Exciting Christmas Gifts for Everyone!

I love the Christmas season. I love the idea of it - I love Christmas movies and have fond memories from my childhood. I usually do not like to shop in stores but this is the exception to the rule. I love shopping for gifts for my family. I like a few clues as to what they have been hoping for but I am pretty good at guessing what each member of my family would enjoy.

Choosing for friends, spouses and significant others can be tricky! Dangerous even! So here are a few ideas for those of you who might be stumped or too tired to shop anymore.

For that special girl in your life:

If you are dating someone special - you know that everyone is sizing up the box that you have gotten for your girlfriend this year. The pressure to propose can be crushing! So if you aren't ready to make that jump - an alternative gift can get you out of hot water. First tip - do not buy jewelry for her unless she hinted about something in advance. Stay away from anything that could fit into a small ring sized box or your date might burst into tears when she sees that brooch you bought instead.

If you really think this girl has potential - be clever about your choice. Gifts can say so much! My first choice for your girlfriend would be an Eternity or Infinity scarf. It is thoughtful, classy and in style. You could also give her a card that says something like, "Hope this keeps you warm when I can't."

For those special guys in your life:

Tickets to an upcoming sporting event! What better way to give a gift that keeps on giving? You can offer tickets for your guy and his friend - or seal another date for yourself! If he isn't into sports chances are that he is into music or theater. Upcoming concerts or other local events can be found by looking at Ticket Masters or Stub hub. Choose a book on a subject that your boyfriend is interested in but wouldn't purchase for himself. Men seem to like clothes and tools for Christmas. If the man in your life is a gamer - find out the newest game or get an accessory for one of the games he plays.

Gifts for Family Members

I like to purchase unusual gifts. I will shop for hours and I will not purchase a gift for someone unless I am positive it is just the right thing. I often buy gifts that I know will make my family laugh. This year, my favorite buy was a stun gun! My single sister bought a house in the deep woods so I have been worrying about what she would do in the event of an intruder. She has a security system but it wouldn't stop a would be attacker! Now I will be able to sleep comfortably knowing she has that under her mattress. I just wonder who we are going to test is out on? My 23 year old daughter just moved out so I bought her one too. Can't be too careful!

This gift for sure is going to add that special, "boom boom pow!"

I add small, inexpensive gifts like beautiful stationary and pens for my girls who love to write as much as I do. I add lots of good smelling fun stuff from Avon for their stockings - lip balms, lotions, colored bubble bath roll on sticks. Tattoo's, colorfully painted crafts like chop sticks, or ornaments that have scenes inside of them. Anything that catches my eye that seems frilly or silly. I throw in a little bit of candy but not much. They are always surprised about what I can fit in their stockings!

Christmas Fun for Kids

When my kids were toddlers we did not set out the tree or gifts or anything in our home until they had gone to sleep on Christmas Eve. Dave and I would be up putting things together all night but the look on their faces was always worth it! One year we waited until they went to sleep - moved them into our bed and redecorated their entire rooms with new curtains, comforters, shams and pillows. We placed them back into their beds without them waking up. They were so surprised when they both woke up and couldn't figure out how all that magic happened!

There are so many gifts for kids that it is hard to choose. I have gotten my kids old time cash registers, walkie talkies, metal detectors (so they could treasure hunt)!, scooters, kits to make their own crafts, educational board games that are fun, mini pool table and a claw machine full of goodies and ready for action.

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Gifts for those other "special" people.

You or someone you know, may be dating someone that is wrong for them but not buying a gift would be cheap and heartless. Breaking up with someone during Christmas would just be wrong even if he/she is a lying cheat. Buying a gift that is just right can be touchy. You don't want to encourage this person or hurt their feelings. Sometimes Christmas offers a great way to say goodbye forever!

  • Track shoes - this says I hope you run away as fast as you can
  • If you want more distance - nothing says, "C'est la vie" quite like a one way ticket to France
  • Gift certificate to Match.com
  • One free mental exam (no cash back)
  • A pre-paid gas card from your local gas station.
  • A large mirror if you have been dating a narcissist.
  • A bill planner for the guy who can't keep track of his money so he uses yours.
  • A book about personality disorders - marking the pages you suspect he can identify with.


