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« Reply #30 on: December 25, 2007 01:23:26 PM »

fantastic ideas, y'all!  Now I can't wait to be invited to another birthday (especially since I've had so much fun watching my handmade gifts being opened so far during the holidays - total gratification when they get excited about it, almost drug like...)

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« Reply #32 on: January 01, 2008 10:08:16 PM »

Chiming in as late as I dare...  I did pajamas for 10 ppl this year, and they were well received.  There are sooo many cute flannels out there, I couldn't resist - plus they're so quick to make.   Wink  I also did 2 blanket-bag-nap things that went over better with the moms than the kids.  I wish I'd done some goofy hats or something too.

I really think clothes are a fine idea, especially dress-up items that can be worn for many years.

How about play food?  My son is big into felt food. 

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« Reply #33 on: January 03, 2008 11:46:31 AM »

Ok I didn't read all the responses but I feel your pain. When my son started school 3 years ago the invites came in like crazy. I knew some of the kids and some I didn't. I allowed him to go to all the parties to make friends, but I didn't want to spend alot of money. I have so much fabric and thought I can make things!! But what?? For girls I had no clue, I have one son and never dealt with girl stuff. So I would ask the parent what they liked. I made embroidered pillows with their name or disney characters, pillow cases, crayon or marker cases that roll up and tie, craft aprons and icluded some dollar store craft items etc. I have seen your posts and would love my child to receive anything you make!!! You could even make simple costumes, my son loved to dress up.
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« Reply #34 on: January 03, 2008 12:10:54 PM »

Thanks CrAzYhOuSe, dancingrabbit!

I did give a crayon roll with a tiny little notebook and some stickers, all in a drawstring bag.  The concept was a little activity bag for the car (or rather, truck).  I haven't gotten feedback on it, though, because as it so happened we had to miss the gift opening/party food part (It was held at mcdonalds, and being vegan and having another shindig to go to at the same time, it was a bit of a no-brainer to nix that part).  We did do the sleigh ride with all of my kid's wee friends (well, dh did), which was a great idea btw.  Hopefully when school starts up next week, chickie's mom will say something (or not - its so hard to tell).

I thought for older kids it would be fun to put together a craft project kit (like the beginning knitter things or handsewing, necklace making etc that they do sell, but make it a bit cooler or personalized).

Sorta off topic, sorta not: my friend's 7 year old had a b-day party and filched a ton of beads off me (I've had collection issues  Roll Eyes) and then had all her friends put together their own necklaces, bracelets and sew them onto wee cuffs.  The kid's loved it, particularly going through all sorts of odd ball beads, and it served instead of a goodie bag too.
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« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2008 01:15:59 PM »

I was checking out this thread and thought I'd add my thoughts....

Vegbee, I love giving homemade birthday gifts.  Some of the things I've made....

Reversible Superman/Batman capes.  You make one side red with a superman emblem and then the other side black with the batman emblem.  I also made one for a girl....purple and pink...Supergirl/Batgirl 

A friend once made one for her daughter, Marci.  She put a big M on the cape and it was her SuperMarci cape!

Another thing I've loved to give is a big bucket of homemade play-dough.  I have a really great recipe for it if you need one.  Every now and then we get one of those plastic buckets of ice cream for parties or such and I save it(you being vegan will probably not have those lying around.....but maybe you have an ice cream loving friend?).  Anyway, I'd put a large mass of play-dough in it...and I mean a truly huge and fabulous ball of it (colored whatever my child going to the party chose) and then add in some playdough toys from the dollar store.  It's always been a very well-recieved gift.

Recently I made a friend's little girl a little short sequin-y two layered circle skirt to go over her leotard for dance class.  If you knew the girl was in dance classes maybe? 

Well, hopefully some of those helped. 

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« Reply #36 on: January 15, 2008 02:03:34 PM »

Kidlet is 5....

Anyone in her class (boy or girl) LOVES things with their name on it. (an art smock, nightgown, crayon or marker roll)

But many discourage wearing names on clothing out of the house, due to the "stranger-danger" aspect of an unknown person walking up and pretending they know the child.
« Reply #37 on: January 20, 2008 09:17:48 PM »

How about crayon aprons?  Or nap mats?

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« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2008 08:46:04 AM »

Everyone has great ideas! I'll be trying some out.  Thanks. Smiley
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« Reply #39 on: February 18, 2008 11:30:35 AM »

you could try something interesting like wierd animals... take material, cut into bits and sew into a strange shape. add eyes.

you can adfd eyes to anything and make it loveable.
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