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Old 12-26-2008, 03:14 PM   #16
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10. Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation
What an exceptionally good gift. I imagine that is the gift your father will always remember.
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Old 12-26-2008, 04:24 PM   #17
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2 years ago I found my moms old guitar she used to play in her teens, I've cleaned it up and put it back together again, then used it to record a cd for her. Now she has it back.


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10. Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation


Mom: scrapbook of her grandson's year
Dad: Burn After Reading DVD
Mr.Z: clothes, subscription to the local paper, bootleg of his favorite concert from this year
MIL: framed pics of the kid
FIL: DVD of Obama's acceptance speech on election night
SIL: hand made/painted picture frame
Son: RoboRaptor
Brother #1: Itunes gift card
Brother #2: donation to Bite Back, a group that buys and distributes mosquito nets to those in need, in his name
Grandma: framed scrapbook page of her great-grandson

It was a lovely day and a year to be thankful for.
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:25 PM   #18
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Old 12-26-2008, 06:18 PM   #19
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Mom and Dad: Panera Bread gift card
Sister: slippers and PJ pants
Brother: sweater
Brother's GF: slippers and PJ pants
Parents in law: went in on a photo book from Shutterfly
Mom's family: can't be there but sent along smoked lake trout and pickled herring
Phil's family: smoked lake trout and pickled herring
Dog friends: "puppy chow" (human snack) and baked liver treats
Work people: puppy chow snack
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:09 PM   #20
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my mom: slippers, burt's bees lip balms, Silpat baking mat
my stepdad: Farmer's Almanac & long sleeved shirt
my sister/brother in law: silicone pot holders, 2 hair towels and an eyeshadow, Hogan's Heroes season 2, Starbucks gift card
my sister/brother in law: slippers, and one of those "Ped Egg" things, Indiana Jones dvd, Lowe's gift card
my sister/brother in law: she said neither of them really really needed anything
niece: 2 bottles of Cinnamon Bun Heaven lotion (ebay!), 3 pairs of earrings
niece: pair of jeans and small makeup bag with lip gloss & lotion
niece: 1 Disney headband and 1 purse for dressup
niece: 1 Disney headband and 1 purse for dressup
niece: 2 hardcover children's books (Ella Sets the Stage, Ella Takes the Cake..and my niece's name is Ella...go figure )
nephew: 2 long-sleeved shirts
my husband: Beatles ornament, 2 books to keep his concert ticket stubs in, Dr. Who dvd set, sleepy pants, last set of 2008 quarters from US mint.
my mother in law: Centennial dvd set and Barnes and Noble gift card
my cousin in law (my husband's family does a grab bag): 2 shower gels, 1 body butter and a Gap gift card
friend: purse, wallet, Sweet Pea candle
friend: oil burner, 2 bottles of oil, tealight candles, small Snoopy ornament


I spent a lot but saved a lot too, using coupons and leftover gift cards. I LOVE buying for people, a lot more than buying for myself. it's hard to stop sometimes.
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:11 PM   #21
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Just the majors...

My girl got Uggs Seline and a nice scent!

I got a new Ping Rapture driver and Sony Blu-Ray player...

Together, we got another Vizio 32" plasma HD for the bedroom..

And...we had the painter finish up by doing the kitchen and 3 bathrooms...Santa then bought my gal new kitchen counter-top appliances in red!!!

Merry Christmas!
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Ma: a Mariah Carey CD, some silicone baking tray thing (she asked for both of them. Her birthday's on Christmas, so I got her two things.)
Dad: two magazines full of advertisements for used trucks (I think this was his favourite present out of all of them)
Brother: a Dorothy Parker compilation book.
Sister: diamond necklace.
Dog: plush penguin.
Cousins and uncle: small bottles of whiskey
Friends: I'll get to that before I see them.

Hey, I'm on Centrelink, I can't afford much else.
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Old 12-27-2008, 12:15 AM   #23
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Mum- Silence of the Lambs DVD
Dad- Black Ice-AC/DC
Sister 1- Ferris Buller's Day Off & Gushers
Sister 2- a new purse & Gushers
Grandpa- mints...because he wont accept gifts!
Grandma- candle
Boyfriend- Dunder Mifflin Hat & a drum tab book & a guitar riff written by me
Friend- the Million Dollar Hotel
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What an exceptionally good gift. I imagine that is the gift your father will always remember.
Well, I did this for two reasons:

1. I saw this on Oprah, but you put little notes in a box instead of what did....which was a full fledge letter in a wrapped envelope

2. With everything that happened to my family this year...I figured he needed a good pick-me-up
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:58 PM   #25
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This year I mainly gave a lot of gift cards.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:52 PM   #26
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Mum - 2 person swing (and it took hours to make!!!) mother china cup, tins of biscuits (she collects tins), painting, ceramic picture
the Man - car stuff, garden stuff, DVD stuff, electronic stuff (way too easy to buy for!)
family - lotions, clothes, books, gift cards, photo frames
friends - alcohol, scrapbooked pics of us, chocolates, alcohol utensils (shaker, mixers, recipe books, we like to drink)

overall quite a nice xmas. I really love giving more than receiving
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Fancy truffles from a chocolatier nearby for most of the fam
Money for my brothers, lol, easy.
A few other bits for friends That's it.. I was so busy and uncoordinated this year, I literally did everything after work on the 23rd before packing and catching a flight home
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