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Old 09-07-2008, 09:24 AM   #16
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We had a smaller group for the FE gift exchange.

IMHO I think the key word is exchange - so if you sign up you give and you get.

We didn't have any set day to deliver, which was great. As a first time cruiser I just fitted it into my schedule. DD and I went around the decks looking for the FE's and enjoyed looking at the decorated doors that were not part of the exchange. It also encouraged us to explore other decks of the ship which perhaps we would not have done!

I took pirate items (pirate ducks, pirate tattoos/stickers and pirate candy) and just distributed them unwrapped. Of course we distributed them on pirate day! We received all sorts, pens, notepads, candy, toys for the kids, postcards and more. I did one per person, but others put together a pack per door.

It was fun getting back to the cabin and finding what had been left. An extra magical touch to the cruise!

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I have just come back from the 5 night special cruise on the Magic and I delivered to all of the 127 cabins on the roster. I did decks 6, 7 and 8 in the afternoon of the Castaway Cay Day and then 2 and 5 on Friday. It took forever.

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Old 09-07-2008, 09:55 AM   #18
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Have you ever been dissapointed with a FE gift you have received???

I spent a decent amount of money on our FE gifts..they are personalized.
But because of this I can only give two per stateroom on the list.

I am afraid people will be upset that there were only two and not one for each person in the cabin. I know if I post this on our meets thread everyone will say that of course they would not be upset...but I would like to hear more opinions.

(sorry I can't say exactly what they are but my thread peeps are *everywhere*!)
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WOW - thats a lot of cabins - I thought we had a lot with 37 staterooms participating! We have also decided to split up our FE exchange into 3 groups of 12 / 13 to make it more manageable. Did you actually deliver to 136 staterooms or did you split them up!
We were on the same cruise and we delivered to everyone on the list.

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Have you ever been dissapointed with a FE gift you have received???

I spent a decent amount of money on our FE gifts..they are personalized.
But because of this I can only give two per stateroom on the list.

I am afraid people will be upset that there were only two and not one for each person in the cabin. I know if I post this on our meets thread everyone will say that of course they would not be upset...but I would like to hear more opinions.

(sorry I can't say exactly what they are but my thread peeps are *everywhere*!)

My gift was one per cabin. I think most people's are 1 per cabin.
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:05 AM   #20
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Sometimes we had just one gift per family, other times one per person. Some were packaged others were not.

We were never disappointed in what was left. It was always fun to see and I appreciated the time that people took to put things together and deliver them.

I am sure everyone will be happy with whatever you have put together for them!

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Old 09-07-2008, 10:31 AM   #21
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Have you ever been dissapointed with a FE gift you have received???

I spent a decent amount of money on our FE gifts..they are personalized.
But because of this I can only give two per stateroom on the list.

I am afraid people will be upset that there were only two and not one for each person in the cabin. I know if I post this on our meets thread everyone will say that of course they would not be upset...but I would like to hear more opinions.

(sorry I can't say exactly what they are but my thread peeps are *everywhere*!)
No - it was always a neat surprise whatever it was! I also put a lot of thought and a little bit of money into a couple of my gifts and personalized things to the extent of the cruise dates & such. I tried to keep to $1 on a couple of things, but for example, I designed luggage tags and ordered them from Shutterfly - those were several dollars each. But that was my choice and not everybody chooses to spend more than they have to. But that's OK. I agree with others that if you sign up to participate you should give as well. That IS the point.

I came up with 6 things to give 'cuz at first I wasn't sure if I'd do just my assigned day or dribble stuff a little bit every day. In the end I decided to get clear plastic gift bags which I decorated with scrapbooking items and used rub down letters to personalize them with our thread name etc. and then I just went around once on my assigned day. Our organizer PM'd us the deck plans with everybody's cabin marked and laid out on them. We were a small group of only 11 cabins and I think it took me about 30 min. to go around. We had people on decks 8, 7, 6, 5 and 2, from one end of the ship to the other. I had put everybody's screen names and cabin numbers on the backs of the bags too since I'd personalized things to an extent so I had to be sure I was dropping off the right bag into the right FE - that may have slowed me down a little bit to be so methodical about it. All of my bags contained the same items and I just did one bag per cabin. I had one item that I put that was more for kids so I put one for each kid. I think most of the things we received were done in the same manner. It was not directed to individuals so much as the cabin.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:06 AM   #22
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Would love to see a close up pic of a fish extender. I'd like to try and make one for our upcoming cruise! Can pm me with it if you want.

