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A Fruitful Basket

There's nothing like an apple a day to keep the doctor away. Give this basket of fruit to a recuperating friend for an alternative to hospital food.

Time frame: Half to one hour

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Basket
  • Raffia filler
  • Bow

Assemble the fruit and place it in a basket filled with raffia. Place a bow on the handle of the basket.

Feel-Good Fishy

Turn the little patient's frowns upside down with this feel-good fishy that will help them get over the bumps and bruises of life. Just put an ice cube in the middle of this fish and place it over a boo-boo.

Time frame: Half hour

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Washcloth
  • Rubber band
  • Red felt
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Plastic eyes
  • Ribbon or rickrack
  • Lollipop
  1. Fold the washcloth into a triangular shape. Roll the triangle from the top point toward the two long ends. Fold the roll in the middle and catch the ends in a rubber band (see illustration).
  2. Cut a mouth out of the red felt as shown. Glue the mouth onto the front of the fish. Glue two plastic eyes above the mouth.
  3. Tie a piece of ribbon or yarn around the rubber band and make a small bow. Stick a lollipop into the tail of the fish.

You might want to include a little note that says, “Put an ice cube in the middle of this friendly fish and place it over a boo-boo to make it feel better.” You could include a bag of lollipops with this present if the child is allowed to have sweets.



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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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