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SMLounsbury
« on: August 18, 2011 06:04:30 AM »

Swap Info
Swap name: Ongoing Holiday Gift List Round 1
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: SMLounsbury and kaz814
Sign-up date range:   August 15th through September 14th
Date to send item by: 2 weeks from claim
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes
You must be over 18 years of age.  


Organizer Notes
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide - yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant - yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now - yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants - yes
- Is at least 18 years old - yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Welcome to the Ongoing Holiday Gift List Swap!  


This is the place to help your fellow Craftster narrow down their holiday gift lists.  This swap welcomes every winter holiday including Christmas, Hanukah/Chanukah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, etc.  If you want a handmade holiday for your friends and family, this is the place to get help on your list.  From grandma to your own kids, your lists can include almost anyone in your life that you might need a little help crafting for.   Please read through this initial post carefully before joining and PM me with any questions.

How it works:

This swap will work in an ongoing format.  The first person in the swap will post a list of handmade items that they would like.  The participants then look through the list and if they can fulfill that particular wish, they claim that person for that item and post their own list for the next person to claim them.  This works like a chain.  Person A is claimed by Person B, Person B is claimed by Person C, etc.  You must claim to be claimed and only one person can claim another at a time.  Each participant gets two claims at a time.  Once one of your claims is received and the organizer is notified, you may claim again.  This may change as the swap goes on.  

What is on the list:

Each participant can post as many size medium requests as they would like in their list.  Please try to post a minimum of 10 items you would like so there is a variety and a better chance of not stalling the swap.  You may post larges or smalls as well, but please realize that to fulfill the swap requirements, you are only required to claim and send a medium.  Extras are always good.  This swap will be for handmade items only.  Organizing your list by crafting medium is a good idea to help other participants find something on your list that they are good at, but is not required.  Please note that because these are holiday wishes we are filling that items should be your absolute best quality.  

How to make your list:

Please format your list to have an introduction that lets us know a little more about you such as your name, your general location.  Please format your wishes so that each participant has a clear idea as to what you are looking for.  Posting links is highly advisable.  It is also a great idea to provide participants with as much relevant information on the gift recipient as possible.  Here is my suggested way for formatting each wish:

<item> <recipient> <preferences> <link>
<allergies>

Example:  
Doll dress for my daughter.  She prefers pink floral fabric with a velcro or button closure.  Here is one she likes http://URL GOES HERE
Allergies:  Smoke


Including allergies right underneath of each wish keeps the allergies in focus.  This is such an important part to consider when claiming someone.  If you format your wishes like this, they will be clear and you are more likely to be claimed quickly.

Making a claim:

Once you make a claim, you must PM the participant that you are claiming for their address and to discuss the item you have claimed to make for them.  Once you make a claim, you are committed to making that item.  Remember, you only have two weeks to complete the item and ship it.  If you choose to send extras, they do not contribute to the size of the claim.  A medium is technically either between 2-3 hours in time, or $20-$30 in supplies/value.  To claim the person who is currently available, respond to their post with I claim <username> for <item claimed for>.  For example, if I were to claim myself to make socks, I would write, I claim SMLounsbury for socks.  Within that same response, you then post your own list so someone can claim you.  

As of September 1st, you are allowed to make and have up to THREE outstanding claims.  Should you become a late sender, this can and will change on a case by case basis as determined by the organizers
    
Send Outs:

Just like other ongoing swaps, you will have two weeks from the date of your claim to send out your item.  There are no exceptions.  DC#s will be absolutely required.  If you do not provide a DC#, it will be noted in your feedback.  If you do not provide a DC# and your package gets lost, you will be required to resend.  

Qualifications to Join:

Anyone is free to join under standard Craftster Swap Guidelines.  Due to the time constraints on claims, I reserve the right to deny any Craftster that has a history of lateness..  

Receiving packages:

Please PM me as soon as you receive each package.  This is so I can keep track of claims.  Pictures in the gallery are also appreciated.  Some of your fulfilled wishes might inspire other wishes for other participants.

Other important info:

You do not have to message me when you claim a person.  You only have to message them for their address.  Please PM me however when you send your questionnaire, when you send your claim, and when you receive a claim.  Please PM me with any questions you have.  I am a stay at home mom and full time college student so I have plenty of time online.

Please do not claim a person until you have  been approved for this swap.  Please do not claim a person once one of your claims have been received until the person receiving from you verifies your package arrived and is exactly what you claimed them for.

Sometimes a person will stall the swap.  When your list has been up for more than 12-15 hours without someone claiming you, please try to add more items to your list so you have a better chance of being claimed.  Remember that it is possible that not all of your items will be claimed.  

There will be a discussion thread in the New Swap Ideas area.  This is an area to give us updates and discuss this swap.  

At the end of the month, whoever is the last on the list will be first on the list for the following month.  You will have to sign up for each additional round that you choose to participate in.  You must be current in the previous round to be accepted to the new round.

This swap is open to international swappers as well as new swappers.

I reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who is late in previous rounds of this swap.  This is a holiday swap and should be fun!

Please send your questionnaire to both myself and kaz814.  I have a lot going on right now in real life and she might be able to add you faster than I can

If you want to participate, here is the information to send to the organizers.  Please have the title of your PM be the name of the swap.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Holiday Gift List Round 1
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Your mailing address:
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
Are you willing to ship outside of your country?


IMPORTANT: Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZERS VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  

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Come chat with us during the swap and let us know how you're progressing on all of your projects.  You can find our discussion thread here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388585
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SMLounsbury
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011 06:04:54 AM »

Reserved for Swapper list

1.  TroubleT
2.  Craftaddiction
3.  Miss Barbara
4.  SMLounsbury (org only)
5. kaz814
6. jessicachantel
7. j_kieviet
8. Ewulotta
9.  leighi123
10. kartiana
11. MareMare
12. sweetyetevil
13. hautedogclothing
14. MissingWillow  
15.  sweety28303
16.  Helena Puck
17.  missmlissa
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.

