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Ideas for consumable gifts to ask for - Xmas

Posted by mommabird (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 2, 08 at 21:38

ideefixe said in another post that she's told her kids to get her only consumable gifts the rest of her life - GREAT IDEA!!! Every year about Thanksgiving my MIL & SILs start asking "what do you want for Xmas?" So what are some consumable gifts ideas to give them?

I thought of the following but they seem a little lame:
- Oil of Olay soap
- Neutrogena Rainbath shower gel
- Knee-hi stockings in black & in beige (I can never wear a pair more than once!)
- My favorite coffee, Brew Masters Donut Shop Blend, which no store in Ohio carries any more so I would have to mail order direct from the roaster.
- Kitchen dishcloths (I'd love to throw ALL of mine out and get all new!)
- Potholders (ditto -throw out the old nasty ones)

I'm trying to think of things I either won't buy myself because they're too expensive (like the Oil of Olay soap, Rain Bath & coffee) or am going to buy anyway but can always use like the knee-his. Can you all help us make a wish list? THANKS in advance!

Oh and no giftcards for me - I never remember I have them in my purse - have been carrying around a JC Penny gift card for almost 2 years, have been to Penny's a dozen times and never remember it!


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mommabird, I think your ideas are great. Every time I've tried to think of consumable gifts I think of food. That shows where my mind is most of the time. But your list turns my thoughts in a different direction (I'd like new dish cloths, too).

Some things I can think of are special jellies, liquid hand soap from Stone Mountain, nuts from Georgia (or any other special food treat I probably wouldn't think of), house plants or flowers, anything handmade from a grandchild, new garden gloves, birdseed (if you feed the birds - boy have those prices gone up), nice new sofa pillows (good to change the decor once in a while), supplies for favorite hobbies, books, computer supplies (paper, ink). That's all I can think of right now, but you've got my thoughts going in the right direction.

I would also hate to receive any more holiday decorations, or ornaments for the tree, and I wouldn't be at all shy about telling people that!


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Plants for the yard - or a Jackson & Perkins gift certificate;

Monthly fresh flower delivery;

Monthly fruit delivery.


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Give a cow

or a flock of geese.

Some charities provide livestock gifts in your name to people who need them.

Heifer.org is one organization, there are others.

-Lena


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Great idea! I normally think of food too - something I wouldn't normally buy myself, like specialty chocolates, or flavored hot chocolates. A good bottle of wine, maybe?

What about paper? Do you need stationary (if you write letters), or a set of cards to send out (thank you cards, or even just all occasion cards). I buy a box of handmade cards at Costco every year...it would be great if someone would buy those *for* me. I love just little notecards to send out, so I ask for those.


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I'm happy to know I'm not the only one who doesn't use up those gift cards right away.

I'd like:
-handsoap and lotion at Bath and Body Works
-a meal somebody besides me cooked. Pizza delivery would be just fine.
-someone to babysit the kids
-a gift of time where we go out and do something together. It doesn't have to be expensive. i'd be happy with a picnic in the park.


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- tickets to the symphony
- tickets to a musical
- tickets to a flower show
- tickets to a sporting event
- wine!
- movie passes
- lunch out with 'the girls'
- donation to a favorite charity


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I like the tickets idea.

Museum passes are along that line, too.


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To the nice gift ideas above, I would add a tube or case of (NEW! Aveeno Overnight Itch Relief Cream with triple oat complex.) And no I do not sell it, but it is the very best cream that I have ever found for dry skin. If I got a case of Aveeno for Christmas, I would think I hit the mother load.


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AAA memberships and some kinds of home services are good for some people.

And this is a little off to the side, but with our parents/in-laws, we also started not "waiting" for Christmas and just gift as we go along. Of course it helps to have great in-laws that do not expect specific gifts or amounts of gifting on each holiday. So if we go somewhere and find a great gourmet treat, we give it as soon as we see them or can ship it; or get the best home blood pressure cuff they need right now rather that wait 'til Christmas. Then of course it's great if you actually hit upon something they ask for again so you can re-supply it.

It may seem obvious to do that, but at times it is tempting to save up your ideas and "wait" until Christmas for those that are hard to gift, but with older relatives (heck, I'm starting to qualify), I just began saying, life's too short to wait for Christmas.

We have also done a lot of fruit deliveries, hams and other items at holidays. Those Riviera pears are truly better and different from what you can buy in the store. Fresh flower arrangements are also nice, and just fine that they die and disappear.


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Stamps, stationery, Starbucks gift card.


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Great thread and great ideas!

One of the toughest gifts to give, I think, are to kids you don't know or know that well. I hate wasting the time, not to mention the money searching for SOMETHING they might actually use for more than the next day or week . . . and not have three of already! A couple of years ago, I hit on an idea that's gone over really well, with kids, teens and adults. When Target has them in their Dollar Section, I pick up a bunch of the individual hard plastic popcorn boxes/cups. They're usually red & white stripe and say Popcorn on the front. I put the yellow crinkley shredded paper in the bottoms, add a couple candy bars, a packet or two of microwave popcorn and two passes to the local movie theater so they can go see whatever movie they choose. If I want to spend a bit more, I add a gift certificate they can use for snacks at the movies, too.
Lynn


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My Mom had a cousin who was a nun, i.e. had taken a vow of poverty,she could not accept anything expensive. Mom used to send her Yardley English Lavender soap and postage stamps for Christmas. In return, Sister Joe used to make all her gifts, things like recycled cards, flannel pen wipes.


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we love to cook, so over the past several years we have given baskets of home made goodies - pate, cookies, pickled cabbage, truffles, crackers, cranberry sauce etc - to family. These have been so well received that we have extended this from family to close friends. Other gift ideas, a tub of popcorn and a gift card for Blockbuster, blockbuster on line gift certificate, garden gloves and garden soap, cooking classes at a local college, tickets for the botanical gardens or the zoo. just a few


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Non-clutter consumable gifts that I would love to receive:

Bittersweet chocolate
Kiss My Face olive oil soap, or similar nice quality soap
Herbal teas
Spending time together just talking
Going together to a movie, a museum, a park
I second the "home made goodies"!


