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Thread: What to get little boys for Christmas???

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    My baby sitter has 3 little boys (4 yrs, 2 yrs and 4 months). What would be an inexpensive gift I could buy or make them for Christmas? Keep in mind, I have a newborn at home, so if I make something it has to be something quick. any suggestions?

    If you can think of anything for the sitter and her hubby that'd be great too. Thanks!!!

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    super hero capes - what fun.

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    Super hero capes sound like an awesome idea

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    What about Christmas ornaments? You could cut any shape - tree, snowman, angel, ball, etc... out of wool (or whatever), from a dark color, then cut the same shape only a little smaller in a lighter Christmasy color (two per shape) for front and back. Glue in place and, if u want or have time, with pearle cotton thread, buttonhole stitch around the top shape onto the background on both sides; then, you could draw (with a perm. pen, jelly pen, or glue and glitter, ) each of their names. The kids would like seeing their names on the tree and so would the parents!
    It's simple and fast; you could do it while your little one is napping It really is a lot more simple than it seems, and once u get going, it's fast. You could leave off the stitching and draw it on with pens, also, to save time and energy.
    JM.02W

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    She may like the "mug rugs?" Or maybe a pillow of her favor fabric; or a rag quilt? or just some blocks sewn together and then tied for a lap quilt for her sofa?

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    my son loves little cars anything small that can be held in a hand. They have some take and go car sets that fold open to a garage they come in handy if they go to a restaunt. Mine loves the little beanie babies he likes to pretend and they do get played with.

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    http://tonicoward.blogspot.com/2010/...-tutorial.html
    I bookmarked this a while ago and forgot about it. I think they are really cute and pretty easy to do. You could make one for each of them.

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    We have a tradition of gifting an ornament that reflect's the recipients interests in that year along with something that they can play with or use (depending on age). I might get a 4 year old a pair of inexpensive binoculars and a bird book to explore the outdoors. The younger ones are harder for me.

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    I love the idea of superhero capes! My son would have loved them at that age.
    As for the mom, I bet she could use a card that says you'll do her mending and alterations for her. You know, the hems up, hems down with growing kids, the odd seam that comes apart, the coat that needs a new zipper etc.
    A busy mom doesn't usually have the time for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    my son loves little cars anything small that can be held in a hand. They have some take and go car sets that fold open to a garage they come in handy if they go to a restaunt. Mine loves the little beanie babies he likes to pretend and they do get played with.
    That is a wonderful thing to know for someone who needs to unload a LOT of beanie babys! I sold a whole bunch of them about 8 yrs. ago at my yard sale (altogether made $300.00 at that yard sale!), but still have a bunch to get rid of! Do ya'll think $1.50 or $2.00(for bears) would be too much? Glad I found out just before Christmas.
    Okay, now I think you should get them all Beanie babys - don't have any - I know someone who does!

    LOL

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    For the parents if you can get a cute picture of the 3 kids together (just a regular photo you take) and put it in a frame for them. That would be cute and not expensive.....sentimental too. If you had them in like red shirts and santa hats and take some white paint and put Christmas 2010 on like a black frame. Just an idea.

    What about like a movie basket for the whole family. You could put a kids movie in it w/a couple bags of popcorn, some koolaid bursts or jammers, etc in it and it would be for all of them to do as a family.

    You could make little ornaments with the kids homemade and put their names on them with the year so they can put them on the tree.

    I have had my kids make things for ladies at church. Goto the Dollar Store to buy what you need. You take a bottle of the baby lotion (comes in pink bottle), a container of petrolium jelly (vaseline) and a container of Vitamin E. I put all of the lotion, all of the vitamin E and 3/4 amount of vaseline in my mixer and mix it all up. Put into containers (like baby food jars etc) and that is the best hand cream ever!! It comes out smelling good and does wonders on your hands and feet.

    I hope I haven't bored you with these things. Just thinking off of the top of my head.

    Oh, if you made the parents a cake......I made the kids teachers cakes last year and they were a big hit! I got those lil square aluminum foil cake pans w/the plastic clear lids over them-at the Dollar Store. I made them each their own Holy Cow Cake! Lucas (our oldest has the same teacher this year-she does a split class) said his teacher has already said if we wanted to send another cake this year at any time it would be well received! If you want the recipe for that I have it posted on My Favorite Recipes on the recipe section on the board. :-)

    Good Luck!!

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    A collection of colorful, simple, square bean bags is always popular with little boys.

