What gift would you like to NOT get this holiday season?
My kids live in another state and they are sweethearts and very smart people, but we don’t see each other in person very often and they haven’t the slightest idea who I really am. They know I like to read mysteries, so one year for Christmas I got several novels about a woman shopaholic. It is a popular series, but doesn’t come close to Jack Reacher, Myron Bolitar, Elvis Cole, Virgil Flowers, etc. Another year I got a CD of duets by Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. I mean, they are ok, but I grew up on the Rolling Stones and even like the Pretenders. I tell them not to send me anything I can’t eat or use up. I have too many THINGS already, so I guess they are at a loss.
Somehow a gift card doesn’t have a lot of holiday spirit, although that is what my grandsons want and get. So maybe I’ll just ask for one this year and save them the trouble of shopping.
Is there anything that you hope you don’t get this year? I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, I am always grateful for the thought. But don’t you just hate to see people waste their money on something you dont want?
I have 4 sisters and I tell them what I want. Let me tell you about one of them. She never listens or has selective hearing. She will hear me say that I do not like something and will buy this something. Folks, this is all year long. She will even buy me something and before giving it to me will say, . Well, ” I know that you do not like (fill in the blank), so I bought you this” The “fill in the blank” is what I said I liked and what she bought is what I had said I DID NOT LIKE. Beep Beep, Selective Hearing. I am getting angry as I write this. Like I said this happens all year long. She also seems to get angry when I mention something I do not like when we are just talking general conversation. All my sisters and my brother are alarmed at both her taste and attitude. But, she is a keeper and we can not give her away. I give my sisters a choice, order it from shopping channels and then send them, my brother and nieces money. They get what they want and some spending change and I get sanity. Let me tell you folks, ain’t nothing like family. Happy New Year to all, Luelue.
I have a friend who lives out of state and she tries to buy me clothes. We do not have the same tastes and I am hard to fit with my little old lady growing figure. I have told her two years in a row, no clothes. I got a lovely green quilted vest and a very versatile Totes hooded jacket. Very nice, but neither fit. Got them ready to return to her in the mail. I feel very badly about it, but I tried to tell her. I told her to send a gift card, which she did, along WITH the clothes. You just can’t fix everything. But I still love her.
Dead. Oh!! I love fruitcake and because I have not been shopping and did not cook, I did not get my yearly small fruitcake. I am going to the store today and get my fruitcake on. Be well, Luelue
A vacuum cleaner. :womanlol:
NO Fruitcake. Definitely fruitcake would be one thing Santa would bring me if I was naughty. I’d almost prefer the coal in my stocking to fruitcake…bleckhhhh, ptooey. :womantongue:
Well, I’ve been pulled into the 21st century. Guess it had to happen. I asked everyone what they wanted and most agreed to sign up for the Amazon Wish List. Here is what has been requested so far:
5 people want Amazon gift cards (mostly the older kids)
2 want Chic-fil-A cards (Would never have thought of that)
1 wants a Kroger gift card
2 want a Toys R Us gift card
1 wants a Booksamillion gift card
My brother in TX wants some country ham and I know a good place that ships from NC.
There is a Kroger store about a mile from my house where I can buy most of them and get 4X the fuel points if I buy before the 10th.
My husband and I did request the angel tree family and I’m thrilled with that.
I’m still going to wrap the cards in boxes with candy or something. Got to have some bows or bling somewhere, and mailing them in a small flat rate box.
Thanks for all your suggestions.
Have a happy whatever holiday you celebrate in your house. :heart:
I wrote below about a hand-written spending time walking up and down the aisle for that special one,
but other than and the Amazon wish list suggestion why not just go for a store bought “gift card”. We all know what our families and friends like so we know which one to zoom in on —- Personally I think everyone involved would be thrilled and relieved!:womanvery-happy:
I think gift giving during the Holiday Season is a wonderful thing, I can’t think of anything that someone would give me that I wouldn’t be grateful for, outside of a cold.:smileyhappy:
mixmaster… I nipped that ‘gift-giving-disaster’ business in the bud years ago. The Amazon Wish List has been a savior for our family. I have a separate Christmas Wish List for everyone… husband, older sister, younger sister, younger brother, son, niece, and 3 nephews.
I make these Lists according to whom I’m sending them. For example: my husband gets a list of one thing, (usually expensive, *lol*), from me. I only put one thing because, when I first did this, I put a bunch of stuff in there and he bought it all! even tho I told him in the Message Box ‘pick only one so I’ll be surprised.’ Well, I was surprised alright! *lol*
For the younger adults, I tell them the same thing, and they have abided so, I am, indeed, surprised. The gifts I ask for are financially appropriate for them… Used CD’s, DVD’s, and Books from Amazon… Incense, Candles… stuff like that they can get for under $10-bucks.
