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Old 05-24-2010, 02:36 PM   #1
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Fish Extender gift ideas -- for the not-so-crafty cruiser

I've been reading the Homemade FE Gifts Photo thread and I'm amazed by the creativity of other cruisers..... but what about us "not-so-crafty" cruisers?

I'd love to get any ideas or suggestions for FE gifts. Maybe something you received in the past...or something you'd like to receive in the future.

Thank you!!
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I've been reading the Homemade FE Gifts Photo thread and I'm amazed by the creativity of other cruisers..... but what about us "not-so-crafty" cruisers?

I'd love to get any ideas or suggestions for FE gifts. Maybe something you received in the past...or something you'd like to receive in the future.

Thank you!!
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Isn't there an option for a no sew FE? I know I saw one somewhere. I am going to get cruise theme gifts. Compass, binoculars, gold treasure coins etc. I want to make something that they can keep but I cant think of anything I can afford! lol I would like to do some sort of shirt but the shirts themselves cost $4 each.
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I find "Dollar Stores" a great place to shop for some FE Gifts. Ours carries LOTS of Disney items.
Some suggestions for the not so crafty individual:

- try oriental trading online www.orientaltrading.com they have LOTS of great priced items that come in quantities. lots of pirate and tropical items for pennies a piece.
- a postcard or magnet from where you live
- highlighters
- candy
- glow sticks
- tattoos
- cards (small game ones, I found lots of Disney ones, 60 some in a pack around Halloween at Costco)


if you look around at craft places on line, you just might find a great deal. At janlynn.com recently I found pirate pillow cases on sale for .99 cents a piece (regularly $9.99) so I got those for all the kids on our FE exchange. (these are also great for getting autographed!)

Think "party grab bag" kind of items, especially for kids.
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Isn't there an option for a no sew FE? I know I saw one somewhere. I am going to get cruise theme gifts. Compass, binoculars, gold treasure coins etc. I want to make something that they can keep but I cant think of anything I can afford! lol I would like to do some sort of shirt but the shirts themselves cost $4 each.
* so not an FE question....WHERE do you get your mickey dresses? You have oodles!!
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Anyone have suggestions for a graphic designer? I can do just about anything on a computer, but I'm not as confident in my crafting to make some of these creative FE gifts I've seen.

I was thinking about giving the adults a CD that would include fun borders and other elements that they could use on their own photos from the trip (like a digital scrapbooking package). Do you think that would work? Or would that be too "digital" for some people??
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Anyone have suggestions for a graphic designer? I can do just about anything on a computer, but I'm not as confident in my crafting to make some of these creative FE gifts I've seen.

I was thinking about giving the adults a CD that would include fun borders and other elements that they could use on their own photos from the trip (like a digital scrapbooking package). Do you think that would work? Or would that be too "digital" for some people??
What about designing a magnet for everyone's door?
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Anyone have suggestions for a graphic designer? I can do just about anything on a computer, but I'm not as confident in my crafting to make some of these creative FE gifts I've seen.

I was thinking about giving the adults a CD that would include fun borders and other elements that they could use on their own photos from the trip (like a digital scrapbooking package). Do you think that would work? Or would that be too "digital" for some people??
As a scrapbooker, *I* would love that, but I don't think it would be something the 'average' person would use or know how to use. ArtsCow runs specials for free books (just pay shipping), all the time. How about a small autograph book, or a hidden Mickeys on the ship book?
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:07 AM   #8
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Target also has Avengers dry erase boards. We have a Phineas and Ferb one that we use to write messages (where we've off to...etc). I've given a few as FE gifts.

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I've been reading the Homemade FE Gifts Photo thread and I'm amazed by the creativity of other cruisers..... but what about us "not-so-crafty" cruisers?

I'd love to get any ideas or suggestions for FE gifts. Maybe something you received in the past...or something you'd like to receive in the future.

Thank you!!
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I arrived a few days early for our 2007 NYE cruise and spent one afternoon in Downtown Disney buying my FE gifts. Since there are so many weight restrictions on flying today, I found it cheaper and more fun to buy lots of Disney themed gifts at a relatively low cost for the 20 cabins I had to buy for on the cruise. I budgeted and spent under a $100 and got gifts for everyone for each day of the cruise.
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Old 05-24-2010, 03:45 PM   #10
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We did our first FE in March. We received a variety of things. I thought that the homemade ones were definately cool. We received alot of magnets, which was neat!
I also loved the ones of people that did their gifts based on items that are unique to them. For example, we have a family from Denmark that gave out bags of black licorice a story about it.
I found items at a party story - pirate eye patches and princess beads.It is alot of fun!!
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:11 PM   #11
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Last year I ordered from Oriental Trading (love them!!)... pirate beach balls, eye patch, wash-off tattoos and stickers (in case wash-off tattoos were a no-no), and candy.

I wish I were craftier.... but the craft gene passed right by me. In fact, it didn't even slow down and say "hi".

I thought about Pirate themed gifts or maybe "flip flop" beach theme. I also saw small Johnson and Johnson first aid kits and thought that might be a good idea. I usually pack band-aids, etc when we go on vacation and have a small first aid kit in the car. So, I thought it might be something that would be usable post-cruise. But...it's really not a "fun" thing.

I bet there are other non-crafties out there... so if you have ideas, please share.

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My dad is from a small town in Iowa that has a popcorn place. They make popcorn (microwave type) packages. Even though it wouldn't be used on the cruise... do you think having a package of that popcorn (with a note about it) would be a good idea?

I've been trying to stay away from "peanut" stuff -- due to so many folks having allergies. Not sure if popcorn is a big allergy food or not.

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Popcorn

I think that would be a very nice gift!
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I second Oriental Trading Company. Sometimes here on the bugget boards or even if you google it you can find discount codes for the online site. We spent about $50 there alone on FE gifts last cruise. Also Target in their dollar section has a lot of Disney related gifts. Another great gift is theater candy from the dollar store. It can be costly to buy snacks aboard. I also get the glow sticks at the dollar store.
We made several of our gifts last time and found some Disney stock paper and made some photo albums for our fellow cruisers. We also got this really cool bowl someone made for us. I am going to make a CD for everyone. I have been downloading the free 50 days of Disney music off Facebook.
Also if you are going to Downtown Disney at all they have a Disney discount store there.
PS Many participants including myself include something from their own state like brochures. I bought little cheese erasers and postcards at our Wisconsin store but you can pick up brochures at your local visitors bureau or airport.
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I've been trying to stay away from "peanut" stuff -- due to so many folks having allergies. Not sure if popcorn is a big allergy food or not.

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Wow! As a Mom to a wonderful kid with a severe peanut allergy, I thank you for your thoughtfulness! Yes, peanut products would have to be disposed of in our FE. A waste for the giver, and a huge disappointment to a little girl.

I was touched by your compassion and thoughtfulness.
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