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« on: December 09, 2008, 03:48:18 pm »

I'm about 75% finished. There's a lot of bargains out there right now, due to the struggling economy. I found some Barbie dolls for under $10 at Wal-Mart (for my niece, NOT for me! Wink  ). Normally they sell for $15-$20.

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2008, 03:53:16 pm »

Almost finished!  I tend to buy things for people throughout the year and put them away for Christmas.  Just have to remember where I put them.

David, you can have a Barbie if you want!
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008, 04:07:43 pm »

David, you can have a Barbie if you want!

I bet he'd rather have a Johnny West cowboy.  Grin

And you can easily add to your Big Jim collection on eBay.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2008, 04:32:41 pm »

I voted "haven't even started yet". That's not completely true, but it comes closest. I have two presents at the moment, and in relation to the number of presents I need, that's nothing.
All together I have about 20 people to give a present to; 13 of them are children. Yup, we're a big family.
Three of the kids are mine and will get more than one present.

Years ago, when our generation started having kids, we stopped giving presents among us friends, in-laws, siblings, cousins, etc. This means our generation. But we still give presents to the younger generation and to the elder one.
I think this is a good solution, otherwise it would be too much.

It still IS much, but I love my big family and enjoy it immensly to come together at Christmas time.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2008, 06:06:33 pm »

Started today.  Bought two gifts.  One is a Santa ridiing a Harley singing born to be wild 1968, and another little gadget.  Both for BOB.  YAY!   I love Christmas shopping so much.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2008, 10:00:22 am »

almost finished!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2008, 10:07:51 am »

I thought I was done, until my dad, who insisted at Thanksgiving that he did not want a new pair of gloves, has now decided that he would like a new pair of gloves. ...   Angry  Undecided laugh
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2008, 12:22:49 pm »

I haven't started yet, basically because I absolutely despise shopping.  I should have been born a man cause shopping is one of those stereotypically female traits that I just never picked up on.  It just makes me very tense, especially at Christmas time, when there's added pressure to pick just the right gifts for everybody.  Historically, I'm a Christmas-Eve speed shopper, which generally involves the 24-hour Walgreen's store as it's the only place still open that night.   Shocked

Also this year, I'm a little sad, as it'll be the first one I'm spending as an orphan, and I'll miss picking out things for my mom, as she, like me, was so easy to please and we had the same tastes.  A box of new pens from Office Max, a new scent of candle for her burner, a package of colored writing tablets, etc., and she would just giggle with delight when opening them.  Plus she always just gave me money the last few years, and sent me out shopping for myself beforehand, for things I wouldn't typically let myself indulge in, so that always felt like a special, pampering shopping trip for me.  Then she would wrap them all, and put them in odd-sized boxes, so as I was unwrapping on Christmas morn, I would still be surprised by what was inside.  What a dear, sweet, loving woman she was. 

Thankfully, I do have a new family of friends to share Christmas and the New Year with in 2008, and that's Fiona, Nigel, James, Matthew, Emma, Snowy, Rebo, Annie, and two playing-hard-to-get cats, whose names I never had to learn cause they just went past me in a flash of fur on my last visit.  Once I finally do get started shopping, it will be fun to buy pressies for that family, as each of them is so unique and interesting.  I really do need to get a move-on, though, as my flight leaves for Florida next Thursday morning at oh-dark-thirty, and I've got to figure out if whatever I decide to get for all of them, will fit in my luggage, or if I'll have to post it UPS from here and hope it arrives on time.  Knowing me, I'll wait till next Wednesday night, and then fill up the suitcase with the presents, and only be able to squeeze in one change of clothes for my 21-day visit.   laugh

Having said all that, I'm sure this will be one of my bestest holidays ever.  Plus getting to meet 5 Brokies for the first time, which just puts the cherry on top of the cake.   Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2008, 12:34:49 am »

Oh no !!!
I have not even started.Not one thing bought. I am really going to have to get my act together.Mum is not speaking to me, so that is one less.My friend Esti is going to get walnut shortbread. Kids all want money, easy peasy.Husband and self are having an IOU present.When we have money again, we will have a day away just the 2 of us.

