Christmas. What I got. What you got. Hope it wasn’t herpes.

Yes I know. Christmas is about family and friends and good food and charity and peace on earth. I understand and acknowledge that.

But I love the presents.

I know a lot of families cut out the presents once everyone gets past a certain age or they draw names out of a hat and everyone only gets one gift but THANKFULLY no one has done that in our family. It is a present giving and getting free for all. It’s obscene really, as anyone who has ever witnessed the event will attest to. We still mourn the toddler we lost in the carpet of wrapping paper one year. We refer to her as the dump child, assuming that’s where she eventually ended up, being raised by a group of loving garbage men.

The thing is, we all really like giving and getting presents.

I love it. I love knowing someone paid attention to something I said in the middle of the year, remembered it and then bought it for me at Christmas. I love that I’m sortta cheap and don’t buy myself everything I want because it makes Christmas spectacular! I love when people buy me things I’d never buy for myself. Like a $60 Beeswax candle. Or Chanel hand lotion. Or any hand lotion.

These are some of this year’s favourites.

chicken-chocolates

Chicken Chocolate Lollipop molds. (from a reader)

Buy it here

vegetable-keepers

Vegetable keepers (from Bikram Yoga niece)

Buy similar here.

 

 

Mini-humidifier

Mini house shaped humidifier …

 

 

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… that fits on a water bottle and plugs into your computer. Even more fun, you an add essential oil to it. (niece again)

Buy it here.

 

 

skydiving

Indoor Skydiving Lessons (niece again, seems to me she’s showing off this year)

See about it here.

 

 

 

toast-coasters

Toast coasters … (from Pink Tool Belt)

Buy them here.

 

toast-coaster

… they are toast. They are coasters  Which makes them Toasters.

I think someone used that term on Christmas Day and I’m stealing it. Who knows. Maybe I’m the one who said it. Let’s go with that.

 

 

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Hand Sanitizer.(show off niece)

Buy it here.

 

 

 

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Yup.  Smells like Innocence.

 

 

truck

Rusted metal toy truck.  (me)

I also bought myself an office desk and a shoe caddy.  I got some other stuff.  A Smart TV from my mother, some great photography gear from my sister Fish Pedicure and squishy socks.  Who doesn’t love squishy socks?

 

Yup. I love the presents. So now I ask you … what was the most memorable thing you got for either Christmas or Chanukah or Kwanzaa this year? I’d especially like to hear from the Kwanzaa celebrators actually because I’ve never met a Kwanzaa celebrator and would love to hear more about it. I know I’d like Kwanzaa based on the one thing I know about it.

It involves presents.

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153 Comments

  1. Bobbi says:

    My daughter got me a pair of handmade scissors. Made in England. I think Sheffield, England. Lurv them.

  2. Pati Gulat says:

    The hubby put me in a 16×36 , 8 ft deep in ground swimming pool for my Christmas/Birthday gift. My birthday is December 18th. My sister and mother got me an electric hand circular saw . My daughter bought me my favorite childhood book “Little Women” with a copywrite the year I was born (1956)…. And our family lives to buy for everyone too !!!!

  3. Cheryl says:

    So…… All our friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances are often asking us “when are you getting married?”

  4. Lis says:

    Nice haul! But where are pics of your self- given presents though? For our family of 4, we gave us a trip to San Francisco ( we live on the East Coast U S). What a gorgeous city.

  5. Elizabeth Sellon says:

    A long time ago you did a post about retining copper. For christmas my guy had my grandmothers copper sauce pot re done for me! My favorite present by far… miss cooking with her.

    • Karen says:

      Great idea. I actually spent part of my holiday SEARCHING for someone to do my copper pots. I finally found someone a couple of cities over from me. Glad you’re gramma’s pot is restored. 🙂 ~ karen!

  6. Valerie says:

    Something I would never have done for myself ever: I received an on line (UBC) course from my significant other which commences January 27/15. Given the subject material it was heartfelt and truly appreciated that he knows me so well!

  7. Rhonda Davis says:

    My favorite gift was from my daughter. She gave me a Tillandsia plant AKA ‘air plant’. I love these plants for several reasons, but mainly because I haven’t been able to kill one yet. Mind you, I haven’t tried to kill one, but I never set out to kill any of the indoor plants I’ve killed. ‘Honest, Officer, I watered it, put it on the windowsill and the next thing I knew, it died.’ Seems to have happened too often. Anywho, what was really cool about the gift, was my daughter put it in a small clear jar that holds the plant in place with a little scene she created with some sand, a few shells and three miniature penguins dressed in Christmas-themed scarves. My daughter created the scene herself, chose the penguins to represent my three grandchildren and because she knows I am fond of penguins. It was personal, creative, and has special meaning; my favorite types of gifts.

  8. sandra says:

    The best gift was having all four of my kids home for Christmas. I would forego any wordly item just to hear the laughter and see the love my kids have for each other. So proud of my youngest daughter (16), an amazing artist who handmade every gift for family and friends. Lucky recipients received portraits, screened tee shirts, sketched art etc. Incredible!

