I stumbled on this thread last Fri night. I spent a couple hours reading all of the posts, which linked to more threads and on and on. Here is my giving list for this year. ALL ideas are from mds posts. I didn't write down the authors of the various ideas, so I can't give them credit.
I am writing this all out to keep myself accountable!
ds1 (1/20/05) is getting: play cooking supplies (thrift store tins, spoons, etc.), his own cleaning kit (dollar store specials of spray bottle of water, rags, dustpan, etc.), dress up closet (took out the drawers and hardware of an old dresser, installed a tension rod and will hang his "new" costumes and dress up stuff, hats and special items go on top, and a plexiglass mirror hangs on the side), puzzles of family members' faces (http://www.barebooks.com/)
, homemade bean bags, homemade finger puppets, I Spy Bags (sewn using clear shower curtains), his own scrapbook of family and friends, and craft kits of his favorite projects and some new ones (swapping leftover supplies with moms club members).
ds2 (11/6/06) is getting: soft 1-2-3 blocks (http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/123...-Cranston.pdf)
, craft hoops with silks and ribbons attached, board books with stories written just for him (again barebooks.com), I Spy Bottles (http://www.drjean.org/html/monthly_a...eb/pg06b.html)
, Sock Monkey (http://lennytaylor.freeyellow.com/Monkey.htm)
, and shade tent (http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/htm...hade-tent.html
DH is getting: booboo bags (corn filled bags with dried mint that are to be stored in the freezer for bumps and bruises...can also be put in the microwave), a chalkboard message board (thrift store frame decorated with pictures of him and the kids with a board painted with chalk paint), and a special painting with our family names, values and parenting "values statement" (bartering babysitting with an artist friend of mine to get this done free).
FIL is getting: Fleece scarf lined with silk (scrapped a couple of fleece sweatshirts and silk shirts that didn't sell in our garage sale), calendar featuring ds1 artwork (again barebooks.com), and personalized house numbers (painted on an antique saw by my artist friend).
StepMIL is getting: Fleece scarf lined with silk, & lavendar set (see below).
Grandparents are getting: Walnut floating candles (ds1 is collecting the nuts, and we will paint them and put wicks and wax in them), lavendar set, booboo bags, and a leaf collection (collect leaves and dry them this fall and frame them in a dollar store frame with a photo of the boys in the leaves).
BIL1 is getting booboo bags, his wife is getting a lavendar set, we are donating $25 in the name of his 12 yo dd (big animal lover), and his 1 yo dd is getting a board book written just for her (again barebooks.com)
BIL2 is getting a photo collage of his wedding photos (we still have a ton of wedding frames)
My sister is getting a lavendar set, her 7yo dd is getting a picture package (our old digital camera and supplies, a dollar store frame and scrapbook), her 13 yo ds is getting a rock (he has a favorite fishing spot at our house, but there is nowhere to sit, so we bartered with a friend to bring in a boulder and put it on the shore. I will paint his name on it)
MIL and stepFIL are getting a calendar and an apple pie set (see below).
My mom is getting personalized business cards, stationary, etc. for her quilting business that is taking off the ground (I have the graphic arts background and the paper already)Apple Pie Set:
I can a large amount of applesauce and apple butter. I will also can some apple pie filling and print baking directions. I have apple printed fabric already, so I will make little drawstring bags for the jars. If I can find some thrift store or dollar store pie tins, I will toss those in, too.Lavendar Set
includes relaxation pillow and bath salts:
I found some cute knee high socks, which I will fill with field corn. I just harvested my lavendar, and when that dries I will put some of that in, too. I scrapped the shirts and pants with neat designs that didn't sell in my garage sale. I measured out the knee highs and made little pillow cases out of the scrap fabric (no need to make any neat edges since the bottom of the shirts/pants already have nice hems!). I am having ODS put his handprints on both ends of the pillow case. The note attached will say, when you are feeling blue, warm this up and it is a hug from Hayden.
I found this info on another thread and copied it, but I can't find it again to give the proper person the proper credit...
Lavender Dream Salt Glow
1 Cup finely ground mineral sea salt
3 tbsp lavender flowers
1 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Jojoba Oil
10-15 drops Lavender essential oil
Mix all ingredients together until you have a smooth paste. Store in a glass Jar. Because of the salt content, this scrub has a LONG shelf life.
To use; Mix salt glow well prior to using, you will need about 1/4 - 1/2 a cup for one treatment.
Sit in a dry tub. Massage salt into skin in a circular motion, beginning with the feet and working in toward the heart. Pay extra attention to dry areas such as feet, ankles, knees and elbows. If you have problems with cellulite (Who doesn't), pay extra attention to those areas as well.
After you are finished, run the tub full of warm water, rinse the salt off of your skin, but allow the oils to remain. Soak and relax!
Your skin will feel soft and smooth, and you will feel relaxed and ready for bed!