Can You Help Me Create the World’s Longest Christmas Gift List?

And then one day my nose started bleeding, my eyeballs shrivelled to the size of peas and my brains flew out of my ears.  Just like that the Christmas season had begun.

I figured Black Friday would be a good day to talk a bit about the dangers of Christmas shopping.  We’re all familiar with the various freak tragedies that occur on Black Friday throughout North America, but there are other, less press worthy disasters that happen in homes across the U.S. and Canada.

Like stress pimples.

For me the most debilitating part of the holidays is the presents. I put too much pressure on myself to buy really good presents. This pressure causes my nose to bleed my eyeballs to dry up and my brains to explode right out of my ears.

It’s mostly selfish. I like to see the look of wonder, amazement and excitement on someone’s face when they unwrap a photo of myself.

That may seem a little narcissistic but it isn’t.  In the photo I’m holding their real present, a castle in Scotland filled with sloths, monkeys, boxes of flattering clothing and a complete staff ready to serve them all their favourite foods for the rest of their life, which will be forever because I’ve also given them gift of eternal eating.

At least that’s the way I’d like my present giving to go.

You’d be surprised at how often it doesn’t go exactly like that.

Some years are easier than others to find that perfect gift.  This year has been kind of 50/50 but the good news is I’ve actually got a pretty practical list of gifts I’d like myself.  Normally I don’t have a clue what to say when people ask me what I’d like for Christmas. This leads to the ever popular “I don’t need anything, don’t worry about it, I don’t know, why are you asking me this, it takes all the fun out of getting the present and by the way would would YOU like for Christmas?

If you follow The Christmas Pledge where every day in November has a task to help get you ready for a stress free December, then you KNOW that December 7th was “Make a list of the things YOU want” day.  So I did.  Because as the creator of The Christmas Pledge I have to keep up the pretence of being some sort of Christmas organizing expert.

I’m going to share a few things right here because it might spark an idea of what you’d like to get or give people.  This should help cut down on your holiday stress.   Nobody needs more pimples around Christmas.  It distracts from the beauty of the season.

So far my list consists of Idris Elba obviously, ( yeah, I know he’s married, so was everyone at one point), an Excalibur Food Dehydrator, Martha Stewart’s Hunting Boots, some Photography accessories like this colour card, and new underwear.  I realize it’s not a huge list, but it’s something.

The worst part is when the day AFTER Christmas rolls around.  That’s the day all the ideas come flooding towards me like Santa’s sleigh on an out of control roller coaster.  I’m suddenly enlightened and have ideas for everything I should have bought and everything I should have asked for.  Like pimple cream for instance.

In an effort to help alleviate the stress and help prevent someone else’s brains from exploding out of their ears, I’d like to invite you all to let everyone know what it is you’d like for Christmas or Hanukkah.  And if you have any really great gift ideas for other people, throw those in too.

Between the thousands and thousands of us we should be able to come up with a pretty good idea list.

Not that I need it you understand. I created The Christmas Pledge so obviously I’ve had all my presents figured out since “Present figuring out day”, December 10th.

Well maybe I need it a little bit.  Together, you and I can create a big enough and diverse enough gift list to last us for the next decade.

Have a good weekend!

107 Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Great idea! I’m hoping for a nice cast iron grill pan; I need motivation to cook dinner. I’ve decided I’m gifting old time hot water bottles with beautifully hand knitted jackets. They’d be great for when you’re feeling crummy or to warm up your sheets on a cold winter’s night. And now I need motivation to make those.

    • Nicole says:

      I have the cast iron pans; what I want is one of those silicone handle-sleeves for them, so I don’t have to worry about accidentally touching the handle. I would also like a Kindle paperwhite (I have a kindle, but I want the fancier one and can’t quite justify spending my OWN money on it!).

      I already bought a custom puzzle for my daughter for Xmas (with a hilarious picture of our cat on it). Ordered it at the same time I ordered our Xmas cards (earlier today… I know, I know, I’m running late). I also got her a white noise machine because turning the fan on, pointed at the wall, is silly. And I got her a weighted blanket. I know they’re not that hard to make, but my sewing skills are laughable.