  9. Jenny n NC says:

    Our son made me two giant planters for the new barn-actually my studio-I’m a floral designer. And our daughter gave us apple and fig trees for the new orchard. Wow!! Guess we raised them right! Oh-and my dear husband gave me a new leather handbag-a concealed carry Piazza bag. Again–wow! Been a great year.

    • Langela says:

      I first read that as “pizza bag” and thought what an awesome gift to be able to carry around concealed pizza!

      • Kim from Milwaukee says:

        Ya, I had to re-read that, too!! LOL Almost started googling concealed pizza bag!

      • Jenny n NC says:

        LOL!! That’s what I get for name dropping…… But that thought is funny! And it is a really nice piece of leather work. Guess that those living in Canada might not have a grid for having such a handbag. I’m married to a shooting instructor, live in the southern US and all the family hunts and shoots. And we all like pizza…….thanks for the giggles!

  10. tiffany says:

    my sister made me an apron with a handwritten label
    “the stylish crofter…egg collecting apron by debs

  11. Kimberly M says:

    Mine was a keyboard, that is actually a present for my boys, but hey! Who says I can’t play it???? I guess my favorite gift that was actually for me was a new sewing machine from my husband. He’s deployed right now so I think he was sucking up feeling bad for not being here.. haha.. We missed him a lot this year. 5th year in a row. Hoping for holidays with him next year! Just thankful for friends here and not being alone on Christmas. I’m so getting my husband that hand sanitizer for a home coming gift though. That is awesome.

  12. Lin N says:

    My best fun gift was a mug with cats on it…looks like an ordinary mug but when you move it, it ‘meows’. Hand wash only cuz it’s got electronics in it. I love movies and my practical gift was a 3D, Blu-ray DVD player with 2 movies, Maleficent and The 100 Foot Journey…both excellent!

    • Karen says:

      Do you need a 3-D TV for that? I imagine you have one otherwise it would be a weird present, lol. Like getting a steering wheel, some tires, a brake pedal and no actual car. ~ karen!

      • Lin N says:

        P.S….I have the 3D enabled TV in order to used the player….good point Karen about if I didn’t have the 3D player it would be like getting a steering wheel, some tires and a brake pedal but no car!

  13. Rondina says:

    Your niece is a riot and your gifts were cool. Since we still buy everyone a present, I’m going to forward the middle child (the director of Christmas) this post for future ideas.

    It wasn’t what I got. It was watching my 26 year old son and his girlfriend of about four years. They really, really wanted to get each other something the other one wanted. They usually do, but this year there was something different about it. And my hope-to-be-one-day-daughter-in-law went to great lengths to get my son’s gift. She had everyone in our family and everyone in her family give him gift cards. These were totally worthless as they had already been redeemed. Instead, we all contributed what we could to his present. They had Christmas here on Christmas Eve and with her family Christmas Day. With all those gift cards he was thinking that he would run to the store after work the next day to get his toy only to find—at 9 PM Christmas Day when he opened her present—there it was.

    Seeing them trying so hard to please each other (and watching my grandson for an hour on Skype) were my real Christmas presents. Really.

  14. Jasmine says:

    Guess what I got??? I got FAT!! Woot.
    Actually the family and I took off for the desert in Arizona and that was our present to each other. A good time was had by all. Hence the weight issue…

  15. Mel says:

    I adore all the good smelling LUSH products – bath fizzies and shower gels and so forth. So the day after Christmas, when they have their buy-one/get one sale, hubby took me out for a brunch, treated me to the biggest bestest “12 days of Christmas” box of Lush gifts – and there are 2 of these boxes, so I’m sharing with him. And then we went to see Into the Woods. Deeeelightful. Not surprising, but everything I wanted to have that day.

    I gave a couple of the day planners covered in leather from your tutorial! As well as some leather tassels and hair bows, and various things.

    I totally think gifts are one of the best things about Christmas. No doubt.

  16. Mike says:

    I got herpes.

    But really my favorite gift was from my girls at work, they got me socks and a moustache ice cube tray. Warmed my cold, dead heart.

  17. Pam says:

    I fully expected to have nothing to open on Christmas but received a suprise box of edibles (cookies from Italy, chocolate from England, assorted teas, etc.) from an old friend. I spent the day alone, but treated myself to a movie. Not an exciting Christmas, but not the worst I’ve had either so that’s something. 🙂

  18. Anti Kate says:

    http://www.gardentowerproject.com

    I wish I could upload a picture. We did the kickstarter for this thing, getting version 2.0. It’s coming in February and I CANNOT WAIT!

  19. Diana says:

    When I saw the main line I was a bit taken back LOL then I laughed.. I thought someone has a sense of humor .
    I got a recliner to crochet in, perfume, piggy slippers, and a band saw ! wooohoooo .. me !! LOL

    • Karen says:

      The comment section of this post is proving I have a really interesting bunch of readers, lol. Everything from band saws to special edition books to concealed carry purses. ~ karen!

