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Gifts for Aunts and Uncles

Many kids have aunts and uncles who are like second parents to them, or close family friends they call aunt and uncle. If you have brothers, sisters, or friends who spoil your kids, you might want to make them these special gifts to let them know how much you appreciate their loving care.

Seashell Candleholder

This seashell candleholder may bring back memories of a special time spent combing the beaches together. But even if you buy the shells at a shell shop, this pretty candleholder will be a hit with a favorite aunt or uncle.

Time frame: One to two hours

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Glass jar with lid
  • White sand (about 112 cups)
  • Candle (The candle should be about one inch shorter than the height of the jar. A wider jar could accommodate a thicker candle.)
  • Bag of small seashells
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  1. Fill the glass jar with two inches of sand. Stick the candle in the middle of the jar, pushing it into the sand until it touches the bottom of the jar.
  2. Arrange the seashells around the candle inside the jar, filling the jar to two inches below the rim with small seashells. (The top two inches of the candle should be exposed.) If you don't have enough seashells, you might want to add some crystal marbles or decorative glass pieces to the shells.
  3. Glue a strip of decorative ribbon around the bottom of the jar. Tie a matching piece of ribbon around the lid of the jar and make a bow out of the ends.

Bay Leaf Hanging

Present Pointers

Country garlands are a new trend in decorating. Try making a hanging out of other materials. You can use wooden spools, seasonal wooden cutouts, pine-cones, nuts, cookie cutters, and so on. Any type of ribbon, material, or raffia looks nice tied between the objects.

Bay leaf is a trendy addition to a decorative hanging. These cute country garlands are the perfect thing to hang on a Shaker peg shelf.

Time frame: Two to three hours

Level: Moderately easy

What you need:

  • Drill with 14-inch drill bit
  • Unfinished wooden heart
  • Blue craft paint or oak stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Bay leaves
  • Yarn needle
  • Wooden spool
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Stuffed heart
  • Strips of material
  1. Drill a hole in the center top of the wooden heart. Paint the wooden heart and spool blue or stain them with oak stain if preferred. Allow them to dry.
  2. Cut a piece of wire so it's 15 inches long. Thread the end of the wire through the hole in the heart and knot the wire. Take a stack of bay leaves (about 20) and make a hole in them with a yarn needle. Thread the leaves onto the wire.
  3. Thread the spool onto the wire and make a knot above the spool. Thread more bay leaves onto the wire above the spool and add a piece of cinnamon stick. (You can make a hole in the cinnamon stick with a drill or use the needle to make a hole.)
  4. Attach the needle to the wire and thread the stuffed material heart on top of the cinnamon stick. Knot the wire and make a loop out of the top for hanging purposes.
  5. Cut six strips of material approximately one x eight inches. Tie the strips onto the hanging above each object and make a bow out of the ends. Make a loop out of one strip and tie it onto the wire loop on top.

Fish Tales

Make up this handy tackle box for the fishermen in your life. Include a disposable camera in the box to take pictures of the big fish they “caught.”

Time frame: One to two hours

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Lures
  • Fishing line
  • Sinkers
  • Bobbers
  • Hooks
  • Bait
  • Plastic tackle box
  • Disposable camera

Assemble the preceding fishing supplies, and place them in the tackle box with disposable camera.

You might want to include an instruction video or boat rental with your gift.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts © 2001 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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