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Thread: What gift are you GIVING this year?

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    Super Member SaraSewing's Avatar
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    What are some of the ideas that you have come up with this year for a unique gift? New towels, underware & socks, or DVD's are fine, but what makes your gift special?

    We have a daughter (27) who has everything. And money to buy everything else. What a dilema. I already made her a quilt -which she loves. So for this year I scanned all the photos I could find of her growing up, from newborn to current, and loaded them onto a digital photo frame. I'm "just" the stepmom, but I'm hoping that this will show her that I care.

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    what a great idea for a gift. we are in the same position :roll: except that our dilema is with our son who is 28. he is'nt going to receive a gift card this year but i'm not coming up with any ideas :?: :!:

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    BINOCULARS!!
    I'm giving a lot of pairs of binoculars this year! My DD lives overlooking the ocean and was wishing she had a telescope but is probably moving this year so she's getting waterproof long-range bino's that will be practical in the boat. My DS has taken up hunting and needs a good pair of mid-range binoculars so he gets a chest strap as well. Then, there are the grandkids, who came in the summer and shook up our birding binoculars so they are now monocular :) so they're each getting their own pair of kid-safe binoculars.

    There are still more giftee's, but I thought it was funny how so many people have ended up with the same gift for very different reasons.

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    No clue what I'm giving except for the towels, made by Cutebuns to the mother in law. You can see the towels in Cutebuns's PDA

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    Since I don't have much for any income (myself or hubby now)...I do have a lot of denim and a FEW scraps left I thought that since so many people are going "green" I would try to make grocery/tote bags. I figured that this would maybe be something that people would use since the plastic tears so easily and the denim should hold up well. BTW...the denim I'm using is old blue jeans left over from a quilt that I made for my son.

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    We always give the kids and G-kids money. The G-daughters like to hit the sales the day after Christmas and the G-sons buy the video games they like. It's easier than us buying something they have to exchange.

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    I bought five bags of different nuts in the shell, a nut cracker and a big wooden bowl for my oldest son. He loves to play with his food and it reminded me of when I was growing up.. we always had a bowl of nuts on the table. Odd gift but one that will be well enjoyed. Also I am in the process of putting all my recipes on the computer to print out a binder of them for my daughter who has been on me forever to make sure I get them to her so they dont get lost and a homemade apron to go with them. I am on a non budget myself so I have to get creative.

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    I plan to make doll quilts for the ladies in my family. Over the last year I made 8 quilts that I gave away to family members for their birthdays and other occasions. I think they'll really like the doll quilts as they are entire quilts on a small scale and they don't take too long to make.

    I'm still up in the air about the guys tho. I'd love to make arm chair caddies but can't seem to find a pattern for them. I guess I could make it up but that might hurt my brain at this time of year, lol. Any other ideas?

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    Since DH is still unemployed (1 year this month) just about everyone is getting home-made: tablerunners or toppers, bags, stockings, mantle scarves, etc. If I never have to look at red and green or Santa fabric again I'll be a happy gal!! Grandkids (ages 16 & 13 are getting gift cards and stuff)

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    We give only to the grands now (11 of them-blended families) and that is expensive enough! Waiting for suggestions from our kids of what to give. We used to draw names for the adults, but with the economy, I don't want to put a burden on our kids. SIL has been out of work almost a year and others struggling month to month. My son is doing well, but can't expect him to take up the slack for everyone!!! I think that this economy is making people realize what this holiday is all about and that is a good thing!

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    I'm making sewing machine covers for DDs; Lighted glass block decorations for a couple friends; Santa hat for DSonIL; Yo-yo bear for DGD. DH may get earbuds among other things. There will be lots more purchased gifts, but not sure what they are yet.

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    I'm machine embroidering hand towels for a bunch of people...

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    *sigh* I just don't know!
    I want to make my mother in law a landscape quilt wall-hanging... not sure if I will have time to do it all...
    We bought my mother a stained glass pannel with cardinals, it's absolutely beautiful. My dad is supposed to get a quilt, because I gave one to my parents last year, it's supposed to go in the living room upstairs because the colours match the upstairs couch, but my dad keeps stealing it and taking it downstairs with him ( not that they don't have 900 other blankets in the house) so he's getting his own.
    Sasha and I have decided not to do anything big this year for eachother, because we're completely broke, and we have a baby coming soon. He's still going to insist they we spend $$$ on his brothers though.

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    I made I Spy quilts for all the small kids, lap quilts for the 3 DD & 3 sister in-laws; pot holders, kitchen towels and tote bags. The older grandsons will get money as usual and lots of small presents for the smaller grandkids. DH and I bought a video camera in Sept. for our cmas & birthday presents so we could capture the madness of our family cmas.

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    Our 3 sons and their families get MEAT, as my DIL MJ calls it. I order Kansas City steaks to be delivered to them a few weeks before Christmas. Get everyone a small individual gift - towels for DGD who just moved into her condo, scrubs for her sister graduation nursing school in a few weeks and "Mom Likes Me Best" tee shirts for my 3 sons.

    My brother and sisters visit our parents grave site the first Sunday in Dec., we lay a graveblanket and say prayers for them and other family and friends who have passed. Afterwards we go to lunch. I give my brother and 2 sisters a fruit bread and have small gifts for the younger neices and nephews and now grandnieces and nephews - books for the little ones and a holiday glass or cup filled with candy or snacks for the older ones. My sister Patti calls me Mrs. Santa but I love to share with family and this special family day begins my Holiday Season off so nicely.

    May in Jersey

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    For the person that seems to have everything we have give a donation to a charity in their name. If we know of something they support specifically we donate to that.

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    This year I am making one of my bosses a quilt.. Jacquemoe made one of sailboats (OMG beautiful) a while back, I saw that and I borrowed her idea..... My boss is 72 years young, has raced sail boats all his life and still whenever he and his wife get out they go on the old "Red Witch", so with all that said, this is what I am making him and his wife. I know both will enjoy and appreciate it... that is my special gift for this year.
    We always support Toys for Tots, and the association that we belong to always adopts a family to help out each year at Christmas time. Everyone needs to have a great Christmas Day! Those are the two I really enjoy!

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    Well I just bought my MIL a replica of an antique clock because she collects antiques and I can't afford real ones..lol. I am making my FIL a quilt because MIL got one a few years back. FOr my children I bought four of the I-pods because two of them already have them. The other two are 1 is getting a digital camer and the other is getting a portable dvd player. I am also getting each cild a hoodie and then they will each get little stuffing stockers. DH and I don't really exchange gifts. And I am not sure if we are seeing any of our families this year ..so other than some aquantences and stuff I don't have alot left to buy.

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    I called hubby earlier today and said Merry Christmas to me and you! I got ticket confirmation for January to go see my GS in Las Vegas!!!! I am soooo excited. So what if his parents will be there too. haha.

    It's the first time I will fly. This should be fun as I always drive where ever we go. Wonder if the pilot would mind showing me how to fly the plane so I'm comfortable I'm in charge (just a little control issue here).

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    With 5 kids, 3 are mine, and 2 are DH, we are taking advantage of Sam's Club black friday specials...they are all getting removable storage for their 'puters. We are getting a Tom Tom to us from us. I have been collecting for the grandkids all year, so they will have several things to open C'Mas morning. My siblings are all getting quilted table runners...thanks to the tube quilting!!!

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