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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A bit broad I know... on: November 29, 2006 09:16:58 PM
This is a pretty broad question I know, but I need some suggestions...

I'm eighteen and the eldest of ten grandchildren-- for my whole life I (along with my cousins) have received a gift from each individual family in my extended family. That meant at christmas time we always got four seperate gifts. This year, however, due to tight budgets the adults opted to have their kids draw names (like they do). That means that each cousin has one other cousin to buy a gift for.

This totally works for me and will definitley make my holiday shopping a lot easier but I'm a little worried about all my younger cousins. (Ages range from 16 to 3) I'm afraid the younger ones won't understand why we're doing this (like why they got so many gifts last year, and only one this year) and get upset and stomp on some feelings if you know what I mean... I also feel a little bit bad because for 17 years I've received so many gifts and now our tradition is being changed and the younger cousins are "missing out".

So my question is-- can anybody think of some fun gifts that can be crafted that can be given to the younger kids? I know this is such a broad question but I thought maybe if all the adults came together and crafted up a few fun items then the younger kids would still think they're getting "a lot" of gifts-- simply because they have more packages to tear through.

I know this all sounds a bit materalistic but I didn't mean for it to sound like that at all. I'm just afraid that my younger cousins won't understand and will get upset and hurt somebody's feelings. Also, this is such a great opportunity to get together and craft and make gifts that truly mean something and could (possibly) be held onto for years.

Like I said-- our ages range from 18 to 3. Our interests range as much too-- we all lead pretty active lifestyles and almost all of us are involved in some sort of sport. I know last year my aunt made us all the tie fleece blankets and those were a HUGE hit because we could all take them to our various practices and games to keep warm. My grandmother has also made us all matching travel cases to bring with us when we visited her and that was a huge hit as well.

I know whatever we end up making will be much appreciated-- my cousins arent brats in the least and love to receive homemade gifts. Any ideas?? I apreciate it!!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Shower for girl I hardly know! on: August 24, 2006 07:54:49 PM
A girl I go to school with is having her first child, a boy, and some girls are throwing her a Baby Shower in one of their classes. I can't make it because I'm in class at the same time (and I can't wiggle out of it urggh..) but I thought I'd send a gift basket along for her anyway.

We're very young -- 18. She's 8 months pregnant and is expecting a little boy. I don't know much else about her but I thought I might make her/get her something that was cute, but also very useful.

I'm not sure if this is the right board but I really need some suggestions! It's a bit of a different kind of situation and I wasn't sure what would be appropriate (since I don't know her very well personally) and since we're all young and people haven't really been that nice about it, yada yada.

She's super excited to be a mom and I would love to get her something that would be useful but also a "fun" gift to receive!

Thanks Ladies! Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Successful Liver Transplant Celebration! on: August 12, 2006 07:52:43 PM
This is not going to be a big party, but a party for sure! A good friend mine just underwent a COMPLETELY unexpected liver transplant (she's 17). She just got home about a week ago and is doing well -- although she's still on antibiotic drips and anti-rejection "cocktails" every couple hours. This next week we're all starting back to school and she's starting to feel a little antsy, and a little left out. Over the past few days I've heard her say more than once, "I want my life back".

As you can imagine this broke my heart and I immediatly decided I needed to do something to help brighten her day. I'm trying to think of something my sister and I can do for her. We decided we would be the ones to bring the "party" to her. She gets tired out easily and we thought a big crowd might be a little overwhelming so we decided we'd just have it be the three of us... either way we need help with ideas!!

So many people have brought over movies to watch and food to eat so we decided we probably shouldnt do anything movie/food based. The only idea we could both agree on was the idea of a "sleepover"-- we would both show up in our PJs (so we could match her!) and then we'd...? And that's where it stops, I'm plumb out of ideas! We thought to play games... maybe make some easy craft or some type of fun food but I can't think of ANYTHING. Can you craftsters help a girl out? I'm dying to do something for her, but I'm just stumped!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Halloween Party on: September 06, 2005 12:53:02 PM
Hi All!

This is my first post here on Craftster and I must say I am a little excited. I need a little bit of you all's help-- I'm planning on having a halloween party this year but I need ideas! Last year the theme was "White Trash" and it was a big hit. However, this year-- I think I'm going to go a bit more classic. You know true halloween. Indvidually wrapped candy. Super hero/princess/cartoon character costumes. But I'm having a mental block! I've decided to start planning early this year, because I have defintley learned to avoid last minute planning. (Last year's party was planned in about a week... I spent at least 2 hours in the local wal mart searching for supplies the NIGHT BEFORE... so i've learned my lesson!) But I need ideas-- what to serve, what to do during the party, I know for sure I want to show a very scary, truly classic movie sometime during the night (I'll specify the time on the invitation so everyone can be sure and be here) but what to do with the rest of the time? Remember, think childhood... classic halloween! etc. Oh and the target audience here is 16-18. Budget of course-- I don't want to spend LOTS of money but I am willing to put out a little bit. Thank you in advance for you guys' ideas! Ya'll are a very creative bunch.

Oh also! Another idea I've thought of is possibly a Haunted House? But I'm not sure how to tie that in.
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