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Gift Lei

50 Gift Lei Ideas

I love the Polynesian culture, the emphasis on family, the food, the dancing and the traditions. One of these traditions are leis, presented to show your love to someone as a welcome or to say goodbye.  There are flower leis, and often at graduation ceremonies you see leis made of money or candy.

My brother-in-law recently graduated with his MBA and we wanted to get a little something to say congratulations. I decided to take a lei and put in some of his favorite things…a twist on the candy leis.

Two things he loves: Mt. Dew and barbecuing.

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These leis are simple to make, you just need the clear cellophane gift wrap , some curling ribbon or fabric strips and whatever items you want to put inside the lei (Keep Reading for 50 Gift Lei Ideas!).

barbecue spices and cellophane

 

I bought a bunch of barbecue spice mixes (love McCormick Grill Mates!)  then measured a vertical strip of cellophane wrap long enough to go around a neck comfortably and wide enough to roll the spices in. For adults I measured the wrap to 55 inches, folded it in half lengthwise (to make it half as wide) and cut all the way up.  For kids I used 45 inch length.

The second lei was cans of Mt. Dew. Same process, wider wrap to fit the cans.

 

Now I wouldn’t recommend a soda lei to be worn for very long…it might cause irreversible neck damage. HAHA!

This idea can be adapted for many gift-giving situations and lots of different people. Here are some ways you can spin it!

 

 

Gift Leis for teens/adults

Going-to-college Lei: It would be fun to put some gift cards (fast food, restaurants, grocery store). You could also put vitamins, ibuprofen

Laundry Lei: Here is another fun one for high school graduates to send them off to their independence ready for tackling laundry. It has everything they need for laundry: a roll of quarters, a Tide  stain Pen, a bleach penlaundry soap pods.

New Driver Lei: If you have a 16-year-old who’s about to hit the road here is a lei is filled with things for new drivers: car air fresheners, gas gift cardkeychaincar window wipesmints).

Soda/Pop Lei: Their favorite cans of soda

Barbecue Lei: Spices for barbecuing

Artist Lei: You could do lots of different versions of this using pastels, colored pencils, oil paint, paint brush

Gift card Lei: This could be catered to a lot of different occasions. For high school graduates you could do fast food gift cards, restaurant gift cards, and grocery store gift cards. For newlyweds, you could do gift cards to major stores like an Amazon gift card, Home Depot gift card. You could do a Housewarming lei with gift cards for Lowes gift card and Bed Bath and Beyond.

Travel Lei: It would be so fun to surprise a friend going on a trip with a lei full of travel sized shampoo, conditioner, travel body wash, travel shaving cream, travel hand sanitizer etc.

Makeup Lei: This would be fun for a girl just starting to wear makeup (and I wouldn’t complain if someone gave ME a bunch of new makeup either!) . You could add mascara, makeup brushes, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipgloss and an Ulta Gift Card etc.

Fingernail Polish Lei: A bunch of beautiful fingernail polishes, add some emery boards and maybe a bottle of fingernail polish remover.

First Aid Lei: This lei could have band-aids, antibiotic cream, travel Tylenol. It would be fun for a nursing or doctor graduation gift.

Cooking Lei: (Maybe for a bridal shower or high school grad who will have their own kitchen) : You could include a few favorite recipes on index cards plus some spices, measuring spoons, wooden spoons, vanilla.

Fix-It Lei: Basically a small tool box in lei form. This would be a fun one for college goers, or newlyweds or new homeowners. You could add a screwdriver, a small hammer, a wrench.

Chewing gum lei: Buy a bunch of different chewing gum flavors!

Bath bomb Lei: Add a bunch of mini bath bombs and shower steamers to this relaxing gift lei

Movie Lei: Microwave popcorn, treats, Redbox movie codes

Spa lei: massage oil, foot cream, bath salts

Garden Lei: Seed packets, small gardening shovel and rake, garden signs

Sewing Lei: thread, sewing needles, mini scissors

Having a baby Lei: baby thermometer, baby fingernail clippers, baby Tylenol

Fitness: Itunes Card Pedometer, Fit BitHeadband, headphones

New Phone Lei: Headphones charging cablePhone Fan, Pop Socket

Skiing: Sunscreen, hand warmers, chapstick, Ski pass

Jewelry Lei: This one would work for kids or adults, add some cute earrings, rings and maybe necklaces

Playing card/Poker lei: Playing cards, poker chips, spoons

Leis for kids:

Mini car lei: Put a bunch of matchbox cars!

