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« on: August 09, 2004 12:47:22 PM »

anyone want to join me in brainstorming xmas presents for a whole bunch of family, friends, etc...? thinking of ones achievable by financially-challenged student.. Sad

some ideas i have... my sister will remain secret.. as i know she comes on here sometimes Wink

mum - she has this like box of cards for all occasions her friend gave her last year, and  I was thinking I could make some different handmade cards as a kind of "refill" for the box..i have got a book from the library with ideas on how to make some that are slightly more professional-looking than my normal attempts!

grandparents - really into antiques etc... i can't afford a real one!... so I am making them a replica victorian sampler - the top one here: http://www.scottishneedlework.co.uk/newshop/traditional_samplers.htm

the people I am mainly stumped for:

boyfriend's parents : have done a couple of cross stitch pictures etc in the past (last xmas i did a sort of family portrait with Jo Verso people adapted to look like the family.. which went down well Smiley ) so want something a bit different this year.. they are both on Atkins which makes edible gifts tricky (although last year for his dad's birthday we cooked them both an atkins-friendly meal!! hehe)... actually thinking about it... maybe a box of cards like for my mum would be nice...? it would probably be faster to make 2 of each card at a time (if you see what i mean?)

brother, age 13.. possibly a shoe box or clock or something covered in puictures of his favourite football team...? but stuck for what else

small presents for friends.. thinking maybe purses... notebooks/diaries..other ideas?


please join me if you want in suggesting your own mental blocks, solving any of mine, or just adding any cool ideas you have anyway!

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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2004 01:00:53 PM »

just adding.. I am lookng through this card book still.. and they have a really simple idea that is still quite nice I think..

sort of "pebbles" with a slot in them thick enough to hold a card, made out of clay (the kind you bake or air drying or whatever) decorated..

a christmassy set of these or to match a particular person's decor would be nice, i think Smiley
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2004 02:32:39 PM »

I did a similar box for my brother: I got one of those wooden treasure boxes at a craft supply store and put a lock on it, so he could stash stuff. I did a collage on the outside (modge podged it) and put cool quotes from his favorite bands inside the lid and painted the rest of the inside. It was kind of busy and wild which is appropriate for him. Needless to say, he loved it and thought it was very personal.
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2004 05:13:51 PM »

great idea - that would make it more permanent & presenty than a shoebox Wink

do you know how successful decoupaging bits of newspaper might or might not be..?
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2004 05:29:09 PM »

i love to string together random cheap things in a neat way for presents..

for my mom's (amatuer fisherman) boyfriend one year i put some gummi worms in an old tin and had a hand drawn label saying "Dan's Bait".

and for a friend of mine i collected some things for a "princess kit".. like a toy frog & lipgloss (for kissing), a necklace and plastic mask i beaded, a few teeny solider toys (knights in shining armor). i also colored a little instruction booklet explaining exactly how to become "minor royalty, and a royal pain in the butt" with the enclosed items.

anything can be a cool present as long as the packaging ties it together!
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2004 05:39:16 PM »

I created a holiday present file folder in my favorites so that when I'm browsing the internet I can stash ideas for the upcoming season!
A desktop mobile - http://www.yasutomo.com/project/minimobile.htm
cake in a coffee mug - http://www.budget101.com/recipes/id195.htm
feng shui paper weight - http://www.yasutomo.com/project/fengshui.htm
one year when I was little - I crocheted this in a rainbow variegated crochet cotton and stitched it onto plain white towels - http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/4054/mamedging.htm

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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2004 07:51:21 PM »

dudes, great ideas and links - thank you!! Smiley

im liking the handmade cards for boyfriend's mum (going off it slightly for mum though!).. feel free to suggest any funky card ideas ec... I thought I could also keep an eye on the cheapy shops where they occasiobally have really nice unusual cards cheap.. and mix them in...

one idea (pinched from mums box of cards) i thought was really nice was make a card bookmark and decorate it, and then in a folded piece of card you cut two diagonal slits at  top left and bottom right (or vice versa) of where the bookmark will go.,.. then you slot the bookmark into the card (does that make sense?)

you can decorate around the bookmark too.. but its really ncie because even after the occasion they can take out the bookmark and its something useful and pretty they can keep taht will remind them of you..

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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2004 12:05:09 AM »

If you decide to decoupage using newspaper, you might want to paint your surface white first. Newspaper is very thin, and can be see-through. Also, be careful of the ink smudging. It will work, you just have to careful.

