My youngest niece amazes me with her craftiness. No she is not crafty in a devious way, she is in the literal way. She’s very creative and likes to create great little gifts and games for her friends and family.
She scourers YouTube for ideas for things she can make. Her most recent were thank you gifts for her parents, my sister and brother-in-law, after they took my nieces on a fantastic holiday.
My niece wanted to give them each something that they would like and use. She came across this video from Nabela Noor of fun and unique gift packs.
Knowing that my brother-in-law loves his man cave and watching movies, she made him a Man Cave box of things that he would enjoy like candies, movies, popcorn and pop. And for my sister, she created a Froyo-in-a-box, which included all the fixings for fun with frozen yogurt. All they needed to add was the frozen yogurt. Don’t worry, she didn’t wrap that up for my sister. That would have been a mess.
But before we got to the giving stage, there was the shopping and making stage. My niece enlisted me, handy auntie, to help with the procuring of all the necessary pieces.
After years as a Girl Guide leader, I’m an expert on searching out the necessary items for crafts at a low price. So that meant off to the Dollarama with a list that my niece had already put together.
Up and down the aisles we went trying to find just the right pieces that met her needs. This is always a fun part as you have to be open and creative in your thinking, as often you don’t find exact matches for what you need, but thinking outside the box you’ll find things that will work well enough.
Then my niece took over creating and putting it all together in time for the big reveal of these awesome gifts.
I can tell you, the recipients we very happy with their in-a-box treats. Snacks were eaten, movies watched and build-your-own froyo sundaes were made.
UPDATE: And I can tell you that she just finished creating another in-a-box for her older sister to give her all she needed as she studied for exams. That box included pencils, erasers, and lots of candy.
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