So our adoption agency will be traveling soon to Thailand to visit the waiting children in their program, and so we have the opportunity to send Ellen a small gift. It's too early in the process for photo albums or letters, but something small that she can keep with her is appropriate.
I'll confess that I'm a little gun shy about this trip; I'm kind of worried that they'll get over there and discover that for some reason Ellen is suddenly unavailable for adoption and we'll get another sad phone call. But I'm excited too, because we have the opportunity to have some more questions answered about our daughter, to receive updated pictures and video, and to send along something just for her filled with all the love we can cram into it.
The question is, what do we send?
Ellen loves Thai comic books and soap operas, but I don't have a good source for Thai comics here (and wouldn't be able to read them yet to make sure they're appropriate). She also enjoys playing chess, so we're thinking about maybe sending her a little travel chess set. Stuffed animals aren't necessarily appropriate for her age level, but we're going to send a small piece of jewelry like a necklace or a charm bracelet.
I think I'm also going to applique a little zippered bag for her-- maybe with a white elephant, as they're an important cultural symbol for Thailand. Since I have the time it would be good to send her something handmade. I might have Jeremy take a picture while I'm sewing on it, and then when we're allowed to send her a photo album she can see that I made it for her.
So what do you all think? Do you have any suggestions for age appropriate (she's thirteen) gifts we could send her? They need to be of fairly low monetary value, non-electronic and probably not easily breakable, and they need to take up very little room in a suitcase. Any ideas?
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