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post #101 of 625
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Originally Posted by mtm
Dh has gotten coupon books from me before, typically part baking (redeem for a pan of brownies) and part sex.
:LOL my DH would try to redeem those two at the SAME time!!

ive also gotten bugs in gold medal flour before, but not any other brand. I store my flour in airtight/waterproof canisters with screw-on tops.

I'm looking at the tins i bought, and I'm thinking maybe I will make brownies or cakes in them, like actually IN them, and give them to people. Maybe frost them and decorate them too. I think that will be sooooo much easier and cheaper than baking 3 kinds of cookies and peanut brittle and all the other stuff i usually make. I will probably have to make 6 brownie recipes to fill 12 tins, and that will cost me next to nothing...the most expensive ingreidents will be eggs and cocoa powder....not that I'm buying it, lol. FIL wont let us pay for anything. If I made cakes, I would only have to make 3 recipes to fill 12 tins, i think....Hm, I might just make chocolate cakes and top with home made frosting and maybe some sprinkles or something. we'll see....

thanks for the gingerbread recipe...I wanted that one for myself LOL!!
post #102 of 625
DOH! i just figured it out!

I'm going to make choc cake w/ frosting to be delivered locally, and the brownies I will make to be shipped.

its so nice to have almost all my christmas stuff finished, lol.
post #103 of 625
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keep the ideas coming
post #104 of 625
For those of you really in a pinch for supplies for make-it-yourself gifts, try posting to your local Freecycle group. I'm sure there are people who have all kinds of crafty supplies and leftovers they'd be happy to freecycle.

These are great ideas. If anyone has specific instructions for those I Spy bags, please post. (Or did I miss it?) Specifically, what do you use for the "window" and where do you find all the trinkets for inside?
post #105 of 625
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Originally Posted by chellemarie
For those of you really in a pinch for supplies for make-it-yourself gifts, try posting to your local Freecycle group. I'm sure there are people who have all kinds of crafty supplies and leftovers they'd be happy to freecycle.
I don't know- our local freecycle list has been getting pretty snarky lately.

Annette
post #106 of 625
I swear one year I'm going to get family favorite recipes (from grandmothers and aunts) and create a family cookbook. Someday I WILL do this. I think this would make a great gift for all family members.
post #107 of 625
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Originally Posted by chellemarie
If anyone has specific instructions for those I Spy bags, please post. (Or did I miss it?) Specifically, what do you use for the "window" and where do you find all the trinkets for inside?
I haven't made one yet, but I did pick up a few things today. I'm going to use a clear vinyl shower curtain for the window, and likely rice for inside rather than poly pellets. I picked up a few trinkets from the dollar store - pom poms, dice, wooden beads, wooden letters, mini toy reptiles - and I'll add other things from around the house, like pasta, dried beans, button, paper clip, penny, nut and bolt, etc. Basically, anything that's small and won't puncture a hole!
post #108 of 625
annettemarie - 'Tis the season!
post #109 of 625
Thanks, Melanie. I'm thinking I have some old jeans that would make really durable bags. The shower curtain is a great idea.