      Also, Karen: you wrote December a couple of times up there, and I think you meant November. 🙂

      • Gina says:

        Oooooh. I just put the handle thingamgigie on my list… I can just never remember I preheated the damn cast iron pan in the oven.

    • CathyR says:

      I’m totally in love with my hot water bottle. However I prefer a flannel cover since it get itchy with wall or even acrylic sometimes.

  2. Barb Hebert says:

    One of the best presents I ever gave to my son’s family was a jigsaw puzzle of a family picture. It’s been several years and the kids still enjoy it. “Here is part of Dad’s hair.” “Here is part of Mom’s arm.” Can get different sizes and number of pieces. They now have several puzzles and enjoy them all.

  3. Gael says:

    Bananagrams. An oil spritzer from Lee Valley. That’s it!

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/gifts/page.aspx?p=77260&cat=54&ap=1

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Fun!
    What I’d like for Christmas:
    FD cake pans, 6″ and 9″ (brand name specific, so I won’t spell it out completely).
    A second bowl that fits into my mixer.
    More vintage ceramic Christmas trees (there’s no such thing as too many).
    Socks that have generally unacceptable sayings on them.
    A 17″ white gold chain (I broke mine).
    A new kitchen.
    Things I like to gift? I’m also one who likes to find just the right unique gift. Usually my already-own-literally-everything in-laws present the biggest challenge. This year I’m especially proud of the wine bottle stoppers I found for them. They’re personalized with sand, so one has sand from the beach at their summer home and the other has sand from the beach at their winter home.

  5. Tina says:

    Everyone accepts that I REALLY don’t want anything but my DIL always asks me to think of something my grandsons can buy and give me. One year it was fridge magnets with hooks to hang potholders from. I simply can’t think of anything this year!

    • Langela Richardson says:

      Nails or screws, bandaids, toothbrush, new spices, cute measuring spoons, a throw with their pictures on it for the couch, photo book of pics from the year. My parents LOVE the photo books. They leave them out to show people. It’s a great way for everyone to get to see and remember the year.

    • Rene' says:

      How about a donation to a charity in your name or purchased books donated to a daycare or children’s classroom with your name inside?!

  6. Patricia S. says:

    A donation to a local food bank or no-kill animal shelter.
    Bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon or red blends from different vineyards.
    A house cleaning service, one time through
    A sea glass necklace

  7. Jayne says:

    I feel compelled to point out that Idris Elba is not currently married. He is engaged. But not married. So…

  8. Therese says:

    I like warm socks, light weight headlamps for working outside in the dark. New designer doggie beds in a tartan (black watch) or a herringbone tweed with leather accents (RL would be best 🙂 ), new Rambo horse rugs for all the buddies would be FANTASTIC, hmm, and maybe some perfume? No, some white gold jewelry . Horsey. Fancy dog collars for the two boys. I think that is it. Maybe special seeds for next year.

    Great luck for Karen, re Idris Elba. There is hope yet.

    • Alena says:

      HA!!!
      You are an inspiration, Therese. Maybe I should ask Santa for a light weight headlamp so that I can pick up dog poop every day. Otherwise, during winter, I can only do it on weekends and by the time the weekend rolls in the poop is often under layers of snow.

  9. Mia Pratt says:

    A bottle of Cakebread Cellars merlot; a Sees dark chocolate truffle; a pashmina wrap in black; a large Patricia Nash handbag; a new pair of hiking boots; and last but not least, a beautiful string harp. And just in case Oprah is reading this, I’d like a nice cottage by the sea in which to store my self and all of this stuff.

    • Su Holot says:

      The Patricia Nash handbag I stumbled on last year. Had an oh so small scratch in the leather which I promptly pointed out to the clerk and asked for an adjustment please. I absolutely love it. Even more than my Coach bags. I’m asking for the wallet and eyeglass case that matches

  10. Bev out west says:

    Hankies from recycled fabric, with one’s initial stitched on by loving hands (from the best gift ever department).
    A pink flowering zygocactus in a clay pot.
    *P*t gadgets and pans. True!

