At the moment I'm trying to come up with a few Christmas gift ideas for my girlfriend. Looked around with out much luck. I've got one small thing so far she will enjoy. But would like to get another something.
Maybe this will work. But I was hoping we could make a list of great gift ideas, let it be for your significant other, family or friends.
Family -Framed pictures -Clothing specific to your area. (i.e. dad always wants sweater's from the UK) -Items with meaning (had a flag flown over Iraq, from first deployment)
Friends -Tends to be random stuff, related to hobbies
When I was a child, I hated receiving socks for Christmas..now that I'm older, and assuming it's not a 2 dollar 30 pack, I love getting them...high dollar socks FEEL like high dollar socks :) that's what I tell everyone I want. Most people think I'm joking, which is frustrating (noone likes dropping hints then unwrapping gifts you never mentioned a hankerin' for). As for other people,
Parents, In-laws: Updated framed photos (agree with discussion starter), though I tend not to send themed pictures from holidays or other events. ..just myself and my family, different outfits / different backdrops. It breaks the monotany of everything being red and green and keeps it special year round as opposed to everyone wearing wool Rudolph sweaters.
Significant Other: I always like to shake things up and get them something they never knew they needed but will use all the time. Something tailor-made for them. It differs from woman to woman, but, for instance, when I was deployed I sent home some PT shirts, some of my cologne, and chicken noodle soup in a plain brown box, with a letter that suggested she lightly spray the cologne on the shirt (which was oversized for her and probably smelled a bit like smoke, sweat and servitude, regardless of washes), put it on, and make the soup to offset the cold she'd mentioned in a previous letter. Sentiment 1, Materialism 0.
My Son: He seems to think he can fix anything, though by the time he's broken something in order to repair it, he's already bored and wants to go on to something else..so I get one expensive item (this year will be the Leapster Explorer Learning Game System) which he will be taught must be taken care of studiously, and then a bunch of dollar store toys that he can destroy over the next few weeks/months and I won't shed tears when they're thrown away.
Best Go-to gift? Gift Cards ..call me crazy, but everyone loves these. And it's more personal than giving cash. Wal-Mart gift cards? NO. Best Buy? Yes.
Worst? Shot glasses, flasks (nothing says 'I love you but you may as well become a closet alcoholic if you're not already' like these), wallets ('Thank you, but I have one already and it's better than this one'), and Zippos. of course, this is all just IMO. to each his own :)
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