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26 December 2005 @ 10:47 pm
Hey, flist... I'm just a-wonderin'...  
What was the best gift you gave for Christmas?*

*mulitple answers acceptable**

**multiple winter holidays apply
Phoenix Risingmynock25 on December 27th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
That would have to be the DVD my brother and I gave our mother today. (Technically it was supposed to be for Mother's Day, but it suffered some delays, so it counts for Chanukah.) It was me, my brother, and all of our friends that Mom "adopted" along the way telling her how much we all love her, and why.
Sunflower Inkwellwritingrat on December 27th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
With the help of my siblings, I gave my dad a leather-bound bible embossed with a celtic cross design and a CD. He was practically gushing over it when I gave it to him, which speaks volumes to how much he likes it. :-)
Peregrinejperegrine on December 27th, 2005 04:16 am (UTC)
I got an unbelievable deal on one of the two things my wife wanted (she knew that there was NO way I could afford both) - a gently used laptop. The rest were gifties brought back from the recent trip to the UK.
wench18wench18 on December 27th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
The best gift given this Christmas was the video drive for Catherine. I helped to make a jaded 15 year old girl cry because she was loved at Christmas. YAY!
Kel: no words for thisladyjoust on December 27th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Though I was unable to contribute, I have to tip my hat and heart and soul to you... that was amazing!!!!!!!

You are joy. You are love. You are hope. You are fellowship. You are who and what I wish I could be.
Mairearanturas on December 27th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
I gave my Dad a framed print of our family coat of arms and a history of our name. He really didn't expect it and seemed pretty happy.
Angelosomnamscream on December 27th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
holiday cards to those dear to me, it was the best because i was able to send love and happiness to those i have not seen in a while but still remain big parts of my life.
Kelladyjoust on December 27th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
I got your card, sweetling. It made me weepy. You are seven kinds of lovely, you are.
Troubleliteraticat on December 27th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
I really like all the presents I gave. However, I guess if I had to pick... see, my sister had this old doll collection. They had been in my moms house for ages, and then when my mom moved to Hawaii last year, she gave them to us. They have just been stuffed in plastic bags, because although my sister LOVES them, she doesn't want to DISPLAY them or anything, and we were too sort of lazy and overwhelmed to deal (because my mom gave us A LOT of stuff, so much that it has taken the better part of a year to find places for all of it). The dolls were going to be ruined if they stayed in the plastic, but we have no place to put them.

I found this antique hand-painted children's toy chest in a vintage shop. Cute! And when you open it, there is a picture of Gloria Swanson. What is that about?

It is the perfect size. So I put all the dolls in it and wrapped it up and gave it to her a couple of weeks ago because I couldn't resist. The next day, there was a giant-ass thunderstorm that caused our ceiling to leak... all over where the bags of dolls HAD BEEN. So they were rescued!

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Kelladyjoust on December 27th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
I am assuming this is the 'couldn't wait to give her...' gift, about which I was immensely curious!

LOVELY! And fortuitous. And joy!

holding her tonic like a cross_shades_ on December 27th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)
To my bestest darling friend who is currently studying in China until August:

1) A copy of "Where Willy Went", a children's sex ed narrative of a brave little sperm (because we are Adult, Mature College Students) and his travels.

2) And, to remind her of the goods we have back home, a copy of the 2006 Studs and Spurs calandar (cowboys. chaps. little else.), complete with all the important dates written in (my birthday, etc, etc).

she seemed happy. Longing, but happy :p
Ratesjul: Connectedratesjul on December 27th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
I like this question. Thank you. May I steal and pose it to my list?

There are a lot of gifts that I'm proud of having created and given, but ... there's one that I think fits the brief more than any other.

The best gift I gave this year, I believe, has to be the book I gave my Dad. I thought he'd like it. I thought he might find it interesting. I never in my wildest dreams believed he wouldn't put it down, and would be methodically reading it (both words and pictures) from cover to cover, since opening it.

