This year all sets of in-laws have provided updated and lengthy Amazon wishlists (note: all amazon links in our posts are sponsored). Yay DH’s family!! Amazon wishlists decrease DH’s holiday-related stress so much.
MIL: Last time we were at the in-laws, we made a cake for a child’s birthday and discovered that MIL has sub-par dry cup measures. We are rectifying that this year. From hir amazon wishlist, we bought a cell phone holder that goes in a cup holder, an onion chopper, a Grandma I love you book that we will encourage the grandkids to fill out on Christmas morning, a doormat with her favorite football team’s logo, and a keychain that says grandma.
The kids are making a lighthouse (not sponsored) and a mini-helmet for her favorite football team using DH’s new 3D printer.
FIL: A gift certificate to Cabela’s
BIL1: Divinity Original Sin 2 and some other cooperative games from steam games.
Niece 1: We again renewed her subscription to the Braille of the Month book club. Even though she’s older now, she’s still really been enjoying it. (The nonprofit provides the books at less than cost, so we also gave them a donation– what a great program.)
SIL2: SIL is a teacher and fills her list with things for her classroom, so it’s really a pleasure to shop her wishlist– it feels a lot like donating to education! Someone swooped in and got the stuff our kids have tested out in the past (except 1 thing), but there was still plenty of you know, cardstock. We also got paint brushes, magnetic letters, and these phonics rods that DC1 loved as a toddler.
BIL2: We never know what to get for him, so we generally just give an amazon gift card. This year is no exception.
Nephew 2: I was so excited when I saw his wishlist this year because it was full of books that DC2 loved… but then someone swooped in and got them all (except 1) before Thanksgiving. But there were still interesting things on there. Apparently the book of facts we got last year was a hit because there were several more books of facts on hir list, including 5000 Awesome facts 3 and the big book of why (that both our kids loved). We also got the National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia and a crystal growing kit.
My mom: Barnes and Noble gift card. The B&N in her town went out of business, followed by the local bookstore, but there’s a B&N in a 30 min drive.
My sister: She’s started cooking more on a somewhat regular basis, particularly for her subordinates (she got promoted after an impressive feat of engineering and is now managing a group and has decided to lean in a bit to the understanding maternal boss stereotype–I don’t cook for my students, but I think we both have iron fist/velvet glove management styles modeled after some of the nuns at the high school our mom went to). Anyway, as she’s been doing this cooking it’s become abundantly clear that she is missing tools. So we got her a set of nice Pyrex measuring cups , a tube cake pan, and some pyrex 6oz custard cups. One of the cats we foisted on her has a peeing problem that multiple trips to the vet hasn’t fixed (also she can’t get Prozac into him via pill or gel or hidden treat), so some Angry Orange that was the only thing that has been able to get out the smell from when his sister peed on our couch 3+ years ago. The Angry Orange is a bonus.
The kids are making her a couple of small ballet tchotchkes with DH’s new 3D printer.
DC1: That lockpick training kit set I linked to earlier (technically this will be a birthday present). A theremin arduino kit (including separately purchased arduino, because obviously two raspberry pis are not enough). We opted to wait on a unicycle or new bike until zie has grown a bit more. Currently zie is my height and using my bike when kicked out of the house to exercise.
DC2: DC2 had a long list of small not-that-expensive items (Calpurnia Tate books, Gotham Academy books, Garfield comics, rain jacket, swimsuit). The swooper (who I suspect is my MIL given the amount purchased, but it could be multiple people working separately) made a really large dent in that list. I added some calligraphy pens as that’s an art area zie doesn’t have any supplies for (yet). Zie will be getting a full-sized bookcase from us to replace the overfull half-size which will return to a hallway, but we’ll also need to get something for hir stocking. I suppose we could always get a second arduino so DC1’s doesn’t feel outnumbered by pis! (Kidding!)
Are you getting anything interesting for folks this year?