  11. Colleen K. says:

    Does anyone know where to find a truffle hunting knife?

  12. Kimberly says:

    A weighted blanket in grey
    Original art
    A selenite lamp (same idea as a salt lamp except it’s selenite)
    All glass jewelry boxes with gold edges
    A cream blanket scarf
    Small Turkish rug (btw Karen, look on Etsy and set your filters for under 200, you’ll be amazed at what you can get!)
    Purdy’s chocolate
    Photo books of the kids from fluttershy
    Stained glass windows to stick places
    Handmade leather journals
    Nice fountain pens
    Moccasin slippers
    Pink vintage bar-ware
    Vintage women’s magazines from the 1930s-60s
    Vintage curtain tie backs from France
    Kantha blankets from dignify (check them out, small business, Canadian company, helps women)
    Baskets (you can never go wrong with baskets)
    Newest “it” home design book
    A leather bag from the leather satchel company (NOT the Cambridge one—-the original leather satchel company)
    Large and small crystals
    Soy candles and vintage teacups to put them in
    Nice cream hangers for the closet
    Funny board games
    Artists series socks from Hudson’s bay
    The HBC pillow with the sort of V on the front in the HBC colours
    Bath salts from the magic bath salt lady downtown (they’re magic)
    Vintage Foo dogs to gaurd the house
    Fingerless mittens hand knit

    I just like allllll the stuff. 😆😆😘😘

  13. Sabina says:

    I want insulated muck boots for tromping around the woods, a bigger toolbox, sunshine, warm weather and a beach…I’m getting those last three things this afternoon 😎✌🏼🎄

  14. Natalie says:

    New earrings, a beehive, an automatic chicken coop door (sigh), a big stroller hook, a syrup dispenser, new wool clogs, a wall-hanging sewing thread rack, an egg skelter.

    But now I want most of those ^^ things as well!

  15. Jenny W says:

    At this point in time I would really like Canada’s Postal Strike to be resolved :/
    Making it a little hard to get & send packages and cards.
    But, I’m thinking outside the box and shopping at Local Shops and Makers this year.

  16. NinaMargo says:

    An investor to buy our house and rent it back to us for three years! So we can still live here and not move somewhere else until my husband retires.

  17. Cathy Reeves says:

    I want really a good, really sharp set of knives. Do not rob a bank to get these for me, but save for a year and get them in 2019.
    Oh, and a new president by Jan 20,2019.

  18. Eileen says:

    I’d like some new work after losing a contract of 20+ years.
    Other then that: someone to do the rest of the plaster repair and painting in the house. I just did some and I think it’ll be next year before I’ve recovered….

  19. Ann Roberts says:

    Ummmm…haven’t had a single gift idea for myself in some time. But I did ask my husband the other day to find me a new pair of earbud style, around the neck, bluetooth speakers to be able to listen to my audio books. I could have gone on line and found some myself, but he loves the challenge of finding stuff like this.

    But I guess if people wanted to just randomly “gift” me this year…I would like any and all books on wire wrapped jewelry making and any supplies that you might want to gift me as well. Any kind of concrete garden statue would be great. I like animals to go around my St Francis statue. Or mermaids. I have a mermaid thing going on around my fish pond.

    I think I would love a quality kinetic piece for out in the garden as well. Nothing that will fade in the sun and stop spinning within months.

    Oh and a German Angora rabbit, male please. I want to add a fiber animal to the rabbitry but darned those babies are expensive.

  20. Michael Voss says:

    All I am looking for this year is a nice gas Forge.
    You can get them in all sizes, based on what you want to do, from making jewelry with them to knives, tools, heat treating ….
    Me… a 2 burner so I can make tools and parts for gunsmithing. And the occasional knife. Because yeah, Gibbs Rule #9.

