Friday, November 25, 2011

The Most Dreaded Question of the Year

By Heather Webber / Heather Blake

“What do you want for Christmas?” Mr. W asked me last week.

For me, this is one of the toughest questions ever, especially when there’s nothing in particular I want.

Like this year.


Honestly, I could only think of one thing off the top of my head—hiking socks. When I said so, he groaned. Obviously, not the type of present he was looking to buy. But hey, I love hiking socks—wear them every day during the winter because they’re cushy and cozy and WARM. Oh, and they’re not cheap, either. Around $30 a pair. See? A good present, right? But he didn’t seem too gung-ho. So I tried again.

“A new comforter set would be nice. Of course, I’d want to pick it out...”

At which he gave me The Look.

So I tried again. “There is this purse I’ve been looking at online, but I don’t really need it, and I’d have to see it in person before I decide if I really want it...”

Another groan.

Hey, he asked.

So we’re back at square one with the shopping. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

 Do you tell people exactly what you want, or do you like them to figure it out on their own?How’s your wish list looking this year? Any socks on it?


Dru said...

I'm a hard person to shop for because anything that I want, I'd already bought for myself. So I'm more inclined to tell people what I want.

The Cozy Mystery Journal said...

Those socks look perfect for the weather up here in Canada.

My family usually gets me bookstore gift cards, as they have bought me books in the past that I already have on the shelves!! This year I have added a donation to my local humane society to my wishlist (it can be monetary or you can you go and shop and buy something for the animals). I really dont need anything and I'm hoping the family will do this rather than buy me stuff I don't need.

ev said...

I like that idea Bella for the animal shelter. I tend to have what I need or just get it for myself anyway.

What I did do yesterday with the 6 yr old twin grandsons, was give them each a copy of the Toys R Us and Target toy catalogs and told them to circle what they wanted Santa to bring them. Now I can compile the list. It's cute to see how much of it was identical since they did them separately.

I have the worst time trying to figure out what to get hubby.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Dru Ann, I kind of wish more people would just say what they wanted. Especially when they appear to have everything they need. Makes it really hard to shop.

Bella, the socks rock. I really do live in them during the winter. Love, love, love bookstore gift cards. Can't really go wrong with them if you're a book lover! And I adore your idea of a donation. My daughter and I plucked four ornaments off our local shelter's giving tree last week. They're always in need of items and the holidays are such a great time to give.

BusyMom said...

People tell me I am the worst to buy for because I never want anything. There are a lot of things that I do get that I do not need (or want).

The Cozy Mystery Journal said...

Ev - I had to smile with your idea about Toys 'r Us catalog. I have twin 3yo boys and I did the same thing. Unfortunately the circled pretty much every page, lol. Still it gave me some good ideas what to ask Santa for! :)

Anonymous said...

I would rather my family didn't buy me anything. I have too much "stuff" as it is. I've been trying to declutter my house and while doing so, have found presents I have never used!

The last couple years I have tried to tell family that they could make a donation to a local animal shelter but no one has done so yet, as far as I know.

On the other hand, I would love book gift cards. And there are always new books coming out. I'll never catch up with my reading!!!

Shirley in Baltimore

Aurian said...

I've bought some new statues by Nene Thomas for myself for Christmas, and my boyfriend was happy to pay half. They are expensive ;) And for the rest, I buy what I want, when I see something I want. And Books, Never Enough Books.

KeLLy aNN said...

Throughout the year, if I see something I like, I print it out and put it in a manilla folder. Then, when it comes time for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and yes, Yulemas, all he has to do is go through the folder.
If there is something I absolutely want, I put it at the front.
That way there is a bit of surprise left at the end of the day.
He also knows to look at my Faves list on Etsy.

South Jersey Quilter said...

We all have amazon wish lists. You can put things from other sites on the list, too.

It works great for us.


ev said...

Bella- when I told my daughter (in CA) that I was doing that, she wondered if they did the same thing, just like she would do. I was very surprised when they didn't do that.

I'm also getting them both snow walkers from LL Bean. They need to have a reason to get outside more and their mom likes the idea.

I'm actually looking at two things I would like- a GPS for our RV and a new Cuisinart- mine leaks. Neither are cheap. But then neither am I!

I tend to go for the things i could really use. The kids in Jersey (kids! They are my age) were telling us about a kitchen place they found there, sounds a lot like a restaurant supply place. I have to go check it out before Christmas!!

Book Dragon said...

Love the socks! My feet are always cold and I don't wear shoes in the house.

My in-law extended family draws names and we are asked for a list. I'm usually pretty specific about book titles but gift cards are the best. This year I added Target to my list, I've been buying books there ;)

Rest of the family? Feel like pulling teeth to get any kind of a list out of them!

This year, we're getting a "house present". A sound system to go with the TV from last year.

Lynn in Texas said...

Hi Heather~

Late to the party, but I've been doing NaNo all month.

Yes, I'm a sock person too. (Those are really cute, btw) For years a friend and I have exchanged gifts that always contain some kind of crazy/cute socks and a pair of earrings, plus one or two other nice surprise goodies.

I'm getting to the age where I don't mind telling folks what I want, if asked. But, no, my family members wouldn't appreciate a share of a goat or something that I thought was a neat, green or eco aka "earthy" idea a few years ago, lol. Didn't fly.

I say books/gift cards are always welcome gifts, and I've made it a habit to present them to loved ones on my list.