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Tips for a perfect Christmas Day

The night before Christmas, I always make a breakfast casserole. While the kids unwrap the gifts it is in the oven.

I always buy extra gifts that can be unisex. Throw blankets in feminine and masculin patterns and colors, candle sets, scarves, gloves, latest calendars, journals, stationary and random toys that I might have found in a clearance section. I keep these gifts in case I have forgotten someone was coming to dinner or if a niece brings a date or friend. I always have something for everyone. I can't tell you how many times I have been so grateful to have those type of gifts stashed!

When wrapping gifts, I take a long time and add stickers and bows and ribbons. Each box is wrapped as perfectly and beautifully as I can wrap it. I also like to color coordinate my wrapping paper. I choose a solid color and two accents and it usually looks great under the tree. This year I am going black and white.

I like the house to smell like christmas - boiling cinnamon sticks and vanilla or some other poupouri smells great! We make no plans for Christmas day. The big annual plan is staying together, playing games and maybe even staying in our P.J.'s all day. Unless it snows - then we will take the Jeep out and do some four wheel driving on back roads. Driving through the glistening snow late on Christmas night with everyone's decorations still brightly lit, is a magical end to another great season.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I like the stun gun but I am a jewelry lover. I wish you had more jewelry up there.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Cardisa - I love it too! Omg - it was so hard not to add some but I was trying to keep what I want out of it:) lol. That stun gun is going to have stories to tell before long...I wonder which kid is going to try it on a cousin or brother! Lol


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, this will be another great Christmas for you! I thought at first, that you might have stolen my hub idea. I'm writing another virtual Hubber Holiday Gifts hub :-)

Virtual gifts, again.

Merry Christmas, Y'all


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ah ha Austin! I'm intrigued! I'm not sure how that works but I'm sure I will be filled in soon! Can't wait for the hub!

Yeah Christmas is real fun - I'm going to tell the guys one of them has to get shocked to see if they work - maybe I should video that! Lol


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

will bookmark this one dear friend!..Thanks!

LORD


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Lord! Thank you so much! Haha! And you're welcome Lord! (I just love saying that!!)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Well thank you for being so timely on this... when I said stat I was meaning you could take a few hours! LOL. What great gift ideas. Love them all... I too like to treasure hunt. I gave my brother in law a shower soap dispenser last year... it was a huge nose so it looked like snot was coming out every time you lathered up. I doubt he used it... but I thought it was funny. I also like giving those little mazes... then you put something fun inside. The key is they have to figure out the puzzle before they get the gift. A perfect option to add to some cool earings or costume jewelry or money or even lottery tickets.

Awesome hub - Can I vote it up more than once...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey BBG! Thanks! I can't wait to see the looks I get from Laurel and Erin! Haha unless they read this first ? They're too busy shopping! Haha!

I love doing the Christmas present shopping. I have a couple malls that have unusual gifts - so I shop there first. I love those mazes too! Really fun. Hey add any other good ides too! There are some hard folks to buy for someone has to have endless ideas;) thanks for adding yours!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Awwww Real Deal I LOVE how you decorated the girls room while they were sleeping, their expressions must have been priceless!!! You shared some excellent, no...superb gift buying ideas! I also like the stun gun, I bought my daughter and her friends mace when they started college but never thought of a stun gun! Luckily they all graduated and their mace was never needed...hmmmm, wonder if I could get a refund? lol We spend our christmas day the same way. If I had my way the christmas decorations would be back in storage by dusk but so far it's been a no go!! :) I enjoyed your hub word for word!! Voted across the board!!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sunshine! Thanks so much! I swear the girls thought Santa and the Elves had done it! Lol. I even used decals of tinker bell on the walls and ceilings that I found:) so cute!

I bought Erin mace when she was 14 or 15 -!I'd moved out and she was home alone sometimes. At a family gathering my nephew sqirted a tiny bit and then didn't say a word. Soon the entire house was coughing...we didn't know what was going on. How cute was it that the fire department was dispatched and checked through the whole house before he admitted it? And he then blamed it on my daughter! Lol. Anyway - ma e can inadvertently blow into the spraying person too! Word to the wise!