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Thanks you for the great ideas!!! I love the idea of passes to a museum! I have two younger girls (13 & 10) and their mom that we gave the movie passes to last Christmas and I was trying to come up with an idea for this one. We have a great Natural History Museum and also a wonderful aquarium down in Albuquerque. I think that passes along with something else (in something unique . . . but what????) would be perfect for this Christmas. Heck, this might be a great gift idea for several people! I've said it before, but it bears saying again~ I love this forum!
Lynn


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Great suggestions! I've used most of these in the past, especially liking movie passes, tickets, food deliveries, specialty chocolates (my mom likes See's), coffee, wine, Penzey's spices and postage stamps. I've also given a packet of cards with the stamps, (Birthday, Get Well, Sympathy and Thank You cards) which are always appreciated as it's sometimes hard to get to the store for these when they're needed.

One thing my husband recently did for his mom was buy her a Jitterbug mobile phone, which is a much more simplified version of a phone that she could finally figure out how to use. She's been using it a lot, and LOVES IT. We're thinking about doing the same for my mom, since she's always confused about how to use/dial the phone when she uses it. Last year we gave her an extra mobile phone battery that she could charge and keep in her purse should her phone battery give out while she was using it.

We've also given a year's worth of car washes to his Mom which she used once a week faithfully, as she has to park her car under a messy tree that weeps sap at certain times of the year.

Some really nice reusable grocery bags are a great gift, and I especially like the ones that fold up into their own pocket that you can keep in your purse. (I absolutely love these things.) I recently found some mesh bags at the Dollar Store that were four for a buck. As they weigh almost nothing, they are perfect for taking in my reusable grocery bags for hauling produce from the store. I tested them to make sure stems from grapes or apples wouldn't snag the mesh, and they're big enough to hold 5 lbs. of apples or oranges if you want to stock up. They were so inexpensive, I bought plenty to share as gifts during the holidays.

Here is a link that might be useful: Reusable Bags


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Netflix, iTunes gift card (if you use an iPod or listen to music on your phone), fancy fonts for your computer (downloads), photo paper for the computer printer---

I know this sounds insane, but I really like Method cleaning supplies, but think they're too expensive. My kids teased me about wanting cleaning supplies, but I love having everything in Pink Grapefruit.


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My SIL (hubby's brother's wife) is a real sweetie. Every year she makes Christmas decorations by hand from common household items (like a Santa face cut from felt and glued on an empty oatmeal box). I love getting these home-made gifts from her-they take so much imagination and personal time) yet I heard other relatives say she's "cheap". Ideefixe, I saw the Pink Grapefruit set of dish soap, lotion, and hand soap in Williams Sonoma and really wanted it for myself, but I ordered it for my MIL one Christmas. She (sadly) passed away the following January, but I think she liked it. She was a real clean freak-always washing, dusting, cleaning something. I understand anyone who lusts for cleaning supplies.


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fancy jams
balsamic vinegar
flavored olive oil
a block of Parmeggiano-Reggiano cheese (it's a hard cheese, so it can stay at room temp during gift-giving.)


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I am planning on getting my mother in law a gift card for kohls..but asking her if I can take her shopping. She likes new things and is kinda hard to buy for. She is quite tall.
And last year she was so thrilled to go in the dressing room and have me bring her things to try on...I shopped and oohed and ahhed and she tried on till we found something we both liked.
I like her in pinks as she has white hair and she always goes for red..which looks too harsh on her. So we both win, she gets nice new things at a great after Chrismas price and I get to pick!
I like the car wash idea...she would use that too.
Karen L


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or a car *detailing* place (where they spiff up the inside)


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I love giving items that I have found useful like- Downey Wrinkle Releaser or Arm & Hammer's Magic Erasers. It took me about 10 years to realize my mom-in-law did not like "stuff" so now I buy her food/candy and items like decorative paper plates/napkins and tablecloths. If all else fails, I do love to make custom photo gifts like mugs or puzzles. Thanks for all the ideas!


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I bought a friend of mine a gift box that had several different drink mixes complete w/ instructions on how to make each drink. We loved the drinks and they loved the fact that it was something they wouldn't need to keep for the rest of their lives. As I recall we finished it that day!


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Every year my mom buys me a particular wall calendar I like and the annual Lennox snowman Christmas ornament (I have a collection of snowmen). She's afraid it's boring to get the same thing year after year, but it's exactly what I want and use.

We get my FIL and his lady friend gift certificates to their favorite restaurants as they eat out frequently. Super-easy, and appreciated.

One of my girlfriends makes most of her Christmas gifts, and over the years she's given me hand-knit mittens, frozen homemade cinnamon roll dough, a mammoth jar of cinnamon sugar, and homemade truffles - yum!

This is a great thread! We do a lot of gift cards, but I like many of these ideas better.


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Last year, I bought my brother and his kids a season pass to the Cleveland Zoo. They've used it a half dozen times already and keep telling me how much they love it, so I think I'm going to get it again.

My mother used to give me a roll of stamps every Christmas, which I *loved*!

My dad used to give me a book of 10 passes to a local car wash, which I also loved getting.

A present I've given a number of times to parents with small kids is a night of babysitting plus movie tickets or a gift certificate to a restaurant.

Other things I've given or received and liked are printer ink, batteries (especially AA, which seem to go in everything), tickets for a play or concert, restaurant gift certificates, gas station gift certificates, grocery store gift certificate (just once, to a family member I knew was very low on money, and I gave her something more personal, too).

I think home-made goodies can be tricky. I've received a number of bottles of lovely flavored vinegar, for example, and I *hate* vinegar. I've received plates of delicious home-made cookies that made my heart sink, because I was trying to eat healthy and knew I wouldn't be able to resist them.

Finally, over the years, my family has developed the tradition of filling our Christmas stockings with things like toothpaste, face cream, deodorant, etc. We just look in the medicine cabinet to find the right brands. It might sound silly to people who do more elaborate stockings, but I like having all my toiletries replenished!


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I give gift baskets of specialty food items that most people would not buy for themselves. I usually include some homemade things like biscotti, shortbread, my jams. I also include chocolates, cheeses (if they will be opened quickly), dry salami, mustards, crackers, teas, herb mixes (if they cook). I often add gadgets, too, like a nice tea ball, a pretty wooden spoon, some cute paper cocktail napkins, or some useful gizmo like a microplane grater or a pot edge spoon rest. I do themed baskets: gnocci and a jar of pesto, some parmesan, specialty pasta, and a jar of some good sauce, wine.


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I once made a spectacular "Spa in a basket" gift for my husband's wonderful secretary . . . bath salts, oils, fancy soaps, a bath candle, a new puff scrubbie, teas, hot chocolate mix, biscotti -- I can't remember everything but it was gorgeous and she loved it! I tried to think of things that would be fancy spa luxuries!

