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    Lil Rose is editor-in-chief of her high school's paper, and over the summer she made a ceramic coffee cup to sip her favorite java out of when they are there late at night trying to make their deadlines. A few months ago, she dropped it and it shattered. She was crushed, and was especially upset because she is just too darn busy to make another one. She sadly threw it away in the trash, and unbeknownst to her, I gathered up the pieces, glued it back together, went back to the ceramic shop, and carefully made another one exactly (or as close to it as I could) like hers, and it's now tucked safely under the tree. I think she's going to flip out when she sees it......shhhhhhh. :santawink
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    Oh rosekid - that is so dear. I teared up reading it. She is going to be so, so pleased. You go girl.
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    My boss wants to give our assistant manager a belated surprise birthday party. Her b-day was on Dec. 12 and although I worked with her that day and wished her a happy birthday, I didn't give her anything, not even a card. I feel really guilty. My boss forgot but gave her some flowers a week later.

    Her idea would be to have a big brunch at her house on New Year's Day. The store's closed so in theory everyone can make it. If everyone can make it, it would be the whole crew- four of us, plus two of her closest friends that I'm also friends with. One of them would bring her to my boss' place, where the rest of us would be waiting.

    She really deserves to have something nice done for her. She's been down the last several months and we're doing all we can to lift her spirits.

    I know this isn't exactly a Christmas gift, but I couldn't resist sharing. This is a wonderful idea and I hope we can pull it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    I'm so impressed by all these crafty people in this forum!! I usually make cookies for everyone, but that is about as far as I go - maybe I include sprinkles if I'm feeling extra creative
    All of these people are "crafty" all right.. *looks around***DUCKS* from flying debris, christmas wrap, bows, bricks, snow, tinsel, bricks???, hehe

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    I make cookies for everyone. I am a poor person, cookies is about all I can afford. Then again, you can never go wrong with food as a gift.
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    I'm with you, dagwood. My daughter and I made ornaments with red beans and felt. My husband and my daughter took scrap lumber and made them into darling little train ornaments together. He has a whole set of non-electric woodworking tools they use to make little figurines together. Also, in the fall we harvested popping corn at a local non-profit farm, so we're giving out those tied up in ribbon. And we baked, baked, and baked some more. Whew!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalibuPam
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    Last night, when he came home from doing some things at his mother's house, he had a little 3x5 black and white photo of his mom and dad together. It wasn't a good shot at all, but he was happy to have it because he has very few pictures of his dad (who died when he was 4) and he had none of the parents together. It was all I could do not to say, oh buddy just wait to see what I have for you! I'm going to pick up the prints today!
    Pam, that sounds like a wonderful gift. How awesome that you found those photos. I think people who lose a parent at a young age are especially hungry for *any* memento or thing that will help them feel closer to that parent.

    My favorite gift I'm giving this year isn't nearly so cool. My mom loves Clarks shoes, and I waded into the mall melee the day after Thanksgiving to get her a red pair. Then the next day she and I were at the mall again, and she found a *different* red pair, tried them on, and nearly bought them (while I agonized over whether to tell her they looked bad, just so *I* could get them for her). Eventually she convinced herself that she didn't need red shoes, and put them back. I whispered to the sales girl to put them on hold, and went back the next day and exchanged them for the pair I'd originally bought her. She never would have been able to justify buying red shoes for herself, but I think that's why she needs them. I'm excited to see her open them.
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    I love this thread. MalibuPam and others - I hope you'll share the stories after Christmas about how these wonderful gifts were received.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy
    I think people who lose a parent at a young age are especially hungry for *any* memento or thing that will help them feel closer to that parent.
    Boy, isn't that the truth.....I still have my Dad's bowling ball, from 1965. I've carted that thing with me everytime I've moved.

    My favorite gift I'm giving this year isn't nearly so cool. My mom loves Clarks shoes, and I waded into the mall melee the day after Thanksgiving to get her a red pair. Then the next day she and I were at the mall again, and she found a *different* red pair, tried them on, and nearly bought them (while I agonized over whether to tell her they looked bad, just so *I* could get them for her). Eventually she convinced herself that she didn't need red shoes, and put them back. I whispered to the sales girl to put them on hold, and went back the next day and exchanged them for the pair I'd originally bought her. She never would have been able to justify buying red shoes for herself, but I think that's why she needs them. I'm excited to see her open them.
    Oh, Lucy, I've been in the position to witness a loved one contemplating a purchase that I'd already bought for them....it is agonizing. Your mother is going to be shocked and thrilled when she sees those red shoes. You're a wonderful daughter.
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    I had my mom's husband for Kris Kringle this year.. and to eliminate some of the commericialism we dropped the $ limit to $20. We got some very interesting and inventive gifts this year and I think everyone was much more excited than usual because they were all small, thoughtful things.
    So anyway - for my step dad I went to the dollar store and got a HUGE plastic bowl - a popcorn bowl, a ahem not prepackaged DVD, a comfy fleece throw and I filled the rest of the huge bowl with all of his favourite snacks (Pringles, M&M's and such) He was very pleased and told my mom - hands off! this is my gift. LOL
    My nephews got comfy sweaters from me but one of my nephew's revealed an appreciation for some of the same books that I loved at his age - so he'll be getting an armload on Christmas day. There is nothing that makes me happier than sharing my love of reading.
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