    Or drawstring bags to stash a collection of small toys to keep in car or diaper bag.

    Pillow cases made from novelty fabrics that appeal to them -- the Dr. Seuss fabrics would be super-cute, and a nice tie in if they like the Cat in the Hat show on PBS.

    Baby bibs are easy to make, and useful for the youngest baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    How about a fabric baby grab ball for the baby? Or some fabric blocks?

    http://sewing.about.com/od/babyshowe...s/babyball.htm

    http://www.make-your-own-baby-stuff....by-blocks.html

    Maybe superhero capes for the older boys??

    http://thelongthread.com/?p=98

    Great ideas!!

    http://floatingworld.typepad.com/superhero.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by hperttula123
    http://tonicoward.blogspot.com/2010/...-tutorial.html
    I bookmarked this a while ago and forgot about it. I think they are really cute and pretty easy to do. You could make one for each of them.
    Cute sack!!!

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    hooded bath towels are fun too for all ages. You can make those into superheroes for the boys!

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    If you want simple I vote for the cape. I bought some soft velvety blue for my son last Halloween at Walmart. He was 3 then and he still wears the cape on a regular basis. It took less than 5 minutes to make a was cheap.

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    My little grandsons liked everything with trains, planes, dinosaurs and now, Star Wars. How about some pillow cases?

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    I agree with the superhero capes for the 2 older ones. I made my oldest nephew one for Christmas one year and put his first initial on the back in gold lame fabric. He wore that thing all the time. The next Christmas the other nephews had to have their own capes. Then the girls wanted capes -- but theirs had to be princess capes.

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    what about crayon rolls? http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2010/05/c...roll-tutorial/

    I also agree with the superhero cape.

    you could also do an ISpy bag: http://rosie-baby-crafty.blogspot.co...-spy-bags.html they're great with buttons inside for the "spy" part.

    Or, you can do BEAN BAGS with dried beans in about a 4" square of fabric in different colors.. they could play ISpy with that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hperttula123
    http://tonicoward.blogspot.com/2010/...-tutorial.html
    I bookmarked this a while ago and forgot about it. I think they are really cute and pretty easy to do. You could make one for each of them.
    Love the sack. I may be making one soon.

    Thanks!

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    Hooded towels. I say this because my mom gave these last year to my friend's children (one a butterfly towel, one a puppy) and those kids will NOT have another towel. They love them. The puppy has ears, paws sewn in the seams and a tail. The butterfly has wings in the back. They were purchased, but I'm sure a crafty person could make them!

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    How about a Cookies In A Jar Mix along w/Cocoa In A Jar Mix.
    I have also done the cocoa mixes in individual cone shape plastic bags.You can use the ones @ crafts stores that are used for adding decorative icing.
    Add a mini card w/directions to each item you decide you want to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel
    My baby sitter has 3 little boys (4 yrs, 2 yrs and 4 months). What would be an inexpensive gift I could buy or make them for Christmas? Keep in mind, I have a newborn at home, so if I make something it has to be something quick. any suggestions?

    If you can think of anything for the sitter and her hubby that'd be great too. Thanks!!!
    I'm making some felt "monsters" for my ex-DIL's two sons, about 5 and 1 1/2 yrs, as I won't leave them out when giving Xmas presents to my grandchildren. Just cut 2 shapes from felt , sew together leaving an opening for stuffing, sew on buttons for eyes (embroider for younger kids), embroider or applique faces, maybe attach feet and arms. Stuff with cotton or beans. If you want to make these larger you could button the opening and use as toy bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hperttula123
    http://tonicoward.blogspot.com/2010/...-tutorial.html
    I bookmarked this a while ago and forgot about it. I think they are really cute and pretty easy to do. You could make one for each of them.
    I like this sack a lot but you may not want to have it with a 2 y/o and a 4 month old around; the cord could be a hazard. I'm sure the older child would love it. Just saying.

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    The 4 year old - how about G.I. Joes? My kids loved them - their friends also loved them as they seemed to "follow" them home. You could also get a sm box (shoe box size) and put camafloge tape on it for Joe to "sleep" in.
    The 2 year old is the tough one 'cause I'm sure he tries to keep up with older brother. Maybe some bigger cars or trucks.

    You could also go with puzzles, board games, card games, coloring books...
    Boy am I not awake I read sister the first time not sitter!

    A gift cert. to a nice resturant would be nice for the mom and dad. Maybe offer to watch her kids for a few hours.

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