to talk these things very much, but they are facts, and they have been for quite some time: the rates of things like alcoholism and suicide are highest among professions such as lawyers and doctors. See here. And here. And here. Y’all, I am sick and tired of watching friends and colleagues struggle and, yes, die. It is unnecessary and pointless, and has cause the loss of some of the greatest people that have ever graced this earth.

THE COMMUTE: Podcast Recommendations {vol. 2} – The Dr. Death Podcast by Wondery

THE COMMUTE: Podcast Recommendations {vol. 2} – The Dr. Death Podcast by Wondery

Keep in mind, I’m an attorney by trade. I’m not squeamish. I’m a bit jaded. I am rarely surprised by human behavior, even atrocious human behavior. All in all, this story is unbelievably appalling.

20 Ideas for Small Gifts for Older Kids and Teens

20 Ideas for Small Gifts for Older Kids and Teens

So here we are. Holy Week. We are approaching the finish line on the Lenten season of 2019 and this coming Sunday is the day that millions of moms will attempt to coordinate their families in spring wardrobes and take Instagram-worthy photos. (Thank you, filters.)

Sometimes we get decent pictures on Easter morning. Sometimes we get this:

Easter picture golf cart
The kids are older now, so they do look at the camera. They just roll their eyes.

It’s kind of a crapshoot.

My about to be 12 year-old said to me the other day, “Do you think maybe instead of leaving me candy in my Easter basket, the Easter Bunny could just leave me, I don’t know, a Beyblade stadium?”


Sorry, not sorry, kid, but your mom is on a tear lately about not accumulating more stuff than we actually need (and we already need to purge about 70% of the stuff we have). And you might be saying, at 12 and 15, aren’t they just maybe getting too old for the Easter Bunny thing?

I wouldn’t disagree with that either, but then I remember…

When I was 19 and home from college for the weekend (yes, I am aware of how absurd you think this sounds, but you can just mind your own, thankyouverymuch), the Easter Bunny rang the doorbell and left a present for me (that’s just how the Easter Bunny operated at my house growing up) on the front porch. I remember it vividly. It was one of those tiny little charcoal grills, about a foot tall. I left it sitting on the porch and took off running around the side of the house. Coincidentally, I found my mother rounding the back corner of the house and in case there are any children reading this, I shall say no more.

So the Easter Bunny will probably drop them off a little happy with some candy.

Sometimes it’s a challenge to come up with small gifts for older kids and teens, especially when you want to refrain from buying them more “stuff” that they may not want or need and that will just clutter up their room and/or your house. I’ve tried to make these kinds of gifts fall into one of a couple of categories:

  1. Things they need (and thus I would have to buy anyway)
  2. Consumables (things they will use up quickly and thus won’t be sitting around my house very long)

Here are some ideas, categorized by price, of great gifts for older kids and teens – for Easter baskets, stocking stuffers, their friends’ birthdays, or whatever!

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Any price point

Gift Cards – always the right size. Seriously, no one dislikes these as gifts. No one that lives in my house, anyway.

For the gamers:

Playstation Store Gift Cards $10/$20/$25

Nintendo eShop Gift Card $10/$20/$35

Under $10

I love getting beauty products that are a little out of the ordinary, and so does my teenage daughter. These little “extras” from Anthropologie don’t cost much but will add a special touch:

BEYBLADE Burst Supergrip Launcher – So it’s not the stadium, but he can’t say the Easter Bunny completely disregarded his wishes.

Under $20

Water Bottles – Summer’s coming, and my kids seem to think they can’t go anywhere without one.

Under Armour Women’s Essential Twist No Show Socks (6 Pack), Bright Assortment, Medium – We can’t seem to keep socks matched up. Who cares?

Flip Flops – several colors and sizes are $19.99!

Echo Input – on sale for $19.99 during April!

Books – keep them reading!

Young adult fiction or Non-fiction

AXE Gift Set – anything that keeps folks in my house smelling good gets a thumbs up in my book.

Under $30

NIKE Men’s Dry Training Shorts – My son lives in athletic apparel at pretty much any and all times he can get away with it, so he’s always happy to get more of these as gifts.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Shampoo, Bath and Shower Gel – Philosophy has come out with more amazing scents, but my daughter and I still love “Amazing Grace.” It’s light and perfect for spring and summer, and this 3 in 1 combo shower gel is super convenient.

Microfiber Beach Towel – dries super quick so you don’t have wet towels laying around (in your car, on your couch, and all the places they tend to end up).

THE COMMUTE: Podcast Recommendations {vol. 1}

THE COMMUTE: Podcast Recommendations {vol. 1}

Week of April 8, 2019 – Podcasts I’ve been listening to As promised, this is the first installment of my podcast recommendations, based solely on what I have been listening to. I had gotten into a bit of routine lately with my commute podcast listening. […]

The New(ish) Used Car Search, Part 1: Let go of the handle

The New(ish) Used Car Search, Part 1: Let go of the handle

I’m waffling between the practical, high-MPG small sedan (or compact SUV) and a full-on mid-life crisis car. The other day, I suggested the latter idea to my teenager, saying, “You know, growing up, I always said that when I could drive, I would get myself a Jeep or a Volkswagen Beetle. Maybe it’s time.”

“You should definitely do that,” she responded.