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« on: December 03, 2010 06:06:14 PM »

I want to make everyone nice Christmas presents but I don't really know what type of things the majority of the people on my list would like so I thought I'd put together one gift for each family/couple. I feel like this gift might not be as apreciated as much as individual gifts but I'd rather this than give them something they completely hate. Do you guys think a group gift still shows that I care and put thought in to whatever it will be?

 I've done this before and made some kind of cookie or cake mix in a jar that they added the wet indgedients to with some kitchen type accessories, but I don't want to repeat gifts and I know some people don't enjoy baking like I do so does anyone have any ideas for other fun family gifts?

I have to make things for a couple of couples with no children, a few families with teenagers, and several single people in their 40's.

Do you guys think a group gift still shows that I care and put thought in to whatever it will be?

Thank you so much for any input!!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2010 10:13:36 AM »

I really like to give group/family gifts and think that most people seem to enjoy them (other than the pre teen kids who all get too much stuff anyway in my opinion Cheesy)  When I'm feeling particularly frisky I do different themes for different families but usually (like this year) I do pretty much the same thing for everyone.  This year I'm doing eco/green gifts, with wool dryer balls, reusable sandwich wrappers, knit dishclothes in a gift bag made of newspaper.  I usually tuck in some baking or other treats I've made too.

I think any gift that you have taken the time to craft all or part of shows you care, which is the whole idea behind gift giving right?
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2010 01:28:13 PM »

I would think that you could do this along the same lines as the "in a box" gift thread.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20191.0

I personally see nothing wrong with a group gift. I usually do group gifts for two of my sisters' families (I have four sisters--one I don't bother with, one I get individual gifts for the members of her family, and the other two that I'm not particularly close to).

I agree with alteredmommy; if you have taken the time to craft part of a gift (or all), only a scrooge would be offended. I would also think that a group gift would encourage that familial spirit we're supposed to have at Christmastime. If someone gave my husband, stepdaughter and I a group gift, I'd feel more encouraged to share it with them and enjoy it with them, rather than going off on my own with a gift that was given just to me. That's just my thinking on it, though. I think group gifts are a great idea.


I would definitely dig through the "in a box" thread and see if any of the suggestions strike your fancy and would be good for those you're giving gifts to.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2010 10:50:11 AM »

Thank you so much for both of your input! I feel better about giving group gifts now and I'll definitely look through the "in a box" thread. Alteredmommy, I love your idea for the green theme gift! Thats so cool.

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010 12:31:21 PM »

The in a box thread is awesome for theme ideas!
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