Your sister's 23rd birthday is coming up, and if you're on a tight budget -- or you're just feeling creative -- you can make her gift rather than buy one. You don't have to spend much money to make your sister a thoughtful gift. Look around; the materials for creating the perfect gift for your sister may already be in your home.
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Make your sister a personalised gift basket that reflects her interests and personality. If she loves to swim, fill a basket with a gift card to an athletic-supply store, a new pair of goggles, a swim cap, a bottle of sunscreen and a subscription to a swimmer's magazine. For a budding actor, fill a champagne bucket with a fake Oscar trophy, a book on acting, a membership card for the local theatre and a certificate for a month of sessions with a professional acting coach.
Convert all your old childhood VHS footage to DVD format and combine the clips on one DVD. Edit the footage so it contains just you and your sister talking or playing together. Make a DVD cover on your computer called "Adventures of Joe and Melissa" but with yours and your sister's names. She'll get a laugh out of it for years. Alternatively, get photos of your sister from birth to the present time and arrange them in chronological order. Use as many photos as possible to show how your sister has changed over time. Put them in a straight horizontal line and frame them. You can add more photos in later years.
Your sister, at 23, is just starting her adult journey and she will appreciate some help. Put together a gift box for each room of her apartment. Put two new towels, two washcloths, a bottle of detergent and a box of fabric softener inside a laundry basket. Fill a large colander with a box of pasta, a box of spaghetti sauce, Parmesan cheese and a new set of silverware. If her apartment is furnished, make her a fun care package. Mail her a box full of her favourite candy and snacks, a movie ticket, a magazine, a manicure-pedicure kit and a gift card for an online music download service.
For a health-conscious sister, make homemade trail mix. Portion it into 100-gram plastic containers for quick snacking. If your sister has a sweet tooth, make her a smorgasbord of treats -- her favourite cookies, brownies and cupcakes -- and put them in a pretty tin. Alternatively, cook dinner for your sister at her home. Let her set the menu, provide all the ingredients and clean up. You can make it a mini birthday-party dinner by cooking for a few of her friends too.
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