Christmas gift ideas?

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Christmas gift ideas?
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Wed, 10-20-2010 - 12:31pm
Money is tight for us right now so I'm stumped on gifts for two categories of people:

1) My parents - even though my mom said not to get them anything, I can't not because they have been such a huge help to us since Selin was born. They have everything so it's hard to come up with something different (and low cost) each year.

2) My cousins' 6 kids - 5yo twins (boy/girl), 7 and 8yo boys and 10yo girls. I used to get them all a Christmas tin from the dollar store and fill it with candy and such but I feel like they're all getting too old for that now, even though they love it. We do a grab bag among the adults.

Thanks ladies!

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Wed, 10-20-2010 - 1:31pm

Money is tight for us too this year so we're going to make personalized calendars for my parents and DH's parents with pictures of Evan/family pictures.

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Wed, 10-20-2010 - 4:35pm

For your parents couldn't you do more of a personalized gift?

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Registered: 08-24-2005
Wed, 10-20-2010 - 4:40pm
I've BTDT. Something I did one year was to make a DIY notepad for my mom and she loved it. I took a bunch of printer pages (legal size) and neatly cut them in 4 with a cutter (with about 30 pages you get an over 100 p. portable size notepad!). For the covers, I pressed some flowers for a couple weeks (in my case I already had cherry blossoms, you are in fall, so you could use some nicely shaped leave) and then I arranged them on a cream colored cardboard with a water free glue, and covered that with transparent contact paper. (It's important to use thin leaves or flowers otherwise they will be too bulky and the contact paper won't stick, forming ugly bubbles.) At a nearby copy place, they did the binding for free...and voila!! You can use a nice family picture instead of the flowers... in fact a picture of grandma & baby would be perfect! I think it could also work for the girls if you use a picture of Tinkerbell or Disney's princesses for the young ones and whatever 10yo girls are into these days for the older one. BTW, the pp calendar idea also seems excellent!

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Registered: 03-19-2007
Wed, 10-20-2010 - 8:38pm

Barrett gave his grandparents one of those garden stone kits last year and 'helped' them decorate it (I think MIL put his hand and footprints on hers, and my dad just put one handprint).

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Registered: 07-15-2004
Wed, 10-20-2010 - 10:49pm

We took a family picture and are making it into puzzles for great grandmothers on my side this year. I think at Walmart they cost us under $25 for the two of them. I was also thinking about making ornaments of Simon's

 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Thu, 10-21-2010 - 1:04pm

We do a calender every year for my parents and in-laws, with pictures of the short ones.




Thank you for the sig Mary

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Thu, 10-21-2010 - 2:19pm
Great suggestions everyone!! Gives me lots of great ideas to think about.

I also should have clarified that the kids are from two cousins (sisters), not all one family. :-)

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Thu, 10-21-2010 - 2:19pm

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 11:28am

I think you've gotten some great ideas, Christine.

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 12:53am

Just thought I'd come back and update (at Adrienne's request) what I ended up buying for these two categories of people I was stumped on. I ended up ordering all of this through costco.com for VERY reasonable prices!

For my parents, I created premium custom 11.5x14 calendars with pictures of Selin from