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Sunday, December 16. 2018
This is a Maggie's group post. Assorted suggestions.
Doc Mercury used to post Christmas gadgets for us, but he's been AWOL for quite a while. However, nobody needs gadgets. Everybody needs less stuff and less clutter but if young, you can give the wife some gold or diamonds if she doesn't have enough yet. After all, she has had to put up with your many annoyances, shortcomings, sins, and worse.
If you have of-age daughters or even daughter-in-laws, Christmas is a good time to begin to unload unneeded family jewelry and heirlooms. Nobody is getting any younger.
Olde-tyme Yankees that we are, we believe in 1-2 presents per person after age 12. A book and a special item. Best Christmas presents I ever received? A 20 ga. single shot shotgun at age 12, and Aida at the Baths of Caracalla in adulthood.
- Got an exerciser in the family? Get them a medium-weight jump rope. (need to know their height). For the experienced, a speed rope or a 1 lb rope. The 1 lb. rope will kick anybody's butt after a minute or two.
- If anybody in the world hasn't read it yet, there is Jordan Peterson's Rules for Life. Follow his rules for a useful life.
- Anybody's husband or dad would love a wheel of Stilton. Pair it with a vintage port (and maybe a fancy cigar or two), and happy male. Williams-Sonoma no longer sells Stilton scoops, but you can google that item. Unfortunately, mostly via the UK.
- Give a wife or daughter a day at a day spa - hair do-over, facial, nails, massage - women love that stuff.
- Tickets: People love tickets. Ballet, theater, sports, opera, whatever. My brother always gave our parents 12 movie tix (their local theater had a movie/month package) to make sure they got out to a date night at the movies every month.
- We believe trips are great presents, whether a long weekend with theater, dinners, etc in NYC or a week in Spain. Guys or gals, give the spouse the trip that you want, and a voucher for unlimited vigorous sex as compensation for travel hassle.
- PURE stuff is always welcome. Especially their cashmere. They have stuff for guys too. Cashmere vests.
- Warmth for women: Manzi I'm the tights
- Silliness: Shatner Claus
- A book for tourism inspiration, lots of famous gardens: Gardens of Florence and Tuscany. A complete guide
If you have cool ideas, please put in comments because it is getting near to Christmas shopping time. Very near.
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I give clothes to infants, toys to very young children, and food gifts to all other family members with whom I'm not in close enough contact to send something personal, like a musical instrument I know they've been wanting. All adults now get food gifts, which are available at every price range and can easily be mail-ordered. Sweets for households with younger kids, often meat and fruit for older households. (Nieces know that some venison sausages from the last hunt never go amiss with me, either.)
On my husband, however, I lavish anything I can think of, from books and other items off his wish lists, to a fancy Spanish ham, to this year's special present, a complete revamping of our home's audio-visual equipment. I've asked the AV specialist guy to arrive with a bow wrapped around his head, ready to provide expert advice and installation to bring us into the third millennium. Obviously I'm spending our money on ourselves in this last gift, something he probably would have done on his own in the near future anyway, so the donative part of it really is in finding and securing the services of a good expert, not easy in this neck of the woods.
Could you send that young lady in the picture with a bow wrapped around her... Yeah her head? Please!
No one ever complained about a gift of single-malt Scotch. Or big chunks of dark chocolate, either.
If your wife doesn't have a fur coat, whaddaya waitin' for, ya cheapie? And if you ain't married, that coat will come in handy to keep that gal in picture from catching a chill...
People do not wear fur anymore. It's not about PC, it's too heavy.
I bought my wife a pearl choker and some earrings for christmas this year. Freshwater, dyed and on the small side, but it's more than I should have spent.
She also got socks and underwear, because if you don't get socks and underwear for Christmas it means nobody loves you.
Freshwater pearls are so beautiful. It sounds like a beautiful gift.
No naked pictures of Melania? Where’s your XXXMas cheer?!?
My kids know that all I want are fancy stinky cheeses. My NYC kids know where to find them.
For many years the highlight of Christmas Eve is the Dirty Santa gift exchange with a $25 or so limit where everybody brings some version of something off the "Last Minute Gift Ideas" shelf. One year I picked up a nice fleece throw blanket and the way everybody fought over that one was amazing. Chilly winter evenings everybody likes to snuggle up on the couch with a soft fuzzy blankie I guess.
If you're not familiar with Dirty Santa, everybody brings a generic gift and you draw numbers to determine selection order. The first person to go selects a gift from the pile and opens it so everybody can admire/deride it, then the second person can either select a gift or steal the first person's gift. If he decides to steal the first person's gift, the first person then selects a new gift. The third person can then select a new gift or steal one of the other two open gifts. This continues until everybody has had a turn and the final turn belongs to the first person who went and therefore never had an opportunity to steal a gift, he can then swap gifts with anyone. We add the proviso that he can't steal back a gift that was stolen from him.
The gifts are in the line of the "two coffee mugs and a selection of coffee packets" or the battery-operated slot machine/piggy bank or the knitted hat/glove/scarf set but there's always one or two somethings cool or unusual that everybody wants - the little box of mini-liquors or the fireworks assortment or the package of king crab legs.
Up here, that's called a Yankee Swap. It works best with an assortment of some really good gifts (alcohol), some respectable ordinary gifts (calendar, coffee, etc.) and some stinkers (gardenia scented candle).
Nice fleece throws or other blankets, wine or other alcohol, and lottery tickets are popular gifts for stealing in this game.
Some people are also fond of gift cards for Dunkin Donuts or such places.
It can be an amusing game if the the party guests are a fun bunch.
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It's been a too long dry spell for some nudity here at Maggie's. Hope the prudishness doesn't become a habit.