      • Diana says:

        Why yes we are all unique in our own simple ways. LOL

        I do crafting (hence the bandsaw for wood projects), quilting, crocheting, sewing, simple painting projects. I really wanted a cordless Dremel, maybe next year Santa will be nice to me and get it.

        So glad I found this blog, just love it .. Thank you for putting it out there in cyberland for us to read and glean new ideas from.

      • Grammy says:

        Yes, Karen, this is an interesting bunch. It’s like you’ve set up a very cool bar where dullards never go, and the rest of us all look up and smile when someone enters the room because we know that they will be smart/serious/bawdy/kind/funny and make us glad they came.

        I came back to read the latest responses to your question (okay, I admit that I wanted to look at that beautiful toy truck and the hilarious hand sanitizer again) and find that reading comments here always makes me glad I took a few minutes to check back and see what went on after I left the other night. Thanks for making good people want to drop in.

  20. Cynthia says:

    I want your old tin truck. Wouldn’t it be great if you found that exact one real-size with a perfect engine, diff and gearbox and delivered by someone like ‘ol’ Silver Fox’ wearing Bib & Braces overalls. Even a red checkered flannelette shirt would do. I digress. That would be your perfect truck.

    I’m looking for something similar or a kid’s peddle car to put on the roof of my garden shed.

    I got a bottle of “Beautiful” by Estee Lauder for myself. A whole bunch of brass cow bells in the different sizes for hanging in my outside trees, some home-made selves from my best friend who used herbs from her garden and mixed them outside at night to add some magick.

    I also got the most perfect set of flocked mushrooms in red with white spots. I haven’t tracked down the perfect flocked deer to appease my flocked deer envy yet. Also, a miniature Hairy Mac Clary doll which is what my woggy, Devil looks exactly like. He got diagnosed with leukaemia just after Christmas, but at least it’s the good kind. CLL.

    I think Santa forgot two new dresses, so as I have them Bookmarked on my laptop, I think there might be some internet activity still going on soon in the guise of belated gifts.

    Now, back to doing demented image searches with words like ‘flock’, ‘fuzzy’, ‘deer’, ‘stag’, ‘fawn’ . Want a deer hide too now. For a floor rug. Is that bad?

    • Karen says:

      No. Not bad as far as I’m concerned as long as the meat isn’t wasted. I’m fine with hunting if it’s done right, respectfully and above all not as a sport but as a way of life. Eat the meat, use the skin, etc. etc. It’s the Viking in me. I can’t believe you’re still going on about The Silver Fox, lol. I actually saw him in town over Christmas. 🙂 ~ karen!

  21. Janelle says:

    I got Felco pruners. I got an Alice Munro book. I got super amazing sewing scissors and a rock solid guarantee that no one in my family will use them to cut paper or for any other purpose. I got fancy tea. I got two cashmere sweaters. Pretty nifty stuff, but the best thing I got was right before Christmas. Our little Westie dog, Harry went missing when we went way out to the side of a remote mountain to cut down a Christmas tree. He was gone for six days. On a mountain. His third day up there was his third birthday. We hiked and called and searched worried and didn’t truly sleep and then we got him back Dec. 20. I got my cold, skinny, filthy, wet, sore, exhausted and significantly humbled….Harry.

  22. silvie says:

    A fuschia coloured New Yorker desk calendar, with my name engraved on the cover. This is the BEST gift that i’ve received, ever.
    and i love your truck!

  23. Cynthia says:

    AW! Onya Harry, what a guy.

    Quote from Karen “Eat the meat, use the skin, etc. etc. It’s the Viking in me.” Ok, well, If I find one I can only assume someone ate the meat and I can use the skin guilt free.

    “I can’t believe you’re still going on about The Silver Fox, lol. I actually saw him in town over Christmas. 🙂 ~ karen!” I can’t believe you haven’t crash-tackled him yet. What the hell is wrong with you girl.?

  24. Grammy says:

    My best present was my son spending two weeks of vacation time to hang out at our house doing nothing out of the ordinary. We only get to see him once a year, so it’s special to me. For goodies, my best presents were a set of stemless wine glasses from my better half and several books from the people who know me best (husband and son) so they are books I actually will love to read. My favorite things I gave were hats I knitted for everyone, all different styles and each in the favorite color of the recipient. It was a very good holiday.

  25. SusanR says:

    I love the little truck! Where did you find it, Karen?

    Museum wax from significant other. I have a Galilean thermometer sitting in a cat-free closet. Now I can display and enjoy it. Also tin cat sign and beautiful glass cannisters from Italy.

    Heavy-duty cordless drill, jig saw and oscillating tool to me from me! Whoo hoo!

  26. Mumo3kids says:

    An 80 metre roll of tin foil from my 13 year old son. Thank you Poundland.

  27. Catherine says:

    Silver converse – love them, they are my ‘glamour’ shoes! An easel for my daubs. A Laura Mercier eyeshadow palette. Camper wabi slippers. Best of all was watching my 7 year old niece open her ‘fun present’ from me which contained (as well as sweets) elaborately wrapped things like Chapstick, tissues and best of all, a large onion. She insisted on keeping it!!

