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 Posted:   Nov 10, 2019 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)


So, what are YOU asking Santa for Christmas the year? Or if you have a significant other, what are you ASKING him or her for Christmas? (When is gets really cold here, I may ask hubby for a round trip to Palm Springs. Never been there.)

My brother has a leg injury, so he asked me to send him some wanted items that he could buy on line. Mall shopping is out. I asked him to buy me Silvestri’s CD for Avengers: Endgame and to also buy me the DVD for the movie Whose Life Is It Anyway. I saw that movie centuries ago and want to see it again. Seems like TCM hasn’t shown it in a long time.

My husband is one of those rare breeds who will go out to malls and buy me nice jewelry and even clothes that “usually” fit. Most of our “guy” friends don’t want to do that anymore. I am also open to some nice bottles of red wine.

Are you excited about GIVING a gift? There is one gift I’m thrilled to give to my son-in-law. He is full-time in the Army, and he loves General Jim Mattis. Mattis just published a leadership book called Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead. His family lives here, and he visits several times a year, so we bought the book, and Mattis wrote a lovely personal inscription inside of it.

Okay, fess up! “Greed is Good.” What are you asking for, and do you have a gift you are excited to give?

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2019 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Im gonna give bruce Marshall an end command for xmas (so he cant fk up anynore threads!). wink

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2019 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I have a niece who will be turning 14 next month (five days before Christmas so I have to get two gifts each December for her). I always have to ask her mother what she's into each respective year. Last year I gave her a Minecraft Lego set which she loved so I hit it out of the park on that one.

Since I work for a printing company I always have fun designing and printing custom-made wrapping paper (with her name on it) for the gifts I give her. She often loves the wrapping paper as much as the gift itself! She keeps the paper stored in her closet from previous years and she has shown it to me. It makes me happy that she remembers and it only makes me want to out-do myself the next year.

Here's what last year's gift looked like....



I also enjoy doing my annual Christmas contests on this message board every December. This will be my tenth year doing it so I have something special planned. Unless something unexpected comes up I plan on posting it the evening of Friday, December 6th. You don't want to miss it!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2019 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I have a niece who will be turning 14 next month (five days before Christmas so I have to get two gifts each December for her). I always have to ask her mother what she's into each respective year. Last year I gave her a Minecraft Lego set which she loved so I hit it out of the park on that one.

Since I work for a printing company I always have fun designing and printing custom-made wrapping paper (with her name on it) for the gifts I give her. She often loves the wrapping paper as much as the gift itself! She keeps the paper stored in her closet from previous years and she has shown it to me. It makes me happy that she remembers and it only makes me want to out-do myself the next year.

I also enjoy doing my annual Christmas contests on this message board every December. This will be my tenth year doing it so I have something special planned. Unless something unexpected comes up I plan on posting it the evening of Friday, December 6th. You don't want to miss it!


Adam, I love your post. I'm so impressed. You have a very LUCKY niece! Your personalized gift wrap is a fabulous idea. How thoughtful. No wonder she keeps your gift wrapping. You are a favorite uncle, I'm sure.

Okay, I'm excited to see what you post on December 6th.

(Bill, take heed of Adam's appropriate post.wink)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2019 - 7:53 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Adam, thanks for posting the picture of the personalized wrap for your niece. How very cool!!

Okay, other members. Show some guts and tell us your wish list or the favorite gift you've given.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

I usually have a list of soundtracks or Blu-rays that I list and end up ordering them myself online for my wife to wrap. This year so far that means the new Bride of Frankenstein and Invaders cds.

She has no collector gene, but she does enjoy reading when on holiday so a couple of recent novels are part of the stocking fillers which also includes a box each of liquorice and 'magic wands' (more liquorice with fizzy/sour sherbert filling) - that's a whole box the kind you see in stores from which they sell individual pieces. Stocking fillers are important because she likes lots of things (not especially expensive ones) to open. Knowing I have those items ticked off I set off to a local mall (Meadowhall, Sheffield) and walk around hoping that I spot something perfect. On the best days I often find the first thing or two I see ends up being what I get after a hours of tramping around.

Occasionally though something falls into my lap. A couple of years ago I got tickets to see the Pet Shop Boys. She doesn't collect music but I do remember her playing one of their cds in the car a lot years ago, and for her the occasion is better than something to put on a shelf. Nice thing about this was, the tickets were opened on the day, but the concert wasn't until February. It was like she got the present twice.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Liquorice and magic wands. Never heard of magic wands in liquorice. Learn something everyday.

Paul, so glad you will be getting those 2 new CD's. Good ones. Sounds like your wife is a lucky lady because you wander around malls. Concert tickets are always wonderful gifts. Thanks for sharing.

(Bill, don't you want to know what I'm sending YOU from Christmas? Heh heh.)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 8:35 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Actually giving is the most fun, because any gift you get is hardly ever what you want. I can think of many Christmas's where a month later I can't remember any presents I got. I have a good deal with my nephew, he buys something he wants & I buy something I want & we just swap gift tags, no surprises, but you get something you want. Another thing, I'm 69 (just), & anything I want, I've got, I really don't want any presents. I'll email some ideas to my family (discs & books), & they'll buy me one of those. Another thing, when you're having a clear-out, do you keep presents? I've decided you keep 'em for a couple of years (out of respect) & then get shot of them.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Joanie i dread to think what you might get me... wink

Wait, instead of a hand grenade, is it maurice jarre's Is Paris burning? Never did get that and still would like it.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

...I set off to a local mall (Meadowhall, Sheffield) and walk around hoping that I spot something perfect.


