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Fish Extender

We've decided to participate in a Fish Extender group for our cruise in November and I'm looking for advice on gifts. If you're not familiar with Fish Extender, it's a gift exchange program that cruisers on DCL get together and organize in advance of their sail date. You hang a pouch of some sort to collect goodies off of the fish where you receive your Disney mail (thus, extending the fish). I have a couple of ideas. Which would you be the most pleased to receive or do you have another idea? Have you participated in the past and received something that you really loved? Have you given something that received much appreciation from others in your group? I want to do something that is reasonably creative and original without breaking the bank and I want it to be something that people will enjoy or find useful.

* Small (5x7 maybe?) painting on canvas board of a character that you like

* Sketch of a character that you like (obviously, this is less work for me than the painting and I've got about 17 to do at the moment)

* Mickey cookie cutters and wooden ornament with your favorite character painted on it (my initial idea, but I have three area of concern: our cruise is a month and a half before Christmas, some families in my group might not celebrate Christmas, there is already a separate ornament exchange, but we found out about it too late)

* Mini first aid kit - Baymax themed (I love this one, but I totally copied it from someone else)

*Disney Pin (as a pin collector, I love this one, but it could get kind of pricey.)

*Other ideas??

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I love the painting on board idea, it's a bit more hardy than a sketch (to travel home with). I also love the 1st aid kit idea.

I did not realise until getting my gifts in order for next week how worrying it can be to find a good gift. I have not been given any gifts as yet but I can tell you what I have put together:

A handmade and designed key ring with a little cruise ship on it
Ladies have a personalised handmade bracelet in thier favourite colour
Kids have bubbles, stickers and either a book or an activity book
A wooden puzzle
T bags
3 of our favourite englis ph chocolate bars (Mars, toffee crisp and twix)
Men have a little dictionary of cockey rhyming slang

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We've done first aid kits including light cards for the newer ships, mini bottles with recipes (sucks that we can't do alcohol anymore) The painting or sketching could work as a cabin gift. I once bought 20 "DREAM" script wooden plaques and gave paint and two brushes for a cabin gift. I found a company on Amazon that sold paints in an eight color strip for a few bucks each. It worked out well, I put magnets on the back and then let people paint their own designs.
It's above the dry erase board in the picture. You could also make magnets for their doors.

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Thanks, Brin & Dee!! Lots of great ideas here. I found a puzzle in a Pirate bottle that I thought was cool last week. Scouring the internet to see if I can find a more cost effective way to make it myself.

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We had a big Fish extender group and while we did get a few nice things, we got a lot of crap, and some things that would have been great if we hand gotten 1 of them, but getting 3 or 4 was awkward to take home (plastic tumblers, 6 decks of cards). Honestly a lot of things went in the garbage at home.

My favorite things were things that were fairly small I could continue to use at home as well. What I continue to use is a handmade keychain, a Mickey head necklace on a leather thong, a tote bag, and a cookie cutter.

I really like the character painting idea, that is something that I would have kept and found a place for near my desk. It's personal and takes effort. As an artist if I were creating them though I would stick to one or two characters and give them randomly rather than doing everyone's favorite character. I've seen pictures of some awesome modernist Mickey's that have been done this way.

We had one person that gave Disney Pins and that was awesome too because I was able to take mine to the shop and trade it for one that I really wanted in their pin trading book.

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Thanks for the suggestions! I have some new ideas. Any thoughts?

* Disney Calendar - use previously obtained Disney vacation photos to have 2016 calendars printed
* In honor of pirate night, a copy of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan
* Puzzle in a pirate bottle

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I have just got back to port, and I can say I agre with KK! We got some tat, 1 thing I did like was Velcro covers for our suitcase handles, 2 pins to start Trading, Tim got a nice ice cream mug set, and we got a card with some of the ship artwork on as a photo.

Alice, again 3 awesome ideas. I would have been happy with any of them.

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Love those new ideas! Especially the copy of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan.

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