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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    I also love to wrap presents. I wish wrapping paper and fancy ribbon wasn't so expensive. I am pretty fast at it but each gift has to look unique and beautiful or I will redo it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by echo226;2714859;
    . . . I also would rather spend a dollar at the dollar store for a container of some sort, ... a basket, a tin, a plastic box, a tote thing, a wastebasket, ... whatever ... than pay a dollar or more for a paper gift bag.
    What a cool idea -- where even the "wrapping" becomes a useful gift!
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    That is a great idea!
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    Echo, that really is a great idea! I love containers and love receiving them! I never thought at giving them as part of the gift! What fun...

    When my nieces or nephews had birthdays, I often bought them a small messenger bag or backpack and put their (wrapped) presents in there. It was so much fun watching them unzip all the compartments looking for their treats...and the bag often became their school bag to use...

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    I haven't done this in a while (no grads lately to buy for), but for HS grads headed to college, I would buy a plastic laundry basket, laundry soap, toilet paper and some cleaners adn cleaning rags, brushes, etc. Stuff they need, but don't want to spend their money on (I remember THAT well). I'd always throw in something fun too like candy or treats or something. But I would fill up the basket with "practical" products and it always got a big thank you (so that money mom gave me for the grocery store, I can now use for BEER!!!!! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;2715495;
    I haven't done this in a while (no grads lately to buy for), but for HS grads headed to college, I would buy a plastic laundry basket, laundry soap, toilet paper and some cleaners adn cleaning rags, brushes, etc. Stuff they need, but don't want to spend their money on (I remember THAT well). I'd always throw in something fun too like candy or treats or something. But I would fill up the basket with "practical" products and it always got a big thank you (so that money mom gave me for the grocery store, I can now use for BEER!!!!! )
    As gifts go, the laundry basket full of essentials gets from me. I got a similar gift when I graduated from college and was preparing to move 900 miles from home. Most of it was pretty handy, but I think that I still have the paper plates--I don't like paper plates and NEVER use them for meals.

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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;2715495;
    I haven't done this in a while (no grads lately to buy for), but for HS grads headed to college, I would buy a plastic laundry basket, laundry soap, toilet paper and some cleaners adn cleaning rags, brushes, etc. Stuff they need, but don't want to spend their money on (I remember THAT well). I'd always throw in something fun too like candy or treats or something. But I would fill up the basket with "practical" products and it always got a big thank you (so that money mom gave me for the grocery store, I can now use for BEER!!!!! )

    My mom is still practical when it comes to Christmas. We always get a case of toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap and laundry soap. I love it, I am 36 and still hate spending my money on that stuff.

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    I think that's a great idea, dagwood. At least that way, you get stuff you need. I'm tired of receiving all these gifts that I appreciate, because people went to the trouble and expense of getting it for me. But let's face it, I have everything I need and hate to see all that money being wasted. I'd much rather have people make a donation to a charity instead. At least that way, people who really need the help are getting it.

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    These stories remind me of the year I gave DD (then 7 or so) about a dozen pair of panties. What 7 year old wants panties? She needed them and was going to get them.

    So I paperclipped them into one long string and stuffed them into a cardboard wrapping paper tube. Then just wrapped that. The kids were very perplexed about the long tube under the tree. Christmas morning you should've seen her face when she started pulling panties out of the tube..
    I very much believe in rescuing animals, not buying them.

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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutMom;2715608;
    I think that's a great idea, dagwood. At least that way, you get stuff you need. I'm tired of receiving all these gifts that I appreciate, because people went to the trouble and expense of getting it for me. But let's face it, I have everything I need and hate to see all that money being wasted. I'd much rather have people make a donation to a charity instead. At least that way, people who really need the help are getting it.
    It is a great idea. My mom rocks.

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