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#1 Domestic Goddess

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:40 PM

Hi, I have been using some old Milo and Coffee tins and decorating them with flannel fabric and made money boxes out of them.
My father has made the slits in the lid with his milling machine and has made sure the edges are nice and smooth so kids can't cut themselves.

Here is an example of one I made for DS. Do you think these kind of things are ok to donate to the Christmas Tree Appeal? They allow for hand made items.
Do you think anyone would like one?

#2 Broxie

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:45 PM

I'm thinking these kids don't have much pocket money to save...

#3 Katie_bella

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:52 PM

QUOTE (Broxie @ 15/11/2012, 02:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm thinking these kids don't have much pocket money to save...

Umm, yep...i like your idea, but children who's parent's can't afford to buy them a xmas present rarely have spare $'s to put in a money box

#4 Domestic Goddess

Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:12 PM

Ok, scrap the money boxes. Sock monkeys only it is.

Mind you, DS doesn't get pocket money. 1 because he's too young, 2 because I can't afford.
He just puts the few coins in there that he finds on the street or in the shops.

#5 EssentialBludger

Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:29 PM

What are sock monkeys?

#6 Broxie

Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:47 PM

Can you upload a pic of the sock monkeys?

#7 Domestic Goddess

Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

Ehmmmm I don't think I can. It might be seen as self advertizing or something.

But you can google sock monkeys and you'll be able to find some images original.gif

#8 EssentialBludger

Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:42 PM

They're very cute (if I googled the right thing) but do they not cost a fair bit to make? I know those long stripey socks are quite expensive, plus stuffing and whatever else you use, plus they must take a fair bit of time? Surely you can't make one for under $15? You can get lots of cool toys for under $15 these days. Kmart have those penny board skateboards for $15. In fact, they have lots of good toys for under $15.

I know your intentions are good, but if I were a kid getting nothing else for Christmas, a sock monkey wouldn't exactly thrill me...


#9 Domestic Goddess

Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:05 PM

I already have the socks and stuffing here as I make them all the time for friends and family. Stuffing I buy in bulk when good specials are on at Spotlight.
I would not use the kneehigh socks because they are too big for small kids. Kneehigh socks are about $3,- a pair when buying in the US.

Time wise, I can make 1 monkey in 2 days. So I was looking at donating 3 monkeys.

But yeah, it's starting to look like I can't donate anything to the tree this year. Maybe, just maybe I can try and sell a money box or 2 and then buy a small gift for the tree.

#10 EssentialBludger

Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

Fair enough, if you already have the stuff to make them that's a bit different.

#11 LynnyP

Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:16 PM

Basically you are donating your time, which is fabulous and happens far too little.  You might actually be acheiving more for the causes you support by donating your time to the organisaiton in other ways like in the shop front or in sorting out donations?

The money boxes and sock monkeys are great and handmade with love is terrific but I think many kids would be a little let down if that was all they got.

#12 flyingfree

Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:36 PM

I think they are gorgeous and a toddler boy or girl would love something like that

#13 B.feral3

Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:41 PM

QUOTE (Domestic Goddess @ 15/11/2012, 04:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But yeah, it's starting to look like I can't donate anything to the tree this year. Maybe, just maybe I can try and sell a money box or 2 and then buy a small gift for the tree.

OP, perhaps revisit the idea of donating to the Kmart Tree another year. I think that making then selling home made money boxes so you can afford to buy a small gift for a wishing tree is a tad above and beyond.

I think donating your time over Christmas might be a better idea if you want to contribute but are not in a position to afford your first choice. Just about every charity hold fundraisers over Christmas. Maybe see who is the beneficiary for your local carols by candlelight is this year and volunteer to go around with collection tins. That is just one idea. I am doing that this year and I know we are looking for as many volunteers as possible.  wink.gif The Variety Club do Christmas Parties for medical and special needs kids that you could volunteer. Lions Club run events... even by buying one of their $7 small Christmas cakes you are contributing. I think most charities over Christmas would welcome a volunteer contribution.

Good luck.


Edited by Bek+3, 15 November 2012 - 04:59 PM.

#14 cornflake head

Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

The sock monkeys are awesome, no different than a kid getting any other soft toy.  I think kids would love them (I know my 2yo would).  It's a lovely gift for under the tree.  Good on you for putting in so much effort!!!

#15 Broxie

Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:16 PM

They are very cute original.gif

#16 Domestic Goddess

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:28 PM

Don't worry, I work for LifeLine on the phones and do basically 1 shift a fortnight and if my back and body permits, once a week some times original.gif
With Christmas coming on, I will be doing at the very least 1 shift every few days from the 3 days leading up to Christmas, until the 7th of January original.gif
Just hoping my body behaves itself and I am not in too much pain  unsure.gif

Edited by Domestic Goddess, 15 November 2012 - 09:29 PM.

#17 Domestic Goddess

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:02 PM

Well, I have decided to not donate anything this year. It makes me sad, but I will wait for next year. Fingers crossed I'll have a bit more money by then.

So for now, I am going to help another charity! I have registered myself for the Worlds Greatest Shave biggrin.gif
Gonna go bold on March the 13/14th next year Tounge1.gif

#18 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:09 PM

I paid a fair bit for ds' sock monkey from an online mcn store - they are gorgous and perfect for a toddler - probably not for any other age.

#19 Domestic Goddess

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:06 PM

QUOTE (Mummyone1 @ 16/11/2012, 06:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I paid a fair bit for ds' sock monkey from an online mcn store - they are gorgous and perfect for a toddler - probably not for any other age.

Yeah I was going to make them for upto 5 years. On the other hand, I made 2 monkeys for my friend who was going to give them to her nieces. Her 14yo daughter and 16yo son saw the monkeys on the kitchen counter and now want one too. She couldn't believe her ears lol. 2 Big kids with small hearts still biggrin.gif

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