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Old 09-07-2008, 11:26 AM   #24
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I have just come back from the 5 night special cruise on the Magic and I delivered to all of the 127 cabins on the roster. I did decks 6, 7 and 8 in the afternoon of the Castaway Cay Day and then 2 and 5 on Friday. It took forever.

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I was on this cruise too (9/1) and I passed out my gifts one night- to all the cabins and I think it took about 1.5-2 hours making sure everyone on the list was found. I had my cousin with me who also was passing out her gifts too so it didnt seem like it was that long. Plus we counted it was exercise- walking up and down each deck!
I loved the handmade items or the ones from someone's hometown, the time and thought that people put into their gifts was great and the other items were great too! It didnt need to be a lot or expensive, jut a thought and it was fun to join in. To who ever made the marble magnets- I think those were my favorite! I may "steal" your idea and make some more at home-ok? And the lanyards- my DH loved his and used it all week! I would still do it in the future.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:42 AM   #25
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when do I get infromation of how much I need to bring - or ship down there....
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:46 AM   #26
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Our enjoyment was mostly in the giving of the FE gifts (on the EB we gave the magnet below).
I really enjoyed seeing what had been left for us and seeing what other people thought up but really...the kids/we loved the smaller gifts like candy pieces as much as we loved the "bigger" gifts.
It REALLY is the thought that counts to us.
We also gave our FE gifts to people that were not on the FE List if we saw they were DIS members, we thought had really cute doors, they looked like they got on board and wanted to decorate their door but did not know they could a head of time, were celebrating a special occassion,... I did not want to take the magnets back home again-LOL
AND yes it does take some time but we were glad it did. It helpled walk off all the food we were eatting - LOL
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WOW - thats a lot of cabins - I thought we had a lot with 37 staterooms participating! We have also decided to split up our FE exchange into 3 groups of 12 / 13 to make it more manageable. Did you actually deliver to 136 staterooms or did you split them up!
Our gift was actually one per family so I crossed off the staterooms that were linked. It ended up being around 124 and yes DS and I walked the halls delivering to everyone. There were always people out delivering. I don't think any of us knew what we were getting into. LOL!
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Well that's not good.
LOL! It just seemed to but in actuality it probably took 1 1/2 - 2 hours to deliver all of the gifts. You figure walking both sides of the ship minding a printed list because there were lots of FEs on rooms not in our group but it was fun seeing everyone's FE and decorated doors.
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Have you ever been dissapointed with a FE gift you have received???

I spent a decent amount of money on our FE gifts..they are personalized.
But because of this I can only give two per stateroom on the list.

I am afraid people will be upset that there were only two and not one for each person in the cabin. I know if I post this on our meets thread everyone will say that of course they would not be upset...but I would like to hear more opinions.

(sorry I can't say exactly what they are but my thread peeps are *everywhere*!)
I don't think anyone would complain. It is obvious the gifts that cost more than others with the personalization. Those are the ones that my kids do NOT get. There is absolutely no way that we could have made up enough maracas for everyone in the staterooms...that would have been over 500 easily. It was not the cost issue but the time needed to decorate the items. Personally, I wouldn't worry.
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Sometimes we had just one gift per family, other times one per person. Some were packaged others were not.

We were never disappointed in what was left. It was always fun to see and I appreciated the time that people took to put things together and deliver them.

I am sure everyone will be happy with whatever you have put together for them!

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I think the norm is probably one per stateroom or sometimes one per family regardless of how many staterooms they have. But sometimes the gifts are one per person too.

Ditto- never disappointed in what was left- how can anyone be disappointed in getting anything that is FREE? hehe

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Our enjoyment was mostly in the giving of the FE gifts (on the EB we gave the magnet below).
I really enjoyed seeing what had been left for us and seeing what other people thought up but really...the kids/we loved the smaller gifts like candy pieces as much as we loved the "bigger" gifts.
It REALLY is the thought that counts to us.
We also gave our FE gifts to people that were not on the FE List if we saw they were DIS members, we thought had really cute doors, they looked like they got on board and wanted to decorate their door but did not know they could a head of time, were celebrating a special occassion,... I did not want to take the magnets back home again-LOL
AND yes it does take some time but we were glad it did. It helpled walk off all the food we were eatting - LOL
I agree- thought that counts. And I also started putting out magnets on various other doors- DIS'ers who weren't on the deck map, other people I know from another board if I recognized their username on their door, and then eventually random people who had nothing on their board and were probably wondering who in the world was putting a magnet(s) on their door. LOL
I also didn't want to take any home- but I still had some left over and then forgot and left them in a drawer in the stateroom! LOL I guess I really REALLY didn't want to take the leftovers home....
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