I hope you weren’t stranded there last week in the floods. I bet Blacks sold out of kayaks. If they sell them at all.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Rameau, I also love giving, especially home-made gifts or rather creative gifts. However, I do admit to enjoying receiving gifts.

Sorry, Bill. Won't be a CD. I saw some T shirts the other day that had a perfect saying on them. Thought I'd send one to you, TG, Kev, and a few other great U.Kers. It said, "Strong Women Intimidate Little Boys But Excite Real Men." Here is a toast to your perpetual excitement. (Kind of hope that isn't painfulwink)

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Hey, even i could pull wearing that. big grin

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I'm 56 and only started drinking coffee in the last 18 months. I would love it if I received a Keurig coffee maker.

Are you listening friends and family?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Great, Bill. You will look very handsome in that shirt.

Adam, I love my Keurig, but most of all I love my Nespresso Machine. I own the cheapest one without a milk frother, so it wasn't too pricey. I have to have one or two Nespressos every morning.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I'm asking Santa for the new Sega Genesis Mini and the new Criterion Godzilla collection. I'm getting my mom a tv and my dad a soundbar.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 10:03 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Henry, your gifts to your folks are very generous. Hope you get your wish list.

I saw a sign in the store today that said, "Dear Santa, I've been very good for the last week or so. Just focus on that. XOXO"

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2019 - 11:49 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Joan i like that.

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2019 - 1:47 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I enjoy giving and receiving gifts but find it harder each year to find items to give or add to my Christmas list. As others (e.g. Rameau) have said at our age we have most things we want ... and we buy those items when we see them at an acceptable price.

I do enjoy surprising my better half on Christmas Day with a gift she's (hopefully) not expecting ... a few years ago it was a bread-maker (oh, so romantic smile ... but she had been talking about one off and on for some time) but I've progressed so that in these last three years it's been an iPad and iPhone (to upgrade her existing ones ... so that I could have the old ones ... I wanted an i... to control my music streaming system so both were win-win presents) and last year ... she threatened to strangle me if I bought her another Apple product ...

... so I bought her something containing carats instead smile

The Apple products get far more wear!

As for this year ... who knows (I still laugh when I recall the scene in Men Behaving Badly: Jingle B***s! (25 Dec 97) where Gary is looking to buy Dorothy a present ... smile ... yes, I leave it that late to decide.

For me, I list a few CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays ... from which my family select so last year I received CDs of Bacewicz' string quartets and violin concerti, Shostakovich rarities, Spanish piano music and Alan Stivell's Renaissance of the Harp, this last being something then recently recommended to me. All winners ... except the Stivell which is a: once played, not sure I'll bother again, album.

So I'm presently browsing the sites adding items to my list ... perhaps time to add to the Baroque collection (but I'm also tempted by several Blu-Ray concerts, too).
Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2019 - 4:57 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

Before any gifts areal tree gets pampering, smile I buy 3-4 for family members these are not gifts, its not really Xmas without that smell & mess is it, my wife's idea would be that fake-thing in the loft which i disposed one Halloween, Yeah, Wife adores perfumes she makes notes of the most chic-designs as I don't have a clue woman-thing my daughter not much help either, I get a store-assistant too help extra gift-wrap. My Father, loves his alcohol - smokes so its beer - spirits - cigarettes & cigars he'll have his work-cut-out there + I buy him some quality meats beforehand. My daughter loves clothing - trainers other apparel abit of a tom-boy sometimes she says it makes her feel comfortable power-too-her she knows the street-craze, other parts of family I voucher or money in-card including in-laws, experience of resentful whining makes fun-times easier + I don't like shopping trips.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2019 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Oh, I have to admit I hate shopping trips. The only two occasions I go is for my wife's birthday and Christmas presents. That tramping around the shopping mall is mind numbing isn't it guys? These days for my daughter I let her mother buy stuff and it comes from us both. I wouldn't hesitate to get the child (at 28 I might add) something if I saw it and I thought it was perfect. But certainly when she was very young most of my online shopping was for dvds for her, being a Disney fan. Still is, though more for the parks and seeing the movies in the cinema than collecting them on disc.

Joan, I got the wrong sweets or candy as you lot call it, they're actually called Flyers:https://www.amazon.co.uk/FLYERS-Liquorice-Crystal-Centre-Pieces/dp/B004SGFN0Y/ref=sr_1_1?hvadid=79852125328830&hvbmt=bp&hvdev=c&hvqmt=p&keywords=magic+wands+liquorice&qid=1573572291&sr=8-1 and the link also has listed there the green box of the other liquorice she likes.

As for the floods. Gosh, yes we have a LOT of rain recently. Fortunately I wasn't in Meadowhall when everyone was sleeping there. I was in Sheffield last night though, just off the Whicker bang next to the troublesome River Don (which burst it's banks in Doncaster to very sad effect for the poor residents), as The Harlequin pub is where my branch or 'tent' of the Sons of the Desert meet every month for fun and frolics with Laurel and Hardy. Back in 2007 the whole area was under water, including the city's premier sf and comic book shop the Sheffield Space Centre.

No problems to report from last night though thankfully.

 
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