Here's the story (from the TAO forum) to give you some background:
My step-daughter is approaching her 8th birthday...
Long story short, we rarely see her - maybe 15 times a year, at best. Never on Holidays. (Her/her mom's choice)
However, we're having a birthday "party" for her (very small - just DH's sibs and Mom) and I plan to make a homemade cake and some yummy (HEALTHY - VEGETARIAN) snacks.
Since last year, we've started paying for her to go to Gymnastics. They're kind of pricey ($120 a 10 week session - for one hour a week!) but that was what she really wanted, and we encourage the idea of her getting *some* physical activity.
We said we pay again this year - for the Summer session - for her birthday.
But, I feel bad - like she should have *something* to open at her birthday party, kwim? I just don't want to feed into the commercialism and materialism that already exists in her "home" life.
Any ideas?????? I know she wouldn't want a Waldorf doll. (As much as I'd love to make one for her). I'd like the gift to be lovely - meaningful, perhaps. But, not pricey or "brand name" because that's not what I support in this house.
What can I make her?