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Old 12-22-08, 04:45 PM   #1
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Buying gifts is whack yo.

Sure it's Christmas, the spirit of giving, but with the real meaning of Christmas lost in all this rowdy mall chaos it's hard to find something for another person that they would really like. I think wanting something for Christmas that they'll just end up getting is kind of a joke. It should be a surprise, thought out with meaning. Well I must say that waiting for something you know you'll get is pretty exciting, but for myself, I haven't been excited for Christmas since I was 14. I have to shop for my mother and sister tomorrow, probably at this behemoth mall in Southlake (for those of you who know), but I don't know what to get. A scarf for my sister? She already has three. Perfume for mother? Done that more than enough. Sigh. I suppose I'll just search anyways, unless any of ya'll have ideas, being the smart foosters you are...seriously.

On a side note the dentist moved to a new nicer & larger office. This morning during my 6 month cleaning, I was one of their first patients at the new place. I thought with a new place that the dentist is probably taking a second mortgage on that she'll try to find things wrong with me to pay for. Last check in it was just mild gingivitis, which they said is all gone now. But Oh! They 'noticed' a natural crater in my tooth that's been there for God knows when and they insist on drilling & filling even though they're not cosmetic dentists..suspicious. They also wanted this other device in my mouth to prevent biting down on teeth, and the 25$ fluoride rinse, which isn't even necessary. Gah, everybody wants to milk everyone.

On a good note for today: FDA approves Stevia in foods! This will be a Merry Christmas now. Thank you corporate lobbying.
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Old 12-22-08, 04:50 PM   #2
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Old 12-22-08, 05:00 PM   #3
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Check what brands of lotion/beauty products they use and buy them a gift set from the same brand. That's what I did for teh bf's sisters.
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Old 12-22-08, 05:11 PM   #4
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Why don't you make a donation to a charity in their name?

We do that for my grandmother, and would do that for my parents if they weren't so concerned about 'opening presents'
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Old 12-22-08, 05:24 PM   #5
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I just buy gifts for random people. So one year person a, c and f will get gifts and the next year person b,d and g get stuff. If they get pissy then they never get anything ever gain lol

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Old 12-22-08, 05:35 PM   #6
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Gift cards solve everything.
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Old 12-22-08, 07:33 PM   #7
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I only buy gifts for two people: my parents. And I don't expect gifts from anyone. If anyone gives me a gift assuming they'll get one in return, they will be sorely disappointed.
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I don't buy gifts.

Sometimes I make them. Sometimes I just don't give gifts.
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Old 12-23-08, 12:58 AM   #9
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I dont participate in holidays, but when I do get someone a gift, it is usually something that is needed rather than wanted.
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Old 12-23-08, 12:59 AM   #10
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gifts i give is something i want them to have
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I only buy gifts for two people: my parents. And I don't expect gifts from anyone. If anyone gives me a gift assuming they'll get one in return, they will be sorely disappointed.
Ah, yes, with my wife's family every year, we say "no gifts this year" and everyone agrees. A few days later, my sister in law will say to my wife, "oh, I got you something anyway," so then my wife feels like she has to get her sister something, but doesn't want to leave her parents out, so sure enough we all buy gifts for each other every year anyway. Happens like this every year. Drives me nuts!!
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Old 12-23-08, 07:33 AM   #12
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gifts i give is something i want them to have
But is it something they want?

Buying them a bowling ball so they feel obligated to go bowling with you when they don't want a bowling ball doesn't count.
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Old 12-23-08, 07:45 AM   #13
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they have to pay for all that direct digital x-ray equipment somehow.

Oh and we done all our shopping down your way at Xianburg.
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Old 12-23-08, 01:34 PM   #14
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I never ask people I am getting a gift for what they want. If i know them well enough to buy them a gift, i know what to get. Pretty simple.
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maybe we should all just get ourselves something for xmas, then no one will be disappointed! ? otherwise you just end up getting gimmicky cheese graters and tacky holiday potholders. no matter how many times we tell anyone NOT to get us "x" or to DEFINITELY get us "Y" we still end up with these useless things. on the other hand it is a special skill is gift-giving, or rather -- KNOWING what gifts to get others. you have to pay attention and that's work and, well, who's into THAT?
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Old 12-23-08, 01:51 PM   #16
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I would love to not have to do gifts at Christmas. I don't really want or need anything so I end up getting gift cards for video rentals or bookstores where I don't shop. I have over 30 people in my immediate family so it gets expensive.
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Old 12-23-08, 03:27 PM   #17
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it is whak yo!

dont do it!

I just give them stuff if I find something they would like/need; I have money; and I like the person.

Or when I am a guest in their home, or invited for dinner.
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Old 12-23-08, 03:28 PM   #18
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OH and the real meaning of christmas is long forgotten. Most people dont have a clue what the winter solstice is nowadays.
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To me the winter solstice is one of the most important days of the year since it signifies the days getting longer from that point on. Otherwise it has no spiritual significance to me whatsoever. (Not as compared to any other day). I don't celebrate Christmas.
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I have found a great solution this year. Throughout the year with sales and coupons I get various name brand health and beauty items free or cheap. I take the free stuff bins out of their storage spots, make some gift baskets, and I'm done for the year. No matter what people have, they WILL eventually use more shampoo, soap, lotion and such (if it's not their favorite brand they can re-gift the baskets). They can spend the money they save on that on what they really want, problem solved. It does take some time throughout the year, but it's worth it to avoid holiday crowds and overspending just to get it all over with.
i have an ex who bought toilet paper for everyone on her list one year. i thought that was pretty freakin practical. and she got the nice soft stuff to boot!

i bet everyone of them thought of her while they, um, cleaned up.
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I love giving gifts, but I'm not a huge fan of being "forced" to give them. I much prefer just coming across things, and thinking, "hey, so-and-so would like this," and just doing it. Why wait for Official Gift Giving Day Season?
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I love giving gifts, but I'm not a huge fan of being "forced" to give them. I much prefer just coming across things, and thinking, "hey, so-and-so would like this," and just doing it. Why wait for Official Gift Giving Day Season?
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