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Old 04-11-2006, 11:39 AM   #1  
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My long-time friend (friends since 1st grade) is completing her studies to be a nurse practitioner. I feel kinda out of the loop in her life at times b/c she is so busy and we live 2 hours apart, but just like an old friend we can pick up where we left off. I want to make something special for her. I was wondering if you ladies could help me figure out what type of things I could put in a paint can or some other creative ideas. A little about her: she is 31, has two kids, has been a nurse for 10 years-worked in a dr. office, operating room and now works in quality control for hospital. She will begin work for a doctor (ear, nose, and throat dr.) as a nurse practitioner in the fall.
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Old 04-12-2006, 09:00 AM   #2  
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What about...

a nurses survival kit (do a web search for "survival kit" and take some ideas from there...some sites may actually have ideas specifically geared towards nurses or medical professionals).

or

a relaxation can (because she deserves it after all her hard work) That could be a can filled with bath goodies...maybe a book and some chocolates or coffee/tea if she drinks it?

Also if you do a search of the forum for "paint can" I know someone posted a huge list of ideas in the past.

Good luck and have fun.

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here are the paint can ideas I copied from here hopefully one of them will strike your fancy!
Grandparents or anyone's Photo Brag Kit:
Accordian Album of Grandchildren
to fit inside

Girly Girl Kit:
- clips and headbands
- lipgloss
- perfume
- nailpolish
- earrings

Summer Can:
- sunscreen
- mosquito spray
- sunglasses
- flip flops
- lemonade package
- book

Computer Can:
- empty discs
- CD cases
- mouse
- ink refill kit

TV Junkie:
- blank VCR tapes
- chips and dip/salsa
- soda
- batteries (for remote)

Music Lover:
- CD
- batteries
- headphones
- CD gift certificate

Wedding:
- frame (frame a pic of couple or their wedding invitation)
- candles
- ring cleaning kit
- candles
- supper gift certificate

Sports Lover:
- game tickets
- hat or T-shirt of favorite team
- collector cards, banners, etc.
- snacks

Coffee Can:
- flavored coffee packages
- sweetener
- mug
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More:
Winter Can:
- mittens
- socks
- hot chocolate package
- marshmallows
- cinnamon sticks

Dog/Cat Lover Can:
- dog/cat treats
- collar
- dog/cat toy
- grooming brush
- pet store gift certificate
- sweater
- gourmet food

Baseball Can:
- baseball
- baseball glove
- sunflower seeds
- scorecard
- gum

Cooking:
- cookbook
- recipes (handwritten, passed down)
- oven mitt
- spices

Get well Can:
- chicken noodle soup package
- magazine
- CD
- book
- puzzle book
- orange juice box
- movie

Tool Man Can:
- various nails and screws
- hammer
- tape measure
- screwdrivers

Gardening Can:
- garden gloves
- spade, etc.
- seed packets
- greenhouse gift certificates
- terra cotta pots

Christmas Can:
- ornaments
- gift tags
- blank christmas cards
- candy canes
- christmas cookies
- hot chocolate
- christmas CD or movie

Crafter Can (folk art):
- paint
- paint brushes
- ribbon
- craft magazine

Crafter Can (knitting):
- knitting needles
- yarn
- patterns
- craft magazine

Book Worm Can:
- book(s)
- book store gift certificate
- book light
- book mark
- book cover

Golfer Can:
- golf balls
- tees
- hand towel (to clean golf balls)
- spare change (for drink machines, etc.)
- golf gloves
- golf membership

Scrapbooker:
- adhesive
- LSS gift certificate
- small embellishments (ie. label holder, tags, ribbons, charms...)
- pen
- rular
- craft knife and scissors
- scrapbooking magazine
* The empty can makes a great "scrap" basket for garbage!

Teacher:
- reward stickers
- chalk/dry erase markers
- calendar
- pens and pencils
- note pads


Girl's Night:
- sappy movie
- nail polish and face masks
- slippers
- chips and dip/salsa
- chocolate

Teen boy:
- gas card
- movie/music gift certificate
- cologne
- CD
- sunglasses

Relaxation in a Can:
- face mask
- scented candles
- perfume
- bubble bath
- bath salts
- loafah
- scented soaps
- nail polish
- pedicure supplies
- CD
- hand towel
- lotion

Teen girl:
- gas card
- mall/store gift certificate
- perfume
- nail polish
- lipstick
- candles

Bridal Shower Can:
- spa or manicure gift certificate
- bridal magazine
- wedding music CD

Lovers/Romance Can:
- candles
- romantic music CD
- cloth napkins
- flowers
- wine glasses

Baby Shower/Baby Can:
- booties/slippers
- soother
- socks
- teddy
- diaper cream
- gripe water
- Q-tips
- baby (and adult!) Tylenol
- babysitting coupons
- baby shampoo and washcloths
- wipes in travel case

