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We have two young girls staying for xmas. an 8 and a 10 year old.
looking for presents ideas to make for them.
Has to be smallish and not very heavy because they will both be flying home with the presents in their suitcases.
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Small keepsake boxes are always well received.

I've also done several under 20 note music boxes that the young ladies really enjoyed.
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One of the girls already has a collection of my boxes so I'm trying to be a bit different for her friends sake.
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I know that they are boxes but wood pencil cases might be nice (lots of ideas on the web). Maybe piggy banks (owl, apple, elephant, bunny, clown...)? Clocks or even room name tags?

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There was a guy around here who at Christmas has a kiosk filled with band saw boxes in fanciful shapes. Butterflies, lady bugs, stars, crazy eight shapes, small stands with multiple drawers. Painted, and unpainted but with nice finishes. Small, portable and if not too childish, will be kept forever.

Have your wife pick up some appropriate gold pins or ear rings to put inside them as a double surprise. Maybe with their birthstones. That will be appreciated for a long time.

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This is as painful as coming up with something new for a 2 x 4 Challenge; I'm in the same boat for both conceptual goals.
A couple of ideas that might be extensions of the box thing:
-an artists easel /box for budding artists... keep everything together in one place.
-not really for the kids, but I saw a really nice cutlery caddy. You load all the cutlery into one of these small baskets for setting the table, especially helpful when you've got a dinner crowd.
The one I saw was actually low profile and the cutlery lay flat in longitudinal compartments. But here's one that holds the stuff upright.

Another idea is a version of the Oriental style wooden tile puzzles. There are books with patterns available.
Here's a sample of the finished thing...
https://www.amazon.ca/Jili-Online-Tr...SIN=B06XWCFH2Q
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Sorry, that was confusing; the thumbnail was for the cutlery caddy, not the puzzles.
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OK; did some poking around...they're called 'tangrams'.
https://www.tangram-channel.com/tangram-puzzles/
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Knock yourselves out!
https://toolcrib.com/blog/2008/12/30...rams-and-more/

More:
https://www.freepatternsarea.com/des...zzle-toy-plan/

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I was trying to get away from boxes, but I think Dans cutlery tray is a step too far

Not sure I am up to making wooden puzzles, the accuracy is a bit beyond my very basic skills. and whatever i make has to fit in the suitcase for the plane journey home,
looks like its going to be trinket boxes.
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