It’s that time of year again…
For my sister I got a lipstick-sized USB battery and universal USB cable. I’ve gotten these (but different brands) at two conferences and they are just so incredibly useful. I don’t know why they don’t come as a combined set on amazon, but after some poking around I was able to pick out a cable that looks decent, although it has a couple more connectors than she probably actually needs. The smaller sets of connectors got worse quality reviews with the iphone connector stopping working. Also per her request, I got her the Hamilton cd. DC1 made a glass sushi plate at camp this summer for her as well, and I assume DC2 will give her some art. DC2 has been doing a lot of art lately.
We got my mom a kindle last year so this year I sent her the brothers sinister box set, a steal at $10. Even though there’s very little murder mystery in it, I think everybody enjoys the series. Except the first novella (A governess affair) which, sadly, isn’t as good as the rest of the series. And a $75 gift certificate to the regional bookstore chain in her area.
My father we are getting a fancy black cherry balsamic vinegar.
FIL: $75 gift certificate to Cabela’s as per usual. I suspect DH gets his joy of the shopping process from his dad.
MIL: A picture frame engraved with the names of all six(!) grandchildren. The last time she had professional group pictures done, there were only 4, though the fifth was on the way. We will be getting a full family photo done when we visit this year.
BIL1: DH picked out a video game to play, Titanfall 2, and picked it up at a holiday sale for $35.
SIL1: SIL1 thankfully populates her amazon wishlist on a regular basis. She seems to want to become a fiction writer, so I’m torn with getting her books about writing from her list vs. novels from her list. Usually she’s got a bunch of novels on the list that I’ve already read and enjoyed so it’s easy to get her more, but this time around she seems to have gone heavy on Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs, so it’s not as tempting. I’m tempted by this adorable electric tea kettle. But I’m going to wait to see what other people buy and if she adds anything I find more interesting as the season progresses (update: She added the first Incryptid novel! So I got that and also Rat Queens Volume 1).
Since Tegu blocks were so popular with our kids last year, we’re getting a set for the cousins. We’ll also be getting some A-Z mysteries for the older child and the princess cookbook for the younger (it has surprisingly good recipes).
SIL2 and BIL2: They make the least amount of money of DH’s siblings and they just bought a house. We’re guessing that the lack of amazon wishlist updating is a hint that they’d be happy with money. (Even if they just spend the amount of the check on obligatory gift giving to us.) We did send them a house-warming check after they bought the house just as we did when BIL1 and SIL1 bought their first house, because there’s always unanticipated expenses right after purchasing and got a nice thank you card back.
The IL2’s kids are a little more difficult. I like getting them books, but there isn’t anything right now that my own DC2 is really into which is how we usually decide what to send their oldest (who is just a little younger). Maybe some easy readers like Hot Dog and Cat Traps and Too many dogs. These Tug the Pup books are pretty good for early readers too. For the younger child it’s a bit more difficult because we already gave them a lot of board books with the first child and we can’t quite remember what. So I think we already gave a bunch of Sandra Boyntons and Dear Zoo and Where is baby’s belly button. I’ll have to think harder on this. I wonder if we gave them chicka chicka boom boom…
Despite DH’s relative getting a new job right away, we will probably send him a check, but for $50 instead of, say, $500 [update: DH says $100].
Target gift-cards for all the daycare ladies at daycare, probably $20/each. And I think a gift card for $50 to half-price books for the school. Even if we’re retrenching otherwise, it’s still important to be generous to others.
What are you getting for people this year?