Being on a budget, I’ve been concerned about buying for Christmas this year. We’ve scaled back some in years past, but I don’t remember a year we haven’t incurred debt for gifts. This year, I plan to be more creative and crafty to keep within our limits. Having grandkids is a huge temptation to just go hog-wild. Nana and Papa simply must deliver!
Kaci made a simple suggestion that she’d like Braden to have some boy dress-up stuff – so I embellished the idea and think it might be the best gift idea yet. I am putting together a dress-up trunk apiece for Kali, Braden and Kelsey. I plan to scavenge my attic, the thrift stores, garage sales and Free-Cycle, especially right after Halloween! I am looking for well-made real clothes, individual pieces, not flimsy nylon mass produced costumes. Also in use is my sewing machine! Here are some of the ideas I’ve started with:
- Nana made apron and pot holders (I found Braden a chef hat)
- Nurse / Doctor Scrubs
- Cowgirl/boy – vest, hat and possibly boots
- Queen / King
- For the girls: princess, cheerleader, tutu and scarves, prom Dresses & high heels
- For Braden: football player, army guy, construction worker, fireman, policeman, daddy ties & capes
I plan to tailor some big people clothes to better fit and to easily take on and off. The accessories are important – lots of beads, scarves, sun glasses, and hats.
Put on your thinking cap – send me your ideas! Help me think of some more. I’ll take pictures when I have it all together.