Monday, January 11, 2010

challenging birthday gift...

Emily has a good friend that she re-connected with last year after starting middle school. They'd been friends in elementary until Emma switched schools in grade three. They were delighted to find each other last year and are pretty close. Since our family's 'no spending' resolution was decided upon on January first, we've done really well with cutting out all extras. But, throw a friend's birthday into the mix and you've potentially got a little problem. Emma, it seems, is hard to buy for, unless a gift card to Starbucks or Coles Bookstore is an option. I reminded Emily that this year it is not an option, and so we got creative... even though Emma is in no way a craft loving girlie-girl. Here's what we came up with... a notebook sized tote with pen pockets inside in Emma's favorite colors - red and black. And since she's a Twilight fan, it's embellished with an apple. Simple, useful, and totally within the budget.
And now it's time to get to work on the next party gift... only this time it's for a boy. Boy, oh boy...

6 comments:

Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

Very cute and clever. When my kids were little birthday parties and gifts for friends were simple....now they have almost become who can out do who....and how elaborate can you get....not a lesson I would want to teach my children....Good for you to not want to get caught up in that.
Hugs,
Lynn

CozyGirl said...

That is too cute! I love the black fabric! Such a great gift idea:-)
Have a wonderful day Kimberly!
Janae

Julie said...

She will love it!! Way to go!! Hope you are having a great day. Julie

Andrea Hildebrandt said...

very cute...and when it's personalized with colour and theme, there is no storebought gift that can outdo it!

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

How old is the boy that you need to make a gift for?
My boys are 13 and 11. My daughter (age 8) made everyone in the family homemade rice heating bags for Christmas and they have been a huge hit! Especially with her older brothers, they love them.
Another idea might be, putting together a brownie pudding cake mix in a mug. I saw this somewhere, a crafty blog I think. YOu could probably do a search for it off the internet.
I mean, what boy doesn't like to eat?
And to have brownie cake in minutes would be great!

Good luck.

Kristin Erickson said...

Brilliant!