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#1 fruitbat72

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:24 PM

We still have to buy gifts for my Mum and her husband, my Dad and his partner, my sister and her husband, DH's sister and her husband and DH's father

Problem is, we have a temporary cash flow situation so we can't spend a lot of money. DD1 brought home a lot of art work from school today and I had an idea - why not buy a nice frame and give them a Miss Kitty original?

WWYT? Cheap or a nice idea? Should I add something else? If so, what? (Gifts for adults are not really important in my family but I want to get them something)



#2 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:26 PM

For people who are regularly involved in your daughter's life, see her often, would find it touching, then absolutely, go for it.

For those more remote in your lives, probably not.

#3 Baggy

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:32 PM

I'd be happy with that (if I was on the receiving end).

If you can afford it, maybe throw in something else too? If not I think what you're suggesting is perfectly fine IMO.

Edited by Baggy, 18 December 2012 - 02:32 PM.


#4 clm1982

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:33 PM

If it were me, it would just become rubbish. People dont like hanging stuff like that up sorry OP.

What about making them some cookies or christmas chocolate balls or something id perfer that than artwork and wrap them in cellophane or a nice box from the cheap shop?

#5 ReadySetRace

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:35 PM

I think it's a fabulous idea. Homemade over shop bought any day.

#6 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:39 PM

I think it's a good present for grandparents, but not such a good present for aunts and uncles.

I do like the baked cookie idea for them though.

#7 B-B-M

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

Depends on the family member. If it were for my parents/inlaws they would love it and MIL especially would treasure it and hang it proudly.

Aunties/Uncle - not so much.



#8 baddmammajamma

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:41 PM

For those who are especially close to your daughter, lovely idea. original.gif

I would just be honest with people and say that, out of financial necessity, you will have to take a breather from gift giving (and would be happy to take a break from gift receiving, too).



#9 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:44 PM

My parents would go ape sh*t with excitement over something like that. Mind you DS is only 14 months and the novelty of having a grand child is still new to them. he does a crap and they get excited over it.

#10 busymumof1&1/2

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:46 PM

I am doing something similar this weekend with my 2 DD's to give to the grandparents. I second the food gifts for the Aunts and Uncles though.

#11 WithSprinkles

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:48 PM

QUOTE (SlinkyMalinki @ 18/12/2012, 03:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think it's a good present for grandparents, but not such a good present for aunts and uncles.

I do like the baked cookie idea for them though.


Agree with this.

You can get some biscuit/cookie jars quite cheap at places like spotlight, target etc (to put your homemade goods in).

Otherwise, I'd suggest being honest about lack of funds and maybe suggest in furtue that you do a family Kris Kringle/Secret Santa type arrangement (or have everyone agree to only buying for kids).

#12 Love_Evie

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:53 PM

I would love it, and would hang it as long as it wasn't too crazy big.
Maybe some brownie, rum ball type food to go with it?
Who could not like that!?

#13 Tigerdog

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

QUOTE
If it were me, it would just become rubbish. People dont like hanging stuff like that up sorry OP.


How so?  Most people I know have heaps of this stuff hanging up in their homes and would love to receive such a gift.  Maybe you wouldn't hang it up if you lived in a pristine minimalist McMansion?

Some of our extended family (great grandmas etc) are only getting a Santa photo in a handmade decorated frame. It's supposed to be the thought that counts, after all.

Edited by Tigerdog, 18 December 2012 - 02:55 PM.


#14 Love_Evie

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:59 PM

Provincial living has beautiful apothecary jars that are only between $10-$15.
Then they can use it for flour sugar or pasta.


#15 Glowworm80

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:59 PM

I would be fine with that OP, I live sentimental gifts:-) Try Ikea for frames they have a great range and not too expensive at all.

#16 Canberra Chick

Posted 18 December 2012 - 03:59 PM

My folks and the ILs would love it. Oh and we have some of the kids artwork framed and hung - DS did some wonderful Rothko-style screen prints in preschool.

#17 luke's mummu

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:04 PM

I think grandparents would love it, not so sure about aunts and uncles.

What about a "service" voucher for them ? e.g. either you or your partner will come over and do a few hours of cleaning/gardening/car washing/homecooked dinner as a gift? I would so love if 1 of my friends gave me that instead of an  endless supply of candles (I am so scared of our house catching fire! Most are given away).

#18 maeby

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

Speaking as an aunt, I'd be happy with it, and would definitely hang it on a wall.

#19 Mumma_G

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:06 PM

I think they are close enough to understand that finances are tight for you this Christmas and would be greatful that you put some thought into the gift. I agree with a PP maybe some rumballs, or a christmas cake or home baked goods to finish it off nicely.

#20 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:07 PM

As an aunt, I would prefer the homebaked goodies over a piece of artwork that likely will get shoved in the back of a cupboard.  As much as I love my nieces and nephews and adore them.

#21 pencil

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:23 PM

QUOTE
People dont like hanging stuff like that up sorry OP.
Well, I do, and would! We have one photo of the kids on our walls, some artwork I liek, and the rest is framed artwork by the kids. I love it. I don't like boring prints or generic crap the same as everyone else. No-one has pictures the same as mine!

I think it's good OP. Also, get on Pinterest for other homemade gift ideas!

#22 Soontobegran

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:27 PM

For someone who loves the child I couldn't imagine not being thrilled with that as a present.

Sometimes the best presents are those that come from the heart.

#23 Always amazed!

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:33 PM

I did this for my dad for his birthday this year..
Had all 4 kids draw a picture of them and pop and framed it in one big frame.
he loved it and it had lived on his wall since then

#24 PrincessPeach

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:34 PM

A photo frame is always a handy gift anyway & being given one that contains an original artwork from your grandchild or niece is cute!

Besdies, if they want to use the fram for a photo, then there is nothing stopping them.

#25 BlueUnicorn

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:40 PM

Great idea!  I have some of my dd's artwork framed and they look great ( cheep white frames in a pack of 3 from Kmart).  I like the idea of home baked rum balls too.  The kids could decorate some white noodle boxes to put them in?  Or maybe you could take the kids to the $2 shop and get them to choose presents and wrap them in the artworks, as gifts from them.




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