« Last Edit: September 01, 2011 10:22:14 AM by SMLounsbury » THIS ROCKS   Logged
SMLounsbury
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2011 06:05:14 AM »

Due Dates

TroubleT --> craftaddiction  DUE:  September 1st
Craftaddiction --> TroubleT DUE: September 1st
Kaz814 --> craftaddiction DUE:  September 1st
TroubleT --> Kaz814 DUE:  September 1st
Miss Barbara --> TroubleT DUE:  September 1st
Jessicachantel -->  Miss Barbara DUE:  September 4th

leigh123 --> jessicachantel DUE: September 5th
craftaddiction --> leighi123 DUE:  September 5th
MareMare --> craftaddiction DUE:  September September 7th
MissBarbara --> MareMare DUE:  September 7th
kartiana --> MissBarbara:  DUE:  September 8th
SMLounsbury --> kartiana DUE:  September 8th
Sweetyetevil -->  SMLounsbury DUE:  September 8th
leighi123 --> sweetyetevil DUE:  September 8th
kartiana -->  leighi123 DUE: September 8th
sweetyetevil --> kartiana DUE:  September 9th
craftaddiction --> sweetyetevil DUE:  September 9th
jessicachantel --> craftaddiction DUE:  September 10th
MissingWillow --> jessicachantel DUE:  September 10th
sweety28303 --> MissingWillow DUE:  September 11th
missmlissa --> sweety28303 DUE:  September 13th
Helena Puck --> missmlissa:  DUE:  September 14th
TroubleT --> Helena Puck DUE:  September 15th
kaz814 --> TroubleT DUE:  September 16th
craftaddiction -->kaz814 DUE:  September 16th
missmlissa -->craftaddiction DUE:  September 16th
MissBarbara --> missmlissa DUE:  September 17th
TroubleT--> MissBarbara DUE:  September 17th
Cinnamonteal -->TroubleT DUE:  September 17th
MissingWillow --> cinnamonteal DUE:  September 17th
TroubleT -->MissingWillow DUE:  September 18th
cinnamonteal --> TroubleT DUE:  September 18th
craftaddiction -->cinnamonteal DUE:  September 18th
Helena Puck -->craftaddiction DUE:  September 18th
MissBarbara --> Helena Puck DUE:  September 19th
sweetyetevil --> MissBarbara DUE:  September 19th
MareMare -->  Sweetyetevil DUE: September 20th
Hautedogclothing --> MareMare DUE:  September 20th
TroubleT --> Hautedogclothing DUE:  September 20th
MissBarbara --> TroubleT DUE:  September 22nd
Hautedogclothing --> MissBarbara DUE:  September 22nd
Craftaddiction --> Hautedogclothing DUE:  September 23rd
TroubleT -->Craftaddiction DUE:  September 24th
tapestrymlp --> TroubleT DUE:  September 25th
jessicachantel --> tapestrymlp DUE September 25th
sweety28303 --> jessicachantel DUE September 28th
MareMare --> sweety28303 DUE September 28th
sweety28303 --> MareMare DUE September 28th
« Last Edit: September 16, 2011 05:38:06 PM by SMLounsbury » THIS ROCKS   Logged
SMLounsbury
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2011 06:05:41 AM »

Reserved for announcements


« Last Edit: August 18, 2011 01:14:15 PM by SMLounsbury » THIS ROCKS   Logged
craftaddiction
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2011 01:06:41 PM »

I live in Iowa with my boyfriend (of 7 years) and our small Multipoo dog named sissy.

We have 2 main groups we give Christmas gifts to (other than immediate family). I could use help with this year. I have no clue what to get them, so you could make anything you wanted. The only thing you should keep in mind that most are couples and most are senior aged. I made a board on pintrest with some ideas. They are just to give you ideas; you dont need to make something on the board if you have a different idea.

-   Tiny gift(s) The tiny ones are people around town. Usually I pick up all 8-10 of them for around $20 (just to give you an idea on value). This is like the mail man and the trash guy. It is okay if they are really tiny. I am going to leave them on my list and make little goodies bags. Maybe ornaments, snack bags, cooking mixes, magnets, alerted notebooks, bookmarks.  I love the mini pie in a  jar idea. Really, anything you can think of. I am horrible at coming up with ideas. You dont need to claim all 8. Just claim how ever many you want to meet the swap requirements, or mix-and-match with other things on my list.
-   Small gift(s) Usually we spend around $10-$20 each on these. We will send 5 of these this year. I dont actually know any of these people, as they are distance relatives of my boyfriends or his ex (he got along well with her family well, and likes to send them something small). 2 are couples, 3 are single (2 women, 1 man). All are seniors or near it, with no kids in the house. One of the single women is diabetic. If you like things more spelled out, here it is:
Small gift A Our Neighbors. Married couple. In their 60s. He is in a wheel chair.
 Small gift B Male, Single. In his 50s In a band. Loves anything related to music and comics. Likes old 30s and 40s cars.
Small gift C Female, single. 95 year old. Diabetic. Partial disabled (age). Likes anything related to where she was born, South Dakota (you dont have to use that). Lives in Southern California in a nursing home.
Small gift D Female, single. 55 years old.
Small gift E Bfs ex-parent-in-laws. Married. In their 70s (or so). He is a retired fireman.


