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« on: August 31, 2005 11:42:01 AM »

In a few weeks I'm going to be helping out with a college orientation for a bunch of incoming new students.  Each of the leaders will have a group of about 20 students to meet with, and at the end of the week we are supposed to give them little gifts.  Basically I need to spend about a dollar (or less) on each gift, but I want them to be a little bit unique and fun, so I thought making something would be neat.  Any ideas? 

IKEA has placemats for 50 cents, I was thinking of doing something with those (like picture frames or something), but I'd love some input.  Thanks!
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2005 11:46:54 AM »

how much work do you want to put in?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2005 11:48:52 AM »

something simple would be great, but i'm willing to spend a good amount of time if it'll save me some money.   Wink
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2005 11:52:08 AM »

keychains maybe?  I know you get a ton of them for free when you are at college, but a really unique one might be nice and actually get used. 

« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2005 11:55:02 AM »

ok: just a couple ideas, don't know if you'll like any of them, HOWEVER Tongue:
- magnets of things relevent to your particular college (aka: the logo, colours, etc). You can get "magnet paper" for pretty cheap, and then just print out whatever you want to go on top.
- photo frame is a good idea, you could even paint a cheap wooden one, plus stencils if you're feeling adventurous.
- you could even try (depending on how big your college is) to get something from the bookstore, they might give you a discount if it's for new students.
- something for actual use in classes (aka pencils, pens, notebooks, pencil cases)
- keychains?
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2005 12:09:08 PM »

You can usually pick up records for 50 cents each at thrift stores, I made record bowls for some of my college friends.  It's great as a catch all bowl for keys. sunglasses etc...

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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2005 12:10:21 PM »

how about those little dome magnets? you cut out the picture, glue to the magnet glue the dome down.
cheap cool and inexpensive!
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2005 11:24:40 PM »

Window picture holder- Get some small suction cups, string and mini clothes pins. (mini clothes pins at the dollar spot right now at target) Tie the string between two suction cups and attach the clothes pins.  I made these as "going back to college" gifts for my friends.  Dorm rooms everywhere share the dislike of nails, so this is a nice way to display pics, notes, etc.

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2005 07:53:22 AM »

I have a bunch of friends in Spain, and since I live in Sweden, gifts have to be small, so i can send them i a letter. Since there is about 6 friends, they can't be too expansive either. One x-mas, i made tiny worrydolls. The idea is from the maya indians. They bleived that ifyou ever have a problem, you tell the doll and put it under you pillow at night. By the morning the problem will be gone. The dolls are really tiny, I made mine from wire with cloth and yarn glued to it. It might be a bit strage to give something like this to people you don't know that well, but at least it is cheap and easy and my friends relly liked them (One still carries her round in her wallet!)

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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2005 06:31:57 AM »

You can usually pick up records for 50 cents each at thrift stores, I made record bowls for some of my college friends.  It's great as a catch all bowl for keys. sunglasses etc...
That sounds cool, how did you do that?
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