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« on: November 14, 2006 11:34:38 AM »

Hi! Well, Christmas is coming, and i'm working on what to give who, but i've no idea what to give my stepfather's parents. They are in their 70's, they're both from Belgium, they love to putter around in the garden. I'm trying to think of things i could craft that would go with their love of gardening, but i'm not  sure what they'd need. Any insights would be extremely helpful.

Ideas i've got for other presents for them so far are:

-cookies and sugarplums
-felt bird ornaments
-a fleece throw
-candied orange peel.

Thanks !
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2006 01:02:06 PM »

a nice cushy pad for kneeling on, covered in something sturdy and dirt-proof.

And/or gardening gloves

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2006 02:55:51 PM »

I second the kneepad idea (assuming they don't already have such things,) but also you could think about some kind of decorative stake in the garden - like stained glass dragonflies on long sticks, or I've seen people make tiny bird baths out of teacups and saucers on top of sticks in their gardens...or what about a shepherd's crook with wind chimes handing from it?

I guess part of it depends on what kind of gardening they do & what kind of crafting you do.

Good luck, and whatever you settle on, make sure you post [pics!

« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2006 07:43:29 AM »

I second the kneepad idea (assuming they don't already have such things,)

Third.  That was the first thing I thought of when I saw the title of your post.  My mother has bad knees, and she uses one constantly.

Alternatively, if you want to go "all out," you can make her a garden cart to hold all of her tools and gardening stuff.  The cart should have wheels, so she doesn't have to carry plants and soil across the yard.  I can find a photo if you're not sure what I'm talking about...
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