Brother and his family we have agreed due to economics to skip this year. Husbands family we stopped presents 2 years ago.
So it looks like I can do it all n a day.
Can't talk about the Mandy present as then she will not have a surprise !!!!
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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2017, 12:33:02 am »

My shopping isn't done, but it's got a good dent in it already.

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Catalogs and online shopping are a wonderful thing!
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2017, 03:53:38 am »

I bought my Christmas cards last week. Thankfully my family (small as it is) do not give presents so no shopping needed. As I am staying home this Christmas and not flying to Sydney, I will probably have Christmas alone.
My sister's computer crashed last week and she did not have any real backup. She bought a new computer and I paid for and arranged for her to pickup an external hard drive. That is the type of presents we give, as needed.

I am going to a luncheon for a lady I drive to church and use to drive out for a short walk each week until she had a stroke a few months ago. Her family have asked me to the luncheon on Wednesday to celebrate her 90th birthday. I bought a card today but am not sure of a gift. She is diabetic so cannot buy sweets and has lots of plants on her balcony so does not need any more, saw fragrant hand lotion set near the cards in the shop so may go back and buy that before Wednesday.
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2017, 11:28:06 am »

I bought my Christmas cards last week.


I have mine as well, and I printed off all the labels and messages for the inside.   I don't write in my cards, because my handwriting is so bad, no one would be able to read it.  LOL

So I type out messages, personalize them, and then insert them into the cards.   Then I'll sign them and mail them.
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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2017, 02:22:27 pm »

My handwriting is bad also but I have never been able to print out labels successfully. I print my yearly Christmas letter, usually 2 pages and this year with 9 photos. I write on the cards and sometimes an extra message on the letter then write the labels. I posted the 2 to the USA and one to UK last Thursday (Christmas mail closed Friday) I finished writing the 14 to Australia yesterday (closes Wednesday). Still have 3 or 4 for NZ to go. There will be about a dozen by email. I prefer real cards but some friends do not do that anymore. Putting cards around the lounge room is the only real decorations I have.

My 90 year old friend was very happy with her lilac skin lotion. I had to smell her wrist when I picked her up for church yesterday  Grin
They sang  happy birthday for her at morning coffee after church.
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« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2017, 07:42:09 pm »

I'm proud to say I'm all finished with my Christmas shopping! (But, you say, it's almost Christmas Eve, so that's not such a feat.) Well, I've finished it up with a day to spare, so I feel a sense of accomplishment. I told everyone to bring ONE present for each adult. If they have more than one, they have to package them all together, or leave them in their cars until things quiet down in my living room. I didn't make the rule apply to the children. I'm not that much of a Scrooge!
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« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2017, 04:03:20 am »

I'm finished! I bought the last gift yesterday. I had been really frustrated because I didn't find anything  for my Dad. And I didn't want to give him whiskey or wine like the last two years (though he really likes good whiskey). After panicking the whole week, I suddenly had a great idea: tickets for a dinner and music event.
Now I can start to relax.  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2017, 10:26:54 pm »

Well, it's all over for my family and I.  laugh

We celebrated on Christmas Eve, arriving at my parents'  place at 2:30 and staying until almost 8:00. 

Dinner was delicious, as were the desserts.  Presents were opened, and a good time was had by everyone!

Tomorrow, I intend to sleep in, and then do laundry later on.
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« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2018, 07:30:46 pm »

I haven't even begun yet, but that's because I refuse to do any Christmas related stuff until after Thanksgiving!

I did get my stamps to mail my holiday cards this weekend, so I intend to start doing those at one point this week.....the international ones, anyway.

I have about 4 or 5 catalogs that arrived recently, and I intend to try and get the bulk of my shopping done with them now, so they'll all be shipped, delivered, and wrapped well before Christmas.

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« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2018, 10:56:04 pm »

What is  Christmas shopping?  I have bought my cards so that is it.  I guess I will have to buy some special food (just for myself) the week before.
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« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2018, 09:20:04 pm »

What is  Christmas shopping?  I have bought my cards so that is it.  I guess I will have to buy some special food (just for myself) the week before.

