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Old 11-06-2012, 09:18 PM
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Didn't see a thread on this yet ... but I kind of want to start shopping early this year. I really would prefer to do most of my shopping online.

I always hit a blank though. I love giving personal unique-type gifts, not just something store bought if I don't have to. But store bought isn't out of the question at all, just like to give something they're really actually going to USE or like.

If we could swap back and forth some ideas, some hot gifts this year, etc?

The most important people:

- Dad ... loves motorcycles (but no longer has one), he's really into 'prepping' for things (storms and zombie apocalypses and the like :) so he has a new big solar power panel thingy going on in our garage that he's always working on, has a few new guns, he has an RV, owns an alarm company, when he's not working in the garage on his solar/etc stuff, he's usually watching movies on his iPad.

Mom - she is very much into beauty products, clothes, make-up, her looks, etc. She owns a salon so can't really get her gift certs to that kind of thing since she gets it for free. She honestly doesn't really have any 'hobbies' per say. I typically end up getting her nice candles, pictures in frames, and things of the like, so if there's anything similar that goes a step beyond you could recommend, that'd be cool.

Young siblings ... almost 9year old brother and almost 5 year old sister. My sis is easy, she loves Barbies and anything girly and fun. My bro is at the age where he's kind of over 'toys' but he's pretty much already got everything techy (iphone, DS, xbox, laptop, the works).

I was planning on having a looksy around Etsy. But any suggestions would be great!
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:22 PM
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im making my own lotions, soaps, jams, butter, pancakes/biscuits/cinnamon bread in a jar. Pairing them together.

Then the kids are getting hand made hobby horses, a fort kit, shaped crayons, hand painted box of princesses and villans, handmade A frame tent, and marshmallow guns.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:36 PM
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I'm no help! My parents are getting to see me for Christmas ($1300 worth of plane tickets sounded like enough of a gift to me)...I think I will throw in a starbucks card or a manicure for my mom and I to enjoy while I'm home. My dad is hopeless--he doesn't like "stuff", so no gifts for him is fine.

My sister I think I'm going to give teaching books to, since she's applying to grad school to be a social studies teacher. I'm slightly paranoid that she will not get in and then the gift will be a downer, but hopefully that doesn't happen!

Zach's brother and his girlfriend are going to get a "date night" box--movie tickets, a restaurant gift card, ice cream coupons, etc.

Grandparents will get invitations to come to our house for dinner

No idea what to give Zach's parents. I always tell him he's in charge of that, and then I always end up running around at the last minute to buy something when he says he has no idea what to give them.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:38 PM
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He's 9 and "over" toys??? Jeez kids grow up fast...most 9 year olds I know are still into action figures, games, and toys like science-y kits, "boy" crafts, etc.

My list to shop for:
Mom
Dad
Brother - 18
Aunt
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2 kids for Winter Wishes - still don't know age/gender/interests.

and then people to just give smaller gifts to, maybe cookies/jams/sauces or whatever, ex-boss, ex's family, clients, doctor, etc.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:01 PM
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Don't have to worry about my family, it's a pain to get stuff to France so we usually don't (although my mom sends me money).

I'm clueless about what we're doing for hubby's family this year. It will depend on who we're actually going to see too (they're all over the US). Usually we just do family gifts.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:18 PM
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He's 9 and "over" toys??? Jeez kids grow up fast...most 9 year olds I know are still into action figures, games, and toys like science-y kits, "boy" crafts, etc.

My list to shop for:
Mom
Dad
Brother - 18
Aunt
1 Friend
2 kids for Winter Wishes - still don't know age/gender/interests.

and then people to just give smaller gifts to, maybe cookies/jams/sauces or whatever, ex-boss, ex's family, clients, doctor, etc.
LOL, yeah, he's something else. He's mature for his age in a lot of ways, always has been. It's not that he wouldn't enjoy some toys... but definitely doesn't have anything to do wit action figures or things of the like. He will play board games with us but tires of them quickly. He has gotten back into playing with his old Matchbox Cars again which is a 'new' thing. Last year I got him one of those remote controlled sharks and it was fun for all of, like, a week... LOL, so yeah I just don't want my gift to go to waste.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:19 PM
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im making my own lotions, soaps, jams, butter, pancakes/biscuits/cinnamon bread in a jar. Pairing them together.

Then the kids are getting hand made hobby horses, a fort kit, shaped crayons, hand painted box of princesses and villans, handmade A frame tent, and marshmallow guns.

You are talented! I wish I could do that kind of stuff...

Maybe I'll do something like that for my mom, buy some nice lotions, soaps, and such and put them together in a cute way.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:45 PM
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I'd love to do soaps... I guess I'd be worried it wouldn't work as well as commercial soap or something when it comes to getting rid of germs lol.
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