My boyfriends GrandkidsPerhaps someone likes making gifts for kids? You could make anything you would like.
My boyfriend has 4 kids (all grown). 2 are married with kids. One has 1 boy (age 6) and 1 girl (age 2). The other has 2 boys (ages 6 and 1). We could use some gifts for the grandkids (dont worry about the kids, they like cash Smiley )

My Parents
My dad is disabled. Some days he is in so much pain he cant leave his bed. Other days are better. His favorite things are going to breakfast and his dog Rosita. Rosita is great for him. When he has bad days she will lay next to him all day. Other days, she is great at getting him out of the house. She loves playing ball and car rides. So a great day for dad is taking Rosita to sonic for breakfast. She is like his child. He used to have pictures of me all over his computer and phone. They have since been replaced with pictures of her Smiley He spends a lot of time reading (especially when he cant get out of bed). He reads suspense and crime novels and can read a book or 2 a night. He is trying to get more active (when he can), so he swims at the community pool and has started playing pickleball. He pretty much likes any colors (well, he wont wear pink) and anything. He isnt picky. He has no allergies but he is diabetic.

Mom is allergic to wool (it is fine if dad gets something with wool in it, she has to be close to notice it, like a blanket or a scarf). Her favorite color is blue. There isnt any color she dislikes. She also loves Rosita, but her baby is her dog Maxie (a boy). She spends most of the time working. She just started sewing and tries to spend every minute she can find sewing. She is a natural at it. She never had a hobby before, so I think this is good from her.

-    Large lunch bag My mom takes her breakfast, lunch and whatever else she will need for the day in a plastic grocery bag. Maybe someone has a better idea for a reusable bag?
-    Detroit Lions Vest I would love a Lions vest for my dad. He wears a xxl. If you have an idea or something else Detroit Lions themed, that would be great too. It shouldnt take too much fabric, as it doesnt need arms.
-   Anything Detroit Lions themed for my dad.
-    3x Shirts for Dad Doesnt matter if they are sewn, stenciled, painted or anything else. He likes shirts. Any type or style. I havent seen a shirt he doesnt like. Shirts in his size are expensive and they dont have much money so he usually gets his shirts from the bargain rack from walmart (when he can find them, which isnt often). It is always the shirts no one else would wear and he loves them. He has an unusual sense of humor. His favorite was just a basic shirt that said I am Hip Hop he found for $3. He loved that shirt. Actually, he wore it out, so that might be an idea Smiley If you want themes, some would be: Detroit lions, the zia symbol, Bob Marley, his dog, humorous sayings. Dont feel you need to go by those themes. He would love anything! Those are just what I could think of. Dont let them limit you.
-   Slippers For my dad. He wears a 9 in US mens. Any style. He could really use them. He cant feel his feet so sometimes he steps on things around the house (like goat heads) without realizing it. Even a thin barrier would make a big difference.
-   Stickers With Bob V. on them For my dad. He puts them on his diabetic tracking sheets. I think it is his way to make a negative thing a bit more fun. And it makes the nurses smile. They should have some sort of picture (sponge bob?) and Bob V. They could be done completely by hand. Or this would be good for someone with some computer skills and Avery type labels.
-   Stenciled/etched wine glasses They get their wine glasses from the dollar store. They work fine but are a bit plain. So maybe some can make glasses with a design on them?
-   Stenciled/etched beer glasses
-   Homemade Soap  Dad loves homemade soap. He first got hooked when they got a bar of lavender goat milk soap. Since then he has tried many different types of soap (like olive oil ones) and has likes them all.
-   Fused Glass Pendant  With my picture. My mom asked for one.

-   Anything you think they would like I didnt ramble on about their life for no reason. Smiley If you got any ideas while reading their bio, (ie, something for animals or a bookmark for dads reading), go with it. My imagination limits me greatly. Dont let my poor imagination limit you too :p  If you have ideas, please, use them.

Sewing Supplies for Mom I usually wouldnt think used supplies would be a good gift, but I couldnt afford anything for my moms birthday, so I swapped for some sewing supplies. I couldnt afford new stuff and I knew sewing supplies was what she really wanted. Since she doesnt care about gifts much (she always says not to get her anything and means it), I figured she would understand. It turns out; it was the best thing I (and my swap partners) ever got her (I was hoping it would be). I never saw her so excited over a gift. I think she liked it even more since I didnt spend a bunch of money on her (she knows we dont have any to spend). She was so happy to get stuff she could use, since she also cant afford to buy supplies often. So I am adding some supplies to her list. I know it isnt crafted, but someone may have some lying around and she would love them just has much as traditional gifts.
-   Fabric Yardage  Cotton, blends, flannel or polyester in 2+ yards Also, fabric for Mens Hawaiian type shirts. Neither of use knows much about fabric, so if you have any fabric that works for clothing, PJs, or bags, it would be wonderful, even if it isnt a material listed.
-    Purse Findings  She has been sewing for a few months and really loves it. She cant afford supplies. Maybe someone has some they dont need. She needs fabric the most, but can use anything. 
someone. Even one stitch marker would help.
-   Rotary Cutter any size
-   Cutting Mat
-   Beginning Sewing Books/Patterns She can use clothing in sizes 12-18 in womans. She could also use patterns for bags, pillow and other accessories.
-   Any sewing supplies you think she would find useful
-    Sewing Patten for Mens Hawaiian Shirt My mom wants to make dad some shirts. He wears a 3x.
-   Sewing Patten for any Mens 3xx clothing [/color]


For Mags (a family friend I have known my whole life)
-   Nightmare Before Christmas wallet/holder Based on this, but it would be better if it was to hold memory cards or money (or anything else you can think of) instead of tea. Actually, anything Nightmare Before Christmas related would be wonderful. It just cant be too large. Her son, his wife and their daughter are moving in with them, so they have gotten rid of a lot of knick knacks.
-   Plants vs Zombies Plush toy(s) like this
-   Plants vs Zombies Amigurumi(s) like this or like this
-   Plants vs Zombies Plush bracelet


For My Boyfriend Blue is his favorite color, he likes most colors (he is very artistic), no allergies. Old enough to have 4 kids in their 30s Smiley .
-   Robe He needs a long, warm robe for the winter. Something that will go to atleast his mid-calf 
-   Prince Valiant 2012 Calendar
-   Homemade Baked Goods Pies (he would love an apple one with a lattice top, any size, even a tiny one), bread, cookies. He loves baked goods and they are hard to find here.

