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Imagesallyg
Nov 15, 2011 8:20 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Hate to bring it up but IT's TIME.

I love the white cermamic scent diffuser bird in Gardener's Supply catalog. All white, bird on a nest, different , cute enough even if you don't keep the scent oil part filled. Looks like just the thing for my stepmom.

Usinger's Sausage
from Jamie's neck of the woods, I bought a pack for Dad's birthday and he liked it a lot.

Rheb's chocolate is the best chocolates (Are?) anywhere, based in Baltimore but they do mail order/ internet. Hurry though - they will be very busy!!!! I should go this week to the store. My aunt requested all truffles, though she says the butttercream is the best anywhere.

LL Bean has fleece lined flip flops cozy factor yet the freedom of flip flops!

My go-to gift for dad and step mom has been a food basket of my own design Something different, that they didn't have to go to the store for. They always seem to enjoy it. You can personalize based on their likes if you know them, yet make it a little different.

Men are hard but BIL reads a alot lately and the Steve Jobs bio will probably work for him
Any other suggestions?


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"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imageaspenhill
Nov 15, 2011 11:21 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
No, not already!!! It sneaks up so fast. Started hearing Christmas music in the Walmart yesterday.
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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Imagesallyg
Nov 15, 2011 12:29 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Yah, no carp- they started it before Halloween some places !!!!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
luvsgrtdanes
Nov 15, 2011 1:34 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
I bought Lou a golf club on Ebay, it's used but they were discontinued and he lost his (how does that happen :confused:)
I ordered a cool thing from Woodwife for my sister, it's called a witches ladder, kind of like meditation beads, I hope she carries it to chemo with her. I got one for myself too Thumbs up
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The girlies are making their list Big Grin
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imageeric4home
Nov 15, 2011 6:03 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
There's those carp again. Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing My shopping for Holly was done on vacation. Smiling Ric
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imagesallyg
Nov 15, 2011 6:32 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Beautiful beads Thumbs up
Lose a golf club
Whistling I dunno!

Way to go Ric Thumbs up

I've already bought myself a wallet for someone to give me Whistling Like my friend says. we are out shopping already anyway, we know the deals, the sizs, the color...

Oh, my adventurer son will get a hammock from the place that dixiegal clued me in on.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imageeric4home
Nov 15, 2011 8:38 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
REI handles Eagle nest Outfitters hammocks, there are a number in central Maryland.
http://www.rei.com/map/store#MD Smiling Ric
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imagesallyg
Nov 15, 2011 10:35 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
oo good suggestion. I went to a store like that for my nylon kayaking hat- mebbe it was eastern mountain sports? in Annapolis.
Columbia is good too. Plus I just heard of Ann's House of Nuts Outlet in Columbia. A real outlet, with real good prices, not a bogus schmancy outlet in an outlet mall.

I can get happy about shopping , when I know what I'm going for, and its good stuff.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imageaspenhill
Nov 16, 2011 11:16 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Sally,
I've had several hammocks over the years, and they all got grungy, moldy, and ratty after a while. I finally got this one from Brookestone. It is soooooo comfortable, and it has held up really well after being left outside for years. I think it is actually cheaper than the added up replacements for the more traditional cotton rope ones. I got it in green.

http://www.brookstone.com/Quilted-Weave-Hammock?bkiid=Search...
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Imagesallyg
Nov 16, 2011 11:30 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Teri, that is an awesome hammock, its almost the same as one we got for the backyard, and yes we love it. The one I'm getting for ds is a nylon packable, one person sling sorta thing, so he can take off up the mountain.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
chefmike92
Nov 16, 2011 11:39 AM CST
HERE IS AN IDEA
WIND SPINNERS CO-OP CHEFMIKE Great gifts prices below wholesale end11/25 at noon

http://allthingsplants.com/forums/view/groupbuys/

THERE SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE GREAT PRICES AND FREE SPINNERS TAKE A LOOK
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Nov 16, 2011 1:17 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
This might not be too original, but it's the first time I've done it... I made calendars on Shutterfly for FIL, featuring pictures of his great-granddaughter for every month. You can put one, two, or many many more photos per page in lots of different layouts. It was a wall calendar, and they let you add 3 dates (b'days, anniversaries, etc.) per date square, and you can even add photos to the day - for example, on Julia's 2nd Birthday date, I put a photo of her smiling face. Very cute! I've also added all the birthdays and anniversaries of his 2 surviving siblings, his children and all the grandchildren. It was time-consuming, but a lot of fun. And I hope, a good gift for someone who doesn't need more "stuff". Big Grin

In fact, it was so much fun, I wound up doing 3 more calendars, one for our home in Falls Church, with travel photos and garden photos, one to use at the mountain place, with photos of the area, and a second one of the mountain place for DH to use at work. Whistling

They're pricey at regular cost: $21.99 each, plus shipping BUT there are deals going on all the time. For example, this time I managed to snag a "Buy one at regular price, and all the rest are 50% off", PLUS "Free shipping for any order over $30". Finally, I got 50 free 4x6 prints for joining, so I added them to this order, so no shipping on them either.

