I have a tendency to search the Internet for ideas to use in Young Women, but never return the favor by sharing any myself. So here is my attempt at sharing of few recent ideas that might help someone else who is searching.
For birthday gifts this year we decided to incorporate the 2012 Mutual Theme. We bought these cute night lights for a great deal and I designed a label to place over the top. Package that up with some chocolate and a cute ribbon, call it cute!
Using the same design idea as the birthday gifts, I added the rest of the theme and printed it on card stock for our binder inserts.
For Young Women in Excellence last month, our theme was "Live Like You Believe". We created a video of all our Young Women that was similar to this one. And the take home gift for the girls was a t-shirt(in their favorite color) with that same theme printed on the front. Roll up the shirt, add a tulle bow and WHAM- perfect gift.
We are also having this years theme printed on vinyl so the girls can do with it what they'd like.(If I wasn't so computer illiterate I would know how to post what I designed another way besides taking a picture of my computer screen. Oh well)
I don't have a picture of this(dang it, I wish I had recorded it), but during the month of December we had a combined activity with all of our youth(about 100 youth ages 12-18). They called it "flash mob caroling". We were divided into groups of about 5-8 people and entered the local grocery store sporadically. After we were all in our places(strategically scattered throughout the store), one person began singing a Christmas carol and the rest of us followed. We continued singing as we headed to the front of the store and lined up near the cash registers. We continued singing just a few songs before leaving. Employees were crying, customers were grateful, and the spirit was definitely felt. The store manager(who was notified of what would be going on before we arrived) called our contact person the following morning and thanked her for what our group did. He invited us to come back often and do it again. It was a memorable activity.
Kind of a random post, but nice to have a place for ideas.