« Last Edit: August 18, 2011 01:07:28 PM by craftaddiction » THIS ROCKS   Logged

I would love to swap for things kids could do in the car on a long car trip (3 girls ages 5-12). I can knit, crochet or trade yarn.

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2011 01:48:47 PM »

I claim craftaddiction for a stenciled tee for her dad.

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Hello everyone! I'm so super excited for this swap! I did significantly more hand made gifts last year and my family loved it! Cheesy


General dcor and paper items

~Holiday greeting cards Non religious please! Preferably humorous

~Gift tags done in white, red or green. Simple is preferable.

~Snowmen stuffies! I decorate our house with these and I add a new one or two to my collection every year! A handmade one would be super special. Cheesy

~Angry Birds Christmas ornaments! I only need 3 in different colors for our annual family ornaments.

~Some way to display Holiday cards like a hanging ribbon  OR a clothes pin wreath

Husband - Computer programmer by day, awesome husband by night. He loves Fierros, cooking on the grill (think Texas style BBQ), and his dog Malia. No Allergies

~More artwork for his office Hes a computer programmer and is not at all into Fanfic or Gaming. He already has CTRL-ALT-DLT, Binary Man (done in X stitch) and STFU. Both worked in hoops and framed. Maybe something like (math humor) http://alphapatriot.com/nerd-humor/  or  (caffeine molecule) http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/unisex/sciencemath/2891/ or (geeky beer humor) http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/unisex/itdepartment/344f/

~a remote control organizer for his recliner (Its a medium brown with darker brown flecks) Like this but without the magazine pocket - http://cgi.ebay.com/Fabric-Chair-Tv-Remote-Control-Holder-Organizer-Caddy-/200407666078  maybe done in a forest green or black

Son - 10 yrs old, very creative, loves to draw, heavy reader Cheesy, loves Lego video games. No Allergies
~a magnetic board (cookie sheet style or something similar) in an Outer Space theme appropriate for a 10 yr old boy ( no cutesy aliens) maybe made with glow in the dark paint?

~Lego Indiana Jones or Star Wars wall art for his room (walls are sky blue) Painted or papercraft pieced

~ A figurine or stuffy of a Greek mythological beast for his Holiday Book Box - He loved the Hydra and the Minotaur in the first PJ movie.  ORbookmarks! He loves his books and wont dog ear pages (YAY!) so hed like some handmade book marks, especially if it had his name on it.

~sweater mittens in either a medium blue or red (I can send you a tracing of his hand for this!)

Daughter - 5 yrs old going on DIVA!, loves all things pink, sparkly and princessy. No Allergies
~a magnetic board in princess girlie theme (cookie sheet style or something similar) Go completely Girlie, Sparklie, Pink over the top Princess with this! She would LOVE it!

~sweater mittens in either pink or purple (Hand tracing can be provided!)

~a scoodie in either pink or purple

~Holiday Book Box (NEED a theme for this year!) I do a toy that follows the theme every year. She is just starting to read so

~Girlie Bubble bath! Light floral or fruit scent

My Mom - Sorry no likes, hobbies, or interesting fact for this one. No Allergies
~crocheted dish clothes in cream, brown or yellow OR a pair of crocheted hanging dish towels - Thank you craftaddiction!

~pieced pillow covers OR a lapghan since she was a bit jealous of dad's blanket last year

My Dad A proud veteran of the Korean war and very actively volunteers with the VA in helping vets get the medical care/funds that they deserve. No Allergies

~ a framed art piece (any medium as long as the design is clean, not cluttered) of a Purple Heart (He received 2 during his years of service.) OR  an appropriate Veterans Day saying like REMEMBER with an American flag. Sayings can be found at http://www.quotegarden.com/veterans-day.html

~a jar of preserves He eats buttered toast with jelly or preserves every morning at breakfast. His favorites are apple butter and peach preserves.

ME! - Check out my profile and "So You Want to Swap?" page on my blog for TONS of info on me. I AM VERY ALLERGIC TO HONEY! Cheesy

~an altered zippered hoodie with either a simple Buddha design or an Ohm

~ bath treats like bath bombs, wash clothes, bubble bath, or soap. My favorite scents are eucamint, jasmine and rosemary with tea tree. Please no vanilla or rose scents!

~a memory board to hang over my craft table to help me keep up with important papers and crafty notes, preferably in "nature" colors like browns, forest green and cream


Misc. Gifts

~Small Teacher gifts My kids have a total of 5 teachers when you include their after school program.  Were fortunate this year in that they are all totally awesome! Im totally OK with them all being the same.

~Small gifts for our 3 karate instructors. My kids and I all take karate and our instructors have the patience of Jobe. Wink
« Last Edit: August 26, 2011 08:13:11 PM by TroubleT » THIS ROCKS   Logged
craftaddiction
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2011 02:01:41 PM »

I claim TroubleT for crocheted washcloths for her mom.

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I live in Iowa with my boyfriend (of 7 years) and our small Multipoo dog named sissy.