  21. p says:

    a wee cottage I can host on a site like airbnb and decorate and boss around and put a water feature in it’s yard and make money off of

    a Flea ukulele

    food, water, shelter and education for villages of Malawi =Amen!

    links to blogs of some of your readers

  22. Marguerite Floyd says:

    A new house
    a gardener
    permanent house cleanings
    several long luxury cruises
    an end to all illegal wildlife trafficking
    an entirely new honest administration in Washington by next week

    • RJ says:

      ok, I have had the brainstorm re: resolving this.

      Whaddya think: we rejoin Great Britain. Have a vote of no confidence (!)
      then have an election and so legitimately clean out the White House…….. and perhaps re-do some States elections.

      Once everyone reasonable sane — and not cruel– has been sworn in, we can again secede from Great Britain.

  23. Karen Lake says:

    A large, rustic looking dough bowl.
    A decorative urn. Short and wide.
    A wagon for moving plants and supplies.
    A toy, metal tractor for a friend’s child.
    Cowboy boots for my husband.
    A daylight lamp for my dad with poor vision.
    A record/cd/cassette player for my mom.

  24. Jean says:

    A DNA test and/or membership in a genealogical search company.

  25. I would like to be a well known artist instead of an artist known by my dogs ! They always like the portraits I do of them !

  26. Kipper says:

    A metal cow trough thing to use for a vegetable garden
    A job walking distance from home where I can bring my dog every day.
    For my friends who relocated to a beautiful local island to build a tiny home on the property for me to rent.

  27. Shelagh says:

    1. In the unlikely but what the heck it can’t hurt to ask category.
    An arthritis treatment that doesn’t involve biologicals that cost $20,000.00 a year. Or a cure, I’m easy.
    2. In the also highly improbable but somewhat achievable category.
    A log cabin beside the house with a wood stove, a shaded porch, big windows, solar power, compostable toilet and rainwater collection system for an art studio where students can sleep on site for workshops.
    3.In the achievable maybe next year category.
    More raised vegetable beds. More rainwater collecting barrels and platforms to put them on so I can hook up my soaker hoses to automatically water the previously mentioned additional veggie beds.
    4. I want it now category.
    A Bolivar wool cutter. You have to pre order them a year in advance so if anyone’s knows about a used one up for sale…? In the unlikelihood of that happening I would also jump up and down gleefully clapping my hands and generally not act my age if I got a Townsend Beeline wool cutter with a 4,6, and 8 cutting wheels.

    • Karen says:

      My grandmother eats powdered rose hips and my mom powdered ginger – both come in tablet form but you can eat it as just powder by sprinkling it on yoghurt or mix…stuff. The rose hips didn’nt work for my mom but the ginger did. Maybe it one or both can help your arthritis too if not it tastes really nice so win win.

  28. Leah says:

    What a great exercise! My list includes a sewing table/extension table for my sewing machine, a massive roll of quilt batting, the perfect coffee table that I haven’t found yet, a large stock pot, beehives and a class on bee keeping, and a quality pair of outdoor work gloves.

  29. Dawn says:

    Le Creuset egg cups, in Volcanic.

    A noodle mug (so I can make cheap and tasty hot lunches at work): https://www.lakeland.co.uk/45270/The-Noodle-Mug

    In fact, I want all of the mugs in the series – the poached egg one, the perfect porridge one, and the sticky toffee pudding are next one the list. I’d be the envy of the office! 🥰

    That’s about it. I’m a girl of simple, food-based needs. 😂

    Oh, and a sewing machine, if you’re going all out!

  30. Kris says:

    My reaching for it list: paid off mortgage, basement finishing, a brand new car every year, month long vacation in the Bahamas each February, free house cleaning service or better yet, live in person to wait on us (cook) and live in aforementioned finished basement.

    Something for everyone: French butter crock, painting supplies to include chalk paint, brushes, art classes, make-up applying class, lightweight earrings, pajamas, pajamas, pajamas.

    Jesus for all.

  31. Stephanie says:

    This sounds pretty cheesy, but if someone has the need to gift me I like to receive an ornament for my tree. I have many ornaments from places I’ve been, child crafted, adult crafted, marking achievements, and they all have a memory attached. When I open the boxes of ornaments (is a rubber chicken key chain an ornament?) it is the best gift I could get. Oh, and a sous vide unit just in case someone needs to gift big before I buy it for myself.