  28. Greer says:

    Yotam Ottolenghi’s new recipe book “Plenty More” Have “Plenty” from him already – probably the best recipe book I own. The man is a culinary genius!

    • Penley says:

      I got ‘Plenty More’ just before Christmas – it’s high summer here in Oz so Yotam’s salads are great for this time of year. I did his pomegranate and tomato salad for one of the sides for Christmas eve dinner – first recipe in the book! I love all his stuff, they’re my go-to recipes for interesting sides, vegetarian-friendly dinner parties etc.

  29. Jess says:

    Well, we did dismiss presents among the adults this Christmas. Because the budget of presents in the family is very low, we might as well just swap cash with each other…..All though, I was given a pair of homemade mittens from my sis and I love them! They say “Cold as F***” and are wooly and toasty♥ One year I got clothhangers, it was one of those things that I really needed but always forgot to buy for my self and I got loads of them. I was happy..inlaw .family thought I was weird……One year I got a dildo. Purple with sparkels……Inlaw family still thinks I’m weird and my sister inlaw was not happy as, when she went to buy it, ran in to a friend and stammered that she was buying it for “a friend”…..Dildo was cheap and is now retired….

  30. Debbie Bashford says:

    I got a pair of oven mitts, skull lip gloss and antibacterial hand sanitizer that smells like lavender, I got myself a new cast iron bio mass pellet stove installed on the 23rd, along with a new front door and patio door which have not yet been installed.

  31. Tigersmom says:

    My most favorite gift was a decoupage plate that my son made for us at school. He has seen me make many things and was very proud to present us with his handmade gift. My heart is still warm from it.

    On a less idyllic note (and not actually one of my presents, but no less a gift to me), my husband finally agreed that we could and should pay someone to come and scoop the dog poop from the backyard once a week. This may sound like a frivolous waste of money to many, I know, but considering its only $10 for both dogs, one who is very large and the other who is the most prolifically pooping Corgi in the world, to me, it’s a bargain. Seriously, the Corgi poops enough to be four dogs and it was getting to be more than I wanted to try and keep up with.

    • Karen P says:

      Money well spent, in my opinion! I have two labs and wouldn’t want to think about having to clean up after them. Thankfully we live on heavily wooded property and they do as the bears do in the woods and not on the landscaped lawn.

  32. Susan says:

    My favourite gift is a giant brown coffee cup that holds well over 500 ml (2 cups for you guys south of the border) and says “Coffee Makes Me Poop.”

  33. Beckie says:

    The best gifts: the Little House on the Prairie book set (the one I had as a kid got ruined in storage) and red enameled Dutch oven that I swear I have used every day since I got it.

  34. Karol says:

    I bought all of my own gifts… been doing that for years. I get what I want and no one has to worry about picking out something for me. I did a good job this year, got some new clothes and a Cuddledud blanket for my living room chair. Perfectly cozy for our “cool” Florida nights.
    I love, love your rusty truck, and the hand sanitizer. Happy New year, Karen!

  35. Darlene Cox says:

    5 days in New Orleans!!!!

    • Karen Young says:

      For the Sugar Bowl? That’s what my brother and sister-in-law got. Go Bucks!

      • Larraine says:

        GO BUCKS indeed! We have the only car license plates in Ontario that say GO BUCKS. We get lots of envious looks driving through Ohio. Now on to the Championship….

    • Bonnie says:

      I still consider New Orleans my hometown although I have not lived there in many years. I always love going back.

  36. DanniS says:

    Love giving presents and getting presents it is so much fun. This year I got fancy rubber boots which are amazing in the snow if not very fashionable,a beautiful butcher block knives set,iPad mini, makeup, sheets, pots and pans, candles and chocolate covered cherries 🙂 my favorite gift I gave was a mouse pad I had made for my mom as a joke I had pictures of myself put all over it with the saying my daughter my love. Cracked everyone up lol.

  37. Mary Duffy says:

    My favorite present is the cream and navy poka dot pj’s I bought for myself from LL Bean.

    PS. I was reading about a guy yesterday who has a pet rooster named Gregory Peck. Clever, eh? Thought you might like it if you haven’t already heard of it, or thought it of yourself. You’re pretty clever yourself so you probably already thought of it.

  38. Pat Kichinko says:

    I must have been a very good girl this year because Santa brought me a beautiful Serger. Happy sigh.

  39. Heather says:

    Hubby got me a GC to an LCBO “Knife Skills Class” for this week. (Knife included).
    Daughter & BF gave me a plate that she had painted the rim of with chalkboard paint – so you can label your cheeses and 2 great cookbooks.
    Son & GF got me an AeroPress coffee maker – which I haven’t tried yet. http://www.aeropress.ca/
    It was a quiet but awesome Christmas.

    • Heather says:

      Oh, and I forgot….a Pedi Perfect roller for my feet. This item – WELL worth it. My feet have never been smoother, softer.