We have 2 main groups we give Christmas gifts to (other than immediate family). I could use help with this year. I have no clue what to get them, so you could make anything you wanted. The only thing you should keep in mind that most are couples and most are senior aged. I made a board on pintrest with some ideas. They are just to give you ideas; you dont need to make something on the board if you have a different idea.

-   Tiny gift(s) The tiny ones are people around town. Usually I pick up all 8-10 of them for around $20 (just to give you an idea on value). This is like the mail man and the trash guy. It is okay if they are really tiny. I am going to leave them on my list and make little goodies bags. Maybe ornaments, snack bags, cooking mixes, magnets, alerted notebooks, bookmarks.  I love the mini pie in a  jar idea. Really, anything you can think of. I am horrible at coming up with ideas. You dont need to claim all 8. Just claim how ever many you want to meet the swap requirements, or mix-and-match with other things on my list.
-   Small gift(s) Usually we spend around $10-$20 each on these. We will send 5 of these this year. I dont actually know any of these people, as they are distance relatives of my boyfriends or his ex (he got along well with her family well, and likes to send them something small). 2 are couples, 3 are single (2 women, 1 man). All are seniors or near it, with no kids in the house. One of the single women is diabetic. If you like things more spelled out, here it is:
Small gift A Our Neighbors. Married couple. In their 60s. He is in a wheel chair.
 Small gift B Male, Single. In his 50s In a band. Loves anything related to music and comics. Likes old 30s and 40s cars.
Small gift C Female, single. 95 year old. Diabetic. Partial disabled (age). Likes anything related to where she was born, South Dakota (you dont have to use that). Lives in Southern California in a nursing home.
Small gift D Female, single. 55 years old.
Small gift E Bfs ex-parent-in-laws. Married. In their 70s (or so). He is a retired fireman.


My boyfriends GrandkidsPerhaps someone likes making gifts for kids? You could make anything you would like.
My boyfriend has 4 kids (all grown). 2 are married with kids. One has 1 boy (age 6) and 1 girl (age 2). The other has 2 boys (ages 6 and 1). We could use some gifts for the grandkids (dont worry about the kids, they like cash Smiley )

My Parents
My dad is disabled. Some days he is in so much pain he cant leave his bed. Other days are better. His favorite things are going to breakfast and his dog Rosita. Rosita is great for him. When he has bad days she will lay next to him all day. Other days, she is great at getting him out of the house. She loves playing ball and car rides. So a great day for dad is taking Rosita to sonic for breakfast. She is like his child. He used to have pictures of me all over his computer and phone. They have since been replaced with pictures of her Smiley He spends a lot of time reading (especially when he cant get out of bed). He reads suspense and crime novels and can read a book or 2 a night. He is trying to get more active (when he can), so he swims at the community pool and has started playing pickleball. He pretty much likes any colors (well, he wont wear pink) and anything. He isnt picky. He has no allergies but he is diabetic.

Mom is allergic to wool (it is fine if dad gets something with wool in it, she has to be close to notice it, like a blanket or a scarf). Her favorite color is blue. There isnt any color she dislikes. She also loves Rosita, but her baby is her dog Maxie (a boy). She spends most of the time working. She just started sewing and tries to spend every minute she can find sewing. She is a natural at it. She never had a hobby before, so I think this is good from her.

-    Large lunch bag My mom takes her breakfast, lunch and whatever else she will need for the day in a plastic grocery bag. Maybe someone has a better idea for a reusable bag?
-    Detroit Lions Vest I would love a Lions vest for my dad. He wears a xxl. If you have an idea or something else Detroit Lions themed, that would be great too. It shouldnt take too much fabric, as it doesnt need arms.
-   Anything Detroit Lions themed for my dad.
-    3x Shirts for Dad Doesnt matter if they are sewn, stenciled, painted or anything else. He likes shirts. Any type or style. I havent seen a shirt he doesnt like. Shirts in his size are expensive and they dont have much money so he usually gets his shirts from the bargain rack from walmart (when he can find them, which isnt often). It is always the shirts no one else would wear and he loves them. He has an unusual sense of humor. His favorite was just a basic shirt that said I am Hip Hop he found for $3. He loved that shirt. Actually, he wore it out, so that might be an idea Smiley If you want themes, some would be: Detroit lions, the zia symbol, Bob Marley, his dog, humorous sayings. Dont feel you need to go by those themes. He would love anything! Those are just what I could think of. Dont let them limit you.
-   Slippers For my dad. He wears a 9 in US mens. Any style. He could really use them. He cant feel his feet so sometimes he steps on things around the house (like goat heads) without realizing it. Even a thin barrier would make a big difference.
-   Stickers With Bob V. on them For my dad. He puts them on his diabetic tracking sheets. I think it is his way to make a negative thing a bit more fun. And it makes the nurses smile. They should have some sort of picture (sponge bob?) and Bob V. They could be done completely by hand. Or this would be good for someone with some computer skills and Avery type labels.
-   Stenciled/etched wine glasses They get their wine glasses from the dollar store. They work fine but are a bit plain. So maybe some can make glasses with a design on them?
-   Stenciled/etched beer glasses
-   Homemade Soap  Dad loves homemade soap. He first got hooked when they got a bar of lavender goat milk soap. Since then he has tried many different types of soap (like olive oil ones) and has likes them all.
-   Fused Glass Pendant  With my picture. My mom asked for one.

-   Anything you think they would like I didnt ramble on about their life for no reason. Smiley If you got any ideas while reading their bio, (ie, something for animals or a bookmark for dads reading), go with it. My imagination limits me greatly. Dont let my poor imagination limit you too :p  If you have ideas, please, use them.

