What are you giving loved ones this year? What gifts would you like to receive? An open thread. Plus, introducing the Oldster nameplate necklace, and other suggestions from the Ye Olde storefront...
I will be going through my bookshelves and choosing good books in good shape that I’m ready to let go. People who visit my house can choose a wrapped book and get a surprise!
I have just gone on Medicaid because the facility I am in requires it sooooI have zilch for presents this year!! Decided I would go thru all the delicious catalogues I receivefrom all corners of the catalogue world... from Harry and David to the Museum of modern art gift shop to the Signals and Gump offerings!! I will carefully and as artistically as possible, take pictures of various items I would love to give to my family, friends ,etc!!! I will then send that picture with an expansive explination as to why they are receiving such a marvelously generous gift from me!! I chose this way around my present bothersome financial situation and found it to have no cost involved because I would do it through the marvelous section of this wee i-phone called the text button. It will delight folk who will be amazed at the manner in which I have thrown caution to the winds and "sent "them wonderfully extravagant gifts or tiny, small things" that I knew would delight!. I , on the other hand, would get the exquisite gift of giving them things suited just for them...gifts chosen to remember special moments shared wih them accompanied by a note would warm their heart and mine!! What more could I desire than this for the Christmas Season?!!
I'll be looking for a necklace that says Crone!
I have stopped seasonal gifting and started just buying the thing when I see it and think "Oh, this person would LOVE this."
The most recent thing I bought was a travel set of watercolors for a friend who is always on the go but likes to do some watercolor sketching, he didn't have to go kit and now he does.
For myself, well, I am happily in place where I don't feel like I need/want much. But seeds for my vegetable garden would be grand, or wildflower seeds for my now lawn-free front yard. I'd love that.
Along with the obvious: books, books, books. Also, books. In all directions.
A donation to Meals on Wheels! Or better yet, volunteer! You meet some amazing people.
I make homemade olive oil granola and package it in craft paper coffee bags. The NYT has many good recipes. It’s decadent and well received.
We’re starting our gifting season with a Masterclass subscription for our family. Looking forward to doing Amy Poehler’s class on Improv with our teen daughter:
https://youtu.be/nSFWkf9p4cQ?si=M7-zjh90dkI-WmNb (and then giving a gift subscription to another family member.)
Always looking for ways to give back, which really is the best gift to receive.
This community is a gift too. Nothing like an open thread on Oldster... So many ideas!
Grandkids are getting subscriptions to Highlights (and a bunch of other things).
I want a clarinet, a bicycle, and an Ooni pizza oven. Donations cheerfully accepted. I have been good all year long.
I couldn't afford to buy for my adult children this year but I bought personalized blankets for my six grandchildren. They range in age from one to 16 years old. I think they're going to love them!
I have gotten into painting watercolors, so, I will be gifting some small ones in Christmas cards. I will be asking for watercolor paper, brushes and basic accessories for my Christmas stocking! 🥰
Now that I'm an oldster with a family of mostly oldsters we do a secret Santa for all the grownups. I love just getting one gift...less pressure...less waste....more joy.
an indian tin full of spices is always appreciated
Giving my grandkids (ages 6 and 8) weekend pool passes for January-March so they can swim and use up some energy!
I always gift my (now adult) kids squishy comfy clothes (traditional from “pajama night” from the 8 days of Chanukah...we always themed them). Other than that we tend to gift “experiences” as for receiving...hmmm tougher. The hubs and I this year bought each other tickets to London. Feels like all I could wish for...time and adventure! Happy holidays!
I have been “threatening” to begin my first sourdough baking experience for friends, and now with my starter in tact, I will have time to put my skills to the test. Fingers crossed that all goes well.
And yes, the Barbra memoir is also on my list.
Some of my special people are getting a One Line A Day 5-Year Journal. Iv started my own, and Im on day 67 of my own entries and enjoying the process even though Ive never been a big diary or journal person. Each page has a place for several lines about that date and as year 2 and 3 , 4 and 5 roll around you can reflect on your life and changes. Check with me again in 5 years and Ill let you know how it works out. $15.