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Old 03-06-2006, 03:33 AM   #1
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OT: OH MY GOD - I need a gift FAST!
In 9 days I'll be going to France and staying with a host family.
Sounds nice, yeah?
Bet you're a bit jealous, yeah?
It's okay. I would be too.
So why am I freaking out like a paranoid schizo with ADD and no meds?
It's considered polite to bring a gift for your host family.
I HAVE NO GIFT
SWEET FREAKING CHRIST! I'm going to be the unappreciative American!

Does ANYONE have any suggestions? I've already discarded scarves. Considering some of those short-row garter-stitch beanies I've made. Any ideas at ALL?!
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:47 AM   #2
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AIDAN, THAT'S WONDERFUL!!! What a GREAT opportunity!

How about a matching dishcloths/kitchen towel set? :thinking: That would be small and quick enough to knit on the plane on the way over, even!
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:48 AM   #3
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Hats a fairly quick...especially skull caps and berets..
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I agree with KK a nice kitchen towel cloth set would be easy,practical and appreciated.

Now here is another idea. I was an exchange student many years ago (we won't talk about how long that was.) and have hosted exchange students here. And one of the gifts I have received nice coffee table books from the students home town (or nearest metro area) I love these gifts! My "girls" and I have had fun going through the book and listening to their stories that go with the pictures. I know it isn't knitted but it is easy and inexpensive.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:09 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by VickiIL
I agree with KK a nice kitchen towel cloth set would be easy,practical and appreciated.

Now here is another idea. I was an exchange student many years ago (we won't talk about how long that was.) and have hosted exchange students here. And one of the gifts I have received nice coffee table books from the students home town (or nearest metro area) I love these gifts! My "girls" and I have had fun going through the book and listening to their stories that go with the pictures. I know it isn't knitted but it is easy and inexpensive.
Yeah, that. I was going to suggest going out and spending some $$, too, but I like KK's towel idea.
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I think a coffee table book about your area would be a great ice breaker.
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I'd like to see a coffee table book of the Boonies too
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Ya know....I didnt even CONSIDER a non-knitted gift! :rofling:
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Originally Posted by KellyK
Ya know....I didnt even CONSIDER a non-knitted gift! :rofling:
I did.
But I was thinking crocheted. :rofling:
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To be honest Aidan, when I saw your dilemma, the first thing I was thinking of was "what can he crochet for them?" Depending on your skills and speed in thread, a nice doily might be appreciated. A kitchen set is also a quick-to-crochet project. The patterns I've used the most are the five textured dishcloths from Pricilla's site. I don't have the link handy, but if you don't have it, I can dig it up.

P.S. As a collector of postcards, I'd vote for the coffee table book too.
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