Now I just have to convince my mom to show me how to turn on a sewing machine. HA!
post #110 of 625
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Originally Posted by chellemarie
I swear one year I'm going to get family favorite recipes (from grandmothers and aunts) and create a family cookbook. Someday I WILL do this. I think this would make a great gift for all family members.
I have a friend who keeps an on-going food journal with recipes, and then prints it all off to give to family and friends for the holidays. I LOVE it, and would love to take off with her idea for family - when I'm more organized! In it, she'll describe a brunch, (sometimes the people there, sometimes the weather and flowers in bloom, sometimes cute things her son did, etc) or other meal, and include a recipe, she's searched out great food quotes, and has included us in her journey to eat seasonally and with local foods. GREAT gift, if you have the time and energy. I also think you could give one recipe, nicely written up and with a photo of who it's from, and laminate it or frame it, or put it in a binder with promises of more over the years - that seems less intimidating to me!
post #111 of 625
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Another idea along the lines of the I spy bag(this is for those of us that cant sew!!) Is to make a sensory box, to set on a table. Either take a plastic sweater box or make a box out of wood, and fill it with beans, rice, pasta, pebbles, sand, whatever or any combo of those things. Then you can give it as is, our hide matchbox cars or legos or whatever in it, and let them dig. Add a shovel, some measurign cups and you have fun for hours. If you are brave, you could include an empty box of the same size to put water in and have a sand and water table.
post #112 of 625
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Originally Posted by chellemarie
I swear one year I'm going to get family favorite recipes (from grandmothers and aunts) and create a family cookbook. Someday I WILL do this. I think this would make a great gift for all family members.
My Grandma did this for us one year, she hand wrote her favorite recipes and made a little note at the bottom such as "Amy loved this when she was a little girl" She also wrote each of us a personalized message on the first page of the book. She gave it to me when I was a teenager, so I didn't really realize how special of a gift it actually was. I packed it away and kind of forgot about it. She passed away several years ago and I dug it back out.Now that she's gone it is one of my most cherished possesions, not just for the recipes but for her message and having it handwritten just makes it so much more personal.
post #113 of 625
Thread Starter 
If anyone wants to make a joke book for their kids, check out AHA jokes. There are millions of them on there. I got over halfway through Alexs hundred jokes just from the dog jokes
post #114 of 625
Another idea is a homemade board game- something easy (a path game with cards to draw). We made one today for my nephew out of recycled materials around the house. I am an artist, so drawing it/coloring etc. was easy but you could also collage with magazine pictures, etc. once you came up with a plan.
post #115 of 625
my grandma is german and finally translated a bunch of her recipes into english last year for us all. I love it, altho I think some of the measurments didnt convert right, :LOL I think the recipe book is a great idea...and if you have a cd burner, maybe you could put it on CD for others who have computers, as a backup to the actual book, ykwim?
post #116 of 625
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Originally Posted by dready*mama
XM ~ Any flour is suseptible to those mealy bugs. To prevent them, when you buy your bags of flour, just freeze them for 48 hours and then they will be ready for long term storage.
True, true... but A)I have only ever had this happen with Gold Medal flour EVER, and B)I certainly couldn't, in good consience, give someone food that I made with flour I knew had bugs in it... protein be damned! Freezing doesn't remove the bugs from the flour, it just kills 'em ICK!

in our part of the country, we don't have the bugs-in-everything that others do (waving to Hotmamacita in Texas, who assures me that she doesn't always have scorpions in her house) so anytime I open a bag of flour and it looks like Bugapalooza in there, I am going to be less then thrilled.
post #117 of 625
Ok, I haven't read the many, many posts yet (it will take me some time to get through them all). But on the topic of baking/cooking something, has anybody thought of putting together a cookbook of the familie's favorite recipes? My mom's cousin did this for me for my bridal shower, and it is one of my most memorable and most used gifts! All it cost was printer paper, and a binder. Hmmm, maybe I should do that this year for family!

Another cheap idea (not free, unfortunately), is to take snapshots and put them in frames. I did this for my parents last year with old pictures from when my brother and I were kids and put them in a frame. I think it cost me around $15 for the frame. You could always make the frames, too. My mom cried when she opened that present. It was a big hit. If you happen to have a digital camera, you could also print the pictures, or put them in a collage.

I'm going to be doing plaster casts of the kids handprints for granparents this year too.

Those are my ideas for now.


Bec
post #118 of 625
Thread Starter 
Good idea Bec. Dollar stores sell nice frames in all sizes for $1~
post #119 of 625
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Originally Posted by bec
My mom cried when she opened that present.
:LOL

In my family, its kind of a competition between me and my sister to see who can give the gift that makes mom cry more...



post #120 of 625
A cool idea for little ones is a dress up box. Cover a box with bits and pieces of fabric, embellish it with whatever you like. For little girls, you can go to good will and pick up a few sparkly sequined pieces of clothing for a dollar or 2, and it can be mix and match. Voila, instant princess

For a science kit, you could make pouches out of paper and fill some with baking soda, add a little bottle of vinegar (print out cute labels for each on your 'puter) but give them cool sounding names, and instructions (adding the contents of this packet to the bottle will make an eruption of foam) ect. I'm not too good with science, but if you look on a science project website, there are probably a million things tou could package up, label, and put in a box.

Also, plain t-shits and sweatshirts can be embellished with iron on transfers printed from your own computer (as can canvas bags, plain baseball hats, aprons, ect.)

Forgot to add...for my Aunt's birthday, I burned her a CD with songs that I downloaded...songs that had special meaning for her, and songs that she used to sing to us. She cried
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