My gift-giving seems to fall into a few categories:
- Something homemade, because I could make it, and not necessarily because it's the perfect thing for the person.
- I happened to see something that just screamed a person's name, it was so perfect for them, and I bought it.
- I got something practical that I knew the person needed but probably wouldn't buy for themselves.
This means that my husband just got socks and long-underwear from me for his birthday today. That sounds like a crappy gift, but I know he needs them and I know that he doesn't like to shop for clothes. If I just get stuff for him, he doesn't have to worry about having stuff to wear.
He gave me a laptop cooling pad for Christmas, and he gave it to me early because my laptop kept overheating. I wouldn't have thought of buying that for myself, so it was nice of him to do the shopping for me.
And here is my holiday To Do List, in italics if it's done
- Christmas cards
- mail packages
- mail portraits to grandparents
- decorate the house
- Help Carbon make gifts for his sister and dad
- Help Hypatia make gifts for her brother and dad
- Make gifts for Carbon, Hypatia, and their dad
- Make my Christmas stocking
- Shop for my dad, my siblings, my MIL, my FIL, my SIL
- Get stocking stuffers for all the stockings
- Make an advent calendar
- Get candles for our Yule Log
- Cookie exchange with my Mom
- Make a gingerbread house with the kids
- Gifts and tips for our nanny, my favorite barristas, our mailman, and my coworkers