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Post by polgara on 1st July 2011, 4:00 pm

Ever need a gift in a hurry or a raffle prize.

Apart from the obvious cooked things like jams, pickles & chutnys, how about some ideas.

I know few people actually write these days, but just sometimes a handwritten note is just the thing.

Buy a set of pretty paper or notelets & envelopes, open the box & slip the whole lot into an airtight box. Moisten a small ball of cotton wool with some essential oil & put in with the paper making sure the ball does not touch the paper, seal it up & in a couple of months you will have some really nice perfumed paper & envelopes.

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Post by polgara on 9th July 2011, 6:03 pm

Calender pictures cut to size & laminated make pretty table mats & last a long time.

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Post by polgara on 25th July 2011, 5:42 pm

A painted flowerpot, with some compost & a packet of seeds.

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Post by Compostwoman on 25th July 2011, 11:35 pm

A pencil, pen, ruler and a notepad ( add other things as wished - a mousemat, a bigger note pad, a pencil case etc...) made from 100% recycled materials. Tied up with a reused ribbon with an obviouslt homemade and recycled gift tag, it makes an interesting and talk- about able gift!

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Post by Dandelion on 26th July 2011, 4:08 pm

A variation on Pol's suggestion is to print notepaper with decorative rubber stamps for instance, and give with matching envelopes.

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Post by Dandelion on 26th July 2011, 4:10 pm

I like giving food as gifts, especially for people who seem to have everything! A decent bottle of olive oil wrapped around with raffia and with some home-grown rosemary sprigs and maybe a wooden spoon.

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Post by polgara on 26th July 2011, 6:21 pm

Like these ideas, please keep them coming.

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Post by polgara on 26th July 2011, 6:26 pm

When doing the shopping or browsing, it is often possible to buy small travel or trial pots of make up or bath/shower bits or lotions etc. Make a collection of these, make a nice box or bag & a nice pressy for someone.



A nice gift for someone in hospital for longish time is things like lip balm, moisteriser tissues a small but very welcome little package.

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Post by Dandelion on 26th July 2011, 8:15 pm

...and also special little food items like cookies

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Post by polgara on 30th July 2011, 10:15 am

For a new Mum or elderly relative, a chequebook of things that you are willing to do for them, like shopping or babysitting or weeding the garden etc, also handy for someone who has had an accident.

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Post by Dandelion on 30th July 2011, 10:20 am

It doesn't have to be an expensive gift to show people that you are thinking of them. When my cousin was in hospital after an operation I wanted to send her something - I didn't have much money, but I thought that if it was me I would really need some chocolate. So I sent her two big bars of chocolate, thinking she would probably think I was a bit strange, but it turned out to be just right.

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Post by polgara on 30th July 2011, 10:22 am

Absolutly, sometimes the best gift of all is a little bit of time.

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Post by polgara on 13th August 2011, 12:54 pm

If like a lot of us your craft stash keeps growing, as a gift for someone else who is crafty, just go through the stash & pick out a selection of trimmings, ribbons etc I love things like that.



For little girls that are still little girls a selection of costume jewellry & the bracelet elastic would be good.

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Post by polgara on 23rd August 2011, 7:13 pm

A nice mug packed with goodies.



For kids pencils, rubbers or mini toys etc



Ladies, tissues, small smellies, small accesories etc.



For men well whatever the man is interested in.



The combination is endless & could be just about anything.

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Post by MrsC on 23rd August 2011, 8:31 pm

I always like the idea of giving someone something that they just wouldn't buy themselves despite wanting to (normally due to financial constraints) so something like some nice chocolates (or even just a bar of chocolate) is lovely as are things like bath foam, nail varnish etc.

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Post by polgara on 23rd August 2011, 10:30 pm

Sometimes older people like things such as a colouring book & crayons. Not something that they would buy themselves but something they loved doing when they were children. You can buy some nice books too.

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Post by polgara on 4th September 2011, 10:53 am

If you can afford it, a subscription to a magazine.

For a cook, a selection of recipes.

For younger people or people who are going to uni some cookery lessons.

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 4th September 2011, 2:09 pm

Would those be home tought cookery lessons? Very Happy
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Post by polgara on 4th September 2011, 2:27 pm

Could be, but some centres, clubs do little groups. One of our funny little churches do a course. Problem with home ones is that a lot of people no longer know how to cook economically!!

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Post by polgara on 22nd November 2011, 3:30 pm

Think I am going to bounce this & see if we can get some more ideas.

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