The gift was a book about Farm Tractors in New Zealand.
Kelladyjoust on December 27th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
Of course you may steal, my dear!
melkorspawn on December 27th, 2005 05:22 am (UTC)
Cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner, my mother accidentally broke a wine glass that had been given to her and my father as a wedding gift, reducing the total from its original tally of 12 (some 30 years ago) to 4.

We have a family of five, and the glasses were no longer in production, so my mother made a comment that it was probably time to retire the set.

I managed to find a set of six identical, 30 year old, unopened glasses on ebay.

She was elated.
Katevegryffindor on December 27th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
I think you'd probably have to ask the recievers. I think my brother very much liked his Apocolypse Now: Redux very much, and I know Daddy will appreciate all this books after his hip-replacement and he won't be able to walk for a few weeks. And, whenever I see her, I know my friend Tiffany (who is obsessed with pandas) will LOOOOOVE the panda wall scroll I got her.
Stealth Chaos Butterfly: and I will light your way home ; faithbunnymcfoo on December 27th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)

Seventy dollars worth of movie theater gift certificates to a nine year old boy, who wanted six tickets to see Narnia.

Actually, Erin covered half of that, but it makes me feel good, you know? Otherwise, the stuffed llama and jacket to the other Christmas Tree Child I snagged.

Christmas is difficult for me, because I become so acutely aware of the fact that there is such NEED in the world. There's aching lack of love, there's children who are cold, starving, and dying from malnutrition...and there's children who have more than they ever can use. I wish, devoutly, that I could do more than I do. I wish I could find it in myself to donate the money that I receive, give more time, do more to help others. I have hopes that next year, I will do better.

This year, I have an appointment to give blood, and I'm donating some of the gift money I got. I'm debating between Habitat for Humanity and the Heifer Project. If tips are any good over the next week, I may do both.

Hi, that probably wasn't what you were expecting to hear? I'm sorry, it's been a long week month year? decade? life? day and I'm dreadfully blue. Apologies for bringing the tone of this entry down. Love you, Kel-me-darling.
Mirandamirmie on December 27th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
Most have not been purchased or given yet. The best so far was $50 to my mother for her to pick out some art for the blank wall in the living room she always sighs at. It made her really happy which made me really happy.
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on December 27th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
We got my mom a beautiful Skagen watch with mother- of pearl face. She loved it. I got Mare a set of pearl drop earings. The one thing she wasn't wishing for but dove right into was the Alan Lee LOTR sketchbook. But she was totally smitten by the gushy bath robe I gave her, cuddly goodness!.
Kathytoosha on December 27th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
Well from Dan's reaction I would have to say the handheld Merlin I gave him. His eyes just lit up as he flashed back to being 8 and playing with the original slightly larger version. And his brother in law was very jealous.
Vampcursevampcurse on December 27th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
I got Steve a beautiful pullover sweater from Norway. He LOVED it!
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on December 27th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
was it a Dale of Norway sweater?
Vampcursevampcurse on December 28th, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
I got it from www.norwegiansweaters.com. :)
Anomolly: Snidelybluenessmmd on December 27th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
I gave my father, the Monty Python fanatic, a Monty Python trivia calendar. He loved it. :D
Mayatheatre4me on December 27th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
I got Jon's zippo engraved with the Three Pints Shy logo.
Julietfair_juliet on December 27th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
Our first christmas together I gave Kevin a pewter ring as a sign of my love. The ring was lost, then found, had a design of barbed wire on it, it got warped from being soft and made of crappy material and then eventually broke in half...or as I like to call it -SYMBOLISM.

So this year after I was sure that relationship 2.0 was working (and it is!) I got him a platinum ring, stronger, shinier, not chance of breaking unless you really try, and with a stronger design on it of flames which stand for passion and eternity.

He was so happy and touched that I felt ready to give him another one and wants to get it sized perfectly so he can wear it all the time.

but like i told him, at least ONE of us should get nice jewelry this christmas ;-)

2nd best was - He wants this dog so badly so I went and found him the most life like stuffed animal version I could find. He was super happy and we've already brought it to life. I missed my true calling as a muppeteer
RabbiActorrabbitactor on December 28th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
A New York City cookie jar filled with Splenda and Equal. It was very well received.
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