Vacation Can:
- deck of cards
- road map
- CD
- travel games
- batteries
- travel soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.
- change (for drink machines)
- book/magazine
- snacks

Off to School (child) Can:
- notebooks
- pens, pencils and markers
- scissors
- lunch bag
- stickers
- book

Chocolate Lover Can:
- fill with favorite chocolates & a Chocolate scented candle

Candy Lover Can:
- fill with favorite candy

Kitchen/Cooking Can:
- utensils
- napkins
- oven mitts
- dish towel
- salt and pepper shakers
- rolled up placemats
- spices
-wooden spoons

Cookie Can:
- fill with all the ingredients needed for a cookie recipe (ie. chocolate
chips, flour, etc.), all individually packaged.
- Don't forget to include the recipe!


Off to School (College) Can:
- pens and pencils
- notebooks
- bus/parking pass
- books
- snacks
- phone card

Movie Can:
- DVD or video
- microwave popcorn
- soda
- candy
- gift certificate for movie rental at local video store

Boy (child) Can:
- toy (ie. car, truck, lego, etc.)
- books
- candy

Girl (child) Can:
- toy (ie. Barbie, Polly Pocket, etc.)
- books
- candy

Fun in a Can:
- deck of cards
- puzzle book
- joke book
- travel games

added myself-

Friendship in a Can:
- Poems
- Stationery Monogrammed with their Names
- Chocolates
- Brag Book of Two of Us
- Candles
- Flowers
- jewelries

Mom or Dad in a Can Kit:
- Brag Book of Two of Us
- Poems, sweet sayings
- Flowers for Mom
- Dad's Fave snack for Dad
- jewelry

Thank You in a Can:
- Poems or Sweet sayings on a altered File folders placed inside can
-Chocolates, candy
- Candles
- Flowers

Sympathy in a Can:
- Guardian angel pin, figurine
- Poems, Encouraging words
- Book, Bible
- Candles
- Handmade gifts- Accordian book blank pre-made, Altered Canvas or File Folders pre-made for them to just add Photos
- Homemade goodies
- Tissues


USES for Paint Cans afterwards:
- Storing SB supplies in it.
- Storing Combs, Brushes, Hair Stuff in it & Put on bathroom sink
- Storing CDs

Hero at Home
Deployment Survival Kit
Decorated paint can filled with items to help the HERO here at home.
Air Force Magnet- to use to hang a reminder of your deployed spouse
Blue Star Flag- to hang in your car or home window
Hugs and Kisses- break open in case of emergency
Lifesavers- to keep you afloat when the tears are too deep
Relaxation Pills- take one and call a friend
Hero Journal- to record your feelings and thoughts
Cards to send your loved one with stamps- to send "real" mail to your spouse
Heroes At Home Book- to read and pass on to friends and family
Deployment Emails and Im's CD - to keep a record of your time apart
Hero Bubble Bath- for when you need to get away!
Return and Reunion CD- to watch before the redeployment
Hero Pen- to remind you that you too are a hero at home whenever you use it!

MOVIE NIGHT
popcorn
candy/chocolate
dvd
gc to local video store
pop
snack mix
nuts


BOOK READER CAN
booklight
bookmark
snack
book
gc for bookstore

GARDENING CAN
gloves
seed packs
bulbs
trowel
liquid fetilizer
kneeling pad
plant markers
hand lotion
sun visor

SPA CAN
gel eye mask
Tea (herbal)
Bubble bath
Lotion
bath puffy
bath salts
back scrubber
candles
Music cd
loofah

COFFEE LOVER CAN
flavored coffees
mug or travel mug
flavored creamers
biscotti
cookies
Starbuck's gift card

GET WELL CAN
puzzle books
tea
honey sticks
pencils / pens
magazines
book
mad libs
cough drops
kleenex
microwave heat pad
tv guide
dvd

COOKIE CAN
various homemade cookies
recipes for the cookies
bag chocolate chips
frosting tube
sprinkles
cookie cutters

GOURMENT CHEF CAN
exotic spices
infused oils
gourmet chocolate
fancy measuring spoons
cookbook
spatulas
oven mitts
apron
chef's hat

TEACHER CAN
small notepads
tylenol

Teacher-good job stickers
pens
pencils
coffee mug
gift certificate for a mani/pedi

MY NAILS CAN
nail polish
polish remover
nail clippers
emery boards
cotton balls
cuticle sticks
cuticle cream
hand lotion
gift certificate for a mani/pedi



OFF TO COLLEGE CAN
pens
pencils
mouse pad
wash cloths
hand towels
snacks
phone card to call home
nail clippers
book light
microwave soup
fuzzy socks
book
magazine
mad libs
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and yet more:
AROMA CAN
candles
incense
incense burner
potpourri
candle holder
room spray
drawer sachets
potpourri

