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Gift Guru

Posted December 13, 2010

What are you giving for the holidays? What are your favorite gift ideas for 2010? What unusual gifts will surprise and delight your family and friends? Please share your ideas.

Our family is giving lots of books. We can talk specifics tomorrow. For today though let's come up with a list of cool gift ideas. Checking sales figures it looks like a big year for Ipads, Droids and Kindles. For the younger set Bananagrams, Silly Bandz and LEGO Hogwarts are hot.  Are any of these on your list?

Thanks for your input.


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  • no more - no less Dec 13, 2010

    Gifts I am giving:

    Books - Barnes and Noble

    Chocolate Cakes - Homemade

    Vases of Frasier Fir with a Pretty Ribbon Bow - Homemade

  • tarhillmom Dec 13, 2010

    I see lots of thoughtful gift ideas! Maybe your readers would like to consider Advent Conspiracy! It's a way to restore the meaning of Christmas and get rid of so much consumerism. Check it out at my two cents' worth.

  • DbzHugz Dec 13, 2010

    Well, I asked for a quart jar of the homemade Tomato Basil soup my daughter makes. Thats what I want. It's the best I have ever had!! lol. I think our family gifts will all be things we have made, cakes, cookies, candies, soups...things like that. There are only a few of us, so this seems like a fun thing to do. It May be a little old fashioned, may be a little out of style....but those gifts are always prepared with such care and love, I don't know how we could ever go wrong with them. And we never have to return a thing, it all fits perfectly! :) Merry Christmas everyone.

  • tennispro Dec 13, 2010

    Cashmere gloves from Ann Taylor and the Trader Joe Cookbook from Barnes and Nobles are great gift ideas! :)

  • wdwbmw Dec 13, 2010

    Our son who is in med school studying to be a phys. assistant is getting a grand and glorious stethoscope from us (what he asked for). When we are old and decrepit, I hope he will be willing to use it on us.

  • katizs Dec 13, 2010

    My mom collects wizard of oz items and so it is always fun to see what kind of unusual thing I can find for her each year for Christmas - my kids fortunately aren't on any of the big crazes, just legos matches your list Bill

  • jdlewis76 Dec 13, 2010

    Every year it gets harder and harder to find a gift for my father, so this year, since he's an army veteran, we're getting him a brick inscribed with his name and years of service to go below the veterans's mural at the Edgecombe County Veterans Military Museum.

  • blytle Dec 13, 2010

    Wow, lifeisgreat. That is a great gift to your children!!!!

    We are giving practical but fun gifts. Also trying to give helpful gift cards to brother and sister in law out of work.

  • country4ever Dec 13, 2010

    We are "giving" our son and new daughter-in-law, "professional movers" to help them move into their FIRST home. :)

  • eyesblue Dec 13, 2010

    This year it is all about useful and practical. Books and DVD collections (The Pacific for example) are high on my family's list, as well as clothing. Our elderly parents get "care baskets" loaded with staples and consumables that lighten up their grocery bill paid with their fixed soc sec income. Our grown children get clothes...or even tires for their car ! The 1 yr old grandchild gets one rideable toy, but for the most part his parents get a gift of something they need for him...this time a travel bed. They got a high chair for Christmas last year...and he got a 2nd car seat for his 1st birthday. Times are tough for everybody...Christmas is about love and caring and this year not about the frivolous.




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