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Topic: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1)  (Read 46587 times)
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« Reply #620 on: May 03, 2010 06:03:12 AM »

My husband knows for a fact that he can NEVER go wrong with fiber/yarn as a present!  He used to say, "but I don't know what kind of yarn to get!"

So...I told him to pick out stuff that HE likes, and ask the ladies in the shop how much he would need for a hat, scarf, or whatever.  I love knitting stuff for him, so yarn that HE likes is a great gift!
I try to tell other people in my family to get me yarn, but they somehow think thats a lame gift.  To me, yarn is like 3 gifts in one...It is a gift when I first open it, another gift when I'm knitting it, and then a third gift when I have a finished project!

I also got a pair of slippers and a new set of headphones for christmas, cause he knew I needed both of those things.  He also got me a mini trampoline, but I think that was more of a present for him, since he's always bouncing on it!

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« Reply #621 on: May 03, 2010 08:30:19 AM »

Some of my favorite gifts have been practical; a hand sander, I-robot vacuum (practical and whimsical, fulfilling a childhood wish of having my own Rosie-the-Robot), crock-pot, new bathroom towels. I love that kind of stuff, but yarn is always great too!

I've heard it both ways.

I'm looking to swap some knit &/or crocheted crafts for handmade CP/HP soap.
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« Reply #622 on: May 03, 2010 09:27:44 AM »

I agree- practical gifts are the best.  I want to be able to use what I get in some way. 

I think one of my favorite gifts ever (it made me cry because I had just bought my condo) was when my grandmother began giving me kitchen towels for Christmas (she crochets the top so they hang off the oven door).  Really practical, but I think of her every time I use them!  I've got ones that span all the seasons and most major holidays!

I don't get why people don't want practical gifts ...

I'd love yarn as a gift, too!  Or fabric!  Or ... Wink
« Reply #623 on: May 03, 2010 10:02:17 AM »

For Valentine's day I got a Dremmel and for Christmas I got a sewing machine... my 2 favorite gifts ever!

« Reply #624 on: May 03, 2010 07:15:05 PM »

Just a note to let you know I sent my package to mink_bikini today!

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« Reply #625 on: May 03, 2010 08:00:01 PM »

I, too, have a love for practical gifts.  The one that made my cry was my Bernina sewing machine.  It was crazy expensive, but well worth it.  I've paid it off in the long run, too, by taking several commissioned curtain sewing jobs and all of the gifts I've made with it.  My favorite gifts I made are the quilts I made for my Father-In-Law (10 or 12 of them).  He used them everyday.  And becuase he was wheelchair bound they got washed all the time and are now so very soft.  It was great, because so many people don't use the quilts I give them.  Putting them away so they don't get ruined and all.  I try to tell them to use those suckers, they're sewn well enough that they'll never fall apart.  Most don't listen.

The other fav practical gift is a set of stainless steel pots and pans I got for Mothers Day 5 years ago.  Those get used several times everyday and still look brand new.  I also get slippers every Christmas, because the ones from the previous year are always falling apart by then since I wear them all day everyday.  Hubby & kids have been well trained in my love of practical gifts.

I think that's why this is my fav swap.  Homemade practical goodness.  Can't go wrong with anything in that category.

I'd love to do a personal swap for this knit Death Flake hat

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« Reply #626 on: May 03, 2010 08:54:12 PM »

i wish my package would hurry up and get to dreadlocklove......i'm anxious to hear the reaction

i love personal swaps. i'm looking to swap my art or paper crafts for some re-usable fabric snack bags, fabric sandwich wraps, fabric paper towels, glass pendants, ephemera, or art books.


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« Reply #627 on: May 03, 2010 09:45:31 PM »

Practical gifts are almost always the best. When I was a kid and got socks or something for Christmas I was always disappointed, but last year when my mom asked what I wanted, I said socks, underwear, and cookie sheets. My BF is the biggest practical gift giver. One year I got a GPS, and last year I got a Kindle. I use both way more than Iwould ever wear fancy jewelry or something.

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« Reply #628 on: May 04, 2010 02:35:16 AM »

I agree about the practical gifts! I got my cherry red KitchedAid as a gift last summer and I love love love it!
And bf's grandmother knits wonderfull socks. Every time we visit her (which happens maybe once a year because she lives in Danmark) she gives us some. The are so warm and practical.
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« Reply #629 on: May 04, 2010 05:49:54 AM »

I didn't know one could enjoy unpractical gifts... To me, if I receive something that's unpractical from someone, it means that person doesn't know me or my needs...

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