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Baby’s 1st Christmas!

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Elrel Mon 27-Nov-17 10:56:56

Any suggestions for a keepsake please? I don’t want to end up with anything tacky if possible. Any ideas from tree-baubles upwards welcome! My GGD has a very unusual name if that’s helpful. I just want something her family will like which can be kept. Thanks!

glammanana Mon 27-Nov-17 11:01:30

I have had made ceramic tree decorations made for my GGD with her name and date of birth so DGS & mummy can place them on the tree for years to come.

J52 Mon 27-Nov-17 11:06:06

A small embroidered cushion.

ninathenana Mon 27-Nov-17 11:57:36

I have tree decorations that I bought when each of my children were born and also bought them for D to put on her tree for GC. They have year and childs name on. I bought them at craft fares.
I like the idea of an embroidered ccusion.

ninathenana Mon 27-Nov-17 12:00:03

Stupid phone angry

Cushion, child's

Jalima1108 Mon 27-Nov-17 12:28:27

There are some ideas on these sites:

Other outlets are available!

Eglantine21 Mon 27-Nov-17 13:38:29

If you can afford it a Pandora bead or similar. I bought one for my goddaughter (who also has an unusual name that matches her bead)

NanaandGrampy Mon 27-Nov-17 14:04:12

We bought our granddaughter an adult sized silver charm bracelet and every year we buy a charm that highlights something special for that year .

I have a little note and I write a paragraph every year about why we chose that particular charm and its significance. The idea is to give it to her on her 18th birthday.

nanaK54 Mon 27-Nov-17 17:25:49

Jalima - thank you for those links smile

Morgana Mon 27-Nov-17 19:04:55

Love the idea of a silver charm bracelet, though don't think we'll still be alive when the little ones are 18!

NanaandGrampy Mon 27-Nov-17 19:20:56

Could be 13 Morgana ? Or even 10 ? The trick is getting the right size bracelet .

goldengirl Mon 27-Nov-17 21:30:11

Our 8th grandchild [4th boy] was born on Saturday so thanks for these helpful ideas.

BabyLayla Thu 30-Nov-17 08:23:24

I've just made Christmas sacks for my youngest grandson and great granddaughter. Hopefully they will be saved for many years.
I've been fancying making them for years but everything else got in the way, however this year I've been unwell and slipped into depression.
I forced myself into the shop, bought the hessian etc, the following week I set up the machine ( had for 5 years and used 3 times)
To stop the procrastinating, I arranged an evening to visit and spent the entire day faffing with the material, I got it made in time, it doesn't look great at all, several lumpy bits and slightly uneven stitching but feeling better for trying and it was very well received.

J52 Thu 30-Nov-17 09:03:15

Slightly off point, but sewing is great therapy. I hope you can do some more. Look at Pinterest for ideas.

BabyLayla Thu 30-Nov-17 15:52:58

Off point!
Apologies I was suggesting a homemade sack would be a nice keepsake.
Maybe I rambled on too much

Jalima1108 Thu 30-Nov-17 16:23:18

I have been sewing too, after not doing any for years and have found it very enjoyable. Not Christmas sacks because DD has made them all one each (she is much better than me!) but I hope my Christmas crafts will be keepsakes.

Elrel Thu 30-Nov-17 19:02:22

Many thanks for all the suggestions! I'm going to a craft fair and will certainly look out for tree decorations which could have my GGD's name and birthdate on them.
BabyLayla - so glad you made the Christmas sacks, you must feel so pleased. I sometimes have to just force myself to get up, get out and do something. Afterwards I'm always so glad I made the effort and wonder why I don't do it every day!
Now to check out Jalima's suggestions!

Coolgran65 Thu 30-Nov-17 19:34:01

A Sharpie Felt Pen is great for writing names onto ceramic gifts. 3 of our dgc have unusual names that are not usually found on crafty gifts and I found the Sharpie to work very well.

I used to knit a lot of Aran sweaters but arthritis put paid to that. Two weeks ago I started to crochet cotton yarn dishcloths. Hmmm... the stitches seem to disappear and so the shape isn't good. Today I bought large knitting needles and will knit the dishcloths and then crochet a different coloured trim around them. Just knitting garter stitch is much easier on the hands/joints than working with cable needles etc. or with a heavy piece of knitted garment. The cotton dishcloths are brilliant, a world of difference from a bought dishcloth and they go into the washing machine. I give them out as a wee token gesture when I go visit someone.
Sorry...... I went slightly off topic there... sort of.

ElaineI Thu 30-Nov-17 23:34:38

DD has just bought a wooden train from Hobbycraft - advent calendar, painted it with his name on it and will fill it with small items each year. He is 4 now and will love it. She has another to paint for his sister who is 10 months for next year. Each year the whole family have been gifted dough craft hand prints made into decorations for the tree. DGS hands getting a bit big now so don't know what this year will be but not yet got any from DGD. DD is primary school teacher (early years) so quite into crafts! Has a Hobbycraft account!! However many things can be made into special commemorative items.

Elrel Mon 11-Dec-17 10:19:36

Jalima - GD is very pleased with a red bodysuit with 'Exxxx's First Christmas' on it, seen on FB already. She also likes the tree decoration with E's FC 2017 on it. I got a wooden snowflake which won't break!

Jalima1108 Mon 11-Dec-17 10:27:45

Oh lovely Elrel!


Intrigued by her name btw - you said it was unusual!

goldengirl Mon 11-Dec-17 12:30:15

I've bought our new grandson a print of his initial which includes an animal with the same initial and his name underneath. Inexpensive but not gaudy. Just need to get a frame.

Elrel Tue 12-Dec-17 21:19:24

Golden girl - That's a lovely present! Rainbow coloured Chinese calligraphy of their name can also look good on a child's bedroom wall.

morningdew Wed 13-Dec-17 10:07:37

you can buy the snow globes with an inscription on and their photo inside ..

Teddy123 Wed 13-Dec-17 10:27:15

I bought Christmas tree baubles which they use every year. I didn't leave home either ..... A quick browse on eBay ....... Soooooo many!
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