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eskimopieo
I don't know if you are able to find "Seagull" pewter in your city, but it was inexpensive - I paid $8.00 CAD. "Seagull" is a Canadian manufacturer, but I do know they retail in some states.

Sorry, but ... I just hung my very beautiful Seagull pewter angel ornament on the tree last night! I bought it for $7 (I think) at the Canadian pavillion in Epcot at Disney. I also bought my mom a lovely nativity ornament for about $8-9.

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dancemomCA
:wink: That's great eskimopieo - they do produce wonderful pieces of art and ornaments. Your price beat mine, but not by much, considering our dollar is actually on the upswing. Cheers!

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Millie

Thank you to everybody for all the suggestions. I will look into the Seagull line of pewter to see if I can find something suitable. I did already look at the Swarovski crystal at my local store but did not see anything ballet related. I will go back and ask the store about this specifically. Balletbooster, if you can tell me more about the Midwest of Cannon Falls and what type of stores carry this line, it will be appreciated. Thank you again to all who wrote, what a great bunch of ballet parents.

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ajg

I found the web site for Seagull Pewter: https://shop.timwebworks.com/seagull_car1/home.htm

 

and I would be remiss if I did not include the URL for Wendell August Forge another metal workshop nearby us in Grove City, PA:

http://www.wendellaugust.com/main.asp

They do have a set of Nutcracker ornaments which is very pricey but you can get 3 of them for less - you would have to call and ask which three ornaments are included.

 

Hi Millie! We are in the same position: looking for that first Cavalier gift. I did buy a pair of fleece socks to go over ballet slippers but I also want to buy some little memento for my son (he is looking for one for his partner) - no luck for either of us yet. It is driving me crazy and time is running out....

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GabbyN

Little bit OT, but yesterday I received “Giselle” DVD that I ordered on Amazon.com.

For my biggest surprise the actual DVD inside was not that of “Giselle”, but a pornographic video. I wrote e-mail to the sender, but haven’t gotten any replays yet.

My point is that we should be more careful ordering something online especially as a gift, my luck it was a DVD for myself, but what if …

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balletbooster

Midwest of Cannon Falls is carried by upscale gift stores. The Nutcracker line came out two years ago, this is the third Christmas. I know of two local stores that carried it, as well as our professional ballet company's boutique. You might call around to your local gift shops. I am sure most will carry some of Midwest's ornaments, as they are one of the leading manufacturer's of Christmas decorations. But, they may not have chosen to carry the Nutcracker line. However, they will probably remember seeing it in the Midwest showroom at Market, as all three years it has been front and center at the Dallas market, anyway!

 

I can get some pieces for you from our company's boutique if you don't have any luck. PM me if you need some help.

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Guest fille'smom

While viewing a house with a realtor a couple of weeks ago I noticed a really cool 8x10 hologram of a ballet dancer doing a pirouette framed and hanging on the wall. The owner was able to tell me that he bought it 5 years ago in the Dallas airport. Since I do not live anywhere near Dallas I did a search on the web but was unsuccessful. Has anyone seen anything like this and know how I could find one?

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balletbooster

Blue Sky ceramics has a neat Nutcracker line. This is carried in our Gold Crown Hallmark stores in the area. There are little ceramic houses with nutcrackers standing outside (lit with a tealight), there are ceramic ornaments of Clara, Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer and the Arabian. There are nutcracker tealight holders and a really fabulous ceramic stage with the sugar plum fairy dancing. It includes a music box and the sugar plum turns. It is a wonderful line and very unusual!

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LRS

All of the Nutcracker ornaments sound so beautiful! I bought my DD a Steinbach nutcracker from their "Nutcracker" series the year DD was a Mouse. It is Tchaikovsky's Mouse King-really cute! I don't know if they have retired that line or not.

 

I think there should be a line of gifts for sweet little brothers (or sisters and dads) who have endured years of Nutcracker performances and rehearsals. Maybe I should start him a Nutcracker collection! A t-shirt that says- I am ten and have seen the Nutcracker 1,000 times! Not really!

 

You know your (non-dancing) son has attended too many Nut performances when he can recognize the different dances by the music, can dance Russian and picked Tchaikovsky as his music research project! And still has no interest in dancing! Too bad that perfect turn-out is going to waste! : :grinning:

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Funny Face

I have purchased from Midwest of Cannon Falls three absolutely gorgeous angels in graceful, almost dance-like poses. They are not cutesie at all -- incredibly beautiful. I found mine in one of those stores that carries holiday ornaments all year. I would check any upscale mall.

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courtney's mom

Does anyone have a foot bath/massager? I've been tempted to buy one for my daughter the past couple of years, but haven't yet. My husband thinks it won't get used much and that it won't last very long. Are they really helpful for soothing tired, aching feet?

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courtney's mom

Any clever ideas on gifts for a page? I haven't been able to find any charms or ornaments for that role in Nutcracker.

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GretchenStar

How about for a 20-year old male dancer? We're doing a secret Santa thing and I had the luck of choosing him. No offense, but it's easier to get gifts for teen girls (well, I think so). I was thinking of putting together a little rest/relaxation package- including a scarf, christmas socks, box of cocoa packets, chocolate candy and maybe candles. I don't know if he likes candles (for example, I don't) but then he could give it to someone else. Is this a good idea? Also, he's Jewish, so christmas socks aren't quite right. Or if it was just somewhat christmas-y (like red and green with holly, but no "Merry Christmas" or Santa Claus), would that be okay? Or would that be offensive?

 

I wish I still had new (unworn) pairs of socks with Nutcrackers on it. They were clearanced after Christmas at Target a long time ago...

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