Monday, June 21, 2010

Bad Auntie Gift Giver Strikes Again...



I have an allergy to shopping. I have an anaphylactic-type reaction to large chain toy stores. Stand me in one such shop and I’ll break out in hives, huff and puff, sprint for the nearest exit on a panicked, adrenaline high.

Six months ago, I purchased a not-inexpensive, Chinese Checkers game from one such store. When I finally opened the box last week, I discovered that the pictured, very real, wooden board and glass marbles on the cover, in actuality translates to a faux plastic wood-look and light-as-air polyprophylene ‘marbles’ that PING! off the board when anyone breathes.

So it was, because of a Chinese Checkers induced strop, along with a general toys-destined-for-landfill-miffedness, that another poor niece missed out on those pet shop collectible thingy whatsits and instead had nana-scented (lavender), wheaty warmth foisted upon her.



Just because my kid likes a toasty wheat bag, doesn’t mean her cousin does. As far as I can tell, my nine year old niece knocks about in more than a strappy dress in the mid-winter.



There’s still a bit of me that dares to hope, (what with the encouragement of frosty evenings and foggy mornings), that the birthday girl ‘gets’ that it was an auntie gift made with heart.

28 comments:

Mel said...

Oh she will surely?! It's gorgeous! I have a belief that the handmade gifts may not be the ones that get the immediate "squeal" of approval but rather are the ones that the birthday girl/boy finds after the dust has settled, and they are then met with a heartfelt grin and a snuggle.

Bummer 'bout the chinese checkers. That really sucks don't it?

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I am so with you on toy shops, full of plastic crap. Handmade is so much better.

MonetPaisley said...

I refuse to buy toys for my children, but that doesn't stop everyone else filling my house with plastic junk. I think it is a wonderful present and I might have to make some for my girls, they are starting to complain that their beds are too cold to go to bed in, personally I think this is just another strategy to postpone bedtime.

Jo (sparkly green knickers) said...

I hope you included that super cute photo of your toasty-wheat-bag-cuddling kid with the gift!

Stomper Girl said...

I think it looks ace, and will be much appreciated as she snuggles into bed. Both my boys love wheat bags. ANd the one you've made is particularly stylish.

One Flew Over said...

How could she not like it?? but if she doesn't I'm quite sure her parents would - it's gorgeous!

M* (Melanie) said...

Wheat bags go down like a treat in this house. No winter bed time without one.

Good on you Aunty Tania

dillpickle said...

would much rather presents like that came into this house than cheapo plastic things! And wheat bags, especially one that's 'all mine' will be loved by any child. What a lucky niece you have!

Andi said...

It's gorgeous!!!
What do you fill it with (other than nanna-ry lavender loveliness)?

CurlyPops said...

I'm sure she'll absolutely love it! Handmade pressies are just the best, and have so much more meaning than the plastic crap pressies that are bought without a second thought.

Little Ted Canvas said...

The fabrics look gorgeous, I bet she'll love it!

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

One lucky niece I'd say!

Panda said...

What you need is one of those gift cards I saw on Etsy that say "I made this, so you'd better like it!"

I think the wheat bag is gorgeous. Toys from dazzling chains are forgotten very quickly but when your niece is feeling cold or sick or generally mumpy she will LOVE that wheat bag, and you.

However, the word verification is "sestious". Take from that what you will.

Mookah said...

If nothing else, it is about one generation sharing with another about the beauty of handmade loveliness.....someone's gotta do it!

Kirsty said...

I can relate to the hive thing.

Hoping the 9 year old appreciates. x

Thea said...

Nine year olds may not generally care about the hand-made but I think if you heat it up and show her how great is - you will have sold her!

Posie Patchwork said...

What, well i think we all need an anonymous MY SISTER-IN-LAW is CRAP style blog, don't you think, as the parents should reinforce handmade love & breed out mall shopping from the next generation.
I can beat you - i've had handmade gifts REGIFTED back to me, suck on that for a while & see how has the more sucky family gift recipients!! Coward sent it in the mail too, so i couldn't slap her!!
Then the complete opposite - i reckon my children are invited to way too many parties than they have friends as mums want my handmade goodies as gifts & things in their homes??!!
Takes all types in this world, ALL of them, love Posie
PS my word verification is STINGENT, no kidding, what a great new word for the STINGEY!!

Nikki said...

I have the same reaction to the toyshop and to the post-gifting doubt. I'm the auntie who gives handmade clothes to kids who'd rather have something with High School Musical (or whatever is the latest) emblazoned across it.

As long as the parents are trained in the art of wheat-bag-warming, you have a hope that the neice in question will appreciate the usefullness of it(and hopefully also the love that went into making it). At least the parents should.


My word verification is "Devine" and I'm wishing I had something witty - or at least vaguely interesting - to say about that. I don't often get real words. Nope. Not inspired.

crzylady said...

looks wonderful! I have recently acquired the "cool auntie" accolade again. My niece who used to worship me and then turned too awesome for the crzylady is suddenly in awe of me because all her friends think it is SOOO WONDERFUL I make things myself. WHO KNEW? So she's constantly asking me to mail her goodies to share with her friends. WOOT!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Wheaty bag is very pretty and will be beautifully cuddly . Sounds perfect !

Lola Nova said...

If she doesn't like it she can send it to me! I love it!

Madeline said...

I think I have the same allergy to those big box stores. And, when forced to go in one, I avoid the children's aisles.

I would disagree about the bad Auntie though. Looks like a much better gift than most!

Real Life Reslers said...

I think that is a GREAT gift! When I was a kid, I always liked stuff like that because I knew no one else had one!

A Life So Peachy said...

I love everything about it! But I battle the handmade gift thing with our nieces/nephews/god children... I think they are starting to love it. (Mainly because pretty much (very sadly) no one else within those circles does the hand made thing). And if they don't now, they will one day when they realise the love that goes into making something from the heart (for the lack of a better phrase!) Jess xx

Chicken Willow said...

I stopped buying toys for presents a long time ago. If I don't get time to make something then they get given a book. I love the wheat bag, I'm sure your niece will!

Fer said...

And everything in those shops says MADE IN CHINA. Ugh....

Hopefully your niece will come round to realising just what a treat she has received.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I agree, it's gorgeous. I also agree that at 9, surrounded by the plastic and the branded with the other 9s, she probably won't 'ooh' right off. After the plastic has gone to landfill she will find your present and love it.

Much better to be some kind of crazycraftaunt, than a boring run of the mill one.

You couldn't be boring and run of the mill even if you tried!

Cheers,
AJ

melissa said...

I love that! If your niece doesn't like it - send it my way!