  40. Adrienne in Atlanta says:

    I was given the online course for sugar cookie decorating by Alison Faulkner (TheAlisonShow.com). A great creative outlet for me, so it was my favorite gift. Her recipe is the best I’ve ever tried.

    Love the humidifier, Karen. I might have to spring for one for my home office.

  41. Amber says:

    I gave my parents a huge photo album of all the pictures of us from the last 2 years. I spent 3 days adjusting images and looking for old pictures they’d emailed me. I found a great album and printed big, 5×7″ and was sure to include several pictures of their cat. They really loved it

  42. Cathy Reeves says:

    Urgent! Need to find source for hand sanitizer! Most of docs and assorted males at work are constantly fluffing and readjusting. Want to hand them this or antibiotics for whatever is going on down south.
    Or Christmas sounds like it was wonderful and everything you wanted it to be. Have a happy new year, Karen

  43. Alice says:

    So this may sound strange, but I got a bromeliad (Tillandsia) in glass blub. I’m sure it wasn’t expensive, but it was given to me because I love plants, indoors and outside. It is only 3″ tall, but every time I give it a little squirt of water, I think fondly of the giver. Also, unlike other bromeliads, I have keep it alive for about three weeks–an all time record for me!

  44. Tyler says:

    A new kitchen knife! The bark river petty-z custom knife in ironwood. So happy! Also those handmade scissors are by Ernest Wright & Sons and are on my short list for purchases this year, they’re amazing!

  45. Kyle says:

    Gave my mom an Ancestry.com kit where you spit in a little tube, send it away and 4-6 weeks later you find out exactly what your DNA contains…..I read that…lots of white people in the southern USA are finding out that they are really black! Side splitting to me. Mom hasn’t done her spit thing yet, I’ll keep ya posted.

    • Karen says:

      !!! That’s going on my list for what to get everyone next year! ~ karen

    • Anna Lee says:

      I did that for my boyfriend last year – who actually is black (and from the South) – he found out he is 20% European (6% Scandinavian!) and 1% mystery East Asian. So fun. The great thing with the Ancestry.com kit is you have the option to connect with people who are related to you. He called his mom when the results cae through and said, ‘mom… you’ve got a whole lot of white cousins…’ 😉 Seriously though, one of those connections helped us confirm that his 3 x great grandmother, a slave, was the daughter of her ‘owner’. So interesting.

  46. Connie S. says:

    While i decorate the house to the nines and our christmas dinner is a feast, we keep it simple when it comes to gift giving . From hubby I got my annual box of Turtles chocolates 🙂 Plus a new variety Pecan praline with sea salt- and this salt-oholic is in heaven! Plus a new pair of boots I’d been dreaming of.
    A CD from my son ( i luv music) and a walk-fit DVD from my daughter ( i luv my walks) Simple yes, but so very , very thoughtful gifts!
    PS : Karen , I’d luv to hear about your experience with the “I FLY ” gift you got. We drive by the I FLY place regularly and my hubby who can’t stand heights always comments on how he’s going to “try it out” one of these days . Cracks me up every time 😉
    I might surprise him ( or shock him?) for his birthday.

  47. Erin says:

    Hoop house to be installed over March break. Yeah!!!!!

  48. ChickenMom says:

    I asked for AND GOT! an automatic chicken door. It can be set to open/close on a timer OR when the sun rises and sets. Electric OR battery operated. Your choice. And husband installed it ON Christmas Day for me. Hens were wary of it, of course, but are used to it now and WE love it. No more arguing about whose turn it is to close the hen door every night. OH, and the hens who haven’t been laying since they molted in the fall started laying again right after Christmas. Coincidence? I think not. We went away for 5 days after xmas and didn’t have to hire anyone to open and close the doors. (They had plenty of food and water.)

    • Karen says:

      I looked at those a couple of years ago but then sort of forgot about it. Can you tell me where you got it or what the name of it is? I’d love one because I can’t tell you how many nights I go out to check to make sure I closed the coop door. Other times I’m stressing about getting home to get the door closed. ~ karen!

      • ChickenMom says:

        I spotted one at http://adorstore.com/ that I thought was perfect but I think my husband got mine elsewhere. they cost around $200 US but are very easy to install if you have a drill and a level. also, make certain the batteries are easy to find in a local store. If not, plan ahead. (ahem)

        If you google automatic chicken doors you can find all sorts of ideas.

        I will say they ALL look like they were designed by someone who eschews aesthetics. heh. Paint might help.

    • jennifer says:

      I just love my auto door! I have the Pullet-Shut which sounds exactly like yours. I’ve had it over 2 years now without a problem!

  49. Carol says:

    I got meat. A glorious hunk of meat. Best gift ever! My family is massive so we have no choice but to cull the gift giving. Now the adults do the gift exchange where you can steal from each other – and we always have a theme. This year it was ‘the finer things’. I had last pick this year – unprecedented. I stole (from my 81 yr old father, natch) the most beautiful expensive roast I’d ever seen. It was accompanied by 30 handmade truffles. I cooked it to perfection and served it for New Year’s Eve dinner. Seven of us ate the entire beast. It was an incredible meal. Still need to thank my brother-in-law for his brilliant interpretation of the theme. And apologize to my dad.

