This year when everyone paid their joining fee (a very reasonable £20), the membership gift was a packet of 'bead soup' - a packet of different beads eg seed beads, bugle beads and shaped beads.
Everyone was encouaged to create something and bring it to today's meeting. It did not have to be jewellery and you could add other beads to the 'soup'.
Here is my contribution - a charm bracelet and earrings.
There were lovely creations -