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« on: September 11, 2006 09:49:52 PM »

Two specific people to gift, and no clue what to do. I just know I'm low in the fundage department  Huh

First, my younger brother's birthday is this Friday. I already plan to bake him a cake, but what else should I do? It's his 18th, and since I can't find anyone to put on a monkey suit and do a striptease I guess I have to think of something different.

He's in his first semester at the local university, lives in a dorm, loves video games and general geek stuff. Dislikes sports but likes to root for the school teams (cuz he's patriotic one day).

It was easier when he was 6 and I could just buy him legos...

Next is the kicker - my future mother in law. This is a late birthday gift, since my sweetie and I weren't able to visit her on her actual birthday because of our work schedules. This woman is hard for me to gift, because sweetie isn't really great with giving me information about what she'd like. For someone who's been her son for almost 22 years he's painfully clueless.

I know she likes teddy bears, Jane Austen, and Sex in the City. She's also painfully normal (really, it does hurt). I could just go buy one of those cheapie bath gift sets, but it's so impersonal and it looks like I don't care (I'd like to stay on her good side).

Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2006 11:10:02 PM »

If she likes Jane Austen, why not do a spin on the bath set. Make it yourself, and add some extra little bits. Like a small bunch of dried lavender (if you have seen the A&E version of Pride & Prejudice, you'll remember that the girls were drying bundles of different herbs and flowers in the kitchen). You can make a small eye pillow, filled with flax seed (or rice) and some lavender. If you embroider it a little, even better.
Hope that helps, for ideas for her.

As for your brother. Hmm...How are your stenciling skills? You could make some geeky shirts for him, with a spin on the whole rooting for his teams thing and also his love of gaming.

"just keep crafting, just keep crafting"

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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006 03:02:29 AM »

what crafts are you good at?
you could make her a teddy bear (there are cheap sets and they are not that difficult) and if you knew how to, you could make a "austen-like-outfit" for it.
something like this

i like the stenciled t-shirt idea for your brother.
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006 06:00:32 AM »

Love the eye pillow idea!  If you could embroider "Mom" onto it, it would add a super-sentimental touch!!  I bet she'd cry.

As for your brother, when mine was in college, he really dug it when I would come up and visit him.  You could take him out for burgers, buy him a CD or game at the local used record store, and even buy beer for him and his roomies if you're inclined to that sort of thing.  That just tickled the living hell out of my bro, who's 6 yrs younger than me.  We always got along great, so hanging out together is a treat.

Bonus, after 3 yrs of visiting him I kind of fell in love with and married his roommate!  Of course, since you're already engaged, that won't be the case with you.  Just a funny tangent to my story - that worked out GREAT for me!!
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