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Our pastor's wonderful, much-loved son was married yesterday in a far away state.  When he returns with his new wife the members of the church are having a big shower event. We've all
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Wedding Gifts??

posted at 10/6/2013 4:04 PM EDT
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Our pastor's wonderful, much-loved son was married yesterday in a far away state.  When he returns with his new wife the members of the church are having a big shower event.
We've all chipped in to buy lots of household items kids need but don't receive as gifts --- laundry detergent, black pepper,  paper napkins & towels, can opener, etc..   Please name things you think will work in that box.
And each of us will buy a regular wedding gift.   What are some suggestions you have?

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posted at 10/6/2013 6:24 PM EDT
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A few things that come to mind:  welcome mat, basic condiments (mustard, ketchup, relish, mayo, etc.), zip lock bags, foil, plastic wrap, wastebaskets and trash can liners, whisk broom, fire extinguishers, flashlights and batteries for emergency power outages.

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posted at 10/6/2013 6:54 PM EDT
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Years ago I went to a shower and the bride, a next door neighbor was going to be moving into an apartment, she had always lived at home or in a college dorm. 
I got a huge wicker hamper and filled it with laundry soap, cleaning supplies, rubber gloves, a nice broom and a nice mop and all the other items one needs when you move into a "new" apartment. 
I thought it was the most brilliant idea.  Until I saw what others gave at the shower...china sets, crystal, silver ware settings, and all the things that I usually think of as a gift one gives at the wedding. I was pretty embarrassed as there were a few giggles as the bride to be was going through the hamper of items.  My friend later told me that my gift was the one that was put to the most use. 
So I think your gift is wonderful. 
A few things.....
Clear plastic boxes, the ones about the size of a shoe box.  Great for storage if smaller kitchen items.  Pretty inexpensive at a dollar store. 
Shower curtain liners. 
Laundry basket, laundry bag I like to keep one laundry basket for clean clothes one that the soiled clothes go into.  (never understood putting clean clothes in a basket that held dirty clothes. )
Small garbage can for kitchen one for bathroom

Verlee's idea of flashlights, batteries and fire extinguisher is outstanding!!!!

How about a phone book of all the new numbers they will need. 
Your number in case they need emergency cookies....
Local auto shop, local, pizza place you get the idea.  If he has lived in the area previously that might not be needed but your number for cookies is a keeper!


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posted at 10/6/2013 9:01 PM EDT
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Wonderful!  Thank you, you two............

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posted at 10/7/2013 8:37 AM EDT
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I didn't have much money because I'd lost my job. So, I found a box with a set of food storage containers. Also, I think it would depend on how old they are and if they're just starting out or if they've been together a while. So many people live together now before they get married or it's a second marriage that they really don't need much. So, maybe gift cards, and then they can buy what they want?

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posted at 10/7/2013 9:37 AM EDT
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Hi Jean -- thanks for answering.  These are kids - both just graduated from Bible college, and they are just starting out.  He bought a nice, small house, an empty house, before he went to his wedding.   All the teens from church will be there to scrub, clean and paint. 
I'm confident they received lots and lots of super gifts at their wedding but they will need more.

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posted at 10/7/2013 11:36 AM EDT
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nancy,
I've been thinking about this       my idea may sound strange  or off the mark  but here it is
because you have said your church is small
I suggest that you ask everyone to also bring in any extra items they have around their homes that are still useful and set it up like a garage sale       and let them be your first customer         taking whatever they need         and then have a real sale  to raise money for your youth or whatever         or donate to a women's shelter
everything in their home does not need to be new         but it does need to be serviceable
at my age  I will never have another sale         but I can look around me and see  many things I will never use again
am I making sense?

you need to give them a       COOKIE JAR     and another one for   candy         filled , of course

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posted at 10/7/2013 12:54 PM EDT
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Nellie -- what a lovely idea.  I'll give your suggestions to the two ladies in charge of this event.  Bless your heart.
As my gift to them I've bought piles of small baking things from cookie sheets to mixing bowls, measuring cups & spoons, rolling pin,  to parchment, yadda yadda.  I had to buy a giant plastic container to hold all this stuff.  I ordered a grand BH&G cookbook that should arrive any day.

But - I never thought of a cookie jar!!   Now I have to go shopping again .... I have to find a great cookie jar.

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posted at 10/7/2013 1:51 PM EDT
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Just an idea from my bridal shower 53 years ago....my sister copied several recipes that were her favorites, and wrapped all the food items needed (except perishables) in a new dish towel.  She must have given me at least 6 dish towels filled with food. ( one per recipe).  That way I had not only the ingredients needed for a dish, but also some very nice dish towels!!

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posted at 10/7/2013 2:28 PM EDT
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an idea for cookie/candy jars
Wal-Mart has various sizes of the acrylic or s/s/ canisters
and you can purchase       and either Wal-Mart or an office supply has  a product that you can print on that you can cut out and it sticks to whatever
I've made several items over the yrs  for the kiddos  with their names ,etc on
you might say
return to nancy for refill  or anything you like as well as pictures/graphics

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posted at 10/7/2013 2:36 PM EDT
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I love Nellie's idea and if money is tight for the couple maybe after the sale the cash could be given to them to do with as they see fit.  Use it for items that they do need or donate it. 

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posted at 10/7/2013 3:29 PM EDT
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This is ASTONISHING!   I had hoped this would get a suggestion or two and I have such lovely ideas - so practical and so fun. 
THANK YOU

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posted at 10/7/2013 9:52 PM EDT
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I had another idea after I posted my last entry.  My daughter received from her cousin one of the best presents.  In fact after 27 years she is still using it.  It is a folding step stool/ladder.  Since she is 5'3" she uses it all the time!!!  It also folds away.

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posted at 10/8/2013 4:41 AM EDT
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Barbara --  A great and clever idea!  Thank you.
 I'm 5'3" and I have a little step stool in the corner of my kitchen - I could not be without it -

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posted at 10/8/2013 7:38 AM EDT
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 we gave the best thing and it was a gift card.

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posted at 10/8/2013 7:43 AM EDT
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don't forget to pick out a few Christmas decorations
these could come from members excess stuff

basic tools    scissors     tapes   

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posted at 10/8/2013 8:58 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Wedding Gifts??:
don't forget to pick out a few Christmas decorations these could come from members excess stuff basic tools    scissors     tapes   
Posted by nellie v

Everyone has Christmas decorations they no longer use.  It would be great to pass on decorations, even if they do not keep all of them for this first year that would be remembered all their lives.  I bet someone even has a Christmas tree they no longer use...I have one in my basement want it?...you just have to come and get it. Wink

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posted at 10/8/2013 9:37 AM EDT
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boy your ideas are great might do that for my granddaughter who will get married next year.

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posted at 10/8/2013 12:02 PM EDT
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I think some people get carried away and then reality hits and the chafing dish, the espresso maker and the crystal set is not what is used daily.  It is the tea kettle, the set of wooden spoons, the cookbook that was passed down and the beautiful Dutch oven that was found at a garage sale that is what is used to make the most memorable diners. 
Millie when you get ready and need ideas just let us know...we are full of suggestions.

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posted at 10/8/2013 1:07 PM EDT
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Yesterday I spent very much time on the 'net looking for cookie jars............... my goodness, cookie jars cost a fortune!!   This morning - after a dentist visit - I went to Walmart and bought a nice glass jar with a tight lid -- it was $7.99  Laughing.
But I forgot the step stool
 
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