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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2009 08:05:45 PM »

 Dont forget the toliet brush
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2009 11:55:11 AM »

Dont forget the toliet brush

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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2009 04:49:30 PM »

A laundry bag/basket/hamper, detergent, fabric softener, and a roll or 2 of quarters if she has to use a coin-op washing machine and dryer.

If she is over 21 and drinks, a wine bottle opener or beer bottle opener is essential. Maybe a nice bottle of wine or 6-pack to get settled in. If you want a DIY project, you could etch some glasses, it's really easy.
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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2009 09:55:10 PM »

A basic tool kit could come in handy:  you could include a hammer, some picture hooks or small nails, pliers, a screwdriver set, a set of allen keys (I think thats what they're called - the little wrenches that you use to put together 'some assembly required' furniture), and little felt circles to protect the floor from furniture legs.  Most of this stuff can be found at the dollar store, and you might even find a cute basket or bag to hold it all.
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2009 02:49:11 PM »

Establishing a new home is EXPENSIVE, so I second the notion that helping your sister get the necessities is a more thoughtful use of your time and money than giving her something cute and homemade.  Help your sister scour garage sales, second hand shops, Craigslist, and discount stores for the following.  Once she has all of these, you can give her something nice and handmade for Christmas or her birthday. 

This is what I needed for my first apartment.  Keep in mind that your sister may have different needs, and prioritize:

Kitchen:
   4 sets each (all dishes should be dishwasher & microwave safe):   
      Plate
      Bowl
      Water glass
      Coffee mug
      Spoon
      Knife
      Fork
   1 chef’s knife
   1 paring knife
   1 stirring spoon
   1 ladle   
   1 can opener
   1 grater
   1 vegetable peeler
   1 wine bottle opener
   1 set measuring cups
   1 set measuring spoons
   2 cutting boards (1 for vegetables, 1 for meat)
   1 medium pot
   1 large pot
   1 skillet 
   1 mixing bowl
   1 casserole/baking dish
   1 cookie sheet
   2 tea towels
   2 hot pads
   1 set sponges
   A scrubbing brush or pad
   Dishwashing detergent
   Fire extinguisher
   Small appliances

Pantry
   spices
   flour
   sugar
   salt
   twist-ties
   plastic wrap
   zip-lock bags
   trash bags
   paper towels

Laundry
   Laundry detergent
   Stain remover
   Bleach
   Fabric softeners
   Laundry basket
   Iron
   Ironing board


Bathroom
   Tooth paste
   Shampoo
   Soap
   Caddies or drawers for holding makeup, etc.
   Shower curtain
   1 Towel
   1 set washcloths
   1 hand towel
   Painkillers
   Bandages
   Sunscreen
   Cleanser(s) of choice (I prefer Windex and Comet)
   Facial tissues
   Handheld mirror
   Toilet paper
   Scrubbing brushes or pads
   
Bedroom
   1 sheet set (fitted, flat, pillow cases)
   Blanket/comforter/quilt
   1 pillow   
   Alarm clock

Furniture
Couch, love seat, or futon (futons are cheap & can double as a bed until she can afford a real one)
   Table & chairs
Bed
Chest of drawers
Lamp(s )—at least one bright floor lamp! Apartments tend to have no centralized lighting in the living room. 
   Desk & desk chair
   Assorted end tables, bedside tables, TV holders as needed
   Waste basket(s)

Other
   Vacuum cleaner
   Broom & mop
1 set Tools (hammer & nails, screwdriver & screws, allen wrench set, tape measure)
   Power cords, power strips, surge protectors
   Tape, glue, paper clips, pens, paper, safety pins 
   Batteries
   Optional:  telephone, TV, radio/CD-player


I, personally, think that it's high time we replaced bridal showers with housewarming showers, since "wedding" and "moving out of my parent's house for the first time" are no longer synonymous.  Of course, it is considered rude and greedy for immediate relatives of the guest of honor to throw the shower, so perhaps you could drop some hints to a close friend or kindly aunt. 
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