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« on: December 04, 2011 09:16:22 PM »

Christmas is just around the corner, and as usual I'm stumped on gifts for my stepmother and stepsister. Somehow I've managed to know these women for eleven years without actually learning anything personal about them, so choosing gifts is always difficult. We aren't close, but we get along and I feel bad giving them boring, generic gifts, so I'm hoping someone here will have a brilliant suggestion and save me from the horror of last-minute Christmas shopping.

Info on stepmom:
She doesn't cook, read, craft, or garden.
Her only hobbies are getting her nails done and watching trashy reality TV.
She loves to shop, gossip, and drink margaritas.

Info on stepsis:
Ditto stepmom
Nursing student

And that's it, I'm afraid. That's absolutely all I know about them. I hate that this makes them sound like shallow couch potatoes, but they honestly don't have any hobbies that don't involve the Kardashians or trying on shoes. Well, Craftster? Is there any hope for finding a nice, thoughtful gift? Or am I doomed to another Christmas of gift baskets from Bath & Body Works?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011 10:43:12 PM »

When my sis was in nursing school, I made her different sized handbags, totes and even a messenger bag.   I made her a zippered pouch for her stethoscope and blood pressure cuff that she still uses to this day.   A "cozy" for her stethoscope to help personalize it a bit is also an idea.   

Have you thought about making a sinus pillow?   Or how about a night mask?   Hot/cold pack?   Cell phone caddie with matching bag?   
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2011 12:24:27 AM »

I like the idea of handbags and totes.  What crafts can you do?  

What about decorations the house or Christmas - does stepmom like to decorate for the holidays?  What about making them handmade spa baskets - it's not hard to make things like salt or sugar scrubs, bath salts, bath bombs, melt and pour soaps, foot fizzies, foot scrubs, and to make some accessories like crocheted poufs, knit or crocheted bathmits, or sewn ones from terry cloth, embroidered towels, hair towels, etc.  What about making a centrepiece or wreath?  A table runner and napkins for the holiday table?  Making scented or decorated candles in a decorated candle holder?  Jewelry?

For nursing student step sis - I personally am not a fan of the cover for the stethscope because they can get wet, get bodily ooze on them, and need to be cleaned routinely, so if that is an option, I would make a bunch for her so they can be cleaned.  Personally, I like to keep my stethoscope relatively bare so that it can be cleaned routinely between patients.  You can make things like a fanny pack or pocket pack for her to keep things like her clamps, pens, pencils, penlight in.  A good pen light is always a good thing to have so if you want to do the storebought thing.  A personalized, bejeweled ID lanyard, that is made with a good chain/tigertail, and beads that can be cleaned (glass, plastic, nothing porous or with a finish that can be washed off) and a fall away/breakaway clasp (like a not too strong magnet.  A name tag - she will likely have an official one from the school or clinical placement, but I find that some patients can't read them, or that they only give the first initial, and we like to have one that has in large, easy font, our first names.  If you can sew, what about cute scrubs, hair scrunchies, or an embroidered or personalized lab coat/jacket/sweater.  Does she have a sense of humour about her work?  What about a piece of nursing art - drawn/painting/embroidered.  I like this site for nursing humour:


and one of my personal favourites... faxed that one to the CCU when I first saw it and they have it glued to the front of their ECG manual.

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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011 07:44:33 PM »

 A table runner and napkins for the holiday table?

I'm making a table runner and a set of place mats and napkins for my mother, actually. I had considered making a set for my stepmom as well, but I was worried she might be slightly offended by my attempt to decorate her house. We really don't know each other very well and I don't want her to think I'm commenting on her taste in interior design or anything like that. I hadn't thought about making a Christmas-themed set; that's a great idea. Thanks for the suggestions!
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