Mini dinosaur lei: You can buy a pack of miniature dinosaurs and hatching dinosaur eggs and put them individually in the lei. I bought these dinosaur eggs for my son’s Valentine’s cards. They are SO much fun! The eggs dissolve and crack open in the water and there are different dinosaurs inside that grow.

Kool-aid packet lei: What kid doesn’t love kool-aid? Put a bunch of different flavor packets. You could do the individual serving packets or the normal packets that make 2 quarts.

Tooth brush Lei: My kids go crazy over the new toothbrushes they get at the dentist. Put a toothbrush, toothpaste, some flossers

Slime Kit Lei: Have you seen my slime kit gifts? Here is the lei version! This gift lei has glue, clear glue, food coloring, borax (in labeled baggies), and measuring spoons.

Otter Pop Lei: This one would be fun as a summer gift! Use (unfrozen) otter pops and add a popsicle holder.

Bubble gum lei: You can buy colorful bubble gum balls and package them prettily in a lei.

Pen/Pencil/Eraser lei: My kids love new pencils, pens and erasers. Buy a variety of patterned supplies and put them in the lei

Water fight lei: little squirt guns, and water balloons

Balloons: Punching balloons, long noisy balloons, balloons you tie into shapes, air pump

Juggling lei: juggling balls, scarves

Sticker Lei: A bunch of fun stickers, scratch and sniff stickers, glitter stickers, glow-in-the-dark stickers, maybe a small sticker book

Tye Dye Lei: Buy a Tye Dye Kit like this, then package the bottles, elastics and roll up a white t-shirt or white cotton tote bag.

Fourth of July Lei: Confetti Poppers, Sunglasses

Beanie-Boo Lei: My kids love Beanie Boos, this would be a fun lei!

Squishy Toy Lei: These squishy toys are all the rage (and not too expensive!)

Jump Rope Lei: Put a normal jump rope, the fun jump rope rhymes you can print free from my Gift Printables Library, and a Chinese jump rope.

Sock Lei: Teen boys love crazy socks, there are a lot of great choices. These socks or maybe some holiday socks

Beach lei: sunglasses, sunscreen, uninflated beach ball, goggles

Camping/Scout Lei: mini-flashlight, glow sticks, mosquito repellent, compass, waterproof matches containercompact marshmallow roasting sticks, Protein Bar

S’more Lei: Graham cracker packages, mini chocolate bars, marshmallows, compact marshmallow roasting stick

Back to School Lei: School supplies like pencils, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, erasers

Bouncy ball Lei: Bunches of bouncy balls!

Bubble lei: sticky bubbles, smelling bubbles, small bubbles

Hair products Lei: Comb, Brush, hair elastic ties, mini hairspray

Glow stick lei: glow sticks, other glow stuff,

 

Fairy Lei: Fairy Garden furniture

 

What other Gift Leis can you think of? I hope you found one (or many!) ideas that you love! These would be super fun high school or college graduation gifts.

Happy Gifting!

Steph

4 Comments

  1. Andy

    April 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Steph! This is my first time on your blog! Great article. I’m part Hawaiian so leis have always been a big thing for us. We used to get the candy leis all the time when we were little, but we always get flower leis at graduations and big ceremonies. I’ve seen some clever leis over the years. One of my favs was a lei made of bags of potato chips haha.

    1. The Gifty Girl

      April 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Potato chips! Why didn’t I think of that!! I love it! Thanks for stopping by Andy!

  2. Nicky

    April 7, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Hello, Steph! Love your list! Very unique and can definitely be enjoyed by teens. I’d like to make a Lei of gift cards! Hehehe. Thanks for sharing!

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