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Christmas gifts are coming together

Yesterday I mailed the gifts to my sister, Regina for her and her sons. She has three boys ages from 6 to 14. They are into games so I got them each very modest Gamestop cards (again, wimping out and going the easy route). For my sister, I sent a large Wilton Cupcake pan. I love that pan and she owns a catering business. She mentioned how much she liked that pan too, so I got her one thinking she would have lots of fun with it. I think her business is really starting to take off, which is good, because she was recently divorced and she is really struggling financially.

I hate the gift card holders that they give you at the stores, so I made my own. Here is a picture. I hope the boys don't think these are too "girly". They were quick and easy...and definitely improve the way they look.



The band slides off and you open it:



Today, I finished packaging up my youngest brother, John, and his family's gifts. This fall, I went to the Rennaisance Festival in Baltimore with my friend, Robin, and picked up a couple Merry Men (Robin Hood style) hats for his boys. My brother was really into Rennaissance themed stuff when he was younger, so I think (hope) they like the hats. They were really cute. For my brother and his wife, I gave them a dessert package from Tastefully Simple. It looked yummy and since they are really busy these days, I thought they might appreciate something they could whip up quickly for a treat.

And mentioning his chicken business, I thought it would be fun to make him some Chicken-based themed stationary. I used a new set that will be released with the next Stampin Up! catalog. I also used a Just Rite monogram stamper, and an old chicken feet print stamp from Art Impressions. Anyway, they turned out really elegant. Maybe he can use them to thank his customers!

Here is what they look like:



I just put a simple band and ribbon around them. Simple and elegant! :-)



Next, I need to start working on the rest of the family and Rah Rah gifts. Unfortunately (and as usual), most of my gifts are going to arrive late. Oh, well.

And no, the tree still isn't up!

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