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Christmas! What are you buying for the family this year?
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Whether you hate Christmas or love Christmas there's usually presents that need to be bought. If you don't celebrate Christmas at all, well, I guess this thread doesn't apply to you. :)

With that being said, buying presents for someone else can often be one of the most difficult tasks we have to conquer around this time each year. It makes you wonder just how well you actually know a friend or family member. Of course, buying gifts for the same person year after year can also become quite challenging since you need to figure out something you haven't already gotten them that they'd like.

Personally, I bought all hand-made items for my family this year. I wanted to switch things up, so instead of buying things off Amazon or elsewhere, I decided to shop for memorable items that were one of a kind. I think they're going to be a huge hit since even the jewelry is hand-made and can't be found anywhere else. The best part is that the cost was still quite low and I really didn't pay more than I would any other year.

So, what did you buy for your family this year (or what are you planning on buying) and how did you end up coming to that decision? Was it something you just knew that they'd want or did you have to put to a lot of thought into it?
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My budget isn't too much to my favor. I have to get my father,mother,sister,brother, and my sister's boyfriend (only because he gave me a TV during the year and I want to thank him). I think I will find I way to get gifts they need i.e Mug,towel, running shoes, lube. I got a 2 weeks before making the purchase so I will see what I can do.
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I am not quite sure, as most of them do not want anything because they already bought it for themselves. I know I am getting foundation and such for my sister.
Posted 12/7/13
Everyone's getting socks. It's cheap, practical, and everyone can always use more socks. I'll hand em out like Opera.
'You get a socks!, And you get a socks! And YOU get a socks!'

And I'll probably get myself a bottle of Jameson. Can't mess with tradition
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CrimsonNaomi wrote:

I am not quite sure, as most of them do not want anything because they already bought it for themselves. I know I am getting foundation and such for my sister.


That's the issue I fight with every year. I have to buy gifts for my mother, grandmother and my step-grandfather (that term is always so weird). They mostly have anything and everything they could desire at this point, so there's very few things they actually need or want.

Try getting things that have sentimental value. I find that's usually the best way to go. Like, take a memorable photo and have it laser engraved into wood with some fancy border-work done and the like. Or any number of other possible ideas. It's not really about how much you spend, but rather how much thought you put into it.
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Striketh wrote:


CrimsonNaomi wrote:

I am not quite sure, as most of them do not want anything because they already bought it for themselves. I know I am getting foundation and such for my sister.


That's the issue I fight with every year. I have to buy gifts for my mother, grandmother and my step-grandfather (that term is always so weird). They mostly have anything and everything they could desire at this point, so there's very few things they actually need or want.

Try getting things that have sentimental value. I find that's usually the best way to go. Like, take a memorable photo and have it laser engraved into wood with some fancy border-work done and the like. Or any number of other possible ideas. It's not really about how much you spend, but rather how much thought you put into it. :)


Ah, thanks Striketh :3
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Well, this is a easy question for me.

I'm buying nothing! People are lucky to get a Hallmark card from me, but I am young so it can't be to harsh to get nothing from me. Maybe when I age I'll go on a binge and buying presents for whom I call my extended family! (i.e. The starving people in the world, homeless individuals, foster home children, random people needing a little money.)
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Posted 12/7/13
the same thing i give to them every year....hope
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I'm pretty dang broke, so handwritten cards and knit gifts. A skein of yarn usually costs about $6 and thats two hats right there or two pairs of socks. Pretty grateful for my hobby at times like this <3
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koalierawr wrote:

I'm pretty dang broke, so handwritten cards and knit gifts. A skein of yarn usually costs about $6 and thats two hats right there or two pairs of socks. Pretty grateful for my hobby at times like this <3


It seems like I always see a common theme on Crunchyroll.

Anime fans = broke :P

Hand-made stuff is great, though. I don't think there's too many people out there that wouldn't appreciate something that someone spent a significant amount of time making from scratch for them.
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My sisters a really huge FMA fan so i'm getting her the series on Blu-ray
Getting my cousin a figma of kirito from SAO sense for some reason its her favorite anime
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I got my father some Ravens (American football) memorabilia to add to his football room. My mother, a new mixer bowl that is glass with a handle and measurements on the side because I've seen her eyeing that sucker for months. My bro gets nothing because I do not believe that brats who act like little turds to their family throughout the year should get anything for Christmas.

I got my kitten a new feather teaser because her current one has been torn to shreds, and my dog gets a giant candy-cane shaped rawhide chew. (Of course I get my pets presents. I would be a heartless bastard not to.)

Hmm, I don't know if I'll be shopping for friends this year. I usually do, but now that we all go to different schools, I don't know if we'll have the chance to meet up and exchange gifts like usual.
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Posted 12/7/13
An A-10C Warthog.
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My parents always say they don't need anything. That's why I take the easy route and give them those Visa Gift Cards
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Posted 12/7/13 , edited 12/7/13

Striketh wrote:


koalierawr wrote:

I'm pretty dang broke, so handwritten cards and knit gifts. A skein of yarn usually costs about $6 and thats two hats right there or two pairs of socks. Pretty grateful for my hobby at times like this <3


It seems like I always see a common theme on Crunchyroll.

Anime fans = broke :P

Hand-made stuff is great, though. I don't think there's too many people out there that wouldn't appreciate something that someone spent a significant amount of time making from scratch for them. :)


LOL! I think that's because the majority of the people on crunchyroll are under 18.
I agree! and actually, the gifts I enjoy most are of that variety as well. Like little memorabilia stuff my best friend has made me and cards <3 I love to re-read them when they have super person stuff in them.
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