5 Gifts For The Parents Who Have It All

5 Gifts To Get For The Parents Who Have Everything

They may have money, but they're probably running short on some other things.

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I am a college student, and my bank account--like those of many other college students--is never as full as I'd like it to be. That's a simple fact of life.

My parents, on the other hand, are full-time working professionals in the STEM field.Their finances reflect their generally lucrative positions. That's a fact of life, too.

Anything I'd be able to buy my parents, they could buy themselves without a second thought--which is why, at least to me, buying them material gifts seems almost...wasteful. In my opinion, getting them something they could have more easily obtained themselves goes against the very point of gift giving. No, I want to be able to give my parents something they wouldn't have thought of--or wouldn't have time for--regularly. Here are five things you can give to your parents if, like mine, they seem to have everything.

Movie tickets for the whole family

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If you've been away at college a while, your parents probably want nothing more than some quality time with you--so what better gift than to give them that time by taking them out to a movie with you? This gift doesn't have to be super expensive--it's especially feasible if you're an only child. Why not kill two birds with one stone and book tickets to a movie you've been wanting to see?

Art/Cooking classes 

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Between her job, her kids, her husband and...well, her job, my mother has never gotten time to pursue one of the hobbies she's always wanted to indulge: painting. If your parents are short on time but full of creativity, art classes could be the perfect gift for them. Alternatively, if they want to learn how to cook or how to improve their cooking, cooking classes would fit the bill--and hey, better food for you, so it's a win-win. Beware of the costs of these classes though, they can get expensive and may nto be financially feasible for anyone.

Date-Night Planning

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Every couple needs some romance, no matter how long they've been together. Make it easier for your parents to get some alone time by booking them a couple of fun activities to do together and offering to watch the family pet/your siblings/yourself while they're out. Some parents find it particularly difficult to find time for each other--if that's true in your case, they'll be extra pleased with your thoughtful gift.

Spa booking

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Maybe what your mom--or dad, or guardian--needs is a nice pedicure date with you! Book a mani-pedi and treat yourself to some polish while treating them to some family time and quality conversation. Pay for their mani-pedi if you can, or maybe just cover your own--either way, they'll be glad to spend some time doing something you both enjoy, together!

Dinner reservations 

Image: Departure Restaurant in Portland - Asian Cuisine | The Nines Hotel

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Everyone eats--so you can't go wrong with a dinner reservation for the family. Bonus points for picking a new restaurant in the area, or maybe one your parents have been talking about trying for a long time. This is the perfect gift for adventurous parents who may not have the time or courage to book reservations at a new restaurant themselves. What I love about this gift is the financial flexibility it offers: you can offer to pay for everyone's meal, or leave it at booking the dinner. Either way, you can be sure that they'll love it.

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4 Family Vacations You Should Take This Summer

The perfect way to reconnect with your family

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With everyone having such busy lives nowadays, and especially with people being so attached to their phones and social media, the family vacation is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And yet, it is exactly what most families need nowadays, time to relax and reconnect with one another, a time to gain a renewed appreciation for one another. I intend to revive and bring the idea of the family vacation "back to life". So with that being said, here are 9 ways you and your family can discover why taking a family vacation is so important.

1. Take a road trip.

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A classic vacation like a road trip will never go out of style! Whether it's in an RV or a car, you can explore new destinations together, discovering all that our beautiful country has to offer. And while traveling from place to place you can play an intense game of the license plate game or jam out to some of your favorite music together, you can play a few rounds of "car karaoke". Either way, a road trip is a great way to not only enjoy each other's company but explore new places.

2. Go camping.

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Sure, roughing it in the woods may be every family's idea of a great and meaningful family vacation, but to some people not having all of the modern conveniences of life could bring them closer together, in an effort to help each other and keep the environment fun. Camping activities such as sitting around a campfire and roasting marshmallows or playing a long game of manhunt together could quite possibly be just what your family needs. The next time you plan a family vacation, don't eliminate the option of taking a camping trip right away, it could be one of the best vacations you ever take.

3. Go to Disney World.

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Going to a place like Disney World with your family is truly an unforgettable experience. Being that when you're at Disney World you are inside of the "Disney bubble," you get completely immersed in the magic, making memories that will truly last a lifetime. Taking a Disney vacation is about so much more than riding rides, watching show-stopping parades, and meeting your favorite Disney characters. It is about making memories as a family, it is about experiencing the magic of Disney with your family. Disney World isn't just for little kids, it is the perfect destination for your family vacation this summer.

4. Take a cruise.

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Cruising is a classic way to get away. You and your family can board a huge ship and escape to far-away destinations such as the Caribbean, Asia or even Europe. And the best part of cruising? All of the food and travel is taken care of. You and your family get to sit back, relax, enjoy many of the amazing activities that they offer while onboard, and sail the high seas while having tons of fun and not having to worry about getting to your next destination.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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