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Old 11-19-2010, 11:50 AM   #11
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Holiday shopping will start this weekend for us since I got a bonus at work :) But I don't really have a plan :( I think I'm experiencing retail/consumer overload. I have a feeling if I actually go into the stores it will only get worse so I may just do most of my shopping on Amazon. Although, I was looking at Wal Mart's Black Friday ad and there were some super crazy deals on stuff, I might get in on that. Those with small children/grandkids... what are you getting them? My daughters are 5, 2 and 18 months old and I'm looking for ideas I guess. The youngest is easy, it's the other 2 I'm not sure of.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:51 PM   #12
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Not having children, I tend to go overboard for the babies I know. I got "Pillow Pets" for the new 6 babies at work.

Family, we all only do Birthdays. We also donate for "Santa" presents for any children at Grandma and Grandpa's house on Christmas Morning.

Shrek and I have been getting each other the odd thing here and there.

I just have one more present to get together for a coworker. I'm getting her all the whole spices to make her own Chai Tea and a spice grinder.

My Supervisor and co-office mate are getting desk calendars and a Tea Sampler, i have made up.
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:06 PM   #13
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i shamingly laugh at the ads for charities in ethiopia asking for my old clothing for starving people.

i'm a fat guy, my clothes would never fit starving people...
Send them anyway. Some of those people live in tents...
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:08 PM   #14
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Send them anyway. Some of those people live in tents...
Sorry Andy, that came out of context...it was a joke! BuckyTom and I were goofing!
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:20 PM   #15
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Me too!
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Me too!
Oh good...I didn't want you to think I was a heartless beast...brainless, maybe, but not heartless.
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:34 PM   #17
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Oh good...I didn't want you to think I was a heartless beast...brainless, maybe, but not heartless.
There is absolutely nothing I have seen here at DC that would even hint at your being a heartless beast. I'll get back to you on the rest.

I was suggesting BT's clothing could be used for tents.
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:40 PM   #18
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We are very limited on space so I have actually converted a 1/2 bath into a closet that we call the "present closet". This year it is only about half full because I have made a concerted effort to not go overboard. Most years I shop all year long (like many of you.) but this year only the daughter still at home and the Grand children under 18 are getting purchased gifts. The rest are getting home baked goods. I have tried for years to get dh"s kids to do a gift exchange where each person buys only one gift but they just won't go for it so they get what they get. I , too, love giving gifts. i love to find just the right thing for someone I have been thinking about for months. But with dozens of grand kids and blended families all meeting together to celebrate the holidays, well, it's just too much. I hope they all learn that it is the tought that counts.
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SO and I and our siblings are all seniors or very close. We agreed a few years ago not to exchange gifts among sibs. We never know what to get each other anyway.

We have agreed with our children to limit gifts to stocking stuffers and have agreed to a dollar limit. Our kids can't really afford a lot of stuff and we don't need anything.

The grandchildren get all our attention and gifts. This is their holiday. I'm guilty of letting SO do most of the shopping as she loves it and I hate it. My job is to shop for her and buy a big toy for my grandson and act pleased with what she buys for the others.

I know this sound all "Bah! Humbug" but it's not. We love the Christmas season and decorate our home and spoil the little ones. We're just trying to de-stress the season a little.

PS: She's all done shopping and I'll be starting up sometime the middle of next month.
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Andy, you sound like my dh. Before I came along he only bought gifts for the kids who lived in the house at the time. All of the other kids got large navel oranges, one each. When we were going together each year I got a box of chocolate covered cherries. Which would have been lovely except for one thing....I hate chocolate covered cherries!. There are times when I would love to get back to the navel orange thing but then December rolls around and I am antsy to wrap gifts. But as I said before we are scaling this thing back.
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