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I have gifts to exchange with family.  Now that Trenton is 5, he fully understands that Santa is coming on Christmas Eve, and we're all getting gifts for him.
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« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2018, 11:00:27 pm »

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I have gifts to exchange with family.  Now that Trenton is 5, he fully understands that Santa is coming on Christmas Eve, and we're all getting gifts for him.
I will allow for a 5 year old. Many years ago our family agreed no gifts for anyone over 18 and I (74) am the youngest in our family. I use to buy gifts for my godsons, now in their late 30's (the oldest may now be 40) and the boys next door in Australia also now in their 30's. I stopped when they turned 18 and their parents were grateful as they used to feel they should buy me something in return.
Before we made that rule, I would ask my mother what I should buy for my sister and then ask my sister what I should buy for my mother. I had no idea. Now I just buy something whenever there is a need. Like last year my sister had computer problems so I arranged for an external hard drive to be delivered to her. And when I became a New Zealand citizen in 2016 she sent me money to pay for 4 friends to have lunch before the ceremony.
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« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2018, 12:24:47 am »

I will allow for a 5 year old. Many years ago our family agreed no gifts for anyone over 18 and I (74) am the youngest in our family. I use to buy gifts for my godsons, now in their late 30's (the oldest may now be 40) and the boys next door in Australia also now in their 30's. I stopped when they turned 18 and their parents were grateful as they used to feel they should buy me something in return.
Before we made that rule, I would ask my mother what I should buy for my sister and then ask my sister what I should buy for my mother. I had no idea. Now I just buy something whenever there is a need. Like last year my sister had computer problems so I arranged for an external hard drive to be delivered to her. And when I became a New Zealand citizen in 2016 she sent me money to pay for 4 friends to have lunch before the ceremony.


To be honest, I think my family may be going in that direction.  When the conversation turned to gifts at Thanksgiving, no one really had any ideas what they would want.

The only ones I know for certain are my niece Shana and her boyfriend, Derek.  They both like to fish, but have no equipment, so we're going to get some fishing equipment.  They also don't have any tools, so we're getting Derek a tool set.

When it comes to my parents, I get them some small, token gifts to unwrap, but they've asked for the past few years for us (my brothers and I) to give them any money we would've spent on them for other occasions (Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, anniversaries) and just give it to them in one lump sum at Christmas.  They then hold onto the cash, and spend it on a trip in the summer.
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« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2018, 10:42:45 pm »

I think I've just about finished my Christmas shopping. 

Mom - "Scaredy Cut - Silent clippers"  She wants them to groom the cat, and cash.
Dad - cash
(mom and dad are opting for mostly cash from us, now that a move may happen in the next few years.  They want to purge, not get new stuff.)
Chris - Strange books.  Chris has a weird sense of humor.
Mike - Raiders blanket, hat, and commemorative coin
Michelle - Eagles blanket, hat and commemorative coin
Shana & Derek - tool set and fishing equipment
Trent - two boxes of crayons and a variety of train, emergency vehicles, and police officers coloring books
Maria - coworker - Card games.  She and her husband get together with friends every weekend to play canasta.  I got her a box of different games.  Uno, Phase 10, Snappy Dressers, and Drunk, Stoned or Stupid.
Sacha - supervisor - She's a mother of 4 year-old twins, but I didn't want to get her twin stuff.  She's always talking about how much she needs to do, so I'm going to get her daily planner and calendar and things like that.

The only mystery is Michelle's brother, Eric.
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« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2018, 11:08:19 pm »

Some good ideas here! The main problem person in my family is my son-in-law. I usually get him a big bottle of whiskey, but I can't keep doing that forever!
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« Reply #23 on: December 10, 2018, 12:28:40 am »

Finished? Barely started.
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« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2018, 11:29:29 am »

Some good ideas here! The main problem person in my family is my son-in-law. I usually get him a big bottle of whiskey, but I can't keep doing that forever!

Does he have any hobbies or likes?  You can always look for books based on that hobby.
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« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2018, 03:45:55 pm »

Some good ideas here! The main problem person in my family is my son-in-law. I usually get him a big bottle of whiskey, but I can't keep doing that forever!

Instead of one big bottle, look around for some "gift pack" that might have small bottles of different "ages" (12 years, 16 years, etc.) of a particular brand of whiskey. Someone did that for me once.

Or get him a photo book about trains. All guys like trains.  Grin
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