More like a certain PERSON and her abusive controlling.So thankful I came here and searched for fish extenders. I was one step away from signing up. Had all these crafty things planned...... I will toss the money somewhere else. Thanks to all who shared their experiences. So sad a high price and expectations have ruined a simple novelty.
I got a Pez and loved it. I have also received handmade items, store bought. Those who think it should be more doesnt realize what fE is.I purchased Disney pez dispensers or beach balls for our gifts. I then saw a comment on our fish extender Facebook post that no one wants dollar store items and people should be spending $10 to $30 per cabin. I am now debating going out and either doing Sundae kits or local hot fudge for each cabin because I don’t want to be cheap. I didn’t plan to be spending hundreds of dollars on this though and am wondering if this is one rogue person.
So really, what kind of gifts do you typically get? Am I being too cheap? What should I plan to spend?
I want to see these flowerpots. Sound cute.It is absurd that they want to have a $$ minimum. I can't tell you how much we have actually spent, because largely our FE gifts are homemade. Like DW made everyone some little purses out of Disney cloth one year. It didn't take that much effort - the embroidery machine did most of the work. I think we had to cut the cloth, select the template and hit "go". In any event, I can't tell you how much those fat quarters that we purchased years ago that have been sitting in her drawer of "fat quarters that may fit a project some day" which actually did. She literally has DRAWERS of those. The buttons? Yeah, those were inventory - probably cost a few pennies. The thread was immeasurably small.
Another year we made ornaments. They were made from small clay flower pots - $.49 each, some cloth we cut out for the ears, some paint... a string. The total cost of the paint per item was probably in the $0.01 range. Don't ask me how much the felt and string cost. Altogether, they probably cost under a dollar. However, it took us MANY hours to make (not including the time spent cleaning out my airbrush).
You're going to tell me those gifts aren't good enough? I have a few choice words for where you can put 'em.
THAT is crazy..... and just weird. How and WHY would someone not even on the same cruise be calling the FE shots?? That's cuckoo for cocoa puffs!
I've only done FE's twice. Once when my 2 little princesses were cruising with us for a 4 night Dream cruise, and then on the 2015 Hawaii sailing. I made SURE to join either a "late-comers" or small group as I wanted to enjoy it and not be resenting having to spend so much time, packing all the stuff, etc. It was great fun each trip and we got all sorts of stuff, from candy to handmade stuff to some gifts that someone must have spent quite a few bucks on! Some were very thoughtful, and some very useful. But it was so much fun handing out our goodies and then seeing if there was something in our FE each time we came back to the room. My little ones LOVE, LOVED it!
I hesitate to even mention with all the around this FE gift topic, but one cruise I bought a nice bigger sized bag of Disney caramel corn and with it a popcorn scented Disney car freshener so it looked like a Disney park popcorn box. I hope people enjoyed it. We got fun little Disney things from on property at WDW (I live very close) for the kids in our group to go with the family gift. Now I wonder if they were well received or not.....
I love these!! That's a fantastic way to personalize it with the favorite character info without going overboard. Small is good!I have always kept my FE gifts under $10 closer to $5. I don't get individual gifts for each person I give a cabin gift. Usually, it is a magnet or two specific to the cruise and a Perler bead magnet of a favourite character for each person in the room. I like the gift to be small because we fly in and so it is easy for the recipient to pack to take home. I also don't want to spend too much money so if it does end up in the trash I didn't waste too much money on it lol. I mainly do the FE exchange for my daughter.
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I’ll have to find that group. I walked away and found another group. Couldn’t take the BS anymore.Sounds like Ali and her antics. She starts the groups then dictates who can say what, deletes comments, locks threads, and the worst is booting people... some only weeks from the cruise and alienating them from the group of people who are sailing.
Exactly what led to a FB group called Disney Cruise Line Junkies Exiled and Blocked!
That's the MO of the junkies minions.I just discovered that the admin on our Fb group for our cruise next month isn’t sailing on the cruise. To give credit I believe she was and had to cancel. It is a little strange she hasn’t handed off the duties at that time. Also she isn’t the person named many times in above posts. That said there doesn’t appear to be any strange FE rules or minimums. However we aren’t participating due to cross country luggage issues.
I disagree. I would much rather have people participate at the level they are comfortable than feel like they have to spend some preordained amount. I always appreciate every gift we get, even the ones I know we won't use. DD would be thrilled with just ice cream toppings, candy, and lip gloss. Ha!The best thing a FE can do is just give a ballpark budget per cabin.