Sewing Supplies for Mom I usually wouldnt think used supplies would be a good gift, but I couldnt afford anything for my moms birthday, so I swapped for some sewing supplies. I couldnt afford new stuff and I knew sewing supplies was what she really wanted. Since she doesnt care about gifts much (she always says not to get her anything and means it), I figured she would understand. It turns out; it was the best thing I (and my swap partners) ever got her (I was hoping it would be). I never saw her so excited over a gift. I think she liked it even more since I didnt spend a bunch of money on her (she knows we dont have any to spend). She was so happy to get stuff she could use, since she also cant afford to buy supplies often. So I am adding some supplies to her list. I know it isnt crafted, but someone may have some lying around and she would love them just has much as traditional gifts.
-   Fabric Yardage  Cotton, blends, flannel or polyester in 2+ yards Also, fabric for Mens Hawaiian type shirts. Neither of use knows much about fabric, so if you have any fabric that works for clothing, PJs, or bags, it would be wonderful, even if it isnt a material listed.
-    Purse Findings  She has been sewing for a few months and really loves it. She cant afford supplies. Maybe someone has some they dont need. She needs fabric the most, but can use anything.  
someone. Even one stitch marker would help.
-   Rotary Cutter any size
-   Cutting Mat
-   Beginning Sewing Books/Patterns She can use clothing in sizes 12-18 in womans. She could also use patterns for bags, pillow and other accessories.
-   Any sewing supplies you think she would find useful
-   Sewing Patten for Mens Hawaiian Shirt My mom wants to make dad some shirts. He wears a 3x.
-   Sewing Patten for any Mens 3xx clothing [/color]


For Mags (a family friend I have known my whole life)
-   Nightmare Before Christmas wallet/holder Based on this, but it would be better if it was to hold memory cards or money (or anything else you can think of) instead of tea. Actually, anything Nightmare Before Christmas related would be wonderful. It just cant be too large. Her son, his wife and their daughter are moving in with them, so they have gotten rid of a lot of knick knacks.
-   Plants vs Zombies Plush toy(s) like this
-   Plants vs Zombies Amigurumi(s) like this or like this
-   Plants vs Zombies Bracelet


For My Boyfriend Blue is his favorite color, he likes most colors (he is very artistic), no allergies. Old enough to have 4 kids in their 30s Smiley .
-   Robe He needs a long, warm robe for the winter. Something that will go to atleast his mid-calf  
-   Prince Valiant 2012 Calendar
-   Homemade Baked Goods Pies (he would love an apple one with a lattice top, any size, even a tiny one), bread, cookies. He loves baked goods and they are hard to find here.

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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2011 03:11:17 PM »

I claim craftaddiction for a large lunch bag for her mom!

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Hi!  I'm Kaz and I live with my two bunnies in a teensy tiny condo in Maryland, USA. I'm a teacher in a middle school, and I love it.  I love most any color (see my profile for the colors of my house), though I'm not really a fan of paisley, neons, baby pastels, or animal print.  I love polka dots, stripes, fun patterns, bright colors, and "comfy" things.  I love puns, good grammar, penguins, rabbits, doors and windows, autumn and reading. I have no allergies.  I'm single, an only child, and my dad passed away four years ago this coming November, so it's me and my mom - which is why my list for potential things for my mom is so long.  She's my best friend, really, and since I'm an adult now, I can spoil her as she deserves!

I'm trying to keep store-bought gifts to a minimum again this year, so thanks for helping me out!  I tell myself that it makes Christmas cost less ... and so long as I don't go near a Joann's, it probably does. Wink   OH, and I know that some of my items aren't quite a medium, but I would think the smaller things - notecards, etc. - would be something that could be a set?   Cheesy


For Mom
My mom is a fabulous woman, who is a preschool teacher and adores her dog.  (Seriously, the dog gets her own suitcase when we go on trips.)  She likes lighthouses and collects Santas.  Things to help her organize would be LOVE (mostly by me!) and she has a dream of opening her own baking business.  She is the best baker I know.  She loves the blue/yellow combination (think Vera Bradley-esque prints).  Her dog is named Prairie and is something like a Schipperke mix.  (She has no allergies, but she does dislike birds, so please nothing with birds.)

-recipes for baked goods
-earring/necklace set for my mom (she loves garnets and turquoise, not necessarily together, though! She can do more delicate jewelry and doesn't like chunky stuff really.)
-a learn to make jewelry craft kit for my mom
-a dog bed for Prairie (she's a medium sized/30 pound dog - I can provide a pic if necessary)
-mugrug
-scrapbook for all of my grandmother's pictures - there's a crap ton of old photos, of us grandkids, our dads, etc. that could/should be kept out of a box.  Or, really, a scrapbook of any sort for my mom to use.  I'm sure she'd love going through old pictures to find which fit best where!
-notebook like THIS for mom (she actually pointed out that she liked it!)
-rice heat/cool pack
-knit/crocheted dishcloths for mom - she prefers ones that are square and are probably 6x6.
-swiffer sweeper and swiffer duster reusable crocheted/sewn covers for mom
-notecards w/ envelopes


For The Relatives

I'm looking for some things for my mom's relatives, too - mostly my grandparents, uncle and his wife.  My grandmother loves maroon and Manhattans (the drink), hates birds, the color green and water.  My grandfather has a gigantic sweet tooth and likes martinis.  My uncle and his wife are very awesome people, and I couldn't tell you what their favorite colors are.  Best go for a generic 'manly' print for my uncle and something fun and classic for my uncle's wife. They all love the Boston Red Sox and no allergies for any of them.

