Ive figured out a couple of ideas for the children's presents for Christmas.
Reading tent (Im going to get some books to go with it, she LOVES books.)
dollhouse with furniture/dolls (shared with DD2. I found a page that showed how to make them from a bookcase and I can do minor woodworking)
Dollhouse with DD1
knitted block set
rocking giraffe (this Im buying but I found one thats small for young children and he loves giraffes)
I usually do 3 gifts per child so I need to think of 1 more for DD1 and 1 more for DD2. Im waiting for input from DH about what he wants to do. I don't want him thinking Im trying to shut him out or anything.
Other people Ive figured out:
Grandparents- in- laws: picture books
grandma in law 2- framed picture
my grandma- picture book
DH's cousin- fingerless gloves (she LOVES to text so I figure these she might use)
My dad- photo travel mug and wrist pad for his mouse pad
My brother- photo mouse pad and wrist pad
MIL- Necklace with all her grandchildrens pictures are pendants, photo cube to hold pens at work
So far I know Im going to send a big box full of treats for his Marines. Im thinking of making up some hot cocoa mix (DH doesn't drink coffee or tea and hot cocoa tends to be harder to come by) and sending that. I found some mug kits I might have the girls make him one and send it to him. BIL spent last Christmas over there and told me its really REALLY cold so Im thinking beanies and gloves would be good, maybe slippers to wear around the barracks. Im having pictures of the kids taken with Santa (I dont do Santa, DH LOVES the myth of Santa so he would really like the picture.. specially since my FIL plays Santa every Christmas for a local Winter Festival). Im thinking since I cant do much for him over there Ill send me a certificate for a special meal just the two of us for when he comes back. We haven't had a date night in over 2 years so that would mean more to him than anything else I could give him.Theres a fancy restruant hes been wanting to go to for years (think dress code, no kids type restruant) so I might be taking him there. He would love that.
This gets me started on my list. Im going to start on the things that don't require sewing soon so I can knock them out and get them done. I have to talk to my MIL/FIL to see if I can store the things over there when Im not working on them because if the girls see them they will know what they are for. They are getting to old to play the "its for the girl down the street" game. Or redirect them when they ask.