  50. Jacqui says:

    We draw names and this year my daughter drew mine. She got me an art class for a day and she is joining me. The best gift of all, time with my precious girl!

    A side story, my grandsons (3 & 5) each got a store bought toque and gloves from my BFF. They insisted on putting them on and asked me to send a video to her so they could say thanks. They then made up a game about super heroes who had super powered gloves to fight the bad guys. Another gift of watching their imagination and witnessing their thankfulness.

    Thanks for asking Karen. All the best for the new year, looking forward to more adventures

  51. kate-v says:

    This was a good Christmas – All the presents I was making were finished on time and if they needed to be mailed were mailed on time. We went to my youngest son’s home (he of the Raider Nation) to exchange gifts and even though it was knitted and waiting – a silver and black beany – I forgot it. There were other gifts to exchange, but I forgot the best on (in my opinion) – the team beanie. So he got it on New Year’s day.
    Next year I’d like Santa to give me a better brain, please, one that remembers these things.

  52. Ev Wilcox says:

    This November I got my first and last brand new vehicle, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport Willys with only 13 miles on it! Love it! For Christmas, my husband of 47 years wanted to get me black wheel bolts to match the black wheels (Silver Belle is silver and black). He had to order them, so he put old bolts in a jar and wrapped it up. It still sits in the living room so I can remember the laughs when I opened a jar of old bolts and wondered what the heck are these for?! The Willys is special to me because Jeeps were invented by Mr. Willys for use by the allies in WWll. I really like Wranglers, and the Willys model is here to remind us of the origins of the beast.
    Anyway, the jar of old old bolts was my best gift this year!

  53. Kelli says:

    Aside from getting a wicked COLD over the holidays (for the second year in a row, but I’m not bitter, no no not me), my sister is the gift queen. She’s also a teacher, so manages to find off the wall things (as she does for her students), like: silicone coffee-bean ice cube tray (you fill with coffee, so your iced coffee doesn’t get diluted with regular water/ice), wacky inappropriate coasters, a “some ecards” calendar, a “keep calm and go shopping” tote, and lots of other goodies I can’t think of right at the moment.

    So *cough cough* Happy New Year Karen!

  54. jainegayer says:

    I got to spend Christmas Day with my son, his wife, her parents, my new husband and my first grandchild, 4 month old Nate in their forever home. My son cooked “Christmas” pasta ( rotelli with vodka sauce, sausage, chicken, basil and diced tomatoes) and we laughed and opened presents in front of the fireplace. I can’t remember what the presents were but the best gift was just spending the day with my favorite people.

    Happy New Year, Karen!

    ps- I LOVE the truck! I picture it filled with a couple of green or white Christmas trees.

  55. Manisha says:

    I got an axe with a wooden handle! I’m so excited. The old one was plastic or fiberglass or something awful like that, that also made my hand and arm go numb, then lots of pain. So the new axe was a great gift from hubby who would like me to get out there and chop more wood so he doesn’t have to. It was funny seeing it all wrapped up and under the tree!

  56. AngieC says:

    I got an iPad2, a book store gift card, and best of all I got bronchitis, a viral infection and a wicked awful sinus cold. Husband got two framed prints from a local artist, a Cabelas gift card and worse bronchitis than me. He was so sick we only stayed at his parents house for a little more than a day and it’s an 11 hour drive to their house. 22 hours of driving for about 16 hours of visiting and eating. And listening to horrible Christmas music. I don’t know what music channel the MIL had on but it was all sad and depressing songs. I don’t think it would have killed them to play Silent Night or Jingle Bells. Thank goodness for hockey, it was the only thing she would turn the music off for.

  57. Elizabeth says:

    Just back from spending my first REAL Christmas in 20 years. My gift to me. Started coming out to AZ from Omtario in the mid 90s because my late husband had advanced COPD and could not breathe in winter. I love winter sports, skating, XC skiing. This year, flew to Ottawa to stay with my middle child and her family, incl grandkids 9 and 7. Not enough snow for skiing, but skated 3x. Outside New Year’s Eve at the Hogmanay Celebration and at The Rink of Dreams by city hall, as well as at an indoor arena.
    My favourite present, from the family was magical evening at the Spa Nordik in Chelsea, Quebec. Took up no space in my carry- on coming back.

  58. Jeanette says:

    My favorite gift is a red Fiesta pitcher from my mom. Didn’t know I needed it until I saw how beautifully it brightened up my farmhouse-style kitchen. I love those total surprises on Christmas morning–harder to come by as the mom in the family.

  59. Jeanette says:

    p.s. Love the truck!!

  60. Cathy says:

    You did, it does, I am an idiot.
    Missed it first time

  61. Mary Kay says:

    I got an automatic wine bottle opener and bottle chiller from my niece since we exchanged names in our family. She knows me well! And my daughter gets me slippers, they were from LL Bean – I love them!

