Wednesday, April 18, 2012

fun in the sun ~ summer gift idea

Last weekend I went to a friend baby shower.  She and I have been friends since before we could drive and it is hard to believe that we have our own kids now?! It seems like only yesterday we were passing notes in the hallway about boys in our class, and now we are talking about breast feeding and birth stories! lol!  So anyway back to the gift, I started thinking about what to get her, I thought back to my shower and the things that I received.  I knew she would be getting a lot of the usual stuff, like blankets, and onesies, so I figured I could do something different.  I really loved getting things that were personalized with Carter's name on them, and since my friend and her family like to spend a lot of time by the pool in the summer, I thought that it would be cute to do a summer fun gift!  And what is cuter than a baby in a swim suit and sunglasses???

So for this gift, I found a plain tub at Hobby Lobby, and went to Target to grab some essential baby pool accessories. :)  Swim suit, sunglasses, towel, and toys! Other things that would be great to add would be sunscreen, swim shoes, hat, floaties, etc... the possibilities are endless.


Once I got all the loot, I simply drew the baby to be's name on the front of the tub using these paint pens. 




After the name dried I filled it up, going largest in the back to smallest in the front.  It took a little arranging and re-agrraning to get it to look how I wanted.

Then to finish it off I used a clear cellophane to wrap it up! I think you can put just about anything in cellophane and tie it with a bow and it will look cute.. ok maybe not everything, but you get the idea! 

I stuffed some tissue in the top to give it a little more color and then tied it off with some toile.  I glued on a little turtle to the front that came with the toy pack, to make it complete!

As I was putting this gift together and dreaming of sunshine and days at the pool, we were under a tornado watch all weekend! Luckily it only rained and never got severe around us.  I've lived in Oklahoma my whole life, and I will never get used to tornado season! ugh! 
I'm glad I had this little gift to take my mind of the weather so I could daydream about laying on the beach instead! :)

This was so fun to put together, and would be great for any age kid who has a birthday in the summer as well!  

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! 

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26 comments:

  1. What a wonderful, thoughtful gift! I love this so much!

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  2. Adorable! Everytime I have to shop for a baby shower I gravitate towards wanting to put together a little gift basket for them but I usually go the bath tub route. I never even thought of the whole pool/beach idea!

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS! I've nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! Great job on your blog! Check out my post on this: http://chase-thestar.blogspot.com/2012/04/and-award-goes-to.html

    You've Earned It!
    Blessings,
    Barbara

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  4. I always make gift baskets or diaper cakes for my friend's showers. This is such a cute idea and it's a great idea for something different!

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  5. Such an adorable gift basket! I love thoughtful gifts like this. The little turtle on the outside adds the perfect touch. Megan

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  6. This is such a great idea! I love the idea, especially since I'm always trying to come up with unique gift ideas for baby showers and birthdays. I even have a nephew with a birthday coming up that this would be perfect for. Thanks for the great idea!

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  7. What a great gift idea :) It really came together nicely! This has inspired me as well for an upcoming birthday for a friends little man!

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  8. this is such a cute idea! what mom-to-be wouldn't LOVE this?! we'd love for you to link this up to our Sunday Best link party going on right now. http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunday-best-link-party_22.html
    -marie

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  9. What a super cute and fun idea! Thanks for sharing :)

    x

    Marielle

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  10. What a fantastic summer shower idea. I love it! The sunglasses especially.:)

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  11. This summer bucket is just so sweet. Taking all of those individual pieces you found together really makes it all look SO classy and well thought out. I'm sure anyone would be glad to get it! I really like your suggestion for summer birthdays too. Or maybe the smaller dollar store pails with party favors inside? The possibilities are endless! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by my Sweet Sharing Mondays party! http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday-2/

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  12. Very cute! I will definitely keep this in mind when I want to spoil my little niece this summer :)

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  13. This is such a fun gift idea! I think you're right, kids of all ages would love this!

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  14. Hi! I'm your newest follower and co-host of this month's blog hop. Thanks so much for joining in on the fun :) I'm looking forward to getting you know you better!

    This is such a cute idea!!

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  15. That is such a great gift idea! I am your newest follower from the Networking Blog Hop! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see please follow back :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

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  16. This is too cute! Such a fun gift! I made a pirate one for my nephew for his birthday a couple weeks ago and now my kids are begging for me to make ones for them too!

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  17. Very cute. I would love if you shared it with my readers on my link party.

    http://www.kampenlane.com/2012/04/show-off-monday-3-and-craft.html

    ~Taylor

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  18. What a great idea!! This is being featured today at {Junk in their Trunk}, thanks for linking up!!

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  19. How sweet is this!!!!!!!! This makes a perfect gift!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  20. What an adorable gift!! Thanks for sharing. I love finding unique ideas, since it's never exciting for me to give the same thing everyone else gives. LOL I like to mix it up a bit. Love the little turtle you added. Fun touch.

    -Lauren

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  21. Those paint markers are awesome. I didn't know about those! Glad I do now!

    Thanks for linking it up!
    --Katie

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  22. I seriously LOVE this idea! Aren't paint pens the best thing ever! I'm sure your friend went crazy over her personalized gift, well done!
    I host a Creative Party on my blog I'd love to invite you to come link up at if you'd like.
    http://www.justalittlecreativity.com/2012/04/get-creative-party-9-features-and-some.html
    Hope to see you there :)
    -Molly

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  23. oh my goodness. this is too cute! I absolutely want to do something like this for my nephew next week. Thank you!!

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  24. I love this idea! Paint Pens, something else that I didn't know anything about. Gotta find me some! Just visiting from the May Blog Hop and am now following you. I would also love to invite you to link this up to Freedom Fridays Blog Hop.

    http://myturn-evelyn.blogspot.com/

    PS Check out my May 24th post where I am co hosting Katherine's Corner Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. TWO Parties, one place! So hoping to see you there!

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  25. This gift is precious and every body have make it easily i m also looking for some item as Send Gift Pakistan now i will try this.

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