Ideas for great gifts to give high school graduates that are useful and will be appreciated.
With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of high school graduation announcements. Some of these announcements are from students you are well acquainted with and others are from students you only know through their parents or some other indirect route. Regardless of your connection, it is often difficult to pick out a gift that will be both useful and appreciated. Below are a few ideas to get you started.
Tool kit - While this may not sound like the most glamorous gift in the world, it may very well be the most useful gift you can select. Everyone has a need for tools, and it is likely that most high school students do not already own a tool kit. When the recent grad moves into a college dorm or moves into an apartment, he/she will find an immediate need for a tool kit for hanging pictures and putting together furnishings, for example. You do not need to get an elaborate tool kit. There are small tool kits in compact boxes that contain the essentials, such as a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. For a fun twist, paint the student's name on the outside of the tool box. This is an appropriate gift for both males and females.
Monogrammed beach towel - Big beach towels are great for taking to the beach, to the pool, or simply using as bath towels. Select a well made towel that will be able to withstand many uses and washes in the washing machine. To add a nice personal touch to the towel and to differentiate it from other peoples' towels, have the grad's name monogrammed in large letters on the towel. Check in your local phone book for professional monogramming services.
Basket of shower gear - Many college students who live in a dorm have to share a bathroom with at least a few people. To make those trips back and forth to the shower more bearable, consider giving the grad a plastic bin or basket with a handle for carting around shampoo, soap, and other essentials. In fact, there are baskets that are made solely for this purpose. To add to the basket, consider filling it with bath items such as washcloths, shower sponges, and good-smelling soaps.
Dry erase board - Many college students who live in dorms enjoy putting a dry erase board on their dorm room door so that friends can leave them messages. Even if the grad is not planning on living in a dorm, a dry erase board is useful in the kitchen or next to a phone for jotting down quick messages. Dry erase boards and markers can be purchased at many office supply and discount stores. If you enjoy doing crafts, consider painting the student's name on the board frame or decorating the frame with ribbon.
Gift certificate - If all else fails, a gift certificate is always a safe bet for a high school graduate. If you do not know the type of store the student prefers, consider getting a mall gift certificate that can generally be used at any of the stores in that particular mall. This way, the student can select whatever he/she really wants.
Simply add a nice card to any of the gifts mentioned above and you'll be all set. Now that you have some ideas, hopefully you will not be so overwhelmed when you start receiving high school graduation announcements.
Learn the basics of how to play the ever-popular game of Badminton by reading the information offered in this article!
The game of badminton is a popular back yard game for many people, men and women alike. Some people who are serious about the game play in professional matches. The International Badminton Federation is the largest professional badminton organization. It boasts an astonishing membership of one hundred and thirty countries! And, did you know that badminton became an Olympic competition in 1992? So, it's popularity is still soaring! If you want to find out how to start playing this active sport in your backyard, you can find out the basics of badminton by reading this article.
The first thing you will need is a playing area in your back yard which measures approximately seventeen feet wide for matches played with two people, one on each side, or twenty feet wide for matches which are played with four people, two players on each side. The length of the court is approximately forty-four feet if you have sufficient room. Place the net in the approximate middle of your playing area, then divide by two and measure out the lengths as well as the widths for each side. You will need to distinctively mark each of the three boundary lines on both sides of the playing area or court. Yard paint like what is used on a football or baseball field is excellent, or you can just use white flour when in a pinch. You will also need a badminton net, which, when set up, stands about five feet high. You will also need racquets and shuttlecocks, or birdies, as they are sometimes called. The easiest way to obtain all of this equipment at one time is to visit your local department store and find a badminton set in the Sporting Goods Department.
Now, the object of this active game is for each player to keep the shuttlecock in constant play once it has been served. The player who serves the shuttlecock continues to serve until a fault is made by his or her own team. A fault can be called if the shuttlecock lands outside of the boundary lines, does not pass over the top of the net, is not returned over the net, or is not struck with a racquet before it falls on the ground. If the server's team makes the fault, then the serve immediately switches over to the opposing team. But, the opposing team does not score a point. Only the server or his or her team can score. If the opposing player or team commits the fault, then the server's team gains a point. The first player, if you are playing single matches, or the first two-person team, if you are playing doubles, to reach twenty-one points wins the match.Another rule of the game of badminton is that the shuttlecock is always served from the right side of the playing area, or court, as it is often known as.
Professionally-played badminton entails more complicated rules, but the above-listed rules are enough for a back yard match. The equipment changes somewhat too, from a backyard match to a professional game. One such difference is that the shuttlecock in a store-bought game is usually made from molded plastic. A regulation shuttlecock is made from cork with exactly sixteen real feathers attached to it.
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