In a couple of weeks we will be having 3 nieces to stay for a few days of the school holidays. Two are my sisters girls, and one is my cousins daughter. Ages 6, 9 and 10.
To make them feel welcome I decided to make them a gift basket each.
So the first step was to locate said gift basket. I had a wee bit of a search around and discovered these brightly coloured, and what I consider a wee bit funky, rubbish bins, which will be a lot more useful long term than an actual basket. Score 1! Oh, and they were $3.00 each, so inexpensive.
Funky monkey rubbish bin.
Then it was a matter of finding loot to go into the gift bins. I found out the girls favourite colours from their mothers, to give me a bit of a theme for each girl, and so they wouldn't mix up who's was who's.
I had an idea to get them a named facecloth each, from memory they were around $13.00, so a bit expensive, but great quality. To go with the 'bath' theme I also bought them a couple of soaps, and a loofa(?).
Aside from liking clean kids, I always like to get a wee bit crafty with them so I got mugs that they can paint, then bake in the oven, they were $12.50 ish each. I also got a bumper activity pad, stickers, plain pads, crayons, and a 6x4 photo frame. I'm hoping to get a nice photo of the three of them, and pop that into their frame so they can remember their visit with us. I have a ton more arts and crafts stuff for them to use, so they are not limited to this small amount.
And one can't forget to have a few chocolates. I got a few Easter Eggs on sale a couple of days after Easter, so have bagged them up, and added a lollipop on top. We got the lollipops from the local Pizza place a couple of nights ago, which was lovely of them. And to save myself from eating yet more sugar, what better way to get rid of them. I also have them a 'proper' Easter Bunny Easter Egg in the fridge for them, as I haven't seen them since before Easter.
Yum, yum, yum.
So here it is all displayed out on the table. It has cost me around $150.00 I guess, but since we don't have kids I don't mind. TJL has a bit of a heart attack about it, but I point out that we don't have kids, so in the grand scheme of things, we can afford it;
Loot, glorious loot.
Heres the three bins all full to the brim ...
... and a close-up.
The girls will be here for 3 full days, plus 2 days of travel (3.5 hour journey, extended by bathroom and play breaks). One day we will go to a movie, I'm hoping to go to the Crood's, but we shall see. One day we will go to the pools, as T & G always have a good time there, so no doubt K will too. And I've booked them in for a riding lesson for one of the days. G and K are super excited about the riding lesson, T (the 6 year old) is a little less sure, but I'm sure she will be fine.
The sheets are washed. The duvet covers are washed. It will be all go in 2 weeks time.