-earring/necklace/bracelet set for my uncle's wife (she's rather tall, so something a bit chunky or daring is probably best for her so it doesn't get too lost!)
-mug rugs uncle (he likes firetrucks, dark green/manly colors, and America), uncle's wife (something bright, but classic?) or grandparents
-wool dryer balls for grandma
-homemade preserves for grandparents



For The Kids
I've also got several small children to make gifts for this year - a 3 year old niece, a 4 year old boy, a 1.5 year old boy, a one year old boy, and a 9 month old girl.  They have no allergies of which I'm aware.

These are all just ideas!  If you have something you think they'd love, just let me know.  I'm very open to other ideas. Cheesy

-hooded towels (for a 3 year old girl who loves purple, ducks, and sheep and/or a 4 year old boy who is very much a little boy and loves firemen/policemen/cars) (Examples: example 1, example 2)
-car "garage" for the 4 year old boy for his Matchbox cars (like this or this - no need to get so detailed with the paint or anything on the first one, though)
-baby blanket (for the girl infant)
-decorated t-shirts for one year old boy (size 1-2), 4 year old boy
-library bag for any of these children
-stuffy/amigurumi of some kind for a one year boy
-soft blocks or something car-like for the one year old boy
-crayon roll/crayon tote for 3 year old niece (who loves purple, ducks, and sheep and whose birthday is on Christmas itself!)
-felt food for the 3 year old



For Co-Workers, Friends, Etc.
-mug rugs
-mug cozies
-_____ in a Mug (like this or this
-ornament coasters like these for my friend, L, who adores Christmas and all Christmas decorations



For Me to Use for Others

-Christmas cards w/ envelopes (for me or mom)
-Christmas and birthday tags
-reusable cloth gift bags
-handmade gift bows (out of newspaper, magazines, film ... ideas are endless)



For Me
-A pinterest inspired surprise (for me)
-Handcrafted Christmas ornaments (for me, mom or to put on the kids' gifts)
-candles (for me: sandalwood, Christmas scents - pine, cinnamon, pumpkin; for mom: Christmas scents, apple cinnamon)
-apron (any kind!) - I'm plus-sized, so something that I can tie around me and then in front would rock.  
-wallart (I'd love something to put in my kitchen, bathroom or bedroom!)
-Hand-carved stamps (something Craftster-related I can stamp swap packages with?  Something Christmas-y that I can use to sign my name on the inside of Christmas cards?)
-sewing machine cover (I can provide dimensions)
-wreath or other seasonal (any season except autumn!) decoration for my front door (it's indoors, as I live in a condo, so it wouldn't be exposed to the elements)
-cover for my ironing board; it's a small tabletop one and the cream it came with shows the use of the 'cotton' setting ... anything pretty and cheerful would be loved!
-Learn to spin kit - OMG I would be over the moon with a drop spindle, some roving and some instructions!
-stained glass something to put on my sliding glass door
-a learn to craft kit in a craft that I do not currently do (resin, clay, quilting, bath and body ...)
-nativity
-hoopla of some kind
-soup recipes - I'm addicted


Thank you in advance for claiming me and helping me with my Christmas list! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2011 03:17:02 PM »

I claim kaz814 for some hand made Christmas ornaments and a hoopla surprise. Smiley

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Hello everyone! I'm so super excited for this swap! I did significantly more hand made gifts last year and my family loved it! Cheesy


General décor and paper items

~Holiday greeting cards – Non religious please! Preferably humorous

~Gift tags done in white, red or green. Simple is preferable.

~Snowmen stuffies! I decorate our house with these and I add a new one or two to my collection every year! A handmade one would be super special. Cheesy

~Angry Birds Christmas ornaments! I only need 3 in different colors for our annual family ornaments.

~Some way to display Holiday cards like a hanging ribbon  OR a clothes pin wreath

Husband - Computer programmer by day, awesome husband by night. He loves Fierros, cooking on the grill (think Texas style BBQ), and his dog Malia. No Allergies

~More artwork for his office – He’s a computer programmer and is not at all into Fanfic or Gaming. He already has CTRL-ALT-DLT, Binary Man (done in X stitch) and STFU. Both worked in hoops and framed. Maybe something like math humor or  caffeine molecule or geeky beer humor

~a remote control organizer for his recliner (It’s a medium brown with darker brown flecks) – Like this but without the magazine pocket - http://cgi.ebay.com/Fabric-Chair-Tv-Remote-Control-Holder-Organizer-Caddy-/200407666078  …maybe done in a forest green or black

Son - 10 yrs old, very creative, loves to draw, heavy reader Cheesy, loves Lego video games. No Allergies
~a magnetic board (cookie sheet style or something similar) in an Outer Space theme appropriate for a 10 yr old boy ( no cutesy aliens please!) maybe made with glow in the dark paint?

~Lego Indiana Jones or Star Wars wall art for his room (walls are sky blue) – Painted or papercraft pieced

~ A figurine or stuffy of a Greek mythological beast for his Holiday Book Box - He loved the Hydra and the Minotaur in the first PJ movie.  OR…bookmarks! He loves his books and won’t dog ear pages (YAY!) so he’d like some handmade book marks, especially if it had his name on it.

~sweater mittens in either a medium blue or red (I can send you a tracing of his hand for this!)

Daughter - 5 yrs old going on DIVA!, loves all things pink, sparkly and princessy. No Allergies
~a magnetic board in princess girlie theme (cookie sheet style or something similar) – Go completely Girlie, Sparklie, Pink over the top Princess with this! She would LOVE it!

~sweater mittens in either pink or purple (Hand tracing can be provided!)