There are cookbooks called something like "Gifts in a jar" -- recipes for layering ingredients for breads, cookies, soups, etc., in a pint or quart jar. Very cute.

Last Christmas I asked for and got a "foot care" box -- products from Body and Bath Works that I love, all in a cute box with some bonus chocolate!

Arlene


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Throughout the year, I keep an eye out for great baskets and boxes, napkins, etc., when they go on deep discount. I like to make themed gift baskets for our close friends that live nearby.
One year it was "Wine & Dine". Some of the things I put in them (they were all different) were nice bottles of wine, gourmet oils, some of my hand-painted wine glasses, small jars of gourmet spread, crackers, chocolates, candles, a great cd of dinner music (Bill Evans). Here's a couple baskets from that year:
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Another year, I did "Our Favorite Kitchen Things" baskets. DH & I love to cook and we put in great little finds that make cooking fun ~ and easier ~ for us. A garlic peeler tube, the world's best basting brush, a set of three 4 oz measuring cups from Target, a box of imported Italian pasta and sauce; a cd of romantic Italian dinner music, wine, etc. I lined the baskets with red & white checked napkins.

Another year, after vacationing in the Caribbean, I ended up making "Caribbean Get Away" boxes for everyone. I cut up Caribbean-print fabric to line the boxes and added Caribbean spice packets, chocolates, cookbooks we'd bought at the (fabulous!) Sugar Mill restaurant on Tortola, a mango or kiwi scented tea candle, etc, along with a CD of Caribbean steel drum music.

For smaller gifts for teachers, school bus drivers, etc. I do smaller versions of them. Like this one I made for our bus driver. This was the "Snuggle Up & Enjoy Winter" year:
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I like gifts that people can use and use up.
Lynn


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I'd like to apply to be on lynninnewmexico's list of friends, please!
And I will be stealing your ideas, Lynn. Bill Evans is our go-to dinner music, too. He is my desert island answer...if I could only listen to one thing ever again, he'd be it.
We have a stocking tradition in our family, now that everyone is grown...we have our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, after which we stuff stockings. We have a collection of really big knitted stockings, and they get nice and nubbly. Everybody brings his/her little sack of goodies, and after I've put tags identifying which is whose, and an orange and and a handful of nuts in each of the toes, we lay them around on chairs, and everyone walks around nonchalantly, pretending not to be doing anything, while stuffing them with the most ridiculous things. No peeking is allowed. There are a number of things that have been circulating for twenty years...like a fuzzy 4 inch deer head, and an old wooden whistle, and an ET candy dispenser...and everything that isn't a really stupid amusement (and therefore recyclable next year) is cheap and either disposable or useful, like paper clips and band-aids and glue sticks and batteries and tea bags. Then we pretend to be completely surprised that Santa came, and when we dig into them over breakfast on Christmas morning, much merriment ensues.


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Mom used to have dial-up and couldn't easily download pictures, video clips, etc., sent to her by her brother. My sister and I signed her up for DSL internet access. AT&T charges my credit card and Sis reimburses me. After the first year, we gave Mom a small gift and renewed her DSL for the next year. Guess that is what we will do again this year. Not only have we found a "consumable" gift, but one that we can give year after year.


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I'm going to be asking my family to post practical ideas for things they want for Christmas. For myself I know I'd like a software program since the free trial expired on my new laptop. I've also taken on some remodeling projects in the kitchen and decided that some new pot holders, oxo measuring cups and a knife insert for my drawer would be great!

What I hope I don't get is bath products.

I started using all natural shea butter for my face and body about three years ago. Still I routinely receive Bath and Body products in yummy scents as gifts. I can understand how the yummy scents sell these products but I am addicted to the results I get with the no-nonsense shea butter. And as someone with a jacuzzi, I only use bath salts and have no use for bath oil or bubble bath. I donate those to the women's shelter. I don't know if there is a proper way to "not ask" for bath products!

For my mom I have many times purchased tickets to plays or live musical events which she loves. (Two tickets and she usually takes me but not always). This year I bought a device that will back up all her computer files. She depends on me for computer advice (poor soul!) and I'm afraid she's headed for a crash with her computer that is so old. For a special uncle and my FIL we have purchased car wash certificates or car detailing. We live in a Northern climate where it's hard to do those kind of things in the winter. My uncle also loves to grill no matter the weather so last year we gave him a box of steaks. This year I am considering a remote car starter for him. (FIL needs to have his driving priviledges taken away, LOL, or he'd get one, too!)

My kids know I love plants as gifts (Mother's Day and my birthday) but in this climate they don't make good Christmas presents. But anything connected with outdoor gardening or bird watching is wonderful.


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Yarn
Some beautiful knitting needles
Flower bulbs or Rosemary bush
A pot or two of fresh herbs (basil, sage) to use in the kitchen
Candles (the big jar ones from Yankee Candle)
A homemade gift certificate to come over and cook or clean one day
Homemade bread


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I already posted once, I have nothing new to add, just want to say I LOVE this thread, and thank you for all the great suggestions!


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Neesie brings up a good point. How does one politely tell others that certain items are NOT appreciated? Something that one person adores might be useless to another. It is easier to but something for someone else if you like it yourself, but what if it just isn't their "cup of tea"? Ideas, anyone?


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I wish I knew, Maryliz! Both DD and I are allergic to just about anything you can add to a bath. I never know what to say if we get a gift like that, so I just donate them. I'm also very allergic to artificial sweeteners, especially aspertame/aspartamine. At Christmastime especially, I'm always so worried about any food gifts that DH might bring home from his patients (our close friends already about my allergy). DH has to ask everyone what the ingredients are, as nothing comes home that's questionable. If someone just drops a food gift off, he leaves them for the staff to take home. I've heard that New Mexico has plans to ban all artificial sweeteners someday soon. Apparently there's more people than I'd imagined, like me, who have these allergies. It was good to bring this up, Neesie & Maryliz, as many of us are planning consumable gifts for the holidays.
Lynn


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It IS a difficult thing... and you have to KNOW the person you are buying for.

For example---
DH and and I do not drink coffee... ever.
Never have... never will.
So, please, don't waste your money buying us flavored coffees or Starbucks gift cards.

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On a Christmas site I go to, there is a thread about gifts you DO NOT want for Christmas.
My main ones are:
--- Clothes
--- Decorations/knickknacks
--- lottery tickets (what a waste of money!).
--- anything with a scent, especially candles.
--- Hickory Farms (and the like) food items.


