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Topic: Need Christmas gift ideas for my crazy teen girl sisters/cousins....AH!  (Read 6098 times)
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« on: August 16, 2004 06:35:06 AM »

These are the loudest and wackiest girls in the world...all very different. There are four all together. I usually do a theme, but each thing needs to be a variation.
I"ve done the bag of knitting needles/yarn with instructions. I've knitted them hats and scarves...I'm stuck as to what to do for them this year... Huh
I can do pretty much anything I set my mind to - so bring on the ideas.

I'm trying to think of what I"ve done in the past...I did a "make your own" face/skin care kit with recipes,a mixing bowl and measuring spoons.
I did a learn-to-sew kit with a felt kitty pattern cut out and ready to stitch and embroider and stuff.
I did a lunchbox o' girl stuff with hairclips, ribbons, random bits of coolness.
Um....and there's more...but I can't remember now.
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2004 10:50:38 AM »

Are they ready for pedicures? Oh my goodness, I LOVE pedicures.

You could put together a kit for them (foot scrub, foot cream, nail polish, toe separaters, etc) or you could host a girls' night where YOU give them pedicures, complete with foot massage.

Or you could just pay for them to have pedicures... around here, you can get a full spa pedicure for $25 (including tip).

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2004 12:24:22 PM »

A fabulous idea...and I appreciate it...however, I need to spend a teeny, tiny amount of money on each girl. Our gift budget for everyone is barely $100 (not including our children). I'm looking for stuff way on the cheap.
Way...way...waaaaaaaaaaay on the cheap.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2004 12:40:44 PM »

Ok, well, you could do a cheap version of the pedicure set - how about a 'fabulous feet' set
- a bottle of nail poilsh
- a pair of toe separators (for painting toenalis)
- a pair of fru fru flip flops

You could get most of the ingredients at a dollar store  (or at a claire's type place) choose a color for each girl - so polish, flip flops, and toe separators are all blue for betty, orange for anne, and green for sue, and to save money you could even have all the eyelash yarn be white (or black)  or even multi colored that picks up all four of the theme colors on a solid colored flip flop. 
Some neat new yarns out there: Bernat Frenzy Lion Brand Fancy Fur (eyelash with bobbles)Patons Cha Cha(a kind of kinky eyelash)Patons Twister (eyelash and chenille twisted together)
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2004 12:51:21 PM »

You can make personalized stationary for each of them with envelopes, cards, paper, postcards, address labels etc.  Each one can be a different color, have a different stamp or thier intial on them etc.  You could throw in some stickers and some pens too.  Or maybe spray them all with a different scent.  My niece got a homemade set with her name on it for her 12th birthday and she really liked it.

I have 6 teen nieces so I am always trying to think of some sort of cheap "theme" present also.
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2004 12:59:15 PM »

What about these hats? I'm planning on making them for my friends, all the same, but you could easily make cats, dogs, bunnies, frogs... you said you already knitted them hats, but a girl can never have too many. Smiley
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2004 05:04:35 AM »

Hey thanks all!

I have some really nifty satin, velveteen and silk scraps...And I thought if I kept my eyes open at the thrift store/Goodwill perhaps I could lay my hands on four nice soft wool sweaters that I could recycle into hat/scarf/mitten sets. Then, I could line them with my lov-e-ly scraps to cut down on the itch-factor and lend a little pizazz.
I can usually find 1-2 cashmere sweaters a month in the men's section. If I'm dilligent enough - maybe I can go all lush.

But any other ideas are welcome! They also have birthdays... Wink
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2004 10:41:48 AM »

Budget Living mag. has directions in the Aug/Sept issue to make cola tab belts.  They made theirs with  red fiber cord, but I used leather cord and I think mine look even cuter!  If you get friends to save tabs for you and buy the leather by the spool (10 yds for $6-7) you can make dirt cheap presents.  The magazine lists someone you can buy them from for $20 each, so its not a shabby gift!
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2004 11:07:10 AM »

How about a journal jar with a nice journal and pen?  They have printable journal jar slips here (full color with graphics):


I'm doing this for a few of my siblings.  I bought some journals at the dollar store (pretty heinous pictures on the front) and plan to decoupage some art paper or something onto the outside, then fill a glass jar with all the slips and add a fun pen.  Then you just pull a slip and use it as a beginning for the journal entry.

Good luck
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2004 11:36:44 AM »

Thanks for posting that website (organizedchristmas.com)!  I found some cute 'gag' things to do for girl scout swaps!
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2004 04:56:12 PM »

Yeah, thanks for posting organised christmas. It has some great ideas in.
You could try making them candy christmas trees.
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2004 04:00:29 PM »

I don't know your sewing ability. But if you go to the purses,bags and wallets section, you will find that you can make purses out of jeans. You can buy jeans at a thrift shop. Or use a pair of their old ones. and then decorate it to fit their style.
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2004 06:31:49 PM »

Do they like to take pictures?  You could get a bunch of cheap wooden picture frames and decorate them to suit each one's personality.  If you wanted you could even put a picture in, maybe a fun one of them all together when they were little... 

Embroidered stuff is fun to do and pretty inexpensive.  If you made them jean purses you could embroider or applique fun designs on them...

I have never done it before, well I tried, sort of, but you could make them salt dough Christmas ornaments.  You could make really funky ones, or try to make ones that look like them...

Sorry for the long post, but you've got me all inspired. Cheesy
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2004 06:36:07 PM »

Oh yeah, you could also get some beads and some bright-coloured, or silver, tiger tail and make them necklaces and bracelets.  You can even use tiger tail to make rings.  You could also make them matching dangley (sp?) earrings.
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2004 10:32:02 PM »

I agree with the jean purses, I am in the process of making 10 of them, just for my nieces  Undecided
some have lace on them, some with little boa's for trim, I am just having too much fun with these.
I'm also making some lip gloss/balm, bracelets and what ever else I can make CHEAP to put inside of them!!!!
I asked family members for old jeans, and used some of my 2 year old overalls and pants (they no longer fit) The Overall's turned out cute.

Now i just need a good idea for boys 4-10 years old LOL
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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2004 01:52:27 PM »

i like kits... have you done a jewelry-making kit? this would work for lots of ages of kids. you could include, depending on budget and ages of gift-receivers:
-a block or 2 of oven-bake clay to make beads
-stretchy cord
-little glass beads or maybe plastic pony beads
-alphabet beads
-a pretty charm
-safety pins
-instructions on how to do different techniques
-dmc floss
-all in an organized case thing
so, you could pick a few things [or who knows, put other stuff in it] from that!


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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2004 06:25:08 PM »

You might've already gotten these crazy girl's gifts together, but I thought I'd mention this for any other craftsters..
I have too many girls on my winter gift list.. and not so much cash. One thing I've been turning over in my brain is to make them p.j. pants. You could even select patterns/fabrics individual to that person and maybe make them a matching eye mask or stuffed sleepy toy! I know I'll be making some for myself as well...

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