Thanks so much again Linda - just for making me laugh again!


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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

RealHousewife - what a great hub! I really like all of your ideas and tips. I have to agree with the others - a stun gun would be awesome, but scary! lol Your mace story in your comment above is too funny!

You are clever clever clever!

Voted up and across!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Miss Olive - thank you so much:). I think you aremclever, clever, clever and how I'm learning to be more clever:) lol. This was super fun to think about - the writing had me laughing:) haha

Thanks again and and again for your welcome helpful hubs! I'm learning a ton from you!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Whoa...such a gold mine of ideas you are for a lady who does not like to shop! You are a great help to many I am sure. Barbara has finally sold me on her idea. I am to go out and buy what I want for Christmas for me and likewise so will she. We cannot touch it until Christmas morning and then we "surprise" each other with it. She says "its the best" because everyone gets exactly what they want! By the way....I have to pay for mine! LOL! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

WB - Dave and I do that also! It is perfect:). He hates to choose for me and vice versa so we do both end up with what we want. Sometimes we will buy a trip for the two of us! Don't feel bad Wayne - in years past I've had to say "give me a hundred dollars I'm shopping for a gift for you!" lol

I do love Christmas shopping though! I go when everyone else is working:) lol. Have the best year ever !!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Anderson Moore - thank you! It's great to think outside the box for those people that are hard to buy for...or those sticky situations where you don't know what's appropriate! Good luck in your shopping endeavors:)


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uniquearticlesbuz 5 years ago from USA

Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub. I love the Christmas season because my family give me lots of gifts on Christmas and I love gifts......hahahaha


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much! I love gifts too - but I can never think of anything I want when asked:). I truly only love the shopping because of my kids....I can do without the rest of the year!


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

I would send you a nicer casual pajama for a new profile pic!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...actually to tell you the epi-truth ..... your hubs are like Christmas gifts all year round ..... lake erie time ontario canada 5:02am ....may be the true spirt of Christmas be celebrated all year and every day!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have yet to start Christmas shopping as I procrastinate until the last few days. I used to have all my shopping done by December 5th. Oh well...But you've given me some great ideas here. Loved the Hub!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Lord - thank you so much! Looks like you could use a few glad rags yourself:)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Epi! Good looking at you:) lol. Thank you so much! I hope you have a great holiday too!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan! I've only ordered a few things online (ok the stun guns:). That's it! I swear I'll start tomorrow! Lol. Or you call me and we can talk about how were goinna shop real soon:) haha! Thank you so much!


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

Good job, appreciate the ideas! Up and interesting!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Yhsnk you, Kelly, for solving my problem of what to get in-laws I am not particularly fond of. I'm gifting each one of them with a stun gun and letting them fight it out among themselves. Might even sell tickets. Just kidding of course. Loved your list of exciting, eclectic gifts.


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Another great hub! I do have to say though... what do you get for the person that wants nothing, likes very little, and the stuff he does like he already owns? That is my question for you to answer!! Greatly enjoyed your ideas and stories though! You obviously love christmas :-) I enjoy it as well, but I have a very hectic christmas and that brings down the enjoyment a tiny bit... but anything to see the whole family! Anyway... good job!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Schucks Drbj - I was gonna ask for you to hide a video cam so we could all see who goes down first:) haha! Thanks so much! Now you see why I love the Christmas shopping so much - endless opportunities for a prankster like me.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Myth - I have the answer! A real fancy kit with a belly button brush! I mean - something no one I know has but have seen people that could benefit. Rosann Rosana Dana came up with that one I think! ahhh hahah!

When in doubt - go for music. An itunes card - who doesn't like music and we all lose our favorite CD's or ruin them....even kids delight in a 10 dollar itunes card! How about that?

