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Sharing What I Love While on a Cruise

I just got back from a warm, sunny cruise to the Western Caribbean.  About a month before I left, I had the idea to create little treat gifts to take with me so I could give them to the wait staff and cabin steward each night of our cruise. I thought:  “I have several weeks before we leave—I’ll have plenty of time to gather ideas and make these little gifts.” Well, two days before we were supposed to leave I still hadn’t made anything. I really wanted to do this, however, so I decided that whatever I was going to take with me had to be quick and easy to make.

Here’s what I came up with. . . .

I stamped and prepped everything before I left but didn’t assemble any of the gifts until I got on the ship. That way I could pack them “flat,” which prevented them from being crushed while traveling. During the cruise it took me less than five minutes to load the bags up with treats and finish assembling the gifts each night. It worked out perfectly!

On the last night of the cruise I wanted to give them something special, so I also made these before I left. . . .

Our wait staff and cabin steward loved getting the gifts each night and said we had really made them feel appreciated that week. It was a pleasure to share what I love with others while showing my appreciation for the service I received. I’m already planning to do this on the next cruise I take (whenever that is), but this time I won’t wait until the last minute to make everything!

Donna G.
Curriculum Developer and Trainer


  • Maria Mitchell

    May 28

    What a beautiful idea. So thoughtful.

  • Donna Griffith

    May 28

    Some of you have asked what I put inside - they were all treats. In the Tag A Bag Box with the Enjoy tag I put a 6 pack of Oreo cookies. In the Chevron Bag with the Just For You tag I put 100 calorie Fudge Stripe cookies bags. In the pinwheel box, I put packages of swedish fish. In the red sack with white hearts I put in Hersey Nuggets. There is gum in the package with the tag that says A Gift for you. For the special gift we gave them the last night, we actually clipped their tip monies on the back.

  • Donna Griffith

    May 28

    Here's the supplies for the gift we gave on the last night - it measures 3" x 3". Yippe-Skippe! stamp set. Summer Starfruit, Early Espresso & Real Red Stampin' Write Markers. Whisper White Cardstock. Red Glimmer Paper. 2012-2014 In Color Desigher Series Paper Stacks (Summer Starfruit). Deco Label Framlits. Small Heart Punch. Linen Thread. Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons. Stampin' Dimensionals. Mini Glue Dots.

  • Ashley Van Camp

    May 28

    What an amazingly cute idea! Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ann

    May 28

    What a beautiful thing to do for all of the staff, they work hard & no doubt your handmade gifts made them feel special.

  • Valory Degree

    May 28

    These are so nice, Donna! What a great idea to make someone's day special!

  • Frenchie

    May 28

    What a great idea , in May I be going on one my self !

  • Natalie

    May 28

    Donna, I love this idea, we are going to implement it with our family on our next trip!

  • Michelle Quinno

    May 28

    LOVE this idea! What did you put inside?

  • Kindra Delaney

    May 28

    What kind if goodies were in each treat? Is the last one a little picture frame? Great idea, we are doing a cruise in December. Would love instructions!!!