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    Arrow ideas for secret sister gifts?

    Does anybody have any ideas for easy, quick or fun gifts for a secret sister? My secret sis is someone I don't know very well, so it's been a bit more difficult than I anticipated! So far I've sent her e-cards, notes in the mail, some massage oils, cookies, the cinnamon rolls posted around the holidays by KCSoccer... you get the idea. Any thoughts on cheap, neat things to do?

    Heather

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    I don't know if I can help (unfortunately, I'm not terribly creative) but I have to ask... What is a secret sister?

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    (edited, 'cause I made assumptions, and you know what happens then.)
    Last edited by MKSquared; 02-21-2003 at 12:39 PM.
    --Mary Kate--

    "In all our woods there is not a tree so hard to kill as the buckeye. The deepest girdling does not deaden it, and even after it is cut down and worked up into the side of a cabin it will send out young branches, denoting to all the world that Buckeyes are not easily conquered, and could with difficulty be destroyed." - Daniel Drake, 1833

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    I was just at Long's Drugs and saw a "Burt's Bees" product that was for buttermilk baths. All it was was dry milk powder, buttermilk powder and fragrance. I bet you could make it yourself and package it pretty with a book or magazine or candle. At Long's it was $14 for about 2 cups I know it could be done cheaper.

    Tamara
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    Actually, my secret sister is through MOMS Club, an organization for stay-at-home moms. We're just doing good deeds for each other - inspirational notes, pick-me up type things, food, whatever. My "sister" has three kids, so she's pretty busy. Other than that, I don't know much about her at all!

    We don't have a Long's around here so I can't even look at that package to see what I'd be making. Is Long's the same as another store? I like the Burt's Bees idea...

    Heather

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    What is your spending limit? Here are some ideas:

    • Candles (or at least I appreciate them).

      A gift certificate at Blockbuster or local video store with some popcorn

      A journal and a nice pen

      Bookmarks

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    Funnybone - we're supposed to spend only $15 a month, and then we have one "big" gift in May that we can spend $25 on.

    I really like the bookmark idea since I know that she reads! And the journal/pen would be nice, but I'm not sure how much time she has for journaling...

    Any more ideas out there? Thanks to everyone so far!

    Heather

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    I appreciate candles.

    Bath salts (for those rare baths)

    a trip to a get a massage?

    I am horrible with secret sister gifts.
    Leisa

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    How about hand lotion, nail polish, and a new file?

    A paper back book?
    What about making a scrapbook page with a "kid" or "sibling" theme that she could just pop a photo in?
    A coffee mug with a mini coffee or tea?


    there are lots of recipes online for stuff like Milk Bath, or rosemary bath salts if you just google...

    have fun!

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    Have a pizza delivered (prepay with a credit card) on a random weeknight, to give her an easy night off from dinner making (or do it at lunchtime)...have the delivery guy say that it is from her secret sister.

    Have a small bouquet of flowers delivered.

    (Jeeze...can you tell I am a fan of delivery services?)

    Pots of herbs for windowsill growing

    certificate for a manicure

    good books are always great, since you know she is a reader!

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    -a fleece scarf- buy some fleece, at each end make some equally spaced cuts then tie each cut off with a knot.

    -seed packets and a small pot

    -A stamp of her initial and some sealing wax(the stamp is about $2.50 at Micheals)

    -frozen rolls of homemade cookie dough that can be baked at her convenience.

    -homemade wine glass charms (use hoop earings and beads)and a mini bottle of wine.

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