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I really like the theme basket ideas and I cut out and save new ideas for these from magazines--often a featured article with various holidays, not just Christmas--also I snoop ready-made baskets for ideas. The trick is to use good-quality stuff or stuff you know the person wants and not too much kitschy stuff (kooky mugs), but mostly use-uppables. Also get great ideas for the container, which can sometimes be part of the gift, if you know it is wanted.

I like "reading baskets" with a novel or 2, a couple of magazines, perhaps add'l gift card or subscription (if you know they want it).

I'm trying to expand my non-Christmas repetoire, especially for office staff. I work with a lot of people whom I ought to "do" something for every so often, but it really doesn't all have to be at Christmas, which can get overwhelming. So I'm trying to get on perhaps a schedule, of some folks at Christmas, and some for Valentine's, and some for this Day or that Week, or just for kicks, and so on, and I likely even need to keep a yearly list of what for whom. I said I was going to do this years ago, but haven't ever got it really down pat.

So that is shifting more toward the "organization" of gifting and recognizing employees and not just consumable gifts per se.


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How does one politely tell others that certain items are NOT appreciated?

You can't, really.

You can talk, in the normal course of things, about your allergies, or say, "Oh, we don't drink coffee."

You can sort of jokingly mention it to the closest people. I told everyone I knew, not at Christmas, "If ever it should cross your mind that you want to buy me a present--not that you should buy me a present ever, mind you--don't buy me mugs!"

Otherwise, you just get rid of the thing you don't like.

Don't consider that they have "wasted their money." They spent their money *mostly* to send you a message that they like you. If that message arrived successfully, then they have not wasted the cash. They maybe didn't get full value, but it wasn't wasted.


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What really interesting ideas!

1) Winter's coming: For any family, how about arranging for a series of sidewalk snow shovelings?

2) If you are a member of Costco, they have large containers of really tasty cashews. It's a bear getting the lid off, but yummy!

3) How about a "personal" gift certificate to do a version of a family history for them? I remember reading an article about 2 women who compiled family recipes for folks, complete with photos of the food and the key cooks (using ones of folks since passed on, too) and stories about family gatherings and interesting incidents, into bound books.

4) Something I occasionally did when my mother's birthday rolled around was to call the hair salon she went to (which she did pretty much weekly!) and tell them I wanted to pay for her visit during birthday week. So when she went to pay, she got a surprise! (She would've liked the traditional flowers, too, but I'm sure she loved the salon thing a little bit more!)


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Pammyfay, I love your idea of a family cookbook! When we first moved here to New Mexico 25 years ago, my new bestfriend made us a cookbook for Christmas with all her family's wonderful New Mexican recipes. Being Anglo, I'd never made things like red chile sauce from actual chile pods or real, from scratch enchiladas before. It wasn't a fancy gift, but it was thoughtful, useful and we loved it. 25 years later, I still use that cookbook at least once every other week. A new collection of tried-and-true recipes is a great gift, I think. I can even see one tucked into a gift basket with some recipe ingredients, as well.
I'm glad you brought that one up!
Lynn


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Never thought of the car wash. I think that is what I will get my DD as she never cleans hers and her DH seems to only clean his all the time.

What wonderful ideas. I do baskets for a few people. Try to do different ones every year of things I know that they will use. I do that for a few neighbors.

I need to buy a gift for the boy next store. He is 12 and I never had a boy so I was thinking of making him a junk food basket. His sisters are easy as I do makeup or lotions, etc. Sometimes I will find them nice jewelery on sale or clearance at Kohl's or Penney's.

Any ideas for teachers. They are hard because how many lotions and candles can one person have. I usually buy them books for the class room when they do the fund raiser but they had that in August and teachers didn't put in their wish lists.


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Thanks for all the GREAT ideas! Especially the Downy Wrinkle Releaser - I use TONS of it and it's pretty pricy! The dollar store used to have a store brand but I can't find it any more at any of the local dollar stores.


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ok, no one I think has suggested this but the idea of the next years calendar with BOTH SIDES of the family's birthdates, anniversaries, important dates has gone around once here. It was real nice and you can get software that makes it a breeze. You can also add photos if you wish.

Otherideas are grandkids/pets on stamps. I Don't remember the website but it was acute idea. they are really mailable too!

Idea baskets. I once had a family member down and out so I put togethere a basket with "Revive" shampoo (I think it was called that!). I don't remember what I used now but it sure was fun shopping for that lift me up basket.

Great thread!


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The post office does photo stamps. $5 - $10 for a sheet of 20 PLUS postage.

Here is a link that might be useful: photo stamps


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This is not exactly a consumable gift, but since this is directed towards our ''older'' relatives and friends who have downsized, I thought it was worth mentioning. While my MIL was visiting, she really liked the inexpensive projection clock I had bought for the guest room. I set it up so all you have to do is open your eyes to check the time if you have happen to wake up at night, as the time is illuminated on the ceiling. (I originally got one of these for myself when I had to keep turning over and sit up in bed to see what time it was, and have loved that darn clock ever since.) Since she really seemed to like it, it seemed like a good option as a gift for her. No, it's not consumable, but extremely useful, especially at night. Anything to make life easier, you know!

The other thing she really liked is the electric kettle we use to heat water. I didn't realize this, but she's still heating water on her stove or in the microwave for her twice daily tea/coffee. When I told her the electric kettle heats water much more quickly than the microwave, I don't think she believed me, but as she used it, she changed her mind. I'm hunting one down for her as I think she'll really love it. I really debated about this as she doesn't have a lot of space, but the cost per use (2xdaily) makes it a good option for her.


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DIL's mom only wants books of postage stamps She doesn't get out and with the stamps can keep in touch with her friends


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Five adult children here. Entertainment books for each family. WE can then get together now and then for a 'dinner' or event out together.


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Our neighbors gave us fire starter logs for our wood stove. It was much appreciated.


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claire-de-luna, I think those projection clocks are neat! Great idea. I like your idea of the electric kettle too. Did you know that if you type electric kettle into the search engine on amazon it will come up with all kinds of makes and models and you can read the consumers reviews. I love using reviews before I make a purchase. They bring up so many points that otherwise might not have been considered.


