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« on: October 18, 2004 03:08:07 PM »

I have to make at least 6 items for coworkers for xmas stuff. I always make something. Last year they got marble magnets and loved them (personalized with their quirky interests).

They are a weird bunch. Very quirky. I'm knitting hats and scarves for my family (7 sets, eek) so I doubt I'll have time to make 6 more. Maybe I can squeeze in 6 scarves? There are 3 guys, so quick fun fur scarves won't work for them and they would have to be kinda plain.  Plus, we are in CA so its not that much of a needed gift.

I don't want to give them soap since I feel weird about it since I have a soap company, so they will feel like "oh, we got her old stuff" or something. Plus, I gave them soap 2 years ago.

Any quick and quirky ideas? Maybe mini voodoo dolls in the image of each of them and we can pass them around (jokingly?). Heheh!

« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2004 03:52:40 PM »

I love the voo doo doll idea!  Oh... I think I decided on my friends christmas gifts...

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2004 04:13:17 PM »

what about baking fortune cookies and personalizing each persons fortunes with things you know they are hoping for in life.

this is my plan for family members and good friends:
buy these really nice hand carved wooden salad servers that i saw in organic magazine a while back. the ones i have my eye on are $25 a set, but i'm sure there are oodles out there.

create a little recipe book of my favorite salads and salad dressings to make.

make some candied walnuts (i make mine with brown sugar and chili powder = spicy, sweet).

put them all together to create a sweet little salad gift set.

also, maybe i will find some nice, sealable salad dressing jars to include,too.

there will be no excuse to eat healthy, hearty salads anymore.

good luck with your decision!

« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2004 08:00:52 AM »

Any quick and quirky ideas? Maybe mini voodoo dolls in the image of each of them and we can pass them around (jokingly?). Heheh!

Along that line, how about taking little army guys and dressing them up like your male coworkers -- you can give each of them a little pack of the little guys doing different stuff, maybe like what you think (or know) they'd be doing out of the office.  Does that make sense?  Each guy can be his own action figure!  Or you could make snow globes with the dressed up/painted army guys in them.

For the girls, you could do the same, or go with the scarves.  Who ever has enough scarves?  If you're pressed for time, make them out of fleece (no sew!) and embroider their initials on them or applique something particular to each person.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2004 08:25:56 AM »

Every year my co-workers get cookies w/ a little fun thing to go along. Last year I made record bowls to put them & made funny little tags. The bowls were cheap, easy, quick & everyone loved them!! One Idea I'm considering this year is doing flavored oils in etched bottles. You could get a bunch of little bottles & do a few diff flavors & put them in a basket. You could include recipies, too! Just some thoughts!

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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2004 05:54:35 PM »

last year I made personal note pads for all my coworkers.
I picked a design for each, and put there name on it too then put it on one corner of an 8.5 x 11 page (you could do thi by hand or in photoshop if you have it) this way you get four to a page. then you put one in each corner . Then go to your local copy center... please dont use kinkos use a mom and pop place. (my hubby worked for a mom and pop copy place and they just went about belly up he had to leave) and have them print 50 copies perfect about for a note pad. then have them cut it in half down middle and them in half again.....
then either ask them to pad them or do it yourself....

there are links on here as to how to do it. I had them do it I payed like 40 bucks to have 20 pads made. and its fun cause you can do it on like colored paper too.

my coworkers loved it!!!!

I also was invited to my ok follow me here... Dad's girlfriend's (IVY), mom's annual christmas dinner. IVY is pretty much my step mom and she has 5 brother and they are all married so I wanted to bring a little token for them so since they were all men they all had the same last name so did their parents Ivy's parents.... viola I brought pads with their last names and a fancy letter like its Boggis and it had a fancy B..... they LOVED it.

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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2004 05:47:32 AM »

Do you do any bookbinding?  You could make journals or photo albums or a book of quotes or a sketchbook or something like that.  Depending on what you give them, you could add a coordinating present for cheap, like some colored pencils with the sketchbook, photo corners with the album, gel pens with the journal, that sort of thing. 

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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2004 10:12:31 PM »

Do you have the time, creativity, and stuff to knock out a calendar with charatcher/cartoon/stick style drawings (or photos if you have them)?    If there are 6 folks, each can have their own month, you would make 7.  That would leave 5 months with which to fill in with general office (good) humor.  Each would have the same thing but, it would be of you all.
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