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33 Days Until Christmas !!!
33 Days Until Christmas !!!
Every year I swear that I'm gonna be prepared. I'm gonna get my shopping done early .. way before Thanksgiving. Then I'll be able to sit back and enjoy the season. I'll be able to make cookies with the kids, bake lots of little goodies to gift friends and family with.
Of course, when I should have started thinking about X-mas ... I was still thinking I had plenty of time, and there was so much going on. I kept thinking I'll have more time next week.
Now all of a sudden it's Thanksgiving, and even though Christmas is 33 days away ... I'm stressing because I know that I will be shopping for the best gifts for friends and family. I can't just grab something off the shelf. It has to have a value to me and the person who will receive this gift. A gift that has character and meaning. Something personal ... just for that person and no one else. I know, I know .. difficult tasks.
Next to bleeping impossible sometimes. For most of my family and friends I already have a good idea of what they would like. But then there are those most difficult choices for my mother-in-law, my best friend, the hubby's brother and his wife.
For example ... my mother-in-law. She is not the 'normal' mother-in-law that you might see on TV and such. She really is a kind woman ... and she does not interfere in our lives or try to tell us how to live ... raise our kids ... etc.
So, I always try to get her something that she has never thought she might want. She isn't one for wearing a lot of jewelry .. and I've never known her to wear perfume. Last year we got her a small grill that she wanted. But I think this year I am going to give her a certificate for a pedicure. Because she is older, she has difficulty trimming her toenails .. or putting lotion on her feet. After putting up with my hubby for so many years, I think she needs to be pampered.
Okay ... that gift decided. Now for my best friend. I know she would be happy with anything. I made her a candle set a couple of years ago. We both love candles. I've thought of a bottle of something ... like Patron or X-Rated or Destinee. But we always share those and this has to be just for her. So .. maybe a massage and manicure. Or maybe we can both go to a spa together. That would be very nice.
For my Dad .. I think we'll give him a bottle of whiskey. He isn't much of a drinker anymore ... so that will probably last him all year ... maybe longer. The girls will get him some slippers or something.
Now the kids. Sometimes they can be really difficult to buy for. They are at the ages where you can't just buy anything. Sixteen and Fourteen are sometimes very difficult. One gift will be a TV for their room .. I already have a DVD player to hook up to it. Will have to look for other things still.
Now the most difficult .... to see if the hubby fails again this year to get something that I want to receive. In the past 20 years, he has bought me a gift only once, completely on his own. He can be quite a dunce about gifts. For my very first Mother's Day .. he bought me a lawn chair!
So I'll have to make lists ... give one to each of the girls and one to my best friend and slip another into his suitcase. And hopefully he will not wait until the last minute. Maybe this year I'll get the pearls I've wanted for the past 7 years. But I'm not holding my breath ....
11/22/2005 1:52 am
While carefully selecting all those gifts for others, don’t forget to do something for yourself. Keep the Rose happy, life seems so much better that way!|