I've decided to start early on my Christmas shopping this year. I'm determined!
I love coming up with themed gifts, but I'm having some brain blockage here.
The idea is for a classic board game themed stocking. The items in the stocking should correspond to the game ... I will probably include a mix of gag gifts and things they'd actually want. I'd also like to include some crafted items if possible. I'm open to using different games, but I thought classic board games would be neat.
The giftees are three brothers who are all still living at home- 17, 19, and 23. When they come over to visit, we almost always play games all evening, so this should be a hit (hopefully!).
Here are my ideas, but I'd love to hear more (especially where I have nothing!):
edit: I've been adding to the list to incorporate ideas given below (thanks!)
Trivial pursuit themed stocking that includes:
Trivial Pursuit board game
Trivial Pursuit card game
Geography category- maybe a Gps (depending on the money we decide to spend)? Book of maps- either a nice set or National Geographic set and/or a compass (this one, perhaps? http://www.amazon.com/Brass-Compass-Luminous-Ring-Adjustable/dp/B001IABX3Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1286146291&sr=8-4 )
Entertainment category- itunes or FYE gift card
History category- interesting facts from history type of book
Literature category- a classic novel
Science & Nature category-
Sports & Leisure category- I know he's fairly athletic, so I can probably come up with something eventually.
Wrap each item in paper that corresponds to the board game's color
Maybe some trivia books
Clue themed stocking that includes:
Clue board game
Clue card game
For the characters:
Mustard: jar of spicy mustard
Plum: a plum?
Scarlet: red marker? red lipgloss? The Scarlet Letter?
White: white marker? container of white out?
Green: green marker?
Peacock: peacock feather?
Knife: Swiss army or other nice knife
Candlestick: cheapo candlestick from goodwill/salvation army/garage sale
Revolver: play gun
Lead Pipe: pipe
Dining Room: plastic silverware (seems kind of lame)
Lounge: "lounge" pillow
Kitchen: frying pan (lives at home, doesn't really cook)
Ball Room: lots and lots of bouncy balls
Conservatory: grow your own plant kit?
Billiard Room: mini toy pool set
Library: classic novel
Study: pen set and planner
Monopoly themed stocking that includes:
Monopoly board game
Monopoly card game
Paper Money: $1, $5, $10, $20 bills, photoshopped image printed onto $50, $100, $500 bills, notebook made from money (already purchased: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/35284856 )
Battleship: -we live near Battleship Cove in MA, so maybe a souvenir from there
Dog: maybe some dog treats (their older brother has a dog) and/or dog/dog bone shaped cookies
Car: paperweight http://www.etailgifts.com/car.asp ?
Thimble: a small thimble and emergency sewing kit
Shoe: shoe laces?
Iron: iron/vitamin supplements
Hat: baseball hat?
Chance: lottery tickets, and/or magic 8 ball (love this idea, thanks!)
Community Chest: "treasure chest" with coins in it
Jail: toy handcuffs?
Railroad: railroad map
Utilities: Energy efficient light bulb and/or rechargeable batteries , ooo, maybe this "credit card lightbulb" from thinkgeek: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/travel-outdoors/cbd4/
Hotels: book on hotels.... I had thought maybe hotel sized soaps...is that too weird? ... (haha, letuescarpe, I see that you had the same idea)
Maybe utilize names from some of the spaces:
Obviously I have less ideas for Monopoly. I would like each stocking to contain a nice mix of practical and actually wanted items and a variety of gag gifts just to tie in the theme. Nothing too expensive, which is why I put the question mark next to GPS. Any suggestions?