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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2004 05:19:40 PM »

dudes, great ideas and links - thank you!! Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2004 01:26:47 PM »

here are some cheap cool gifts to make

-wallet made of candy wrappers (always look cool)
-bags and purses can be made of this as well (check asian food stores for cool packaging)
-hand paint some christmas ornaments (check local craft stores...only $2-3 a piece)
-go to local thrift store and buy old cheap vintage clothing and make a purse or wallet out of it
-ikea sells frames for super cheap that you could paint
-knit a hat or scarf
-buy some cute sm plastic toys and attatch them to earing hooks (always a hit with friends)

Just some quick ideas

Hope it helps a bit
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2004 01:32:13 PM »

I have made candles for friends and family for a few years, and I've had a lot of success with it!  Once you are set up with the basic supplies you really don't need to spend a lot, and you can customize based on the recipient's decor, scent preferences, the holiday, etc.   

Although it helps that I have mostly female relatives..  Smiley 


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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2004 03:23:58 PM »

This year I'm basically making those record chairs things for EVERYONE! except my mom, i have no idea what to get her...

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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2004 05:26:36 AM »

This year I'm basically making those record chairs things for EVERYONE! except my mom, i have no idea what to get her...

Ohhh what are those record things your talking about...sounds interesting?

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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2004 08:29:45 PM »

I heard about them somewhere- i dont know where. It's a cd case holder. i think you make four cuts in the record and bend it in two places and tada! i think, i tried to find it on a lot of sites and i cant find it anywhere! so let me know if anyone knows where it is!

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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2004 09:29:37 PM »

I think someone made one of those and posted it here on craftster, put record into the craftster browser, and look through those.

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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2004 02:52:02 PM »

i have a few ideas:
-get a mug,put packs of hot cocoa, marshmellows and chocolate cover the spoons, wrap them with those tiny bags with those ties, i think they sell them at ac moores
-shoelace flowers https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12532.0
- buy a wooden frame and design it, and put a picture in.
- a really good family gift could be a family portrait, or a calender, with their pictures in it. last year my sisters gave out sweaters personalized with our names, and it was a group gift, it was awesome.

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« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2004 05:59:31 AM »

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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2004 08:04:08 AM »

First- I love the Cake in a Mug idea! I will definately be doing that.
Seventeen had gift Ideas in their magazine this month and some are pretty nifty so I'll post some.

Heavenly hot cocoa- mix 1 8oz can of hershey's cocoa, 1/4 cup of sugar 2 tsp of cinnamon (op.) and 1 tsp of allspice(op.) Put ingredients in mason jar and attach marshmellows. Make tag with instructions that say "Heat 1/2 milk in a saucepan on low for about 5 minutes. Whish in 2 tbsp of cocoa mix. Serve and Get cozy.

Ooey Gooey S'mores- Make a smore like you usually would then put it in a tiny gift bag. Attach these instructions: Bake S'more on cookie sheet at 350F for 3 to 5 minutes. Eat!"

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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2004 06:35:29 PM »

There are some great ideas here!  Unfortunatly, I also don't have sufficient funds, and (even worse) I don't have sufficient amounts of time!  I've resorted to crocheting in trig...anyways, I'm stuck on a few people I need to give presents.
    I'm stumped with my older brother (27) who is really into cars and electronic stuff like that...he also lives across the nation, so it has to be ship-able.  I was thinking about doing some type of collage, but I also want the gift to be useful...not just cool looking...any ideas?
   Also, I have two friends who are super obsessed with lord of the rings (as am I) and I know I want it to be part of their gifts, but I can't figure out a way to be original with it.  I'm sure you guys have incredible ideas, so please share!

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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2004 04:57:15 PM »

I'm trying to do the LotR thing for my sis for Chrissy too.

What I'm doing is creating sketches of her fave characters(she likes the more obscure ones that are hard to get stuff of), then scanning them into my computer, resizing, changing the colour etc, printing them out and then using them for different things.

I've currently thought of turning them into bookmarks with colour phtocopied versions of her movie tickets on the back, using them to decorate notebooks and making a set of notecards. I'm sure you could do the same thing with pictures from the movie.

Another idea, cheap gold ring, chain, and you could all be ring bearers!

Well those are my ideas, off to finish them now, the sketch of Eomer is hard! Do you know how hard it is to find a pic of him where he isn't making a stupid face!


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