~a scoodie in either pink or purple

~Holiday Book Box (NEED a theme for this year!) – I do a toy that follows the theme every year. She is just starting to read so

~Girlie Bubble bath! Light floral or fruit scent

My Mom - Sorry no likes, hobbies, or interesting fact for this one. No Allergies
~crocheted dish clothes in cream, brown or yellow OR a pair of crocheted hanging dish towels - Thank you craftaddiction and Miss Barbara!

~pieced pillow covers OR a lapghan since she was a bit jealous of dad's blanket last year

My Dad – A proud veteran of the Korean war and very actively volunteers with the VA in helping vets get the medical care/funds that they deserve. No Allergies

~ a framed art piece (any medium as long as the design is clean, not cluttered) of a Purple Heart (He received 2 during his years of service.) OR  an appropriate Veteran’s Day saying like REMEMBER with an American flag. Sayings can be found at http://www.quotegarden.com/veterans-day.html

~a jar of preserves – He eats buttered toast with jelly or preserves every morning at breakfast. His favorites are apple butter and peach preserves.

ME! - Check out my profile and "So You Want to Swap?" page on my blog for TONS of info on me. Cheesy I AM VERY ALLERGIC TO HONEY!

~sleep shirts - knee length in a size large, I'd prefer either cotton or flannel, a basic pattern is perfect for me.

~an altered zippered hoodie with either a simple Buddha design or an Ohm

~ bath treats like bath bombs, wash clothes, bubble bath, or soap. My favorite scents are eucamint, jasmine and rosemary with tea tree. Please no vanilla or rose scents!

~a memory board to hang over my craft table to help me keep up with important papers and crafty notes, preferably in "nature" colors like browns, forest green and cream.


Misc. Gifts

~Small Teacher gifts – My kids have a total of 5 teachers when you include their after school program.  We’re fortunate this year in that they are all totally awesome! I’m totally OK with them all being the same.

~Small gifts for our 3 karate instructors. My kids and I all take karate and our instructors have the patience of Jobe. Wink

For my furchild!

~A Kitty Pi!
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I claim TroubleT for crocheted dishcloths for her mom.
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Hi!  My name is Barbara (a.k.a.-"Miss Barbara") and I live in Long Island, NY with my DH and three kids:  17 year old son, 9 year old daughter, and 7 year old daughter.  We celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah in our house; DH and son also have birthdays around the holidays as well!

*We have SLIGHT allergies in our house.  I can receive from someone who has pets as long as the pets are kept away from the craft and supplies.  No partners who smoke or who have smokers in the house, please.  Thanks!*

The gifts I have listed are going to my girls' numerous teachers (i.e.-regular school, Hebrew School, before and after school care), my co-workers, and some friends.  NO COLOR PREFERENCE/NO STYLE PREFERENCE/NO THEME PREFERENCE for any of the items, unless otherwise specified.  Have fun!


SOAP:
-Bath soaps, bath bombs, etc...  (My children would like these as well!  Son likes the scented ones, the girls would like the ones in fun shapes, please.)

SEWN:
-Bookmarks
-Key fobs
-Tea wallets
-Coasters
-Mug rugs
-Non-religious ornaments (I'm thinking a general 'winter' theme would be great!)
-Simple tote bags
-Reusuable gift bags

PAPERCRAFT:
-Bookmarks
-Journals
-Gift tags
-Cards (Again, a general 'winter' theme would be great!)

JEWELRY:
-Any bracelet, necklace, pin, or ring you would like to create!

*If you have an idea for something you'd like to make, and it's not on the list, please PM me!  I am looking for "generic" gifts that don't need to be personalized.  Thanks!*
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FOR MY BEST FRIEND:
-Something 'Tetris' themed
-Something 'Beeker' themed (from 'The Muppet Show')

FOR MY OTHER BEST FRIEND:
-Jewelry of any kind that has purple in it
-Something for her to store her jewelry in that has purple in it (She is such a giving and thoughtful person; she deserves something special.)

FOR A DIFFERENT FRIEND:
-Crochet hook roll in some shade of blue (I work with her on Friday nights, and we inspire each other to be creative!)

FOR MY SON:
-A glass/set of glasses with the 'Teeny Little Super Guy' on them (My son was a preemie and I used to sing him this song all the time!)
-Anything 'penguin' themed
-Anything 'Invader Zim' themed
-phone "jewelry"
-cufflinks
-tie tacs

FOR MY 9 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER:
-Anything 'animal/reptile/amphibian' related
-Some sort of veternarian play set??  (She wants to be a vet when she grows up.)

FOR MY 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER:
-Anything 'princess' related
-Anything 'dress-up' related
-Decorated headbands

FOR MY HUSBAND:
-Anything 'squirrel' related
-Anything 'bug' related (He's an exterminator.)(Thank you jessicachantal!)(I am going to leave this up here, please feel free to claim DH again!)
-Anything 'Domo' related (We're all obsessed with Domo!)
-Anything 'Buddha' related

FOR MY GRANDMA YOLANDA:
-A fancy/nifty/cool pincushion in some shade of green (It's her favorite color.)  (I'm a teacher and we have 'foster' grandparents in some of the classrooms in my school.  Grandma Yolanda and I were together for about three years, and we've become very good friends and she is a special person to me.  She is also a terrific seamstress!)
-Some type of fancy/cool/nifty covered tape measure.  (As I mentioned before, she is a terrific seamstress, she likes to cook, work with children, etc...)
-A thread catcher thingy (Again, in some shade of green, please.)
-Anything to do with elephants.

FOR MY CLASSROOM:
-A set of VERY STURDILY MADE pom-poms for use in movement and color recognition activities with my preschoolers.  (In every color of the rainbow, please-including brown, grey, and white.)

(I cannot take or post photos, so if you claim me, please take and post photos!  Thank you so much!)

THANK YOU!!!!!!!
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