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« on: July 23, 2012 11:32:06 AM »

I'm wondering if anyone has ideas for some generic but nice, crafty gifts to keep on hand at home just incase. I find myself forgetting people's birthdays and such or we will have a surprise guest at Christmas and I'd like to be able to be prepared for these people! It could be unisex or seperate ideas for  males/females. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2012 12:08:43 PM »

First, this is an excellent idea that I think I will need to borrow! Cheesy And I will be following this thread for more ideas.

If I were still in MN I'd probably have a basket full of knit scarves & hats, excellent defaults & you can never have too many scarves & hats in the winter. lol I think I would probably put aside a few small art pieces (6"x6" canvas or 5"x7" in frames), maybe some sewn plastic bag holder "socks." Those are things that I've done...ideas pulled from Craftster...Scrabble coasters, papercrafted notecards, mug rugs, quick little jewelry pieces.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012 12:03:19 AM »

For my kids' friends who invite them over late for a party or occasion I have put things aside.
Girl:Dollar store beauty; 1.Small basket,comb/hair combo,barrettes, small mirror. 2.Basket,bath puff,cute wash cloth,bath beads,bubble bath,lotion
Woman: Same bath type stuff
Boy:1.Dollar store fun;Container,puzzle,ball,book,toys. 2. Bath kit like the girls,boy themed.
Unisex:1. Container,A cute DVD(dollar store has some oldies but goodies and cartoons),Pop corn,candies,napkins,cups,soda(or the powered lemonade).
2.Stationary set: Journal,pens,pencils,cards,envelopes,erasers,note pad,container.
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012 11:02:16 PM »

Great idea for a thread!  Wine charms and potholders/kitchen cloths (crochet, knit, or quilted) are easy ideas.  I like the coaster idea as well. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2012 11:20:34 PM »

For my kids' friends who invite them over late for a party or occasion I have put things aside.
Girl:Dollar store beauty; 1.Small basket,comb/hair combo,barrettes, small mirror. 2.Basket,bath puff,cute wash cloth,bath beads,bubble bath,lotion
Woman: Same bath type stuff
Boy:1.Dollar store fun;Container,puzzle,ball,book,toys. 2. Bath kit like the girls,boy themed.
Unisex:1. Container,A cute DVD(dollar store has some oldies but goodies and cartoons),Pop corn,candies,napkins,cups,soda(or the powered lemonade).
2.Stationary set: Journal,pens,pencils,cards,envelopes,erasers,note pad,container.

Thats a nice idea but I want to have nice hand made things, not dollar store items! I don't know too many kids either (i dont have kids).
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012 11:22:23 PM »

The wine charms are a great idea!
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2012 05:59:16 PM »

Picture frames are always a good unisex present.  Embellish as you wish and you can either add a picture of the person and you OR a good quote that may "speak" to them.
I also like making tote bags from recycled whatever (grocery bags, t-shirts) and I usually have a few on hands for such occasions.
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2012 06:34:43 PM »

Homemade soap and homemade canned foods (jams, jellies, etc.) could work, too.
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2012 08:20:30 AM »

I'm making stuffed owls for the little ones.  I'm a beginner with sewing, but even I had an easy time with this pattern:

http://ashbyfamilyblog.blogspot.ca/2010/02/easy-owl-pattern-and-tutorial-win-one.html

They came out great and it uses a lot of stuff you might already have around the house.  I spent about $8 on material and I've made three and have enough material for at least 3 more. 
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2012 05:05:31 PM »

Gals: Purses/bags, jewellery, recipes in a jar are really cool right now (google for inspiration and instructions), beach wraps.

Guys: wallets, knitted beard beanies are really fun, pj pants with a drawstring that makes them almost one size fits all

Generic: handmade notepads, a set of cards with different occaisons (so they have a go-to as well!), recipe books, mug cozies, coasters.

Family: Framed photo, exploding album (an example here: http://www.scrapbookeden.com/expoldingalbum.htm#) just keep the pages empty until you know the recipient!
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