I love Christmas. I’m sure I’ve said that. I actually love Christmas shopping and more for adults than kids. The kids in our family get so many presents that it’s hard to give them one they will really like and remember. We are making an effort with the dim sum play food and the book set (we’ll post about it later) for our nephews.
Asking for gifts is another story altogether. I have a hard time picking out presents. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I have a hard time picking out presents that are actually for me or aren’t just things I need (versus things I want). This year momager asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told her we (notice the WE) needed bakeware. She suggested some pieces from Le Crueset and I was excited. I did a little research and decided that all I really wanted and needed was Pyrex. So I picked up a few pieces for Momager because they were on sale. I let her know, she thanked me and told me to buy something else since I didn’t spend much. I thought about it for a while and then realized we (notice the WE again) needed table linens. I began hunting for table linens I liked. I finally realized these Christmas presents weren’t even for WE, they were for the house.
I eventually ended up with this necklace in silver. A friend told me there was a Today Show special and they had been marked down from $125 to $25. I bought them for Momager who bought them for me.
Every year Micah asks me what I want for Christmas and it’s always the same. I ask for sensible things like tights, slippers, posters, cookbooks, things I need when I travel, things we need for the house, etc. One year I asked Micah to plan a vacation for us. That didn’t turn out well. He’s just not a planner in the same way I am.
I looked at my list for this year and it was more of the same. Here are a few things I asked for
These plates from West Elm
Or this First Aid box from Velocity for our bathroom
I don’t know what my problem is. Part of me doesn’t want to ask for something expensive. Part of me doesn’t want to ask for something I won’t use a lot. I’d say most of me it WAY to practical for my own good.
I was thinking about some of the best gifts I’ve received (and used) over the years, and few really stick out.
When my sister was in college (7 years ago), she worked at Banana Republic. She bought all my gifts there that Christmas. She gave me two things I love(d). A simple black wool felt bag and a VERY simple pearl earring/necklace set. She knew I wouldn’t buy either for myself (I was poor at the time) but also knew they were my style. Simple, classic and would match anything. The necklace and earrings broke about a year ago and I have since replaced the earrings. I’m on the hunt for a similar necklace though. I recently found the bag with our Christmas decorations and am super excited to use it this winter.
Our first Christmas living together, Micah semi-homemade me this awesome neighborhoodie. We moved to the north end of the Beacon Hill neighborhood which we referred to as North Beac. On one of our very first days living there, we were driving home and saw a rooster strolling down the street. He was just chillin’, like he had somewhere to be and had every right to walk on the sidewalk. That very minute, we knew we picked the right place to live. Micah had rooster printed on the front of the hoodie and “North Beac” printed on the back. Ignore Izzy’s fur in the photo.
I’m currently loving the tea for 2 (or in my case 1) my brother and sister-in-law got me for my birthday. I don’t really drink coffee but love tea. There is nothing more satisfying than sitting down with my tea for 1 set, the paper or my laptop and starting the day. On days I telecommute, I fill my mini teapot to the top, put Izzy’s bed next to the table and leisurely read and answer email. I think I really like the teapot because I get a lot of use out of it but also because it’s something I wouldn’t have purchased for myself. If I didn’t have it, I’d just use a mug we already had. The teapot brightens up my telecommuting routine.
So what kind of gift getter are you? Is it easy for you to find things to ask for? Do you like sensible gifts or prefer things you want but wouldn’t buy for yourself? What’s on your Christmas list?