DC1: A set of trick decks for the stocking (DC1 is really into card and coin tricks),
BIL1: Anti-hero, for the king, and into the breach. I am told these are steam games.
niece 1: We renewed her subscription to the Braille of the Month book club. Apparently they’ve really been enjoying it. (The nonprofit provides the books at less than cost, so we also gave them a donation– what a great program.)
BIL2: We never know what to get for him, so we generally just give an amazon gift card. This year is no exception.
SIL2: She had a bunch of stuff for work, mostly craft paper, on her amazon wishlist, so we got that.
nephew 2: He’s easy to shop for because he’s a similar age to our DC2 and has similar interests, so we got more Magic Treehouse books (our DC2 is not a fan, but our DC1 was, and they were a big hit last year), bad kitty books, and a book of facts that DC2 really enjoyed.
niece 2: She’s a bit harder because we have to remember what we gave nephew 2 at that age (not to be confused what we gave the other niece and nephew). Generally we make a list and then ask SIL2 if there are duplicates. This year we got Go Dog Go, Put me in the Zoo, Big Dog Little Dog, Sneeches, Green Eggs and Ham, and one fish two fish.
MIL: Life has gotten easier since she got a wish list! We got her the Michelle Obama memoir and a non-crisping ninja foodi (so.. basically an instapot?) that is backordered on amazon and may not get there until after January.
Sister: She’s been doing a lot more cooking lately and asked for a bread book, so we got her DH’s current go-do– Bread by Eric Treuille and Ursula Ferrigno. I would call this a recipe book for the advanced beginner. It has a lot of really good information (with pictures) about different types of bread, ingredients, and multiple techniques before it gets into the recipes. It’s not a coffee table book with rich histories like Home Baking, nor is it a trendy artisan bread in 5 min a day, but we learned a lot of techniques from it and it’s got a lot of variety and almost all the recipes we’ve tried have been excellent. (Exception: DH notes on the soft pretzel recipe: THESE ARE NOT PRETZELS, need baking soda.) We don’t know what else to get her– she has said she will think about what she wants.
Mother: The local bookstore in her town went out of business, so I guess it is back to Amazon gift cards.
Father: I’ve given up here.
For #2 I got her a bunch of excellent books off her wish list including three for kindle that I sent her right away because Amazon sucks for gift giving via kindle (stuff stays on the wish list so you might end up with two people buying you the same thing). I got her Deception by Amanda Quick, KJ Charles’ retelling of the Prisoner of Zenda, and Band Sinister. The other stuff is still a secret.
#2 says: This year, as with most years, it’s an Icelandic-style bookflood for me. Though I still have to figure out what to get for DH.