  32. judy says:

    at 82 and 78 I can offer some of the things I wished I had wished for way back when. To stay away from sugar and sweets. Skinny as a rail even after three babies in less than 4 years-finally quit smoking,discovered sugar and yes I am now a fat lady. Hate it. Wish I had walked more,got into speed walking and just loved it- but bone on bone knees and increasing weight ended that.
    Wish I had made more true friends,not the parties that sounded like a clash of the titans as to where one was vacationing and how superior the children,the new car,house,kitchen, etc. wonderful in moderation,tedious in excess. Wish I could have stepped off the gerbil wheel running after perfection and happiness and just been happy. Still have my Husband and two sons,lost Timothy to heart failure due to severe sleep apnea-life has become very simple, very happy. Happiness to all of you lovely entertaining interesting people.

    • Mary W says:

      Thank you Judy. I also love the commenters and their comments so much. It is a normal part of reading Karen’s blog. I’m so sorry for your losses and your gains LOL. Diabetes is the hateful result of doing one of my passions that was not illegal – eating good food. I’ve found that doing things for others helps me forget my own problems so much quicker AND not complaining about politics which just gets me mad. I make cards and cookies and stuff like that to share with others just for the fun of seeing their face when I hand them something totally unexpected. You sound like you have learned a lot in your time – don’t you just hate that wisdom comes after 25 instead of before?
      May your beautiful memories wrap you in warm hugs during Christmas – and of course each night!

      • judy says:

        Thanks Mary,I remember being really really stressed about life in general once long ago and had one of the strangest experiences. As though it was being sung to me – into my mind came the children’s ditty “row, row, row your boat,gently down the stream- merrily, merrily, merrily- Life is but a dream.” Later when I pondered why in the world I would recall that bit of memory it seemed to embody a philosophy for living. ie- Row your boat,mind your own business..row gently,good way to go through Life-be merry, that is, positive.
        Life is but a dream. Looking back over 78 years life does seem a bit unreal,how did it all go by so fast and now be almost over. I’ve got a million things to do,hundreds of places to go and darn,the bell tolls,curtain comes down and the last grain of sand falls. It was definitely great while it lasted and grateful for all of it.

        • Fran says:

          Hi Judy, like you I wish I had more true friends. When I moved here I left my French environment and friends to move away with my partner of 37 years. I have been bored out of my mind trying to create some new friendship. I finally realize that I do have one or two but very seldom see them or do they drop in. I know exactly what you mean by your knees bone on bone I’ve been through this suffering also and 3 years ago finally got 2 new knee replacements and never looked back. I had no problems since and I walk faster than my daughters. My husband had a heart valve replacement in August and it brought on a mini stroke. Needless to say this has made things worse for me because I’ve been tied down cannot have my freedom like I use to have. Once in awhile I used to take off for 2 days to spend with my daughter on a short trip or a spa day and a nice relaxing supper with a glass of wine. I tend to my hubby with everything he needs and take him to therapy twice a week an hour away from home. I love him very much and I often lose it and yell at him then I am sorry for it. I used to be full of life and now I am always tired. I pray to God that he gets back to normal and soon. It was nice talking to you Judy and I am very sorry for your loss.

  33. Kimberly says:

    I dare not ask anyone for it because it’s expensive, but I’d like a genuine pearl necklace. They are so pretty and I’d love to be able to bust one out on occasions where I want to look classy and mature and not like a person who regularly uses the phrase “bust one out” at her age.

    On my actual list is a pair of binoculars so I can get a better look at the planets when they are visible in the sky. And a heather gray mid-weight sweater that is relaxed looking like a sweatshirt.

    • Dana Woolliams says:

      for the sweatshirt – I just got a Banana Republic cashmere one yesterday that I am wearing right now and I love it! It was 50% off for black friday, you may still have time.

