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Sister: She wanted a cutting board so I got her this one. I also got her one of Nadiya Hussein’s cookbooks that we’ve been enjoying. I feel like I should add something else because I usually spend more on her, but she hasn’t suggested anything yet and I haven’t been to her place since pre-pandemic so I have no idea what she needs. DC2 wants to make her some kind of fresh marzipan art project, so zie has been experimenting with marizpan and ganache in preparation. Recent discovery: adding peppermint abstract to marzipan is *confusing* but if you pour melted chocolate over it it sort of kind of works?
Mother: Amazon giftcard (all of the local bookstores have gone out of business again :/ )
DC1: A boxed set of the Odyssey/Illiad/Aeneid (because zie really enjoyed Herodotus and suggested more Greek stuff, though I fear zie will be disappointed since Herodotus is hilarious), A hand-me-down Iphone 8 from DH because hir iphone 6 will soon not be working on our network and a new case with a hobby-related design to go with it, a Jacob’s ladder. There’s also a birthday and DC1 will be getting drivers ed stuff and the awesome socks subscription that zie will probably not appreciate and will end up giving to DC2.
DC2: Another chibi lights kit, a book on how to draw animals, metal straws for boba tea, whatever fiction books are still on hir wishlist after extended family has had a go at it.
DH: As always zie gets 10x his weekly allowance added to his allowance.
Yes, DH’s family is doing gifts “only for children” but that mainly means we’re not exchanging adult gifts with SIL or her husband and sadly, BIL’s wife and I aren’t exchanging excellent novels off our respective wishlists (she has good taste so I used to do the shopping for her instead of DH). But I can buy my own books!
MIL: She filled out one those Grandmother tell me about your life books (we don’t actually like the linked one as much as this version that DH’s grandma did, but MIL chose the former) and we’re taking it to the local bindery and getting 3 copies made, one for each child. Update: because MIL chose the copy she chose rather than the version DH’s grandma did, the bindery said it would cost over $2K to do what we wanted. So the new plan is that we scan in the pages ourselves, clean them up, and send the pdf to lulu.com (not sponsored). Three copies that way will come in under $200, ignoring labor costs, possibly under $100. (DH has already done the scanning via Adobe Scan on the phone, but now we need to clean things up– this would have been so much cheaper if she’d chosen a book with rings instead of perfect binding. If you have a relative doing one of these books who wants copies made, spend the extra money to get one where it’s easy to get the pages out for scanning!)
FIL: Gift certificate to Cabellas as per usual.
BIL: A three pack of heatonist hot sauces (link not sponsored!) Probably Los Calientes, Classic, and Keith’s Chicken Sauce, but DH may surprise me. Update: Los Calientes, The Last Dab, and Keith’s Chicken Sauce.
SIL DS1: Apples to Apples (from wishlist), Origami Yoda books
SIL DD1: Two Llama Llama and two “If you give a ” books from wishlist (one of these was expensive!), Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet
SIL DS2: An Octopus bath toy and a stacking cup/hammer station thing from wishlist, some sandra boynton books SIL said they don’t have, Baby Danced the Polka
SIL DD2: An electronic vocabulary thing from wishlist, some sandra boynton books SIL said they didn’t have, a Pigeon book they didn’t have (SIL was pretty excited about this one)
BIL DS1: This kid is as impossible as ours to shop for. By the time we hit November 6th, his other grandma had bought everything that was on his wishlist except a $30 set of sketchy looking back-ordered (and arriving after Christmas) what looked like off-brand lego minifigs that claimed to be action figures from a sketchy looking seller. So… maybe just an amazon gift card? Or cash? Update: Confirmed cash is the better option with BIL.
BIL DD1: Sailor Moon board game expansion, a book on how to draw animals, and sailor moon reusable water bottle (all from wishlist).
Other relative: DH was like, maybe I should get him hot sauces like BIL, but he probably doesn’t like hot sauce and would rather have the money. So maybe just a check (Update: A check). My guess is that Steam is going to have some kind of fun sale and DH will buy whatever games for both BIL and his other relative. But maybe not, since other relative’s arthritis means he’s not been playing the same kinds of games that DH likes.
Do you have any fun ideas for people on your gifting list? Anything good on your wishlist?