For my siblings, instead of asking for separate gifts for me and my husband, I ask for something for the two of us… Headphones for our computer this year, a DVD Box set of a favourite TV show… stuff like that. I keep it under $35.
The fabulous thing about an Amazon Wish List is that you can add anything from any website to it. Once you do that, when someone opens the Wish List, there is a Link that says ‘Shop this website’ and, when clicked-on, takes you right to the store. Easy peasy.
The first year I did this, everybody said, ‘OMG, thank you!’ and followed suit. Now, everybody gets what they really want and is happy, happy. It makes for a much more joyous ocassion to open a present that brings a smile to one’s face.
No one in our family suffers from the ‘stress’ that comes from not knowing what to give each other anymore.
I cannot think of anything someone could give me I would not want unless it is highly scented and takes my breath away.:womansad:
I always want jewelry and decided to ask hubby for warm robes and gowns this yr too since I seem to live in them around the house.:womanwink:
But most of all,I hope my family will be healthy.Holidays are hard for me since my daddy began his decline on NewYears Eve,my grandmother died right after Christmas,1 uncle on Christmas Eve,then last week,my last uncle passed away so close to Thanksgiving.:womansad:
So I seem to hold my breath at times until holidays are over.
But I still love Christmas and just hope I don’t get coal in my stocking this yr.:smileylol:
I apologize for getting a bit off topic. I love Christmas, in fact I was born on that day but I think sending Christmas cards takes up so much time during such a busy season. I love the cards with pictures of kids and families and I love hearing from friends I rarely see but to write or receive a card with just a signature from people I see seems like such a waste of time and postage. I’m trying to cut down the amount I send each year. I am not a Scrooge but this is how I feel! Wishing all a very happy and HEALTHY holiday season.
, i think you and your husband are very kind and caring people. I think you are both creative too. I make bookmarks out of any kind of paper too. I bought a cheap laminator and i laminate scraps and make tags also. My family knows who is behind the weird gifts and reused cards because i have been doing that for years. Lol! :smileywink: I know there is pressure on gift giving and it is stressful sometimes. I try to make people happy and try to let them know i care. Sounds like you do too. :smileywink:
I was talking to my husband at lunch about what an ungrateful wretch I must seem. I mean, everyone should have this problem, right? They have so much they don’t want anyone to give them anything. So he said why don’t you have the kids do an Angel Tree family from their church for us this year? Holy cow, I’ve been married to this man for 51 years and that’s the most he’s surprised me. What a great idea. Maybe I’ll listen to him more often. No, no reason to go overboard.
His gift to me each year is that he saves up all the free samples that come in the mail and that he gets at the supermarket each week, etc. and puts them all in one box and gives it to me for Christmas. Even a can of dog food. We don’t have a dog. After Christmas I take it all to St. Vincent De Paul. He acts totally serious asking me if I like it.
When we were first married we had no money and two small children (first two years). I mean, no money. He was overseas the third Christmas. I had not learned to drive until he left, so for Christmas I sent him a picture of my driver’s license. I had remarked once I thought he would look nice with a mustache. He sent me a picture of him with a mustache. He still has it. The mustache, not the picture.
I hope no one posts that they don’t want to get a book mark made out of a Christmas card this year for Christmas, :smileyembarrassed:
, i can understand where you are coming from with gifts. I try to ask what someone needs or wants for Christmas. I also give gag gifts and sign other people’s name to it. I do that to my poor hubby every year. One year he gave ketchup and paper towels as gifts. I have also reused cards that were sent to me and cross out the persons name and send it back to them with someone else’s name. LOL!!! I do make cards with Anna Griffin kits so everyone does get a nice card from me. :smileyvery-happy: I try to really show friends and family that i do think and care about them. I try to give alot if i can because i want to bless people this time of the year. I think gifting is a form of love and caring about others. Although i can be very silly at times too. :smileylol:
I like how since us kids are grown up now, gifts are optional in my family. No one expects anything. If I get something, I appreciate the thought, whether I keep it or donate it. I have too many socks and really don’t need any more.
My boyfriend’s family tradition is to gift every single member, and he dreads this time of year, bc he doesn’t have the funds. I feel bad for him. I don’t attend holidays w his family anymore, but I always send small gifts, like hand creams. It takes the fun out of it when u feel like u have to.
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12.28.16 1:01 PM