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How about domething like cloth napkins, or a nice set of silver ware for special occasions. I think coffee makers are great to have, as they need replacing very often. Teas or flowers are very cool to have. You can obtain some of these things from my website homecarecentral.info


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I thought I would share something that I have asked my Grandmother to do for me. I'm not into dust collectors and she is, so I found myself with lots of trinkets...so I asked her to give a donation to a local charity in my name. "I" have donated funds to children who need an xmas, hospice, a local food group, and a local children's organization...I think they appreciated it and I felt as though I had done something good.

I will be honest, it took some convincing that I would consier it a gift becuase it wasn't wrapped with a box and bow, but now it's a tradition.


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One of the best gifts I ever got was tulip bulbs. Even better, daffodils b/c they don't have to be taken up like tulips. We enjoy gardening and a gift card to a local nursery is just great.


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If you are in a position to actually do something at someone's home, that is great too. I've given a "gift" of shelf-organizing and my SIL created several seasonal gardens in a small area for my MIL--planted a nice arrangement of annuals in the spring that looked nice all summer.

When my kids were in elementary school/early teens, I gave part of their Christmas gifts as "certificates" that were a big hit and were part of our attempt to "gift" without it all being "stuff". Some items were: a free pass to not have to do certain chores; free movie/TV on a non-TV night ( we allowed no TV or movies Sun-Thu night when they were in school) , free "take me to the mall" or go for ice cream pass, and so forth. The idea was they could pull these on the parents and get our time or something special without us going, oh, we're too tired, or whatever--they loved it! Of course you have to be up for occasional spur of the moment things! It might seem like you would do all these things anyway, but when kids are still young they see it as pulling something over on the parents and it's "cool".


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How about we put Christ back in Christmas with a T for the cross. How about Tmas if one must abbreviate.


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How about we put Christ back in Christmas with a T for the cross.

Huh? X is the traditional abbreviation, based on the Greek word for "Christ".

But I am in favor of including everyone by referring to the winter solstice holidays as Yuletide.

-Lena

Here is a link that might be useful: Xmas at Wikipedia


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My senior-citizen mother-in-law has never been able to manage her own footcare. One year I took her to a salon for a pedicure, she loved having someone take care of her callouses and nails. The next holiday, I bought her gift certificates for return visits.
I'm sure that gift certificates for other salon services would be as well-received!


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One of the best gifts my mom ever received was from my eldest daughter, who was used to giving her expensive beautiful things from her travels. Mother appreciated them but they weren't useful at her age. The year mother received the very generous gift certificate from Kroger, she was totally thrilled. She had a ball purchasing little treats for herself each week, things she would normally bypass because of her *frugal* nature. That gift lasted a long time and sounds like something a lot of people would enjoy.


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Last year I told my MIL I wanted Arm & Hammer liquid laundry detergent for Xmas. She didn't believe me but I convinced her I was serious. (I love that brand.)

She bought me 12 large bottles! I just ran out a few weeks ago at te end of September. It was wonderful to have almost a years supply of laundry detergent. Best gift I ever received! I'm hoping she does it again this year.

My birthday is this month. I told my mom I want 2 gallons of paint to paint my bedroom and gave her the paint chip for the color. I hope she gets that for me!

My friend told me this week I must have been a man in previous lives "because women don't like practical gifts." I told him not to judge all women by his wife and mother. I know a whole community of chicks who like practical gifts - this Forum.


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I used to put Waxtex- brand waxed paper (the only roll that cannot fall out of the box!). At the time it wasn't easy for me to find waxed paper here in NYC, period, and they didn't have Waxtex!

I never got it, though.

Mommabird, I remember your huge supply of something practical as a gift (did we joke about asking for toilet paper?)--I think that's really great. Because PART of the gift is the idea that you just don't have to spend time on it. That's the non-practical, indulgent side of those gifts.


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Talley Sue - Bacon is getting so expensive that I might ask my folks for a case of bacon this Xmas!

I did ask for a year supply of tp one year but MIL thought I was joking and didn't get it. I was actually serious. I'd rather have a case of to than another top, scarf or sweater! Or how about the most thoughtless gift if all - gloves? To me gloves are as personal as underwear. They have to fit "like a glove." Many times over the years MIL or SIL have gotten me gloves and they never fit.


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We are rather poor so one thing we have done for birthdays and Christmas is give "coupon books". We make these up and give coupons for various homemade food items and acts of service. For birthdays, we (two parents and two adult children in the same house) give the birthday person a full 8 hours of work on a project of their choice. They help so that's 32 man-hours of work. We all love it! My Mom especially likes the acts of service. Our other daughter and SIL like the food coupons.


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Mom's eyes got bad in her seventies and eighties, she said she could no longer do hand sewing because she couldn't see to thread the needle. So I bought a pack of needles, spools of neutral colored threads, black, white, tan, navy, etc. I threaded a bunch of each color, left a long train and knotted them, then stuck them in a pincushion. She was thrilled! Some gifts that DIDN'T work were: We gave in laws a "fruit of the month" subscription. MIL said it was awful, so expensive, you can buy fruit in any store... Also sent Mom plant or flowers of the month. She said they always died, don't send them again. I complained to the company and they promised a refund that never arrived. Just my experience.


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DH's parents are in their 80's, and really have too much stuff altogether. We update their digital frame with the latest photos of family gatherings. This year the kids and grandkids are pitching in and buying them a tank of heating oil. That is something we are sure they will use!


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I cringe when my neighbor leaves me cookies and chocolates at Christmas because I don't eat those, and feel awful that I give it away. I imagine them thinking that I'm enjoying their gift. I've left hints, but to no avail yet. Yeah, I know it's the thought etc., but I really dislike getting things don't like...my daughter and I both feel the same way, and are both really picky, so we buy and give each other gifts throughout the year when we *know* we find something the other wants, and don't necessarily give anything at Christmas. I eat organic foods, including tea, no sugar, no coffee, only certain organic lotions, cremes, etc. So please, no gift baskets! And I have already selected every kitchen item or mug etc that I want to use and have in my house...don't use candles, no more THINGS! I think if you know what someone wants, great, but I would NOT want a different laundry soap than the unscented brand I use, and for me, I think holiday cards and stationary are personal things that I spend time selecting just what I want - Well, I guess just like about everything else!!! I have already even stocked up on lots of stamps that I picked out, and even though I like that idea, I would not want disney stamps or something ! So, unless it's really something I want, I find getting stuff I don't like painful. Yes! to gifts of help to rake or do handyman chores - help hang pictures, or clean gutters, the car wash coupons someone mentioned, Whole Foods gift Certificate, help with cleaning out the tool shed, gas card, ., etc. And as long as I'm scrooging, my pet peeve: please don't give any charitable gift in my name. Bah humbug!


