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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fingers and Toes

We never have enough mittens and gloves at our house.


I have a large box of Christmas presents hiding in my third floor office and here's my wily trick:  I've taped the top in a special pattern to prevent the rascals from snooping.  Hmph, I'm not sure they'd try, I think I've become a fairly predictable gift-giver.  Here are some of my tried-and-true gifts, they may not be exciting but they will warm fingers and toes this long winter.
Socks for MrBP for the weekend.
A cashmere scarf in Christmas colors.

Pretty earrings in a sensible size for small girls.

Chunky socks for an Old Rascal.

Boxers for the boys in the family are always, always under the tree.
I like to buy amusing patterns.

I usually throw in a Christmas theme or two.

Crewcuts socks are cheery and well-made.
They also come in their own gift box.

It's a theme: I buy a blue shirt every year for my older daughter.

I buy these tweed caps for MrBP.
He often leaves them at the gym or the rink and so gets a new one at Christmas.
Do you have gifts you buy every year for family members?
Does your family or spouse leave a trail of their things behind them that end up needing replacing?
Have a great Saturday!
xoDani

all images jcrew.com

30 comments:

  1. Always boxers for the boy. Always books and makeup and at least one hoodie for the daughter. They both also adore caramel hershey kisses in their stockings!

    Always a new shirt and sweater for husband and he and I always exchange expensive-ish bottles of wine. I like the tweed cap. I must see about one for Barry. He has a wretched tweed Tilly hat. I despise it!!!!! Oh and he always gets new socks!

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    1. WMM get Barry a tweed cap and make the Tilly hat "mysteriously disappear!" Those caps are very handsome. I'm always upset when MrBP loses one of his!
      I like the bottle of wine idea, we should do that!

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  2. I always buy the family socks. They disappear, especially the good hiking socks (where do they go? the dog pleads Not Guilty!) I always buy gloves/mittens and hats, those get lost a lot too.

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    1. cate I think it's amazing how much stuff gets misplaced and just plain lost. It's always the really good socks that end up lost too, I agree and why is that! I tend to never lose my gloves and hats and luckily my older daughter is the same, can't say that for the rest of the family!

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    2. For us, it's most often the stuff that travels that disappears. The best socks/hats/gloves go on the trips and sometimes they don't find their way home. But I am like you, I rarely lose things, and when I do, I stew about it for months wondering what could have happened to such-and-such. I don't even need one hand to count the things I've lost, it's too bad this is not a billable skill!

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    3. Ha! Cate I am the same, if I do lose something heaven help me, I stew on it for months on end!

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  3. Hubs only ever wants books, and with mum it's marzipan, marzipan, marzipan and more marzipan.

    "Mysteriously disappear!" ha, in the early days of our marriage the frying pan, 'mysteriously disappeared"
    Hubs loved making those disgusting English breakfast fry ups and then he'd just abandon the lard soaked pan. The smell, everything just repulsed me, the frying pan 'just disappeared,' for months he would ask where it was and I would blame him and say it must be in a cupboard look harder.
    Evil maniacal laughter!

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    1. Tabs I also love marzipan but I have to keep clear of sugar, once I start there's no stopping me and it is terrible for my mood and headaches.
      Funny how things disappear... I would have done the same with that disgusting fry pan, that sounds revolting. I join you in maniacal laughter!

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    2. My mum and her best friend once burned my day's old shirts in the fireplace... I checked on hat - they are back ordered till January - maybe other husbands have stupid looking fedoras, too?

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  4. I learned that our homeowner's umbrella policy has a "mysterious disappearance" clause. It's not as good as it sounds.

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    1. Fred were you reading the fine print again?! I'm not telling MrBP about the possibility of this clause even existing!

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  5. Hi Dani, those earrings for your daughter are so sweet! Our boys always get books, and socks and pyjamas. This year however, Number One Son has asked for ... a saucepan and a wooden spoon!! I think he is running through his meal plan rather quickly and wants to supplement with home-made in the communal kitchen. I'm rather proud of him!

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    1. Patricia, that is awesome! I gave my 17 year old son a pancake pan recently and he is getting, as a fun little treat, a cupcake maker! He loves to bake and he will get a kick out of this!

