Shopping for DH’s family is sooo hard!
MIL: This year we gave up and asked MIL what she wanted. The answer? The same luggage she got me for Christmas last year. Not a problem! We added a “Grandma” luggage tag because she seems to like things labeled Grandma.
FIL: Another giving up year, a gift certificate to Cabela’s. (Last year was an exception–we got him something he really wanted but he didn’t want to spend the money on that he still talks about.) This is probably still a good choice because he loves shopping at Cabela’s and MIL hates the way he spends so much of their money at Cabela’s.
BIL1: games off his amazon wishlist
SIL1: the first two books in the finishing school series. She had the first on her list, but I know from experience that once you read the first you end up buying the second on kindle because you can’t wait for it to come in the mail. So we got her that too.
Cousin 1: Kid’s fun and healthy cookbook Also one of the pigeon books from his wishlist, which seems kind of young to me, but whatever, it was on the wishlist. And if we hadn’t had DC2 we might have gotten the entire set without the excuse of having a younger kid… (my sister loves those and she’s 30 years old!)
Cousin 2: Three books off her wishlist, including a couple of elephant and piggie books and a knuffle bunny. Maybe it’s mom who has the Mo Willems thing… We were going to send her M R Nelson’s new book, but after looking at the heavily be-princessed wishlist (including 4 princess outfits), we decided that might get misconstrued.
SIL2: Her wishlist had been decimated, with only 3 things left on it (it had a tonne of stuff the week before, but we think MIL swept in and bought up the bulk). Two books and a wish for “iTunes gift-card.” We got her the two books, which were both kind of boring looking things about her job, one of which she’d put on recently, and the other something rated “low” that she’d put on a couple of years ago. Oh well.
BIL2: Was happiest the year we got him an Amazon giftcard, so an Amazon giftcard is what we got this year too.
Cousin 3: A busload of pigeon books (it’s been a very Mo Willems year) and a couple of smaller books of hir wishlist. Also we’ll be donating to the 529 plan. We would do this for cousins 1 and 2 also, but BIL has never gotten around to setting them up, even though in his state they get a 20% tax credit(!) off their state income taxes.
Grandmother-in-law: She’s now in a nursing home with early stage Alzheimer’s. MIL didn’t have any suggestions. She’s crunched for space, so no knick knacks. MIL takes care of things like linens and clothing and so on. She’s not really able to do her hobbies anymore. Someone has already signed her up for fruit-of-the-month. So we looked online for suggestions for people in nursing homes and people with Alzheimer’s and decided to make picture magnets, one for each of our little families (DH and his siblings and all our kids) with names underneath each person (the names part is the part suggested for Alzheimer’s patients). Each family is color coded with a different color for the names. We had an extra magnet leftover on the online thing and put a picture of DH’s mom and aunts on it.
My parents: I wanted to get them an air conditioner. The two wall units they have are literally from the 1980s, inefficient, and ran out of freon before I left for college. Every summer there’s a heatwave I worry about them dying like all those people in Chicago back when I was a kid. Also I have to listen to my mom complain about how difficult it is to sleep in the heat. Home Depot has a thing where they will install the a/c and take an old one away, so that’s what I want to do. After much back and forth we decided to send them a giftcard to Home Depot for the amount we would have spent on a window unit, and they will replace one of their wall units in the summer.
My sister: Well, for various reasons, I wanted to buy her that $369 automatic litter box, but the conversation kept going like, Her: “Why don’t you buy me a new washing machine for $369 instead?” Me: “Because I don’t feel guilty about anything involving a washing machine.” “How about a stand mixer, I’d really like one of those fancy stand mixers” “Would you ever USE a stand mixer? Plus, I don’t feel guilty about anything involving a stand mixer!” (Note: earlier that evening she’d suggested we get her a vitamix, and I was like we got you an Oster hand blender a few years ago, and she was all, “You did? Huh, I’ll have to check. I know you got me that food processor that one year that I’ve never taken out of the box. And that crockpot I never use.” Note she’d asked for said food processor and crockpot. She always wants cooking implements when she’s saving up money for something, but never actually uses them.) So what did I get her instead? $85 worth of cat toys and feliway.
DH’s relative with all the kids: probably money. Daughter #2 is pregnant again…
As always, Target gift cards for teachers.
#2 says: I have no income. I am spending out of savings for Christmas, combined with not traveling, and not getting people extravagant gifts. I’m buying used for people who are ok with that and looking for Kindle sales. I also used the cashback on my Discover card to buy gifts. I got my grandmother a box of pears. There’s a group gift for the other grandmother, who doesn’t want a lot of Stuff. But I’m trying to write her more letters and let her know I’m thinking of her.
I’m going in with my siblings on a lot of things. Joint large gifts for mom, dad, stepmom (split between me and sis and our partners). My brothers got stuff off their wishlists. Stuff for my sister? Well, I won’t say it here in case she ever finds this blog!
Did you get anything good or fun or interesting for folks on your holiday list this year?