SNACK CAN
various snack favorites
chips
chocolate
nuts
whatever the persons favs are

BABY CAN
onsies
recieving blanket
socks-booties
bibs
rubber ducky
rattle
powder
lotion
baby bath
washcloths
small brag book
teddy bear
shampoo
tree seedling to grow with baby

TEA LOVER CAN
various teas
teacup
infuser/strainer
short bread
honey sticks
biscotti
teapot
small tea towel
spoon

FISHERMAN CAN
fishing line
clippers
license holder
floaters
hooks
lures
snacks

FITNESS FREAK CAN
headband
power bars
shoelaces
socks
foot powder
wristbands
fitness magazine
hand weights
video
jump rope
sports drink
yoga tape
stretching rope
water bottle
chain spray (biker)
gloves (biker)

spoke tools (biker)
tire patch kit (biker)

CHEER UP CAN
day book
tissues
candy
small stuffed toy
book
movie
cd
bubble bath
candle

KIDS ART CAN
crayons
paints/ brushes
playdoh
small color book
small pad of paper
stickers
glitter pens
construction paper
glue sticks
popsicle sticks
yarn or ribbon

GOLFER CAN
Brass/nylon brush
divot tool w/brush
ball markers
spike wrench
snacks
golf towel
wood tees
balls
ball pickup
club covers
gift certificate to a day of golf

FOOT PAMPER CAN
callous cream
foot soak salt
foot scrub
foot roller
foot brush
lotion
pumice stone
nail polish
toenail clippers
pedicure certificate

WRITERS CAN
engraved pen
handmade journal
booklight
stationary set
wax sealing set


PHOTOGRAPHERS CAN
film
gc to get film developed
lens cloth
filters
small frame
lens dust blower

HOUSEWARMING CAN
gc to home depot or similar
take out menus for local restaurants
address labels
candle (yankee home sweet home)
small plants
seeds
monogrammed hand towels

SCRAPPIN CAN
film/ disposable camera
hermifix tabs
glue dots
small frame
fiber assortment
embellishment assortment
gc for film development
gc to lss
scissors
ribbon assortment
alphabet stickers
mini album
pens
magazine or subscription

ENGAGEMENT/ BRIDAL CAN
bridal planner
advil
magazine
wedding music cd
phone card
gc for a relaxing day
garter
ring pillow
lace hankercheif

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT
clear nail polish to fix stocking runs
bobby pins
tampons/pads
tissues
safety pins
razor
static removing spray
stain remover towelettes
travel size hair spray
travel size deodorant
travel size
aspirin
clear band aids
backup pair of stockings
nail file
waterproof mascara
boutonniere/corsage pins
disposable camera
antacid
extra earring backs
small scissors
eye drops
needle & thread
comb
mirror
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wow what a list Thanks for posting all of them in one spot. It would be great if they could pin your list to the top of the page so it doesn't get lost.
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any suggestions for what to put inside a paint can for a bridal shower BUT it's an 'around the clock' shower and the 'time' I'm assigned is 12 am - so my gift should be something she can use at that time....
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These are all great ideas! Thank you!

For the 12 am shower, I would say that is time for body lotions, massage oil, lingerie etc. I guess you would have to know her well enough to buy that kind of stuff. Don't to forget the tylenol or aspirin--you know for the 12a times when you have a headache.
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Nurse's Survival Kit
Lifesaver - a reminder of the many times others will need your help
Snicker's Bar - to remind you that laughter is the best medicine
Candle - to remind you that you can light up someone's day
Tissue - to dry tears, your own and someone else's
Starburst - for that burst of energy at the end of the day
Button - to remind you that sometimes you need to button your lip
Bath Salts - to take you away at the end of the day
Marbles - to replace the ones you will loose
Playing Card - to help you be a better mind reader
Lollipop - to help you lick everyone's problems
Mint - to remind you your compassion is worth a mint to your patients.
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Thank you for doing all that foot work. I've been wanting to do a can but I was struggling for ideas.You ladies are the greatest!! I'm bookmarking this page.
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Wow! what a fantastic list! You are the best for sharing these ideas!
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I work with many NP's and think the relaxation can is SO the way to go, sounds like your friend will have her hands full with kids and the new job,all the NP's I've worked with had to do the "On Call" thing too wich would be stressfull as you get the odd hour calls and emergencys.
What a good friend you are to do this for her.
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These are all great ideas! Thank you!

For the 12 am shower, I would say that is time for body lotions, massage oil, lingerie etc. I guess you would have to know her well enough to buy that kind of stuff. Don't to forget the tylenol or aspirin--you know for the 12a times when you have a headache.
Or how about an eye mask/sleeping mask for getting some shut eye? Flash light in case you need to find something in the middle of the night?
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What amazing ideas you all have!!! Thank you so much for sharing.
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Wow, what great ideas. TFS!
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