Son did this last year, and I was very impressed with the quality of the finished product. I was even more impressed when I got an e-mail just now, telling me that part of the order has already shipped out. Blinking This is less than 12 hours since I submitted it. I'll let you know how they look when they arrive!

Web site: http://www.shutterfly.com You have to have an account (free) to do the projects. If this appeals to you, I'd suggest beginning to work on your calendar (or other project) while you can, so it will be ready to go when one of their deals pops up. No idea when the free shipping or the calendar deal expires, but they were still up today. When I wrote to ask, I got a very nice e-mail back, telling me that they had "no idea when they'd expire (other earlier offers had expiration dates, hence my checking), so I should order as soon as possible." THANKS! Sticking tongue out
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
ImageRoses_R_Red
Nov 16, 2011 1:27 PM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
Barb, we get these calendars every year from each of our kids' families and we LOVE them.
Imagesallyg
Nov 16, 2011 2:32 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Relate to calendars- last year Dad gave me almost all of his cherished old photos for safe keeping Sad so one of the photo sites lets you make a book with photos. I was too late for hardback but did the paperback. I thought it would be neat, they can lay it on the coffee table and some visitor may ask him about the pics. Paperback is pretty flimsy though. Just OK. You can arrange a title on the cover.

Wind spinners- dad and step mom love garden decor, one cheap spinner is a special fave of theirs. SOmething else to look at since they aren't doing tons of planting. (The planter I have gotten didn't seem to be quite so well liked- I have it back now, so in veiw of that I decided NOT to give the copper pig watering can. I have it in my bedroom, standing over the vent, ready to help humidify.)
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Nov 16, 2011 10:05 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Teri, glad to hear that. I had a blast doing it, and am already planning more for next year! Hilarious!

Sally, I've learned that most of the sites will let you make books, cards, calendars, and who knows what else with photos. While I was doing my calendars, a popup kept appearing saying "We've made a photo book with your pictures - take a look"...

DIL made books last year of "Julia's First Year" at another site for Christmas gifts - and their quality was very good too. She did it early enough to make it a hardback. So it was a very nice gift, especially for the Great-Grandfather and Great-Great Aunts. Lovey dubby
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imageaspenhill
Nov 17, 2011 5:08 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
I've used the Shutterfly site to make hard cover photo books. They have turned out really nice. They can be pricey too, but like Barb said, they have specials and free shipping a lot. Once you've done one, you get email notices on the sales. I like the calendar suggestion - will use that as a gift idea for my parents.
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ImageDaylilyDiva219
Nov 17, 2011 11:45 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
I agree Terri, as much as I like the idea, and as much FUN as I had making them, I don't think I'd be paying $22 per calendar (full price) PLUS shipping. I suspect Shutterfly knows this too, hence the seemingly constant rotation of "special" deals. You just gotta pick a price that's right for you and hope it doesn't drop too much later (sort of like buying electronics!) Hilarious!

I got an e-mail from them telling me that my calendars will be delivered TOMORROW (Friday)!!! They were shipped less than 12 hours after I submitted the order. Blinking I won't be home until Sunday, but I'll let you know how they look.

As I said in my earlier post, Terri, if you're thinking of doing them for next year, start on them now - you can be adding family birthdays, anniversaries, etc. and thinking of photos for each month, instead of doing it in a 3 day frenzy like I did! *Blush* That way, you'll be ready to act as soon as you see a good deal!
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagesallyg
Nov 18, 2011 8:07 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Photo mugs well everybody has enough coffee mugs; still, a special mug is something you can pull out daily and get a smile over. My sister did them after a trip we took together, I really liked it.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Nov 18, 2011 11:41 AM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
I agree Sally that's also a great idea - I did them one year (at a kiosk in a shopping mall) before the advent of on-line sites. Had some puppy pictures of my sister's dog and she loved it. Held up pretty well too.

You also mentioned gift baskets - I'm doing that too - with the current thinking about buying locally produced food, I did some shopping at our last outdoor farmers market here in the mountains - got an assortment of vinegars made with Virginia wines (Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot and... something else that escapes my Swiss-cheese brain right now) Sticking tongue out , plus some blueberry jam, 5-spice herb blend, and will be adding locally-roasted coffee, and maybe a bottle of wine. That will take care of three major gift recipients, so I'm quite happy that I thought of this in time to get the items! Big Grin I had thought I'd put them in locally-made baskets, but that has proven to be a bit pricey, so I might just decorate blank shopping bags with photos of the area... Still pondering that part.
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagesallyg
Nov 18, 2011 5:17 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
The decor bags sound cool. I don't like breaking the bank on the basket or other container after buying the gifts. (I also don't like spending 3-$4 $ on birthday cards.)
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon

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