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Make an amazon wishlist of stuff you like, put anything and everything you involves something you enjoy doing on it and share it.
I rarely know either. Last year was easy, I got a new computer. I'm probably going to go with a Samsung Galaxy S3. (If I don't have to pay for it and get it as a gift, that makes it all the better.) Been kicking around the idea of an Xbox 360 too, but I'm mixed on that.
My bf family does it differently, everyone gives each other a list. I hate it, it made me feel so uncomfortable to make a list. I thought it over and made a list of general things I enjoy and like, and gave that to them. Told them my favorite restaurants and stores too. But I tried to avoid writing anything specific. I enjoy a surprise.
I figured they may not know me that well, so this would help them get started.
World Peace. Unrealistic, I know, but I'm still serious.
Alternatively, holding a magic mirror in front of people so they can see what, and who they really are. I say magic in the Arthur C Clarke-sense. I don't truly believe in magic (he said on a major fantasy forum).
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I'm asking for a kindle, like 50 bucks to use on the kindle, and some new headphones.
If you just want cash though try to find a store that accepts returns without a recipe and ask for something from there.
would really like some 1" bench dogs. veritas came out with something they call "prairie dogs", those would be nice too. veritas hollow face spokeshave. big ticket? 20" powermatic planer with byrd head
That said, it's a great gift exactly because I'd never buy it for myself, yet I'd still enjoy it.
Cash is the most logical because then I will be able to buy something when there is something I want, but they know that I probably won't spend it for a long time.
It is even worse for extended family that wants to give you presents, but obviously they aren't going to spend a ton on you (not that I want them to), but there is nothing real cheap that I could think of that I would want and dont just buy myself lol
I kinda hate wishing for presents aswell, kinda dont lack anything in general.
I tough off things like random DVD's such as Dark knight rises.
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Do you have any hobbies that you could use a new widget for, or that have a better quality of material they could get you then what your normally use? How about that one thing for your hobby you'd get if it weren't too much money? (the better drill, the nicer paint, the fancy storage system...)
Do you have anything starting to wear out that you haven't replaced yet, such a clothing, appliances, computer equipment?
How about anything that is just fine as it is, but if it were slightly larger, or of a better quality that'd be kind of fun? Computer monitor or graphics card upgrade for example.
Is there a household repair you are waiting on until you have the funds? Maybe they won't give you the money for just anything, but would chip in on replacing the old tile in a bathroom, a new water heater, etc.
Would you enjoy it if they covered the cost of netflix or a premium TV channel for you for a year? A "___ of the month" membership perhaps?
Tickets to a game or event in your city?
Do you have any upcoming travel plans they could help with? A ski or camping trip? A stay at a B&B? Cruise?
If there is truly nothing they can buy you, then is there something they can do for you? Gifts of time or skills for the giver can feel just as good as giving you something purchased.
Are they a good cook? You could ask for a few of whatever they make and have it in your freeze to reheat, or ask for them to make something once a week for you for a few weeks.
Can they help you with a home repair if you were planning to DIY?
Are they crafty and could make something such as knit you a new hat or pair of socks?
Can they take care of something for you (petsit, babysit, etc) to give you a free evening?
Do you feel like you don't see them enough and want them to just visit a little more often through the year?
If there is really, truly nothing they can give you or do for you, then ask for donations to a charity.
Editing to add:
I saw the mention of extending family not spending a lot after I posted the above, so rather then start another reply:
Let them buy you the things you'd have bought anyway, and consider the money saved the cash you'd have really preferred. For example is there a magazine you buy off the stand sometimes that they could get you a subscription to? Are they willing to give gift cards? If so cards for movies or your fav. restaurant could be an option.
For clothing you could get socks, ties, belt, shirts, etc that you'd likely have needed to get at some point anyway. Use the retailer websites to build a wishlist of such things. You can then either send them to your list, or can use your lists yourself to help you answer the what-do-you-want emails by copy/pasting some items off your list into the reply.
If you have a home office you might need ink for the printer, pens and paper, etc.
My extended family gives pen and notebook sets, home-made items like hats and baked goods, personal care sets like shampoos in little caddies with bath mitts and hand towels, plants, and assorted small decorative items. You could suggest things along those lines.
Last edited by Joi; 2012-12-01 at 07:39 PM.
wish i could "want" lego or action figures as 22 year old.. since there isent real anything i "want" but would be nice with some more stuff to put on display in my cabinet
but that would rly just be weird so =/
Besides, Christmas isn't even such a big holiday in my country. Most people celebrate it just with a Christmas tree and a nice dinner together with the family. No presents.
So consumer fest? Maybe in the US, but not where I live.
I'd be running up and down the house all excited, I friken love lego, nothing better to pass the time, maybe bionicles
I stopped getting these things at 17 though :S
I tell people, I have no idea what I want, then I'm generally surprised if I get anything,
I prefer to give presents tbh, for example, I was going to buy halo 4 yesterday, went into a store saw the price, I thought meh, I'm going to go check Smiths toy shop see if its cheaper, it was, picked it up, and I thought fuck it no, I'm going to get my nephew and neases their x mas presents, I bought for five of them and spent 2 1/2 times the cost of the new halo and got more stuff ordered on the net, now Im a college student with no job, and not enough time to work but besides that I make the effort to get the littlens something with what evers left of my grant / money from working summer hosl on them