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DC1: A laptop. I thought we would pair it with a backpack, but it turns out hir current backpack is on the recommended list for college kids and other backpacks we were considering are good for travel (they hold a lot of stuff) but too heavy for walking to classes, or are too small to add class stuff in addition to a laptop. I had been thinking about a slide whistle but also think that might be a punishment for the rest of the family. After a lot of discussion (that included DC1), DH realized that his laptop from his previous company that went out of business is really powerful and we know it works, so … I guess DC1 is getting some hand-me-downs. Zie previously had asked for a drawing tablet for Christmas and I was like, oh, here, have my ReMarkable that I don’t use, you can have it now. We’re also making hir an additional user on my credit card. But that also did not cost us any money. I think DC1 is also getting a really nice hand-me-down monitor because DH is getting himself a very fancy new monitor. I guess we will make up for all the buying we’re not doing now in August or September next year when zie goes off to college. (The Amazon wishlist for relatives includes: Headphones, a wallet, Akata Woman, the latest What If book, drawing pads, a classic music composition textbook, some AP study guides… if relatives don’t come through on those we will buy them. The in-laws are getting hir a luggage and a soda stream.)
DC2 is getting a bunch of books. Zie is getting more Bad Guys books and Keeper of the Lost Cities books. Also we’re switching DC1’s awesome socks subscription over to hir because DC1 doesn’t really need another 12 pairs of socks and DC2 has definitely been jealous.
My sister: A fish spatula. More jellyroll pans for roasting vegetables (she requested dark, otherwise I never would have bought non-stick).
MIL: We got stuff off her amazon wishlist, which also happened to coincide with notes we had made from last Christmas, in that she added one of those fancy apple peelers to the list. We pounced on it before Thanksgiving as soon as she added it since we were planning to get her one anyway. Then a kitchen stand, wind chimes, and a personalized mailbox cover for her favorite sports team.
FIL: Cabela’s gift card, same as usual.
The rest of DH’s extended family continues to be just the kids, though DH gets something for his brother anyway.
Nephew-in-law 1: Speks geode and another Speks thing.
Niece-in-law 1: From her wishlist: Sailor Moon playing cards, How to draw cute food, The art of drawing manga, Kawaii origami.
Nephew-in-law 2: lots of Bad Guys books, a game off his wish list
Niece-in-law 2: Nate the Great, a Henry and Mudge book, Frog and Toad books, this camera off hir wishlist.
Nephew-in-law 3: The truck full of trucks was on a lightening sale off the wishlist. SIL also requested books on vehicles/machines/etc. and instead of buying some we’re handing-me-down some since we need to get rid of books that DC2 has outgrown.
Niece-in-law 3: This toddler piano that was actually on the nephew’s wishlist, but they’re twins and toddlers and all the stuff on her wishlist is still toy cleaning stuff and toy makeup. SIL also requested books on animals, and instead of buying some we’re handing-me-down a lot since we need to get rid of books that DC2 has outgrown. As DC2 noted, too bad neither of them is going through a dinosaur period right now.
Are you getting anything interesting for folks this year?