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    Ideas, please

    I have been approached by the head of our hospital foundation about making personalized gifts for the foundation to give to "big time" contributors. They say they are tired of flowers. I have a Babylock Ellissimo, which can do far more than I am capable, so I think I have the machine capability, if I can just think of some things. I have made many things in the hoop (cosmetic bags, key fobs,, etc) but would really like something a little more upscale and personal. Can you friends please help me with some ideas?
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    Are "green" grocery tote bags too mundane?
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    what about I-Pad covers? alot of people are using the tablets now, and I have seen several cute ones that are quilted. You could even make them with the foundation's logo?

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    I think it is a question of how much they are willing to pay you and how much time you are willing to spend.....
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    Personalised towels - I have a set from my husband's grandmother and they are always in my guest bathroom and beside being beautiful they are also useful and last for a long time. Mine are done by hand and they are gorgeous. We also have a set of pilow cases matching the towels. Just an idea.
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    But these are "Big Time Givers"! Wow. Do you do applique? to make a picture to frame? I wouldn't take that on with my ability. I can't imagine anything to match that.

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    I made small wall hangings for "big time givers" for symphony of scenes around Oregon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joivey View Post
    I have been approached by the head of our hospital foundation about making personalized gifts for the foundation to give to "big time" contributors. They say they are tired of flowers. I have a Babylock Ellissimo, which can do far more than I am capable, so I think I have the machine capability, if I can just think of some things. I have made many things in the hoop (cosmetic bags, key fobs,, etc) but would really like something a little more upscale and personal. Can you friends please help me with some ideas?
    Jo Ann
    And does this person have ANY idea of what is involved in making 'personalized gifts' ?

    Why isn't a sincere 'thank you card/note' adequate?

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    how about bath towels

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    If tired of flowers how about a box of expensive chocolates?
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    This is a project that I wouldn't touch with a 10 ft. pole! Lots of luck if you are gutsier than I am.

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    Monogrammed totes, or if appropriate how about monogrammed Christmas stockings?

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    It is kind of hard to make something for a person unless you know them personally. I wouldn't want that job.

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    Still seems silly to have to give something back to a well-off donor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Still seems silly to have to give something back to a well-off donor.
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    I worked for a non profit for years - and can tell you most donors loved a nice hand written thank you and even better a thank you from someone that benefitted from the donation. This is an interesting request. Is someone passing the buck?
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    I like the idea of the handwritten card, but if you want a gift how about a mug rug, and a mug.
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    oh i had a thought. if you are a fast quilter, what about doing up a few linus quilts and donating them to the children's wing in the donor's honour?

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    how about a photo album with a cover and a thank you saying like:
    "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

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    What about 4 place mats for a table at their home. Don-isewman

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    Exactly. If you give with the expectation of receiving something in return, it's not totally cool.

    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    And does this person have ANY idea of what is involved in making 'personalized gifts' ?

    Why isn't a sincere 'thank you card/note' adequate?
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    It has to be something that reads upscale I think it might have to be an art quilt of some sort. They could be very small as it really has to be sort of one size fits all, make it a theme that matches with the foundations interests. If you make something large it has to match a persons household, but if it is a small artquilt it can be on a stand on a desk or some small nook.

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    I really like Stillclocks idea...give donation quilt to childrens ward in doners name. We all have stuff and if donars are WELL HEALED...do they need more stuff? Kids quilts work up so fast and would really be appreicated by the reciepeiant. (Can't spell at all tonight but I think know you know what I mean).
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    i would imagine that they want something not only upscale but also unique, after all they are competing for the donation dollars with other charity organizations and the competition is getting tougher each year. I think you need to ask who will be receiving the thank you gift. Women, men, both? I think something very obviously handmade, very luxurious - think made from satin or velvet with embellishments. Perhaps a draw string gift bag of cream colored velvet with a satin and lace applique embellished with some pearls and filled with Lady Godiva Triffles. for the men maybe a silk bag in a plaid with a best seller novel inside. The applique could be as simple as a holiday appropriate symbol, the logo from the charity, or the words "Thank you." A simple hand written thank you card should be inside.

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    How about Wine Bags? I would furnish the bag, but not the wine. I would need that myself. I like the Linus Quilts idea also.

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