~ Rag quilts
~ Casseroles to freeze and give later to start someone on OAMC (once a month cooking)
~ Fleece robes
~ Recipe box with family recipes (I'm going to take photographs of my father-in-laws recipes cards, which we given to me after he died, then transfer the photos to Snapfish so anyone in the family can access them.)
~ Fleece tied blankets
~ Baskets with jars of basket with jars of soup mixes, cookie mixes, etc.
~ Sachets (homemade potpourri anyone? start in the spring because it takes MONTH to do.)
~ Art buckets for little kids: buy all the crayons, markets, and glue when the back to school stuff is cheap and then throw in some extras like foam sheets, pipecleaners, wiggle eyes, etc.
~ Toe Jam jars- Jars decorated and filled with nail polish, nail stickers, nail files, toe separators, etc.
~ A super hero cape for a child.
~ Felt food sets for a child (popsicles, fruit slices, pizza, etc)
~ Tree skirts / stockings / ornaments
~ Crochet hook case / knitting needle case
~ Family photo calendars
~ Box of dress-up clothes (gotten from yard sales, alter or repair as necessary)
~ Custom notecards
~ Beaded earrings, necklaces, watch bands, bracelettes
~ Wineglass or beer glass charms
~ Aprons (mother - daughter aprons? father - son?) Gardening aprons?
~ Canned produce: salsa, jams / jellies, peaches, apple pie filling, etc.
~ A little treasure box containing 52 slips of paper, each with a verse, poem, special memory or such that I'd written on it. Pull one out each week for a year.
~ Key chains
~ Handbags / tote bags
~ Doll totes for girls
~ Eye glass cases (bedside organizers that fit between the mattress and boxspring and hand on the side of the bed are good, too)
~ book marks
~ pin cushions
~ storage bins (magazine storage boxes from cereal boxes!)
~ back of the seat organizers for cars (mini-trash bags for the car, too)
~ duct tape wallets, cheap and loads of colors
~ pajama pants (who doesn't enjoy lounging around? and are easy to sew)
~ marshmellow shooters (few pieces of pvc and a bag of marshmellows)
~ Slingshot / think of a dog ball slingshot, too
Snowman Soup Recipe:
Assemble in a gift bag, gift mug or small zipper food storage bag:
* 1 individual packet hot chocolate mix
* 2-3 chocolate kiss candies
* 10-15 mini-marshmallows
* small candy cane
And here is the poem to attach to the package:
Was told you've been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You'll need to warm the spirit.
So here's a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It's sure to do the trick!