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Thread: $5 retreat exchange ideas

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    Senior Member batikmystique's Avatar
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    All good suggestions here! Yep, chocolate always fits the bill. I would also like to suggest printing out and including in the bag the instructions for one of your favorite small projects to make...maybe a home decor item? And, definitely would appreciate a homemade ornament! Have fun at your retreat!
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    Tanya has an excellent idea, do you need my addy??????
    Id make a cute pincushion, wallet , key fob, needlecase, quilt angel, ornament and chocolate.
    Then id buy something, fat quarters, good quilt thread, needles, i always need a blue marking pen, directions or a copy of your fav patterns, make a small kit with epp and fab sqs to go with it.
    Make a small kit and put in zip loc bag, eyeglass case,,some thankyou cards made by you, a fabric post cad for an upcoming holiday, homemade soap with a crocheted 100% cotton wash loth, potholders, mugrug,

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    How about nice fancy pins, you could make them out of beads, fimo clay or shrinky dinks

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    Thanks for all the great ideas.

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    something handmade would be my favorite thing in the whole world.

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    A new seam ripper and needle threader are nice too as an addition to your handmade item. If you make a Christmas ornament, you would want to be sure that the recipient actually celebrates it, just a thought.

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    Making an ornament would be a big hit at the retreat! I think I would add something else inexpensive so as to not outdo everyone else. Thread or needles or pins or something simple would be perfect. They aren't going to care about anything but the ornament anyway. And, you don't know if they go overboard on the $5, so try not to. Chocolate is a great addition. But it sounds like you make ornaments and if I was going to that retreat, I'd want to get YOUR gift!!! A homemade ornament is totally the best gift I could think of.
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    The best little goody bag I got had a 120" quilter's tape measure, and a sewn small log cabin chicken pin cushion, and lots of Dove chocolate pieces to fill the bag.
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    So many great ideas. Thank you all.

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    Take something they can use. Or eat. EdieClay has a good idea.

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