I live in Pennsylvania. My nieces and nephews live in Texas. It's a little too far to attend birthday parties, so I made a decision a couple of years ago to send really fun, unique gifts to them by mail. This year I sent Grayson a pirate themed present. First, I raided the local party supply store for hats, eye patches, bandannas, and gold coins. My own little boy, by the way, thinks that this store must be what Heaven will look like someday. If you've got nothing to do this weekend...take your toddler to Party City. They'll be busy for an hour, easy, and taking home the item that they just cannot seem to part withwill probably cost you less than five bucks! Back to Grayson though....
So, I had all the"loot," but wanted to make him something special to add to the package. I then decided to raid my own basement (you never know what you'll find down there), and came back up with a broken window shade and some craft paints. A couple of fun-filled hours later (I do realize that not everyone would think this was fun, but I did!), I had a one-of-a-kind pirate treasure map. It was bright, glittery, and had a snappy roll to it (highly recommend the window shade idea), but something was missing. It needed an extra special personal touch.
To find this, I raided my sister's blog, which had absolutely NO helpful pictures for me at all, being that she has chronic camera/computer issues. So, I then raided my mom's blog, and found a funny little picture of Grayson with his brother and sister. I printed it out, made them into scurvy dogs, covered them with several layers of packaging tape, and added a velcro piece to their backs. A few other velcro pieces strategically placed where pirates would just have to visit, and Grayson's map was done.
Well worth the effort, for hours of happy Arrrgs!