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I cringe when my neighbor leaves me cookies and chocolates at Christmas because I don't eat those, and feel awful that I give it away. I imagine them thinking that I'm enjoying their gift. I've left hints, but to no avail yet. Yeah, I know it's the thought etc., but I really dislike getting things don't like...my daughter and I both feel the same way, and are both really picky, so we buy and give each other gifts throughout the year when we *know* we find something the other wants, and don't necessarily give anything at Christmas. I eat organic foods, including tea, no sugar, no coffee, only certain organic lotions, cremes, etc. So please, no gift baskets! And I have already selected every kitchen item or mug etc that I want to use and have in my house...don't use candles, no more THINGS! I think if you know what someone wants, great, but I would NOT want a different laundry soap than the unscented brand I use, and for me, I think holiday cards and stationary are personal things that I spend time selecting just what I want - Well, I guess just like about everything else!!! I have already even stocked up on lots of stamps that I picked out, and even though I like that idea, I would not want disney stamps or something ! So, unless it's really something I want, I find getting stuff I don't like painful. Yes! to gifts of help to rake or do handyman chores - help hang pictures, or clean gutters, the car wash coupons someone mentioned, Whole Foods gift Certificate, help with cleaning out the tool shed, gas card, ., etc. And as long as I'm scrooging, my pet peeve: please don't give any charitable gift in my name. Bah humbug!


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I understand not wanting most of the standard things people give as gifts if you can't/won't use them. Giving to charity in place of wasting the money is an elegant solution, IMO, assuming the recipient supports the cause of the charity.


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Wow Peegee, I'm glad you're not on my list. I can understand being picky,especially about food, but Postage Stamps !?! Sounds a little control freak to me, not to mention ungrateful. I believe the purpose of a gift is fulfilled as soon as it is given: ie. "I have been thinking of you and have chosen something especially with you in mind." Received in the spirit in which it was intended "Oh how lovely, Thank You" Then the recipient is free to do with it what they will. However, I do think there is something a little bit passive-aggressive about the person who never seems to keep or like any gift I give them. Even though I've often made a concerted effort to pay attention to what they need, or what their particular style is. Sometimes that is when I just give up and buy some prepared food basket or something, and who cares what they do with it.


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Graywings - I know, but I'd rather receive a giftcard than what I consider a non-gift of someone's else's charitable gift-giving in my name. I do donate to the causes that are important to me....many may be very pleased with such a 'gift'; just saying people shouldn't assume everyone shares the sentiment...
Triplmom; I did say I *like* the idea of stamps, but was just trying to make a point - after spending all that money on ridiculous fancy stationary, wouldn't want to mar it up with Winnie-the-Poo or superhero's etc.!! I pay all bills online and use stamps mainly for my special cards and notes, etc. Again, many people would LOVE Disney stamps, but just because stamps may be welcomed, not ALL stamps may be appreciated by everyone.. geesh- I don't think that makes me ungrateful, or a control FREAK, thank you. I like what I like, and don't want what I don't like in my life/environment. I ADMITED I am picky, but what I apparently didn't make clear enough, is that some people, and I'm one of them, have a much harder time just throwing out people's gifts, or even passing them along, regifting, donating, what have you. I can do it, usually, but it's harder for me: I Feel SAD that I don't like what someone took the time to buy me and spend their money on. I've always been a sentimental person, and I doubt I'm the only one who really has to struggle to deal with an unwanted gift. If it were always easy, I would NOT CARE what I got, because I could just dispose of it without a second thought.


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Sorry Peegee, I must have misunderstood.


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We are all just expressing opinions here, and no one's is right or wrong . . . IMO, giftcards have their place, especially when it is a socially obligatory gift-giving event like a wedding. But as a gift from a neighbor at Christmas, a gift card would seem strange.

I agree that charity giving should ideally match the known interests of the recipient, but unless the donation is made to a charity whose mission I oppose, I can live with it.

Peegee, I know about struggling with unwanted gifts and the sadness of wasted time and money. But it is possible to reduce your angst over these things if you work at it. If you support the mission of Goodwill or Sal Army, you realize the unwanted gift ends up being bought by someone who wants it and the proceeds help people who need help.

It's good to have a plan and get the item out of the house fairly quickly. Don't let it sit there and fester in your mind.


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Each year I pick out one "thing" to give my girlfriends, sisters, and SILs. This year, it was a small OXO measuring cup (and I mean small) that measured out teaspoons and tablespoons. Same for the men: my brothers, sons, etc got thin metal bookmarks that say "Never Never Never Quit -Winston Churchill." Were giving these plus a small box of Panda black licorice (available at Whole Foods or Amazon). These are very small gifts that unique and don't take up a lot of space, and have immediate useful value.

My children are each getting a colorful Swiss army knife in their stockings (the tiniest size comes in 10 colors and patterns-or at least it did 6 months ago). I've also found that basic black "tech" cases are good gifts for guys. There is a ton of stuff that they can put in them... cords, chargers, headphones, etc. For gals, nothing beats a Vera Bradley item... these are so cheerful and you can find rather small things that are useful. Check out the Vera Bradley slim case that I've linked below. It is tiny but holds things that are usually hard to keep track of in a purse or bag.

I know these suggestions aren't "consumables," I'm sorry to have hijacked this thread! I just wanted to share what I have found to simplifiy my life: choosing one or two simple gifts that work for everyone. My husband and I have large families, so this helps, time-wise and money wise too. The measuring cup and bookmark cost about $4 each. The licorice is about $3 a box (small box).

Someone mentioned Penzy Spices up-thread. I wanted to add that Penzy Cinnamon is the sweetest, most flavorful cinnamon I have ever tasted. It's amazing and would be welcomed in my home anytime!

Here is a link that might be useful: Vera Bradley Slim Case


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The one thing that I think would work for almost anyone is personalized stationery. You can make correspondence cards on 8.5x11 paper (4 to a sheet) and buy envelopes that match in size. Print their name on the correspondence card and their address on the back flap of the envelope (it usually involves hand-feeding the printer, though).

I did this for my daughter and added a quote about reading to the bottom corner of the card.

Inexpensive, but both useful AND consumable.

This would be good for a baby (how cute--the baby's own stationery!) and an elderly person, and all ages in between.


