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Old 05-06-2012, 11:22 AM   #31
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and ports of call listed on the sides in bright, Caribbean colors, bubble letters? "Best gift" potential or I'm-not-even-taking-it-home tacky?
In all fairness, I don't get the whole FE thing, so take that for what it's worth. However, I think most people would pitch something like this, especially if it didn't match their decor or just isn't their style.

Not being mean, just answering your question with my opinion.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:26 AM   #32
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planning my FE now.

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What would you all think of a tissue box cover (wooden) decorated with our cruise info on the top and ports of call listed on the sides in bright, Caribbean colors, bubble letters? "Best gift" potential or I'm-not-even-taking-it-home tacky?
I don't know how many rooms are on your FE list, but I would think that would be a bit bulky packing-wise. Plus, someone receiving one would then need to worry about packing it so it won't break.

I always appreciate candy.

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Old 05-06-2012, 11:27 AM   #33
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In all fairness, I don't get the whole FE thing, so take that for what it's worth. However, I think most people would pitch something like this, especially if it didn't match their decor or just isn't their style.

Not being mean, just answering your question with my opinion.
Thanks - this is why I asked. I don't want to waste my time or $$ making something that won't be well received. :
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:38 AM   #34
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planning my FE now.

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What would you all think of a tissue box cover (wooden) decorated with our cruise info on the top and ports of call listed on the sides in bright, Caribbean colors, bubble letters? "Best gift" potential or I'm-not-even-taking-it-home tacky?
I would probably enjoy it! I'm okay with having fun stuff around the house though! I would much prefer crafty and homemade over candy (although I'm not against the candy, DS and DH love it and on the ship it nice to have.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:24 PM   #35
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planning my FE now.

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What would you all think of a tissue box cover (wooden) decorated with our cruise info on the top and ports of call listed on the sides in bright, Caribbean colors, bubble letters? "Best gift" potential or I'm-not-even-taking-it-home tacky?
I would like it. I would take it to work for my tissue box. This was I could think of the cruise. And if having a bad day I could look at it and remember the good time and hope that would help.

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Old 05-06-2012, 12:32 PM   #36
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planning my FE now.

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What would you all think of a tissue box cover (wooden) decorated with our cruise info on the top and ports of call listed on the sides in bright, Caribbean colors, bubble letters? "Best gift" potential or I'm-not-even-taking-it-home tacky?
I would love to get your tissue box cover. I would put it on my desk at the office. I have still some FE gifts from last year cruise there. To look at this stuff brings back the vacation feeling.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:55 PM   #37
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Hmmmmm, ok, some will, some won't like it. I guess that will happen with just about ANYTHING that someone would make. Thanks for your honest comments everyone! : I think I will make this and maybe just include a note requesting anyone who doesn't care for it to maybe just leave it at Cabanas/Guest Services/some other common area where someone who would like it could find it? It would be cruise specific but not DIS specific - with over 3,000 guests on board, I'd imagine SOMEONE would love to have such a castoff!
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:16 PM   #39
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My first cruise and fish extender experience

Someone gave us inexpensive thermal cups with Mickey crystal stickers on it that we used all week. I had never cruised before so I didn't realize that the soft drink cups were so small. This thermal cup went everywhere with me!
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:04 PM   #40
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What would you all think of a tissue box cover (wooden) decorated with our cruise info on the top and ports of call listed on the sides in bright, Caribbean colors, bubble letters? "Best gift" potential or I'm-not-even-taking-it-home tacky?
How awesome is that!! I wish I was on your cruise
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:40 PM   #41
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Thank you all for your inputs. We have been on several Disney Cruises and have not yet done a Fish Extender Exchange. Every time we are onboard, i tell myself "We need to participate in that next time". So proud that we are officially signed up and participating on our next cruise. I want to do a gift that is meaningful so your inputs on things that you liked the most are much appreciated.
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I live near EDH, and you will have a wonderful time finding inspiration for the FE's. I just came back from the local farmer's market, and you can get some great ideas just by walking around there. Walking around Old Sac, Placerville, and even the Folsom historic area might stir up some ideas.

Just a thought...Think about how many you can make and pack in your luggage. We had a large FE group last year and it took 3 carry on suitcases to bring them from the West to East coast. And then we had to buy one more suitcase to bring all the goodies back with us!

Have fun, I think personalized magnets are great, photo frames, and a Diser even made jewelry with a "Dream" charm on it.

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Old 05-06-2012, 03:08 PM   #42
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Hi
The best gift we ever recieved on one of our cruises was from "FirstTimers".
They gave ziplock baggies filled with what I thought was at first weird.
We didnt participate on our first cruise so I didnt know what to expect. The baggie was filled with rubber bands, zip ties, a pen, bandaide, paperclips.
At first I thought "ok...". We ended up using that baggie all the time! They were experienced cruisers and they just knew! It was so practicle and yet just great! If youre out there Firsttimers, thank you again!
We have recieved many of the things listed above and my kids are older now but they love just seeing whats in the FE!
Ive many on other cruises and none of them have done this and I think its just fun.
We will be going on our 5th next yera, on the Fantasy, and Ive already started thinking about what Im going to take!
BTW, I do save everything and alot ends up in the scrap books. Its nice to remember a person who even if they did just go to a dime store, still took the time to do it!
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Something I am keeping my eyes peeled for is a cheap magnetic message board for the cruiseroom door, so friends can leave messages.
An inexpensive way to do this is to get a plain piece of paper (or a decorated piece of paper, for that matter) and have it laminated and attach sticky-backed magnets onto it. Cheap! Then you just need to gift a dry-erase marker! I've seen ones where the caps are magnetic, but again, you could always just add magnets from any craft store
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Something I am keeping my eyes peeled for is a cheap magnetic message board for the cruiseroom door, so friends can leave messages.
I'm not sure how "cheap" you want to go but Party City has Disney ones for $0.99. This link is Princess but I've seen several other styles.

http://www.partycity.com/product/dis...ce=Under+%245&
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:35 AM   #45
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We also got Music CD's and we love them so much we still listen to them. The ship horns are amazing. I would like to create CD's for my next FE, but I am not sure if it is legal to do so or not. Maybe it is, because they are gifts. What do you think?
When you buy a package of blank CDs, it is assumed you are using them to make a copy for non commercial use. If you have bought a CD and make 1 copy to give to a friend, it is okay. If you lend a CD to a friend and they make a copy, it is not okay.

That being said the price per unit(PPD - published price to dealer) includes a small fee(25 cents up to a dollar) to pay royalties out to artists. The flaw in this being, they normally pay this out to artists that top the charts.

So the small answer being, go for it and just claim "fair use".
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