Or - how about lottery tickets (that haven't been scratched off first of course:) lol


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

lol... I read the belly button brush to Darrel! He totally freaked :-) Actually the music isn't a bad idea because his current job lets him listen to music all day except it is a temp job and so we do not know how much longer he will be there and after that point he very rarely listens to music! The lottery tickets have been done ( multiple times) for other people and he doesn't really care for it because he has never one a single buck and thinks it is a waste of money... but the belly button brush :-) I like that one! lol... but maybe not for him! I told you he is a tough one to buy for! Every year it gets more and more difficult! Thanks for the suggestions... although I actually already have him done for this year. I just was testing your wonderful ideas!! I might come back to you for his birthday though ;-)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Myth - too funny! Lol. Good now I'll get time to think about it longer:) haha! He's a psych major isn he? I'll keep it in mind and if I see anything jump out at me (or sing to me as your sister would say;) lol. I love buying gifts - especially unusual ones! Last year Maddy got an autographed photo of JB - don't know how I'm gonna beat that one this year:)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Wow Kel, you really put a lot of love and effort into your holiday. It's awesome. Love what you and Dave did to the girls room, how clever! I too have extra gifts on hand for that unexpected "significant other" who you thought left weeks ago but ends up here on Christmas. Like the nephew who has been dating so and so and then on Christmas, shows up with a new girl. It's easy to just change the gift tag, ha. No matter who they are, it is always nice to give a little something. Great hub Kel!

Sharyn


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Sharyn - thank you - I really do enjoy doing all the shopping for this holiday - choosing the gifts and stocking stuffers:) I don't think the girls will ever forget that year...they laugh about it now:) how they so believed it was magic! haha!

I just picked up a few more extra gifts cuz you just never know:) lol


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A very useful hub and thank you for sharing this one.

Very useful indeed and has to be awarded an up up and away.

Take care

Eddy.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Eiddwen:) so nice to see you this morning - and your sweet comment adds a smile to the very beginning of my day. I hope to finish my Christmas shopping today! Yay!


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KeithTax 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Folks eye up the size of the box given to a wife, too. Thanks for the pep talk. Now I can finish up my Christmas shopping.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Keith -true - so true. My husband and I were just joking about that....how he could imagine what "my mom" would say if he didn't get me a nice gift at Christmas:) lol. I have a feeling he would be sitting at the kids table for Christmas dinner if my mom didn't approve:) lol.

Good luck with the shopping!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great thoughts on how to personalize gifts like the scarf. I love it when someone does something romantic like that. These are great suggestions. I hope all the male readers are paying attention to your wisdom.. HINT HINT..

I totally agree with you that young girls can't be too safe. I have given the girls in my family pepper spray canisters. You seem like a very thoughtful person. Awesome job!


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athena2011 4 years ago from Beachfront - In My Dreams:)

Excellent tip for the guys about not buying a gift in a box the size of a ring box unless planning to pop the question. Have seen that play out in movies and it's never pleasant.

Voted up and useful.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Tammy! I love scarves - and I think that it's awesome when a guy chooses a girly gift - and you know how the ladies are - if it's a good woman she won't care about the price but the thought! And some of the classiest gifts I've ever gotten were the most inexpensive. My husband is NOT a romantic guy (so of course I call him Captain Romance:) lol. The first gift he ever gave me was a CD - he knew how much music means to me - he left it in the seat of my car - it was Poco "Crazy Love". Awwww that cinched my heart! And guess what? I wore that sucker out playing it - and he bought me a new one just a couple years ago! Ha!

Thanks so much! I try to be thoughtful but really there was an incident last year that is causing me to really tighten up with the security for the girls in my family. Now they will all have mace and a stun gun:) lol.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi athena2011 - thanks so much! I had to laugh about the ring box being a caution because my oldest daughter is 23 and she just moved in with her boyfriend....I was being nice and giving him a heads up:) hahaha!

Then I started thinking - it's so true! How many guys think they should give the gift of jewelry (is that an easy out or what?) and they don't realize their girlfriend is thinking "maybe this year it's a ring!". My advice is make no mistake with that one or the dude might be scouting out a new date for 2012! haha

Thanks so much for the comment - I'm still laughing!


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tswilson 4 years ago from United States

Thanks for the fantastic ideas. I haven't been sure what to buy my nephew, but I think the walkie-talkies look like a great gift.


