a box of sand
2 coconut shells
a white cabbage
a pane of glass
a piece of expanded polystyrene
a side of ham [or bag of sand]
a hammer & a blunt chef's vegetable knife ...
hours of fun.
You might want some footage they can see the effect on.
20 mins of Game of Thrones with the sound turned off could use all those.
Your questions couldn't get much broader, especially as the reader isn't aware of what precisely you are a 'beginner' at... There is so much to cover.
You haven't stated whether you already compose anything. Without knowing this, it's difficult to know where to start, on the music side of things.
Do you wish to emulate the 8-bit sounds of a NES? I'll ...
Not Leaving Headroom
Unless you are pushing to analog tape, you don't need to pin the meters just below the redline. Processing through plug ins will add amplitude, so you need to leave room. The best practice of pushing levels is antiquated in this world of virtual instruments and very quiet mixers.
Cellotape - I think it would sound very christmas-like if you layer some bell jingling with cellotape being stretched out for gift wrapping :)
For the gift shaking I would use a shoe box and fill it with various types of objects for example:- plastic toys, DVD cases, coins etc. Then shake the box with various degrees of excitement!
In terms of tree ...
I know, this is an old post, but in case new user found this, here are some tips every soundminer user should know:
Creating a clearly arranged database structure for your sounds. Create a database for a: all sound currently in use, b: all purchased libraries, c: all your own sounds, d: all production music - find a logic which works for you.
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