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« on: November 16, 2006 10:52:08 PM »

I have the worst time ever thinking of ideas for my aunt and uncles.  If I'm going to make something, It has to be simple. My sewing machine is in storage and I can possibly dig it out. I don't crochet or knit. I like to paint and sew though. I'm kind of in the process of moving is why it'll be difficult to make anything this year.

Uncle number 1: He's a "weird" kind of guy. Likes strange art and strange things. i.e. he has barbies and kens dipped in wax in random non-sexual positions. He enjoys making silver jewlery from coins and other such things. He likes scuba diving although doesn't like to announce it. He doesn't want stickers or shirts or anything because he's afraid of his stuff getting stolen. 

Uncle number 2: He is going back to college for accounting. Has 2 bulldogs but is pretty much bulldogged out from other christmas pasts. He likes ebay, auctions, and stuff like that...

Aunt: She's married to number 2 and is a girly girl. I feel like my aunt and uncle have everything so I'm not sure what they'd want. They are the type to be happy with anything they get though so I'm not very worried about it...

Gifts from the past they've enjoyed, pillows, quilt wall hangings...

Ideas can be store bought or made (if fast and simple). Thank you sooo much.

« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2006 03:27:59 PM »

I am having the same problem with my aunts and uncles.

Aunt and Uncle #1(they are in their early 40's): I was thinking of rice bags, and something home-made(cookies or cooking stuff(spices, etc))

Aunt and Uncle #2(early 30's): These are hard because although I "grew up" with my aunt(we are only a few years apart), I dont know her all that well anymore.  I was thinking rice bags, and something home-made, just like for the others..

Other than that, I have no ideas
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2006 04:02:53 PM »

These are some things I thought of
Uncle 1:
-Charms from oriental trading (There are some silver coin charms for very good prices)
-A coin ring like this http://homepage.mac.com/johnhuber/CoinRing/PhotoAlbum20.html
-You could make a book with directions on how to make cool things like that coin ring (There are good tutorials for making books here on craftster)

Uncle 2:
-Handmade planner/assignment book since he's going back to college

-Home made bath bombs, scrubs, lotions, lipglosses, soap ect.
-Sleeping mask

Ideas that might work for any of them:
-A cool clock (One that I have a link to right now is the coffee clock here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83656.0)
-Hand made candles
-Baked goods (Who doesn't love those??)
-"In a jars" i.e. brownies, cappuccino, hot chocolate


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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2006 04:07:58 PM »

hmmm...  I don't know how big you want to go on these gifts, but a quick, easy and not too expensive thing would be to make stationary with images from your art work.  Just scan or photograph some images and print them on card stock.  Fold into cards and include some appropriately sized envelopes.  Makes a good gift for distant, letter writing type relatives.

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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2006 08:17:49 PM »

You all have such amazing ideas. Can I be greedy and ask for more ideas???

LOLMegan - you saved me with uncle number 1. The coin ring is amazing!

« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2006 07:59:44 PM »

I am a 40-something aunt(Ok, I just turned 50, but don't tell anyone); so here's my auntie opinion.

I would love anything that can be added to a collection I already have.  In my case it would be Nancy Drew books or cheap little box cameras or kitschy salt & pepper shakers, all from the thrift store or garage sales.

Is there a store they like to shop at?  Sometimes little things from a favorite store are nice.  I like Trader Joe's and would love a couple bars of thier soap or a little tea selection.

For some reason I really love little kits like first aid kits or sewing kits.  It's always great to stash one in the car or at work.  Same thing with mini umbrellas.  Boring, but it seems like you always need one.
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2006 10:25:38 PM »

A friend of mine is preparing a "date" or "Family" night gifts for her extended family members.  Fill a container (painted boxes, stocking, pretty paper store bought boxes, big popcorn bowls, etc.) with everything you need for a night at the movies- in your living room!  Popcorn (the ones already in their own buckets are cool for this), movie theatre style candy, cocoa or warm cider mixes, and top off with a rental gift card!  If you really want to be extremely ambitious with this....include a fleece throw for them to snuggle under.  ^_^

I can do personal swaps!  ^_^

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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2006 09:01:46 PM »

Uncle likes strange art? Try the thrift store and then visit this site for some weirder inspirations.....


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