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Old 05-17-2011, 02:04 PM
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Asking, what do you want for Christmas?

Question to my fellow Christmas friends here.

Do any of you ask your children, teens, young adults, adults, grandchildren etc - "What Do You Want For Christmas?"

Afew years ago I came into my inlaws family and was shocked to find they don't ask what eachother wants for Christmas.

At my parents, my family always asked for ideas on what eachother wants for Christmas. Of course SOME things are left up to figure out on your own, a few surprise gifts or something you know the person wants and doesn't know about.

But, my "mother inlaw" always wondered why the family members seemed "slightly unhappy" with gifts they recieved. She doesn't know her own family members very well, nor did they like Christmas much with her until she started asking "What would you like?" and "What are your interests?"

Now that she knows, her gift giving has changed! I know it is the thought that counts, but what happens if the gift "just isn't you?" Re-gift?

What do you do in your home with gifts? Do you "shoot in the dark" when it comes to gifts? Do you also figure out gifts your friends and family might like? Do you ask them? What I do personally, throughout the year, is keep tabs on what each person talks about, things they point out, things they like etc.
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:50 PM
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I am a big baker so most of the gifts I give to family and friends are cookies, muffins, and homemade candy, but when it comes to kids - we ALWAYS ask! I was just thinking today about how my then not-quite-3-year-old asked for "yellow trains" last Christmas. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what the heck he meant... luckily, I have a fellow mom friend who realized he meant 2 characters (twin trains?? Who knew!) from Thomas the Tank Engine. He was so thrilled that Santa brought the one thing he asked for!

But yes, we've always asked and always BEEN asked by parents, which is nice, even as adults!!

I have many "not me" gifts that just get sent to he basement to die a slow, painful death..
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I am a big baker so most of the gifts I give to family and friends are cookies, muffins, and homemade candy, but when it comes to kids - we ALWAYS ask! I was just thinking today about how my then not-quite-3-year-old asked for "yellow trains" last Christmas. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what the heck he meant... luckily, I have a fellow mom friend who realized he meant 2 characters (twin trains?? Who knew!) from Thomas the Tank Engine. He was so thrilled that Santa brought the one thing he asked for!

But yes, we've always asked and always BEEN asked by parents, which is nice, even as adults!!

I have many "not me" gifts that just get sent to he basement to die a slow, painful death..

Aww, that is very sweet! "Slow, painful death" LOL. My next question is "when is goodwill day?" See ya "not me" gifts lol.
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In my house we all ask what each other what we want, I usually have my list mad out and given to my wife by November. She usually gets hers to me by Black Friday. (I usually know what to look for her though) With the kids what we do is save the Sunday paper ads for Kmart, Walmart, ToysRUs, etc... and then we give them to the boys let them cut out the things they like and then let them glue it on to some paper. Then we select the lists and give a page to grandparents aunts uncles. The kids lists made by the kids even though they don't know how to write. The extended family we do ask but for the most part we choose "safe" gifts, for my grandma it was my tradition to give her a collectible Possible Dreams Santa Claus, I did that for her for more than a decade, Dad-something to do with his favorite sports team, or Omaha steaks. Stuff like that
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What I do personally, throughout the year, is keep tabs on what each person talks about, things they point out, things they like etc.
This is what I do. I don't ask what they want but pay attention to the things they talk about through the year. Then I get the reaction of "how did you know"? I was listening!
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This is what I do. I don't ask what they want but pay attention to the things they talk about through the year. Then I get the reaction of "how did you know"? I was listening!
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Adult family members: I pay attention to things they say they'd like to have. Sometimes I just buy ahead & have birthday, Mother's Day, & Father's Day presents bought ahead of time too!

My MIL always tells me things she or FIL need/want & sometimes months ahead of time. She knows I'm a planner! I just gave her something for Mothers Day that I've had since Veteran's Day that she admired in a store when we were shopping! She always wants a list from us, especially now that we have DD. I keep a list on the computer year round & give it to her around Thanksgiving. She takes grandchildren to Wal-Mart or K-Mart to the toy section. They show her everything they want and she makes notes. Later she goes back and picks out a few things they wanted. We get little surprises too, so we don't know everything we're getting!

Child family members: Sorry, you are getting clothes unless your mom says otherwise! I just ask the parent's what size. Now the kids are getting older & like certain brands, so I either buy from that store or give a gift card for that store.

Other gifts: I just pick something I think they would like. I don't mind if they re-gift, because I sometimes re-gift too!

DH refuses to tell somebody what he wants unless he REALLY wants it. He said "It's the thought that counts, so I shouldn't have to tell you what I want." However, he is the one who is never excited at Christmas and sometimes never uses something he got because he doesn't like it. I never know what to get DH because if he wants something, he usually just goes and buys it himself. Last year I really paid attention & he had more gifts under the tree than DD did! He was really surprised and seemed to love it all! I wish I could do that well every year. Bless him, he usually buys me things that he would like to have...I guess it really IS the thought that counts!
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I do ask my kids, now ages 29,25,24, what they want, but I always try to have a couple of surprises as well and the "wow" gift. The wow gift is the one that they put on the list, probably never thinking it would be there, but Santa always finds a way!
This year, I am thinking of maybe getting each child one major gift, like an Apple IPAD thing, (can you tell I'm not really that tech savvy?).
But, we'll see, love the look of the piles of gifts under the tree!
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We have always made lists so everyone knows what to get each other. We also pay attention to what people talk about through out the year so we can get each other some things that weren't asked for.
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