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tiare808 4 years ago

Those are cool. For me to do Christmas Shopping is difficult, but its the thought that counts right? :) Fregrances or clothing is more my type of giving out quick and easy gifts. :)


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Amy Ka 4 years ago from Phnom Penh

Wonderful suggestion! I love preparing gift for family members. Cool!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi TS - I just got the ones I ordered today and they are rally cute. Made by Lego...easy for younger kids to play with....I bet my nephew will have a blast with them and I hope yours does too:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks so much tiare808 - Christmas shopping is difficult....I'm smack in the middle of it:) almost done though! You are right - it is the thought that counts so I try to put a little into each person:). If you know what kind of perfume - it's great but since your body chemicals are different - some scents are better for some and not so good on others. I never do clothing because I make it so much more complicated than it needs to be...I have to know the persons favorite fabrics, prints or solids - sizes and arm lengths - elastic or no? Yeah - uh uh....I don't do clothes:) lol. Thanks so much for the read and comments!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Just came from my doctor's office and the place is over run with sugary treats! I made them some spicy crackers. I think they like them better.

Food is a good gift if you make it yourself, but please don't give casual gifts of store bought cookies or fruitcake - that's so tacky I think.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Austin - oh my you are so right - great point - no one should ever buy fruitcake as a gift! Ugh! If people want fruitcake - they should buy their own:) lol. I agree with the store bought cookies too - they say, "I hurried and bought you cheap cookies on the way!" lol

I bet your spicy crackers were deliscious! Wish I could have some - made by you of course!


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adrienne2 4 years ago from Atlanta

Hi RealHousewife, Interesting article. Voted up! Quite a mix of ideas that you have listed here as gifts for different friends, family member, and/or girlfriends.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi adrienne2! Thank you very much! I had fun making my list and checking it twice:) lol I always have a great time shopping for gifts - I am finished with all my shopping this year including the wrapping - now I can just have the fun:)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

You are right about guys picking jewelry. LOL I do love the stun gun idea - maybe for my daughter. I also need her to read the part about breaking up at Christmas time... maybe a gift would be more appropriate first. LOL

Your ideas for kids are so simple, yet kids would think they were the biggest and coolest things ever. I am glad I read this early so I can start shopping now. :-)

Votes and shares!


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Okay, RHW. Forget the little box. Forget the scarf. Forget the tickets to a sporting event. I'll take the ticket to France saying get out of here and then hitch hike from there. Might be about right with timing and stuff like that. I thought I had it all figured out. Now, that would be an adventure.

Good thing it is a holiday being the 4th and I'm not going to think. No left stuff today, maybe a little from the middle to type, but I'm looking at the left. Looking for inspiration and later writing a poem or prose or both.

The cool part is I'm off tomorrow the 5th, so I can take the time to feel, instead of imagine it. I know cryptic, yet I kinda' think you understand. hmmmmmmm, a Christmas gift. Now, it just got complicated. How about a simple hug and a peck. Will that work?

tim


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan! Thank you! I ended up getting stun guns for my nieces too! They are older girls and loved them in the pink! You can't be too careful and I guess I feel like since women are usually not as strong as men they should have a little help if they are caught alone. So far, no one has had to use one but the girls tell me they keep them with them at all times and feel safer having them.

I should start shopping now...I know I say that every year and I will be shopping until Christmas Eve:) haha Good luck to both of us!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey ts! Sure - hey I think many a female would love a hug and a peck:) Not your girlfriend though for gosh sakes! Wake up man! Get your girl a gift:) LOL j/k

I am off too - and my husband and that is rare! I keep telling him it feels like a Saturday...then another firework will explode and I remember...it's the 4th - Wednesday! Yay!


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Oh, I like the stun gun idea. I remember a TV show, a comedy, about a stun gun party. Oh well, can't remember the details. I keep mace in the outside tool bag pocket in the car. You never know. Plus I have it in my backpack for bears and stuff.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Awesome hub with great gifting tips. I loved the gift ideas for the 'special people'. Also super ideas for buying for kids.

Voted up, useful, awesome and shared.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Heyyyyy I was just over your house reading about Texting....lol. That's funny and then I switch over and we are talking presents:) lol

That's a great idea though - I didn't know it works on bears!! Wouldn't it just make them real mad? Ha! I heard it doesn't work on like 10% of the population and they don't know why?


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Rajan Jolly! Thank you - for reading, commenting and the shares! I appreciate that so much:)

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