Summer Survival Kit

Beat Summer Boredom!

Let’s face it, ‘bored’ almost becomes a cuss word when you hear it over summer break! As a parent, you gasp at the sound of that word, and immediately tell your kids to enjoy the weather and go outside! Am I right?!

This summer, avoid any arguments over what to do by prepping our Summer Survival Kit!

We’ve not only provided the darling printable tags to create a festive summer gift basket, we’ve also provided you with a list of ideas of what you can include to ensure ‘bored’ is banished! AND we’ve also included a darling garland you can have your kids create for an upcoming backyard BBQ.

Now, get ready to create lasting summer memories!

Summer survival kit

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Although this gift is ideal for kids, you can easily convert this into a spouse gift basket as well by providing more adult gift items to each tag! If you’re feeling crafty, then we highly recommend you create a gift basket for both your kiddos and your spouse at the same time! And to make that easy for you, we’ve ALSO included some fantastic, adult ideas for each tag as well!
To get started, print your festive Summer Survival Kit tags, designed by the AMAZING Kayley Miller at Ollie and Lulu Designs {she’s SUPER talented; check her out for all of your custom design needs}.
Summer Gift Tags
Look through the tags and decide which ones you want to include in your gift basket.  You might want to print two sets in case you want to include “For a BBQ” in both your kids’ and spouse’s gift basket. Once you’ve decided on the tags you like for each basket, start creating a list of items you’ll need to fill it! Here are some FANTASTIC ideas:
For the Kids:

  • For a BBQ: Fun straws, glow sticks, corn hole bag set
  • For Watching: Sunglasses, tickets to a baseball game
  • For Reading: New book for summer reading
  • For Learning: Workbook, pass to the zoo, registration for a class
  • For a Block Party: Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, tie-dye kit
  • For Parties: Materials to make their own cards, party hats
  • For Pool: Goggles, diving sticks, beach ball, new towel
  • For Listening: iTunes gift card, concert tickets, coupon to go to the library’s story time
  • For Snacking: Fruit snacks, crackers, granola bars
  • For the Fourth of July: Sparklers, glow sticks, face paint, bubbles
  • For Breaking a Sweat: Receipt to a sports class or team
  • For Quiet Nights: Book, DVD, blanket, card/board Game (you can find a whole bunch of GREAT family board game ideas here)
  • For the Park: Pail and shovel, sidewalk chalk, ball, nature scavenger hunts
  • For Dessert: Ice cream gift card, favorite cookie, a coupon to bake something together
  • For a Rainy Day: Coupon to go see a movie, puzzle, play dough, crafts – like the garland in this printable pack
  • For Vacation: New outfit, activity book for the car/plane
  • For Stargazing: Tent, binoculars, glow sticks
  • For Lounging: A picnic blanket, mini lounge chair
  • For the Backyard: New ball, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, squirt guns, bug catcher
  • For Sharing: Favorite snack, favorite book
  • For a Late Night: Blanket, travel pillow
  • For the Garden: Gardening gloves, shovel, seeds
  • For the Family: Passes to the pool, zoo or arboretum (be sure to check out groupon.com for some great prices on activities to do in your area!)
  • For Blocking: Sunscreen, bug repellent
  • For Relaxing: DVD, coupon for extra 30 mins of TV
  • For an Early Morning: Coupon for a donut treat, our Summer Breakfast Kick-off idea
  • For Drinking: Lemonade, coupon for homemade slushies/smoothies

Summer Gift Basket Ideas for Kids

For the Spouse:

  • For a BBQ: New rub or sauce for cooking, apron
  • For Watching: Sunglasses, date night to a drive-in movie, tickets to a baseball game
  • For Reading: Book or magazine
  • For Learning: Receipt to a class that you’ll both attend
  • For a Block Party: Recipe card for an appetizer
  • For Parties: Plates and cutlery, gift card for a new outfit
  • For the Pool: Towel, pool bag, hat
  • For Listening: iTunes gift card, headphones, concert tickets
  • For Snacking: Trail mix, spouse’s favorite snack
  • For the Fourth of July: Festive t-shirt or tank top
  • For Breaking a Sweat: A planned hike/run, new song download,
  • For Quiet Nights: Book, DVD, DIY sports blanket, card/board game
  • For the Park: Nature scavenger hunt, binoculars
  • For Dessert: Favorite candy bar, coupon to share favorite dessert
  • For a Rainy Day: Coupon to go see a movie, coupon to a museum, puzzle
  • For Vacation: New outfit, receipt to a planned activity
  • For Stargazing: Tent, binoculars, invite to our Star Gazing Date Night
  • For Lounging: A picnic blanket to go along with our picnic date, mini lounge chair
  • For the Backyard: New ball, bubbles, sidewalk chalk
  • For Sharing: Favorite snack
  • For a Late Night: Favorite treat/drink, coupon to sleep in
  • For the Garden: Gardening gloves, shovel, seeds
  • For the Family: Passes to the pool, zoo or arboretum (be sure to check out groupon.com for some great prices on activities to do in your area!)
  • For Blocking: Sunscreen, bug repellent
  • For Relaxing: Coupon for control of the remote, coupon for snuggling, invite to our Spa Date Night
  • For an Early Morning: Coupon for breakfast in bed
  • For Drinking: Lemonade, coupon for homemade slushies/smoothies

Once you’ve gathered all of your items, tag them, and situate them a gift basket for your kids and/or spouse!
Summer Boredom Gift Basket Idea

What’s great about creating these baskets is that it also allows you to plan out activities for the summer ahead of time! As you find things to go along with each tag, you now have ideas of what you can do with both your kids and your spouse.

About the Author: Paige

I am madly in love with three men (1 big and 2 little)! I am lucky enough to be married to my true complement. I spend my days doing any and everything 'boy!' I have a passion for fitness and love trying anything that makes my heart race.

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