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Christmas gift ideas

I'm trying to start early this year, so I am already racking my brains for Christmas gift ideas. PT community to the rescue?

Here are a couple of ideas I had that you may be interested in:

1. Having a jigsaw puzzle made from a photo of a beloved pet for my daughter.
2. Transferring all those old DAT tapes onto DVD's for us to watch on Christmas day.
3. Everyone gets new toothbrushes in their stockings in amongst the treats.
4. Buy mismatched china from a second hand store to hold the cookies and treats we give to neighbors and friends.

I'll add more later. Got any ideas to share?

Mon. Nov 5, 7:50pm

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Last year I made a freezer full of all kinds of rumballs, and gave them out in christmas tins as gifts. People loved them! I made kid-safe ones, too :)

Monday, November 05, 2007, 8:38 PM

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what are rumballs?

Monday, November 05, 2007, 9:02 PM

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I love the mismatched china idea!

1. Have the kids' art changed into quilt blocks and make a quilt

Monday, November 05, 2007, 9:10 PM

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I am boycotting Christmas, I was sickened to walk into Walmart the day after Halloween to see it fully decorated and hearing christmas music! They are ruining Christmas! It is two months away, what happened to Thanksgiving? The holiday should not be about buying, buying, buying!

Monday, November 05, 2007, 9:10 PM

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I'm sorry you feel that way 9:10 pm

I personally started October 15 this year with my christmas planning. My goal is to be done with the shopping and decorating and stressing on December 1st so that I can sit back and relax and enjoy the holidays. Some of us are in the spirit already and it will make my Thanksgiving all that more enjoyable as well.

Monday, November 05, 2007, 9:18 PM

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I have knitted scarves for everyone. I also make bourbon balls and pack them in decorative tins (similar to rum balls...gooey rich sort-of cookie-dough dessert that are rolled in sugar..nothing healthy about it). I take pictures throughout the year and frame them for gifts. I also like magazine subscriptions (a friend wanted to go to a spa for her 50th birthday last her a subscription to Spa and Leisure magazine). Burning discs for music lovers or gift cards to Itunes or Napster. I go to all the arts and craft fairs during the summer and find cute jewelry. Nothing from a mall or superstore. Lots of stuff you can make or collect throughout the year.

Monday, November 05, 2007, 9:28 PM

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Great ideas everyone! I **LOVE** the rumball idea!!! I'm going to to google some recipes now!

I like to give creative unusual gifts also...but I've been really slacking these past two years. Great thread!

Monday, November 05, 2007, 9:56 PM

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For the grandparents, we make a photo calender of the grandkids. My dad said it's the best gift he has ever been given. They are about $20 at Staples.

Monday, November 05, 2007, 10:03 PM

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Christmas Ideas..

Well, we always get scratch off lottery tickets to put into our kids stockings, although they are not old enough to cash them in, they like to scratch them off...

I also like to put together baskets for my dear friends.... Like I once got a Heated Lotion Dispenser, added pedicure stuff, nail polish, foot file, foot soak...

Or a Movie Basket, Popcorn, Favorite Candy, Favorite Soda, Blockbuster Card...

Just thinking out of the box....

Monday, November 05, 2007, 10:04 PM

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Give a gift that contributes to the world - go to and buy gift certificates that provide small business loans ($25) to people around the world. You can pick out a business (just as a suggestion) that matches the personality of the recipient and then the recipient can choose to either take the money when the loan is repayed or they make another loan to another business.

A cute 'food' gift is to go to Michael's (or similar store, duh) and buy melting chocolate that comes in different colors, some holiday themed sprinkles, and pretzel rods. Melt the chocolate, coat with sprinkles, put in celophane bags with some cute ribbon - they look like a gourmet treat! And they're SO good! I did some for Valentine's Day - pink chocolate, sprinkles with pink and red hearts, pink sugar - adorable. And , I was just at Target and saw some really cute sprinkles that were in the shape of candy canes, ginger bread men, and christmas trees.

For the letter writer - get personalized stamps from with a favorite/relevant photo and put it with some pretty stationary.

A gift certificate to try something new - a yoga class, rock climbing, a cooking class, wine tasting, etc.

Okay, that's all I've got! I hate the commericalism of the holidays, but I sure like buying gifts for other people :)

Monday, November 05, 2007, 10:19 PM

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