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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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 pen, laundry soap pods.
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.