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Birthday Gift Dilemmas

Do your friends regard the opening of birthday gifts as a party activity in it's own right? Some of mine do.  It's fun to ooh and aah over pressies as the birthday girl opens them, but gifts can sometimes look a bit Scottish!  At a recent birthday present unveiling I was seeing Royal Doulton among the brand names and calculating price tags as anything up to $100.  Sorry, my piggy bank doesn't hold that much!

Let's see...fabric $12, D rings $3, 2 hours labour at $60 per hour, that adds up to quite a pricey gift!

Let's see...fabric $12, D rings $3, 2 hours labour at $60 per hour, that adds up to quite a pricey gift!

Hunted high and low for a bee print for my bee-keeper buddy!

Hunted high and low for a bee print for my bee-keeper buddy!

Fortunately, if you're a bit crafty, you can still get some oohs and aahs with far less cash and just a little time and effort.  These aprons were made by using my husband's very ratty BBQ apron as a template. The cash register may not have registered very much in buying the materials, but when you take into account the love that went into making them, their value transcends mere money!