DIY Emergency gifts - Post 40 Bloggers Writing Prompt

Post-40 Bloggers

Post 40 Bloggers had a fun writing prompt this week.

Using only what is already in the house, you have been given one day to MAKE a gift for someone
Well I'm the sort of person that is always prepared, so the more I thought about it the more I realised I could rustle up something at fairly short notice. For a start we have a 'craft box' so I have all manner of odd bits and bobs like pompoms, coloured lolly sticks, pipe cleaners and coloured feathers. We have paper, card, paint, glue, felt and wool. I have a sewing machine and a laminator so the world is my oyster.

For simple gifts I could make a bookmark, designed and printed prettily on the computer or painted in watercolours and then laminated. I could make a felt bookmark, or a gorgeous felt strawberry keyring (Maggie at Red Ted Art taught me how to make one at Wilderness Festival).

DD and I are also pretty good at making a sock bunny, and in my sewing basket I still have a pair of (new) long stripey socks put aside for this purpose. So I could make a soft toy.

Sock Rabbit
Super Sock Rabbit

I also have a larder full of goodies - we are notoriously overstocked in my house (prepared for a zombie apocalypse) -  so making simple fudge, peppermint creams or even a cake or biscuits would be simple!

Bacon cakes
Bacon and Maple syrup and whisky cakes
ginger bread men
Ninjabread Gingerbread

I think I might even have some of those keyring blanks you add photos to, so I could thrill the mystery gift recipient with a picture of my face, or a cute motivational phrase printed across a sunset.

Along those lines a spare photo frame sprayed gold (fairly sure I have some paint knocking about in the garage, maybe not gold, red?) and then a printed phrase inside might be cute something like "I'm not weird, I'm special edition" in a pretty font would work too.

All in all I think I'm doing quite well for emergency gifts. I blame the years I spent as a Rainbow Guide leader..and years of Blue Peter as a child.

Could you make a gift from things you have at home now?

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