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« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2006 11:57:45 PM »

Hi!
This is not a crafty solution, but it's what I do for hard-to-please/unappreciative recipients - makes me feel good & someone else benefits...   http://www.oxfamunwrapped.com/
You could even buy your SIl a goat...
Good luck!
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« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2006 12:29:11 AM »

In my opion anyone that turns their nose up at any gift...handmade or store bought...should experience being giftless for awhile.
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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2006 04:37:40 AM »

I love the Oxfam idea -- my kids got this as part of their holiday present from a similar organization (http://donate.wvus.org/OA_HTML/xxwvibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=10024&beginIndex=)  and even though they are young (5, 3, and 1 at the time), we talked about how most children in the world don't have the daily "things" that they have and how having clothes and food were more important.

I've made gourmet dipped pretzel sticks one holiday -- easy and impressive, and gourmet fudge another.  Unless folks are on a diet or have food allergies, these are pretty good gifts that most can enjoy.  The packaging makes it extra special -- I buy take out containers or other special bags and print up custom labels.

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« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2006 05:14:59 AM »

I do like the idea of giving gourmet pretzels or some other holiday goodie. My cousin and aunt always make homemade chocolates and they look so beautiful and impressive. I think that sort of thing is a good gift for almost anyone. And then you could give her a small gift card to Barnes and Noble or something.

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« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2006 10:44:51 AM »

Hi!
This is not a crafty solution, but it's what I do for hard-to-please/unappreciative recipients - makes me feel good & someone else benefits...   http://www.oxfamunwrapped.com/
You could even buy your SIl a goat...
Good luck!

I have given donation gifts to a similar organization, Heifer Project International, http://www.heifer.org/.  The best part is, recipients agree to share the offspring of gift animals with others in need, making them equal partners with Heifer in the fight to end world hunger.  That makes everyone feel good.
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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2006 09:52:05 PM »

I agree with everyone else. I wouldn't make anything for her. I would put extra, extra love and care into everyone else's handmade items and just give her a gift card. Maybe after awhile she will feel left out and come around to wanting be a recipient of your crafty gifting. But until then, just a plain old gift card will do.

If you feel you MUST make something for her, I would find out what stores she likes and exactly duplicate an item that is sold there. Then I would make a tag for it with a picture of the store item (from their catalog or website) and write on it something like "As seen in (store name), handmade by (your name)."

I did this with a cloche from Anthropologie for my SIL. She loves that store and she loved my reproduction of that hat!
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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2006 12:04:59 PM »

So what do you do if the snooty family is diabetic?  I tend to bake and make candies, and I know they cheat on their diets, but I refuse to contribute to it.  They don't like handmade, I can't afford what they do like, and we end up getting gift cards to the same places for them every year - half the time, the gifts are for the same place as the ones they get us.  :/ 
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« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2006 01:41:27 PM »

Gift of a donation? If any of them or loved members of the family have been aflicted with a disease (you mentioned diabetes American Diabetes Association comes to mind http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp). You can find places to donate for the specific illnesses. Or if you don't want to go with a disease, then you could go with Heifer International http://www.heifer.org/ or unicef http://www.unicef.org/ Just to name a few. There are many more wonderful organizations that can use the money, even a little bit. Heifer International you can buy chickens for I think $20, and they have gifts of all different price ranges. I've never given to diabetes association before, but the other 2 I posted I have. I can't really help you out with any other ideas. Except if you find a diabetes friendly recipe, (there are some fairly good ones out there,) and give them those to try to help them stick with their diets, but enjoy themselves too. Or introduce them to other forms of HEALTHY, natural sweeteners such as Agave Nectar which is great for people with diabetes, or Stevia.
Otherwise, when I can't think of something people like, I think of what they use;
dishtowels, potholders, cigars, favorite candy, beer, etc...
One year I gave my brother laundry detergent and a big pack of toilet paper, and he said it was the best gift he ever got.
 Good luck.
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« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2006 04:17:24 PM »

Now, see, these are the kind of people who will not be happy with whatever they get.  And if we donate they'll bitch because we didn't give them anything.  (Not to our faces, though...)   I love the dish towel idea, I can embroider a bunch of kitchen stuff for them!!!  Thank you so much!  That's perfect!   Kiss  This is the first time in 6 years I've known what to do for them!!
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Sokka: My first girlfriend turned into the moon.
Zuko: Thats rough, buddy.
LSTinVA
« Reply #29 on: August 27, 2006 04:33:20 AM »

My husband is diabetic, so I can sympathize about how difficult it can be to give a food gift that won't wreck their diet.

You may want to try baking with Splenda -- it's terrific and won't contribute sugar's effects.  Or give a few great diabetic recipe books that are wonderful ideas for meals and bundle them with cool kitchen gadgets.  Indulge their other hobbies -- reading, outdoor activities, movies, etc. or create new ones!  I love activity gifts -- like "good for one afternoon of hiking," "redeem for a movie with me."

Good luck!
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