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Here's the how-to on that stationery from Martha Stewart Weddings.
(they got the idea from me, though)

Here is a link that might be useful: personalized stationery


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Someone mentioned liking plants but that Christmas was not a good time to receive them, since it's winter.

Last Christmas my son wanted to give his grandmothers plants, so we found a mail-order roses site (David Austen, actually) and ordered them each plants. We printed out the page and wrapped it in a box with a note that said they were on their way.

They were both very happy--but my mom died at the end of January, so she never got hers. Dad decided not to plant it at the house and gave it to the church instead.


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We are in Virginia, and My husband's work gives everyone every year a package of cured spiral cut Virginia Ham, bone in. We eat it for months, put it in queche, dogs enjoy the huge bone.


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Magazine subscriptions are good, there's something for everyone and then people tend to pass them on to others when they've read them.
Theatre/restaurant vouchers.
Cookery courses etc. A friend was once given a chocolate making session.
Homemade jams/chutney.
Hampers, either toiletry hampers or foody ones.
Gift vouchers for a local DIY store.
My daughter wanted to learn how to knit so her Grandmother gave her a 'starter kit', with some wool, knitting needles and a date for her to go round one afternoon and have a lesson. There are lots of different crafty things that I'd love to be able to do.
For me, I like fancy notebooks/paper/pens.


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Thought I would pass along an idea that may help someone, not necessarily a gift for the elderly, but it could be applied in creative ways.

My husband used to stress about birthday gifts for me, because, let's just say he wasn't good at it. One year when the kids were small, I told him I really missed sewing because I never seemed to have time to get to it, so that's what I wanted for my birthday. He seemed skeptical but I assured him that was what I wanted. My sewing room is in the basement, so from the time I got up until bedtime I was down there alone by choice. No crying kids to attend to, not one diaper to change, no phone to answer, meals to make- nothing. My husband periodically brought me fresh coffee and called me when dinner was ready. I was thrilled, and we did that for several years. I actually made progress on lingering projects or was excited about something new. Maybe your hobby lover would like this sort of gift. Not an item, but the uninterupted opportunity to enjoy something they like and the peace of mind knowing their responsibilities are not neglected, so the pleasure is guilt-free!


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Last year I was faced with making livable and safe my MIL's house, where my SIL had also lived before having a stroke. When I sat with my MIL and we emptied out the refrigerator, I came across a cello-wrapped package, never opened, with the Christmas-y label indicating it was a plum pudding. She wistfully remarked it was the last gift her sister had given her before she had died. I remembered attending the aunt's funeral about 14 years earlier! When I shook the package, the contents rattled. I was able to convince her to dispose of the item after reassuring her that her sister would not be offended, it was no longer edible, and she had many memories of her sister. She subsequently became hospitalized, and agreed to let me 'clean' her house. I also came across at least 5 large fruitcakes that had never been opened. These were those very expensive ones that are almost all fruit and nuts, the kind that make fruitcake lovers go over the moon.

Yes, this could have been on TV, it was that bad.

However, my point is, before sending food, make sure it is something the individual would in fact eat. I love fruitcake, she did not. If she had regifted it to me, I would have been in fruitcake heaven!

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Lots of great ideas!!! Wish I had read this in November. We'll have to resurrect this back to the top next fall.

My DD, the 12/23 baby, always ended up with too much 'stuff' each year. This year, on her own, she chose to celebrate her birthday by taking donations for the ASPCA. The kids had so much fun with the idea, and she collected a lot. We even garnered donations from the balloon lady at the store who always makes DD's birthday balloons for her party.

The intriguing thing was that some of her friends could not accept that she really didn't want anything for herself. And so they got something for the animals, and something for her.

I really hated it because some of the kids did bring just the pet gifts and felt like they had undergiven.


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My kids used to love getting those little cokes in glass bottles. They would almost freeze them and have a slushy. Yum. They also love that cheeze that squirts out of a can. I love getting socks - soft comfy ones to sleep in, and baby bell cheezes. I also love a good writing pen, or a set of Pilot or Sharpies. I am a teacher so I love gift cards to half priced books, and would really love (from someone who knows me well) a craft class or a cooking class. A really nice teacher gift might be bringing dinner right at school closing time - maybe a lasagna or pizza, or a pretty salad. For a young mom: a small gift card AND an offer to babysit while she goes shopping. When I had surgery once my church group hired a maid to clean my house. Wow, I loved that. Flower bulbs are a great idea - especially if you offer to plant them too. I know my mother would love for me to organize her boxes of photos. I think I am going to ask my brother and sister who live far away for us to just give each other a long phone call to catch up on the year.


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One year I asked for a giant bag of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds for my birdfeeders. I loved it and so did all my winter birds!


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One year I asked for a giant bag of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds for my birdfeeders. I loved it and so did all my winter birds!


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One year I asked for a giant bag of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds for my birdfeeders. I loved it and so did all my winter birds!


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I want cheese curds for Christmas!


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One of my brother in laws gives his parents a pair of tickets to a local theater, to which they also have tickets. So he and his wife pick up the parents, take them to dinner at a nearby restaurant, and then on to the theater. It makes for a nice evening for the four of them.

In regard to tossing out unwanted gifts - I don't have a problem doing it. The giver was happy giving the present; I'm not going to keep something I can't use (I hate clutter and useless stuff in my home). So when we get home from a Christmas event, the first thing I do is add the unneeded presents to my box for the thrift store - when the box is full, I drop it off at a collection site.

Perhaps instead of the gift dilemma, a white elephant exchange would be a good option. I've been to some that were really fun. Of course, some people want *real* presents, but WE parties can work well, especially if you don't know the recipients very well.


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I love all the suggestions. Helped me think of new ideas in this decade of a down economy (as in: everyone may be in a bit of a pinch.)

(Aside: Christmas is about caring and loving. And it's not Yuletide, sorry. Christmas has a history, even as it is celebrated at the old Yuletide. Whatever gift you give or receive shall, and should be understood as the effort of someone to give to you.)

As to gifts, I've given the layered glass jars or masons often and they always seem to be appreciated. With a little bit of your own design and ideas they work well for teens at college, single mothers, men who have no idea how to cook or older folk who miss an old recipe. I'll try to add a link but this is my first time posting, Although I am a very long time lover of Gardenweb. At 63

http://christmas.organizedhome.com/crafts/gifts-in-a-jar/recipe-index

I also give banana walnut bread loaves to fire stations, police stations and postmen. They always ask for more next Christmas.