  62. Mary Werner says:

    Going through a rather “tight” time right now so the gifts were much lower in cost BUT that didn’t stop the fun. The two favorite ones were a yodeling pickle and a can of bandages that looked exactly like a strip of raw bacon! These were certainly the gifts that keep on giving.

  63. Allison says:

    I got a big slab of natural edge American elm that will become a super awesome coffee table complete with inlaid turquoise on midcentury legs. Right now it’s just a hunk of wood in our entryway. Hoping to have it finished by the end of January!

  64. Sera says:

    I got the gift of everyone in my family forgiving me for not really having any presents to give. This year, I gave birth to my daughter on dec. 1, so I didn’t have much chance to shop. Despite having loads of time on my hands and a computer, I have been delirious since then. Proven by the fact that I sent my new iPhone, acquired just before thanksgiving, through the washing machine. Destroyed it. But my daughter is gorgeous and my family all said she was the best gift they could have gotten. Liars all if them.

  65. kari says:

    My husband made me the start of a Little Free Libary! I was sooooooooo surprised and happy. He wants us to finish it together as part of the present……. aka, wants me to hold my own weight in the woodshop. http://www.littlefreelibrary.org

  66. Elen G says:

    The niece doesn’t fall far from the aunt, I tell you. rotfl @ the hand sanitizer! One of my faves was the totally irreverent and yummy THUG Kitchen cookbook. It’s all about the veggies and the f-bomb. Aaaand I treated myself to a pair of DAV MOTO Liverpool Black rain boots with what I refer to as my “egg money”. http://www.davrain.com/collections/moto I think I must get the bootie, too. Help me, Rhonda.

  67. Jane says:

    After thirty five years, I tracked down my biological Dad, and we’ve been talking: chatting, phone calls. And it’s been amazing, everything I could ever hope for. Finally he told his wife about me. She was a little surprised, but came to terms with it … and I was waiting for the Christmas invitation. He’d hinted around it and I had my Christmas gifts all ready: I’d spent weeks making them, setting aside custom orders to finish them. But it was worth it. It was going to be wonderful: my first Christmas ever with my family.

    Instead, I got a note telling me that he was choosing to end communications with me: his wife was his priority. I was, to put it mildly, utterly devastated. Merry Christmas to me.

    One of my repeat customers found me sniffling and managed to pry the whole story out of me. Came back a few days later to offer me an early Christmas present: a home to be used as often as I liked, including house, him and his daughter, and a possible future dog. So our first official “date” began early Christmas morning, with all the trimmings, stockings, crazy relatives, and utter chaos that the day implied. It was not what I’d expected or had hoped for, but it was utterly wonderful.

    • Anita says:

      Jane, I’m so sorry about your experience with your biological dad. His loss for certain. It sounds as though you found a very nice man to spend Christmas day with.
      Find joy where you can.
      Anita

    • This too made me so sad for you. I cannot believe someone would do that to you. It does sound like a very kind man reached out to you and maybe something more is blooming ?

    • Kim from Milwaukee says:

      Jane, I know how you feel….my father put my stepmother before me many times, even at my wedding. Wouldn’t walk me down the aisle because she’d have to sit by herself. Oh well.

      I’m so happy that out of that sadness came a lovely man….sounds like a keeper if you ask me. 🙂

  68. Amy in StL says:

    I got a lot of great things this year. A thermometer that gives you the temperature of the wine when you put it on the bottle, a mug with my dogs’ pictures on it, new flatware… But the best two are an IOU for insulation from my boyfriend since I’m working on finishing the attic and a tiny piece of plywood in a box with hand lotion and a $100 bill from my brother. The last was because I told him I wanted plywood, not a gift card.

  69. SarahP says:

    Our family draws names, but luckily my brother got mine this year. I got a “make your own Gin kit”. It came with glass bottles, strainer, funnel and the seasonings. Can’t wait to try it.

  70. Stephanie says:

    Happy New Year Karen! Trying to buy that personal humidifier from the link you gave us to Amazon. Only problem is – they won’t ship to Canada. Can you kindly ask your family member who got you this great gift to pass on the details of where they found it? I live in Mississauga so not far from you if it was in your neck of the woods. My office is very dry and I had just been wondering if you could get one to plug into a computer since our new “Leeds” office building we moved to only accepts 3-pronged plugs????

  71. LazySusan says:

    The best gift I got this Christmas was when my 64 year old husband, who I met and fell in love with when he was in his early 50’s, said as he was turning off the light just before getting into bed, “This was the top Christmas of my life.” I’ve never been so happy to have helped make someone else so happy. And it was my top Christmas, also, even before he said that, but most especially after he said it.

  72. Ritz says:

    The best present I got this Christmas, was the present I gave to myself- a pair of Mephisto walking shoes. The style had been discontinued, and no store in the US had my size- 8.5. But I bought a size 8 and had them stretched, and they fit perfectly! Happy New Year to Me , and to all of you!

