I'm not sure I can zero-in on an actual "best"; my oldest daughter put together a tray of cheeses and salami, etc, and I always love that. and, this was a DVD to Blu-Ray upgrade Christmas . . . my next daughter got me the full set of the classic "The Prisoner" tv series, the next daughter got me a collection of Terry Gilliam favorites (Baron Münchhausen, Brazil, Time Bandits), between the rest of my kids I also got "North By Northwest", (the real) "Planet Of The Apes", "Pulp Fiction", etc, and my youngest son got be Clapton's most recent "Crossroads Guitar Festival" and a Johnny Winter (in the 80's) concert disc.
And this year we all picked names to give a hand-made gift to. My daughter-in-law had me and she gave me beautiful framed old photos of my ancestors (from my http://mickeysr.hubpages.com/hub/Those- … Your-Story hub) . . . she gave me a set of 6 photos, so that 1 can eventually go to each of my kids, for posterity.
Once again, I got lots of great stuff for Christmas . . . that's what happens when you have 6 kids (& 12 grandkids) who all grow-up into really special people.
The Welsh language edition of the book about 100 places to visit in Wales before you die. Amazon only had the English language edition, but my daughter tracked it down for me.
A food processor from my other daughter that does not need me to have a PhD in engineering in order to put it together and take it apart. I have been wanting an easy way to grate vegetables for some time, that does not result in grated fingers as well. I did buy a food processor some time back to do this, but it was so complicated to assemble that I was unable to remember how to do it.
Hubby always gets me wonderful gifts and this year was no exception. But the most special present I'd have to say is a dreamcatcher my son had made for me during his recent visit to Colorado. I am not a dreamcatcher-y type at all. But this one was handmade FOR ME. He picked out the stones and crystals and told the maker what he thought I needed in my life. It came with descriptions of what the stones' powers are. He even included a jeweled cross, as he knows that's a part of Mom's spirituality. It blew me away and made me cry. Of course, the fact that he is moving to Colorado within weeks also made me cry. So having him here to share Christmas with was very, very special.
Everyone's gifts sound delightful and you can tell how much thought was put into them to please the giftee. MM
Presents are the least important part of Christmas for me. Although I prefer buying them for others, rather than receiving them. The excitement of unwrapping presents has gone a long time ago. The presents I've had are good, but they are just material things at the end of the day.
No, gifts are not always just material things. My wife bought me a large tablet, intended primarily for reading e-books.
I downloaded 3 yesterday and have finished the first. The first time in several years I can read a book for more than 30 minutes or so without my old eyes hurting so bad I have to quit. The lighted screen and larger print make an enormous difference.
She has given me my reading ability back, and that is not "just another material thing". At least not to me.
I'd have to say it is a toss up between the one cup Keurig coffee maker or the Versace perfume. Both are really big treats from my wonderful husband. We have now agreed to not buy each other presents any more and just go out for a really nice evening on the town together. After all, do we really need these things? Might as well spend the money on a memory is our thought. Time with your loved ones is indeed the best gift!
My favorite was a little one. My nephew bought me white sage incense with a beautiful fall leaf incense holder. When I burned the incense it reminded me of being smudged during some very special times I'd had with Native American ceremonies some years ago.
I admit that fashion is something that totally eludes me as a concept . . . I just don't 'get' the interest or attention at all to fashion, but, having acknowledged and admitted that - you are far too pretty to fiddle with adding multi-colored powders and creams to your face . . . dark hair, dark eyes, great jawline - don't mess with it.
lol aww thank you for the compliment I just love colors and such, so it's an artistic thing for me...I love doing it for other people too and I don't do much other than eye makeup and lipstick. I don't use creams or anything anything on my face because it makes my face feel stiff like I'm a store mannican or something....
I remember, way back in the cowboy days when I was a kid, girls used to get these life-sized doll heads (I think they were Barbie doll heads) to comb it's hair and put make-up on it, etc - I recall thinking how delighted I was that I was a boy . . . seemed like the lamest gift I could imagine. But, my wife has to check me before I leave the house or I'll go out in slippers and sweatpants - having a care for fashion is a mystery to me.
My best and favorite Christmas present this year was my Kindle Fire. Since I normally carry a book wherever I go (you never know when you will get stuck in a long line at the grocery or post office), it is more convenient and gives me more options than just reading. I also love the fact that I can check my email while my son is doing his martial arts form for the umpteenth time:)