The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Owl Gift Sets

My eighth-grader daughter is exchanging Christmas gifts with four friends at school this week. She wanted to get something cute, nice, and trendy for each friend. She'd spotted an adorable stuffed owl (trendy!) that she thought would be perfect, but at $5 each, she worried about the total tab: $20 was too rich for her blood. I suggested that perhaps she could make something cute, nice, useful, and trendy for each friend, reminding her that I had a nice selection of owl rubber stamps at home. We brainstormed about what exactly she could make with those stamps, and, after she invested $4 in supplies (a 4-pack of spiral-bound notebooks, a 4-pack of sticky note pads, and a 10-pack of wooden pencils), she ended up making four owl gift sets like this:

Each set includes a monogrammed notepad, an owl magnetic clip (perfect for her friends' lockers), two owl-topped pencils, and a decorated sticky-note pad. Yes, she stamped those sweet DeNami owls and "Owl Always Be Your Friend" sentiment on each and every sheet of all four pads:  50 sheets x 4 pads = 200 times! The large owl and owl-shaped punch are from Stampin' Up.

Here are all four gift sets, each with a different color scheme, ready for gift-giving in clear cellophane bags:

Isn't it wonderful what clever girls can do? (Thanks, Peter Pan!) I'm so proud of my daughter for using her resources wisely and putting a piece of herself into these sweet gifts for her friends. I can't wait to hear what they think of their gifts!!

We are entering these in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge, which has a "What's Your Favorite?" theme this week. We'd say that punches are our favorite tools--this owl punch made it so easy for my daughter to put these gift sets together!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Stacy said...

Oh I think these turned out perfect! And for only four dollars too! Great work ladies!

Lisa Elton said...

Well these are the cutest little sets ever! BRAVO to your girl for making something from the heart ;)

Annette Allen said...

how cute and what a fun idea.. I love it... Her friends are going to love them..

Benzi said...

So adorable and a lesson for your daughter in saving money and still having something her friends are sure to adore. It's fun, cute as can be, and very useful.

Psst...I actually got a card made today and something included you wanted. :-)

Marisa said...

Great life lesson and well done to yoru daughter :) They are such adorable gifts, I'm sure her friends will love receiving one!

Pam said...

These are perfect gifts, and I would love to have one too! The girls are going to be so excited to get these!! And way to go to your daughter for stamping every sheet on the sticky notes!! Persistence pays off!! :)

Shelly Schmidt said...

Darling gifts- looks like she is creative like you- I love the owls and fun gift sets!

Jessi Fogan said...

That's some awesome spam there ;)
Your daughter has made a marvelous idea come to life! Trendy, fun, and the gift of her time & creativity - her pals are going to LOVE them!

Unknown said...

These are adorable! Love that she made them herself. I'm sure her friends will love them, and appreciate the time and effort she put into making their gifts! ;)

Auntie Em said...

These are so clever and very useful presents for student friends. Now she and her best friends will all have these adorable sets to start them out in the new year. Everything is there, even the magnetic clip for the locker.
A very smart and talented lady like her Mom. Won't be long until she has her own stamping and crafting blog.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Sonia said...

Emily love this creation... wow I want one, lol! I love owl.
Thanks for your inspiration.
Great JOB!

Sue Lelli said...

Your daughter is so LUCKY to have such a Wonderful and Craft Mom like you!