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    2. Patricia that is excellent. My son cooks very well and as his stomach is the famous "empty pit of misery" he learned very early, now he makes all of his own meals and cooks for the girlfriend who can't boil water!
      WMM I think I bought that same cupcake maker for our little Miss!

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  6. Love those wee sparkly earings and the scarf, its never cold enough here, but that doesn't mean I don't need those pom pommy mittens that are just adorable. We'll be in New Zealand with the cast of thousands so we'll be doing the Secret Santa thing. I will take the hubs off to a pre-emptive shopping evening though as I know he would love to get me something special (throat clear...)

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    1. AlW you must be so looking forward to your trip to New Zealand! Ahh the yummy sauv blanc!!

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  7. I am so tired of my Mr. mislaying his wallet, keys etc that I have just purchased what I hope will be a fool-proof system for finding all these items. I like all your picks, Dani. I love receiving socks and mittens, and ridiculous pyjamas as well.

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    1. Yikes, David does that too! And then gets frantic and wants me rushing around looking for them too. What system?

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    2. Yes Sulky please let us know the system, MrBP is always misplacing wallet and keys. Nothing creates a more frantic environment, it makes me want to go hide somewhere!

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  8. Oh I love receiving cashmere scarves and a plaid one would be most welcome.
    I often buy Mr. HB scarves and gloves as they mysteriously disappear, I never know where he loses them.

    I remember my BFF and her sister peeked into her mother's trunk where she had stashed all their Xmas presents and it ruined their holiday. I hope those rascals don't go snooping.
    You've got some lovely gifts here Dani.

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    1. Hostess when I was a kid I would find the presents, open them and re-wrap them, true story! I always knew exactly what was under the tree. To this day I do not like surprises!

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  9. Dani, you got me going today. Iphone 5's for grown kids. I hate going to the Apple Store, practically need a drink first, but it's done. Still have to think of something for my mother, but I'm going to Palm Beach, Florida to visit my mother in law next week, and there's a shop that they have there that my mom loves. Sure to find something there. I keep changing my mind about what I want. We did so much reno here, I shouldn't get anything.

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    1. Kathy they will love that and very brave going into an Apple store without a flask, those places make me crazy.
      I love Palm Beach, I was scheduled to go in January with friends but I just cancelled the trip, we have to stick to our resolve of no-travel for a year or two so we can afford a long sabbatical down the road.

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  10. In my family I am the one that is losing her gloves and umbrellas but the sock monster is a hungry beast here. Seriously, I always wonder where do all those socks go?
    I used to always get the newest electronic gadgets for my husband. He would balk at socks and scarves because that's what always got from his mother.

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    1. Hi ajc, I think most men are gadget guys but I don't dare try to buy that stuff. I finally just bought a decent radio for my kitchen, it only took me 7 years!

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  11. My Dad has to have clementines in his sock, since when he was a kid they only got them Christmas Day and he claims the scent and juice are part of why he "headed south" when older. Usually get the DH a pair of Corgi socks for his stocking, since they are made in Wales. Although will likely be the "first" ones he wear-pokes a hole through. And I always try to find my fellow voracious reader uncle Jim a book by a Jim-James, every year (going on two decades now, probably my longest original gift tradition.)
    DBP that Crewcuts box for Littlest Rascal is toe-tap happy.

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    1. We have a sock monster and also a undershirt monster evidently. My son's undershirt collection has dwindled down to about 3 or 4 and laundry day isn't coming around soon enough. Hopefully Santa will help us out!

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    2. GF those boxes are really festive, I have to say they do a good job with crewcuts stuff.
      Love the Corgi socks!
      Shopping Celle where do they go? Those are fairly large items, maybe you have a house elf!!

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  12. It's so rainy and cold here in the winter. Great gift ideas! Love the scarf and mittens .. and the boxers are ALWAYS in my son's stocking :)

    First time stopping by and looking forward to following along!

    leslie

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    1. Leslie welcome and thanks for the lovely comment. Much as my son rolls his eyes I think he looks forward to seeing boxers with a funny illustration in his stocking. His favorites were a navy pair with rhino's drinking beer all over them!

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