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Christmas gifts with a purpose


From the title of this post, you might think that I was being nice. Thoughtful, perhaps. But no. My purpose in giving gifts to my niece and nephews is to annoy the heck out of their parents. This year, I think I’ve come up with a doozy. (Truthfully, I didn’t come up with it. Thanks for the idea go to my good friend.)

Marshmallow shooters!

A marshmallow shooter.

This ought to get a good reaction from the ‘rents.

These things were so easy (and cheap!) to make. And they are tons of fun. I can personally attest to that after performing quality control tests on the first prototype.

They are made of PVC pipe. You could stop there, but I wanted to hide the printing on the side of the pipe and add some “blingy-ness” to the shooters, so I covered them in different colors of duct tape. I made one that is covered just in silver, and I think that’s my favorite, but my niece will appreciate the blue.

It was hilarious fun when we went shopping to buy the pipe; I’ve never had more fun in Lowe’s. The guys we asked for help were like little kids and super excited when we handed the plans for the shooters. They were thinking up all kinds of modifications that we could do and helped us cut out the first pieces. Then one of them had a stroke of genius and took us over a couple of aisles to pick up some small wire covers. Why? They’re not part of the design. But, wait! They were small enough to fit through the shooter, so he started shooting his co-workers. It. Was. Awesome.

Once I get the aim perfected, I’m going to be able to shoot marshmallows into graham cracker and chocolate targets. S’mores!


Author: Laura

I have a fern I named Frankenstein. I like leprechauns, practicing kung fu moves on my dining room furniture, and pretending that one day I will move to Fiji. I dislike my neighbors' kids, anything that is chartreuse, and Ben Roethlisberger.

3 thoughts on “Christmas gifts with a purpose

  1. I love that I am not the only one who loves to Terrorize my sibling’s children! I think mine are almost old enough for a beginner’s drum set, Happy days!
    Great Blog!

    • A drum set! Good choice. I gave my nephew electronic drumsticks that made the drum sounds when he hit them on something (anything, really; they worked just flicking them through the air). Those last nearly 24 hours before being confiscated.

      I’m glad, too, that I’m not the only one who thinks gift giving is a perfect opportunity to aggravate my siblings! The best part is that my niece and nephews think I’m awesome, even while their parents are rolling their eyes. :)

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