  73. jBess says:

    A rain chain 🙂 A pretty copper rain chain. Lots of other good stuff too! But I’m enamored with watching and listening to water travel down it, and I feel it added an instant “fancy” touch to our little house. It’s like jewelry. For your house.

  74. Janet says:

    Thank God you’re back! Love the humidifier you received from your niece. My hubs got me a beautiful All-Clad saucepan and skillet that I had wanted forever. The mirrored finish is so beautiful I don’t want to use it. My son made a gorgeous pallet wall planter, he’s so creative and who doesn’t love homemade gifts. My daughter and soon to be son-in-law moved out on January 1st…just down the street and I bought a supply of Crest Whitestrips which I will use my All-Clad to see those pearly whites in. Missed you and all your readers…Happy New Year to everybody!

  75. Abby says:

    My parents bought me a circa 1920s sewing box that I saw at an antique store last summer. They also took the time to clean it and tighten the screws on the hinges. My sister gave me half an hour of one-on-one Skype time (she lives eight time zones away).

  76. Anna Lee says:

    Framed pressed flowers with handwritten origin information on each flower and a poem done by a school girl named Lillian in Indiana in 1898. Information on Lillian (who never married or had children) typed up and pasted on the back by a niece who was apparently passing them down in the family. From my dad who found them in a junk shop in San Diego. Might make me a weirdo but I LOVE this gift.

  77. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Best gift to me was from my niece. My 93 yr old Welsh Dad passed away in August. For his memorial service, I looked and called everywhere to find daffodils, his favourite (and the national symbol of Wales) but none were to be had at that time of year . . . not even faux ones. Well, my niece happened to be at a craft show close to Christmas and found someone who makes jewellery and guess what? She had made a beautiful hand
    embroidered daffodil on blue silk pendant encased in silver. Of course, it made me cry but they were tears of joy!
    Best gift from me was for my brother who had taken a quick photo sometime last year of two sets of footprints in the snow, walking side by side . . . his and our dad’s . . . along with the wheels of his walker. I took it to Costco, at the last minute, and they had it “plak’d” just in time. Now it’s just a nice little reminder to tuck on a shelf for my brother to remember all the times they spent together.
    Ok, now I can’t hardly see to type but I just realized that this past Christmas was the first one in 63 years without him. He was a very good man.

  78. Jen says:

    Favorite gift: Mexican wrestler bottle opener–the first present my 18 year old son has ever bought me with his own money. He gets me.
    http://www.amazon.com/Kikkerland-Luchador-Bottle-Opener-Assorted/dp/B007HI3EIS/ref=sr_1_10?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1420569131&sr=1-10

  79. Susan says:

    My family has been strapped financially for a while. We buy pretty much everything used or via thrift. This year, my husband got me a sterling silver sugar spoon with my initial engraved on the handle and a beautiful silver coffee pot. Also a lovely anchor pin and Seder plate. All thrifted, but all so meaningful and such a sign of his love and attunemeant with who I am. Blessed and grateful.

  80. Langela says:

    I got running boards for my truck. I’ve had a hard time climbing- and I do mean climbing- in and out of my truck for the past two years, so DH bought them for me this year. I usually just buy my own gifts, but he likes to surprise me with one gift that I know nothing about. Of course, he made me go on a frigid scavenger hunt to find it! Which he enjoyed way more than I did.

  81. Audra says:

    My Fiance’ got me a 3 pot crockpot for Christmas. Apparently, he didn’t get the memo that you are NOT supposed to buy kitchen appliances for your significant other. He’s still in the hospital. I’m not allowed to talk about it.

  82. Vanessa says:

    Our family does draw names and it has become quite the event, a kind of “you must be present to play” sort of event. Last year I won the lottery so to speak, My Uncle had my name and he hates to shop. So he just gives a weeks stay at his beach house in Monterey. Truly awesome! This year my Mom had my name, not as good but still pretty great. So she got me not 1 but 2, TWO pairs of fluffy pajamas, a box of electric candles, a coloring book and a new box of crayons AND a gift certificate for “One Fiscal and One Message” It was supposed to be a Facial and a Massage, but spell check only checks your spelling, not your meaning. Hilarious!

  83. susan says:

    My son and I went to Hawaii. Had a fabulous luau on Christmas Eve, and spent Christmas Day at the beach, then ate Mexican food. My favorite gift was seeing my son’s face light up and his huge smiles for the week. He would like to move to Hawaii…… 🙂
    Went on a seahorse farm tour, and got to “hold” a seahorse! With my hands underwater, the seahorse swam up and wrapped its tail around my finger. Priceless!

    • Bonnie says:

      Susan,
      I love seahorses, and my husband is from Hawaii. Where did you go to a seahorse farm tour? This is now at the top of my bucket list!

      My best gift–My Mom flew 9 of us to Colorado so we could all spend Christmas with my sister and her family. It was wonderful! The best part was that my son, who has been fighting leukemia for two years, was able to go with us and enjoy himself. Everyone being together was the best gift.

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