Just my two cents -- because you mentioned the possibility of making dresses for skaters to use:
Originally Posted by narcissa
If only I had the necessary ambition and wherewithal (sewing skills, as well as time, motivation, etc.), I think it would be very special to give a skater a stuffed animal dressed in a mini-version of the skater's real costume.
It's not an original idea by any stretch. But skaters (both men and ladies) seem to love receiving teddy bears wearing handmade one-of-a-kind outfits that look exactly like their own costumes.
The ones that I have seen online are really adorable.
Denis Ten, for example, posted photos with an appreciative comment along the lines of (I'm paraphrasing), "When your fans are more talented than you are ..."
I imagine that the skaters (and/or their families) would treasure these unique gifts as lasting keepsakes.
But ... I realize of course that this kind of project would be a major undertaking. I myself would not be capable of it.
My personal preference would be for mini-costumes for stuffed animals -- as opposed to dolls.
For this kind of thing, dolls seem a little creepy to me. But Gracie Gold very recently said that she has kept a gift that was a Barbie doll dressed in one of her costumes.