I have been thinking about trying to make more "kits" for gifts after reading about a lot of neat ones on different blogs that I have visited. After looking in my gift stash I remembered that we had picked up some nice pocket knives at Target's Dollar spot to use as gifts. I didn't want to give just that but we thought it would be fun to make a "hiking kit". The kids and I started looking around the house to see what we could put in it. Here is what we came up with.
- Pocket knife ($1 from Target)
- Big jar of peanuts to have for a snack (free with coupon)
- Sunglasses (some that had been given to us-so free)
- Splinter kit (a tweezers, band aids, cleansing wipe), in case of an accident ($1 at Target)
- Pedometer to keep track of how far he goes (part of a rebate offer from Walgreens)
- A whistle to use for signaling (it had been given to us -so free)
- A binoculars (10 cents from a garage sale)
- A red tennis ball which Aaron thought he needed in case he wanted to play (a few cents, I had found a box of a dozen or so for under $1 at Walmart many years ago)
In all the cost was about $2.20 but we had fun putting it together and the kids said it was very well received. There are so many neat ideas out there for making up "kits" that are fun to give and fun to receive but don't have to be expensive at all. Here are some ideas that I have done or heard of:
- A magic kit (with a deck of cards, hankerchief, instructions printed off the Internet, etc.) This idea I saw on the blog "Life.On a budget" quite a while ago ~I can't seem to find the blog anymore.
- A sewing kit, crochet kit, knitting kit or anything like that. You can roll up in nice balls some yarn you have around your house (or the same idea with fabric scraps), add needles and maybe scissors or other tools, add some instructions and possibly offer some lessons.
- A pirates kit.
- A quiet time basket.
- A first aid kit (for people that are just married, going off to college or getting a home of their own). This actually can be an expensive gift if you just go out and buy things full price, but if you use drug store sales, dollar stores and maybe make your own rice pack it can be an economical gift and a useful one too.
- A baking kit. I remember the fun I had, when I was little, when my Grandma sent my a muffin pan, a muffin mix and a mixing bowl (possibly other things as well but I don't remember). I had already been around a lot of baking as my mom baked stuff from scratch regularly but it was really fun to have stuff that was all my own to use.
- A bathroom kit. At a bridal shower I was at a friend of mine gave a gift of a big box full of stuff like toilet paper, Q-tips, soap, I don't remember what all was in it but there was lots of stuff. Stuff you wouldn't give all by itself but when it is together it looks very impressive and I think all of us we impressed with the idea. The stuff was incredibly useful (who doesn't use toilet paper? -ok, I know there are a few) and necessary and it certainly wouldn't be the type of gift that just sat around wasting space because the recipient didn't know what to do with it.
Any how, I need to finish this post and what I would actually like is if any of you would share any gifts that you have given or received that are many things put together to make a really neat gift!