    • Margaret K. says:

      Got my daughter, daughter-in-law, and 3 nieces real cultured pearl necklaces on nearly half-price sales at Macy’s several years ago. I don’t know if the stores still do that or what the price increases may have been since then, but you could check it out. A short strand that would go with almost everything might eventually be possible for you at a not-scary price

      • Jackie Spence says:

        Wow Margaret! I really don’t know enough about pearls to know the difference between expensive ones and cheaper ones- but Macy’s has some 70-80% off options right now so they are super affordable- Kimberly, you should check it out.

    • Karen says:

      How about wishing for the pearls individually? Then it would be a more affordable gift for people to give you and you’ll have an easy go to wish for when you get cornered by the inevetable wish list ask. As your collection expands you can have the pearls made into different pieces until you have enough for the necklace itself. Jewllery like a pendant, stud earings and later when you have more: a bracelet,

      • Laura says:

        They wouldn’t match well, bought individually over time. Pearls have undertones of different colors: peach, gray, yellow, etc. Also in order to look nice, the lustre should match up as well. It’s a great idea, though, for someone who likes a bohemian, mismatched style.

  34. Jane C. says:

    I’d like my back yard fenced for my dog, and to deter the deer from snacking in my garden. And a new chest of drawers for the bedroom. New tile flooring for kitchen and laundry room. A gas fireplace. OK, let’s just make it a big lottery win instead.

  35. Robyn says:

    A fully restored old barn with a beautiful fenced pasture and an entire family of miniature donkeys.

  36. Rose says:

    I would love a black light for my new puppy…..nuff said!

  37. MaryJo says:

    This is such a great idea, Karen!
    I would love to receive sashiko needles, sashiko thread, a sashiko ring thimble, and a how-to book on sashiko.
    A gift certificate to my local quilt shop so I can buy some of their gorgeous fabric.
    A folding work table so I can cut out fabric while standing up.
    Oh, and a Vitamix.

  38. Dana Woolliams says:

    Books! I made a list and pointed it out to all my family members. A long flannel pajama shirt. A french wooden rolling pin. An advent calendar filled with loose leaf teas.
    Tickets to a comedy show for hard-to-buy-for parents.

  39. Cathy Reeves says:

    It arrived today!

  40. Lynda says:

    I’d love someone to strip the wallpaper in the 3 remaining rooms, but that’s not going to happen, so a new iPad before my battery completely dies. I have to leave it plugged in all the time now, which kinda defeats the purpose of the device.

  41. Librarian Nancy says:

    For me:
    – Canadian citizenship (yeah, I’m tired of what’s going on in the U.S. too)
    – All homeless dogs to find a home in 2019
    – One of those wine Advent calendars that Aldi sold out of in, like, five minutes would have been fun
    – A pill that will help me lose 20 lbs by Christmas
    – Luke, my beloved Golden Retriever – I lost him in July
    – Time – to read, to sew, to sleep, to volunteer

    Gifts for others (overall boring but useful):
    – It might sound dumb and it’s not glamorous but guys (especially guys with kids) love getting AA batteries in the giant value pack size; Storesmith makes a great battery organizer
    – Bell+Howell torchlite – LED flashlight with a stand, two magnets and a hook so you don’t need a 3rd hand or another person to hold the light while working under the sink or hood of the car; HSN sells them online
    – Easy to use knife sharpener for people who like to cook – the best one I’ve found is from Sharp Shark, and it sharpens my sewing scissors too
    – Metal drinking straws – apparently plastic drinking straws are the latest invention-of-the-devil so this is a good gift for anyone who is concerned for the environment – some come with a tiny bottle brush to clean them
    – Car battery charger or jump starter – a great gift and peace of mind for anyone who drives a lot, or even for your college student who may be driving home from college for the holidays
    – Books are always a wonderful gift, and you can find something for everyone, no matter what their interests may be

  42. leslie zuroski says:

    I want a pretty, comfortable fitting cubic zirconia ring that looks like a wedding ring. My husband and I got married young and have gold bands, never wanted an expensive ring, mine does’t fit anymore, and I’m tired of the senior men hitting on me at the pharmacy where I work cuz I don’t wear a ring. 😛

  43. p says:

    oh-and a Midi Sprout. I didn’t know until just now on Instagram.