I really love the idea of photo postage stamps. I didn't know! They will be going out this year.

And, a gift card to a local garden nursery is always good it seems, even for an apartment dweller, you can always by houseplants or a tiny garden ornament to accent your love of the outdoors.

And for teachers with children in these hard times, Amazon gift cards, or two gift cards for pizzas or a gift card to Office depot.

Thank you for all for your ideas.

Oh, if you can afford it, and I can't anymore, Virginia smoked hams are indeed wonderful gift.

And, maybe i'm getting old, but I still like that box that comes from my 86 year old Dad from Hickory Farms.


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I love all the suggestions. Helped me think of new ideas in this decade of a down economy (as in: everyone may be in a bit of a pinch.)

(Aside: Christmas is about caring and loving. And it's not Yuletide, sorry. Christmas has a history, even as it is celebrated at the old Yuletide. Whatever gift you give or receive shall, and should be understood as the effort of someone to give to you.)

As to gifts, I've given the layered glass jars or masons often and they always seem to be appreciated. With a little bit of your own design and ideas they work well for teens at college, single mothers, men who have no idea how to cook or older folk who miss an old recipe. I'll try to add a link but this is my first time posting, Although I am a very long time lover of Gardenweb. At 63

http://christmas.organizedhome.com/crafts/gifts-in-a-jar/recipe-index

I also give banana walnut bread loaves to fire stations, police stations and postmen. They always ask for more next Christmas.

I really love the idea of photo postage stamps. I didn't know! They will be going out this year.

And, a gift card to a local garden nursery is always good it seems, even for an apartment dweller, you can always by houseplants or a tiny garden ornament to accent your love of the outdoors.

And for teachers with children in these hard times, Amazon gift cards, or two gift cards for pizzas or a gift card to Office depot.

Thank you for all for your ideas.

Oh, if you can afford it, and I can't anymore, Virginia smoked hams are indeed wonderful gift.

And, maybe i'm getting old, but I still like that box that comes from my 86 year old Dad from Hickory Farms.


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My husband and I were hard to buy for, at our age we had what we wanted. His son started buying us gift cards for restaurants. He could not have bought us anything better. We were kind of stuck in a rut and ate at the same places all the time. It was fun to go to restaurants we would not have ordinarily gone to. It was a mini adventure/experience.


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We are talking about giving at Christmas time, so let's not pick at each other about anything. No matter how often I've insisted I need nothing, I've always gotten gifts for the house, and here I am getting rid of most of them out of necessity. Thank you for wonderful, sensible ideas. I can hardly wait to turn in my new list!


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Hope this hasn't already been mentioned----I give a year of Netflix to my Mom and Dad each year. Netflix charges my credit card. They love it. They get the dvds as well as the streaming videos. It's a major hit. We count it as their birthday gifts and Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts. I just buy a card when one of those days happen.

We only buy for the little kids for Christmas since no one wants more stuff at this point.


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Just a followup to my post of Dec, 2012. I went back this summer to finally empty the deceased MIL's house. In the basement with a lot of previous rat activity, there was the gift box from the mail order food company, and there was indeed a small fruit cake in it. On the bottom was a dated sticker; Oct 1984. My question is this; when you have rats that have chewed thruough plastic medicine bottles, bottles with vitamins in them, and of course wooden boxes, why is it they didn't touch that box? Do they know something about fruitcake that the rest of us don't?

Barbara


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Do they know something about fruitcake that the rest of us don't?
Ha! Good one. They must know that there is no such thing as a good fruitcake...imho.


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Lots of good ideas in the thread. Thanks to whoever brought it back.

One year a friend gave us a season pass to our local state park. It also worked for all the state parks in our state. We only live a couple of miles from the park but never went because it was $5 every time. With the pass we could just pop in there any time and we did..a lot. Sometimes when just passing by, I would go in to check on what birds might be around. I loved it.


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This thread just shows that there are no one size fits all gifts.What one person would love, another hates. Consumable gifts always seem like a great idea, but there will always be those who will never consume them. When I'm given a food gift that I know no one in the family will ever eat,like certain kinds of candy, I try to serve it when I have guests. Or I will give it to someone I know will like it, or bring to work to share.
I just thought of something that everyone should have, a fire extinguisher. Have one, and hope to never need to use it.


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LOL!
I just gave away a fire extinguisher that I was gifted.

We already have one on every floor, one in the garage and one in each car.


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I am not sure if someone made this suggestion (it's a long post!) -- but here is what I am doing this year:
- some friends will get the baked goods (cranberry bread, ginger cookies)
- some friends will get a bottle of homemade vinegar-based cleaner, infused with natural flavors (lavender from my garden, lemon, orange, spices).
- some friends will get skin care products or candles (these are either get used or can be regifted)


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One year I gave my extended family, nieces and nephews each an inexpensive Christmas mug for each member of their family,a box of $1. hot chocolate and a bag of mini marshmallows and microwave popcorn. A video too. Mini candies and cookies too.
Mary


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RE: Ideas for consumable gifts to ask for - Xmas

Great thread. My family gave up giving gifts to each other some when we were in our 50s - we all have too much stuff, so we visit each other instead. But I recently married a man whose family is into expensive presents of clothing and jewelry and expensive technology. He, and they, have given me some beautiful things which are not to my taste and I will never use. Some I have been able to exchange - the problem is that I have too much as it is and am trying to have less, not more. So exchanging doesn't work for me. My husband has refused to pass on my suggestions of more practical gifts (like an outdoor compost bin).

I am going to try telling my husband that every time he buys me a piece of clothing or jewelry I am going to have to give away something I already have. He knows I am down to what I really love. We are also about to combine households next month, which means paring down even further. Maybe that will make him change his view!


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RE: Ideas for consumable gifts to ask for - Xmas

For many years now, my DD and GD's stockings have contained mostly toiletries. Every Christmas I restock their moisturizers, shampoo & conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, headache medication, band-aids, razors. I've also put in hair brushes and combs, and even hair color. Essentially, the stockings have become portable medicine cabinets.

During college, along with her "medicine cabinet" stocking, I gave my GD everyday things she needed, but really couldn't afford..laundry and cleaning products, TP and other paper products, cases of water and tetra drinks, and grocery store gift cards. When my DD saw it, she requested the same for the next year.
I still give these things every year to them both - in the Costco sizes. They last all year, and they don't have to dust them.


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