  44. Diane says:

    I need a beautiful fountain pen and fancy ink so everyone knows I am special, wise, educated, and an icon to be dealt with.

  45. p says:

    a kendama wooden skilltoy because WOW! Gonna need these for all the young people on my list… and hook them up with some of the meetups worldwide

    solkendamas.com

  46. Thera says:

    Oh so many things I could ask for, but what I really really want/need is: a laptop, mine completely died and doing stuff on a phone is hard, especially looking for a job; books or gift certificates for bookstores, a left handed shoulder rest for my violin, sheet music, art supplies (watercolour paper in particular) and a nice soft cashmere (or cashmere soft like) cream coloured scarf.

  47. Meg says:

    OMG!! I need an X-Rite color checker too!!!

    In visual effects (VFX) we know these as “Macbeth charts” even if they’re not actually Macbeth. (Like it’s always a “Kleenex” even if it’s another brand’s facial tissue.) They’re absolutely key in making visual effects to be photo-real. Color-correction for photos, it’s mandatory! Love it!

    For me, other than the beautiful Fell Pony that Santa has still not delivered since my childhood, I’d like:
    – warm beautiful socks
    – a really good stainless steel frying pan (those onions won’t caramelize themselves)
    – christmas tree ornaments are always welcome, especially hand-made, especially by kids
    – board games
    – a nice set of potholders/ mitts because mine are so, so old (a bit burny/food stains) but they work so I’ve never replaced them
    – and new kitchen tea towels are always welcome, especially with holiday flair (then I can put them away and get re-excited about them every holiday season)
    – orchids, I love more plants…… but this is pretty specific to me haha. all the plants.

    For other people:
    for the relative who always puts a coaster over his coffee cup – a new coffee mug with matching ceramic lid
    for the person who has too much stuff – perishable gifts like tea/hot chocolate/candy/food presents/wine/ etc
    for older relatives – large button, loud ringer, flashing-lights phone that they can see a call coming in
    also for the elderly folks – foot step switch for things like xmas lights/tree. my relatives even put the last couple on permanent light fixtures so they can see the button a lot easier.
    for the cats – cosmic catnip carrot or red pepper catnip toys; they’re bar none my cats’ favorite
    for anyone who reads – outofprint.com

    And I’ve found a number of great things reading the rest of your comments!

  48. Toby Fouks says:

    If you haven’t tried Abeego’s [a BC company] beeswax-infused wraps you are in for a wonderful surprise. I listened to the owner speaking on CBC radio, did some research, ordered a variety package. I am astonished that it has kept cilantro for about six weeks– so far. Expensive yes but worth it. They can also be made at home but I recommend starting with Abeego’s products. A variety pack would make a great gift. [I am not associated with this company, just a delighted purchaser … who plans to make my own in the new year]

  49. Toby Fouks says:

    duh — I was adding something for other people, not myself. I actually don’t want anything for myself because I’m at the age when I already have too much.

  50. Ruth says:

    For you, Karen: you might perhaps like having a Lifefactory water bottle.
    the red is a fabulous color. They are class, wide mouthed for v easy cleaning, covered in a silicone sleeve so not fragile (not as fragile.) and if you have, can go into the dishwasher……..

    For me: a cut crystal glass, called a scotch glass to replace one I loved. Until a loving person insisted on washing it.
    And some wax led candles.

    💜

    • RJ says:

      oops: they are GLASS– I wrote class.
      my big oops!
      so sorry! I really don’t type!!
      PS– of course they are also class. But that is not the point. yikes. Or was it auto-correct. because I just had to change ‘like’ back from ‘like.’ Maybe we should refer to it more accurately as:
      auto-maketrouble.

      • Karen says:

        Well I knew it was an autocorrect but I assumed the bottle was going to be made out of brass, which of course also has class, but isn’t as easy to clean as glass. 😉 ~ karen!

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