A mum of three, engineer, scientist, educator, and all around dabbler, I'm far better at finding interesting things to do than I am at doing housework.
Published October 29th 2012
Avoid socks and jocks this Christmas
With Christmas on the way thoughts are beginning to turn to gifts, and while it is said that it is better to give than receive, there is something to be said for not receiving socks... again! But how to make sure that your loved ones know what to buy?
Here are some tried and true suggestions for making sure that you get what you want for Christmas.
1) Hint. As subtly as you like. Mention gifts casually in passing, stop and gaze in shop windows, drool noticeably at TV ads, talk endlessly about your new hobby and the equipment you still need to buy, whatever you think will work on your nearest and dearest.
2) Use props. Leave the appropriate catalogue prominently displayed on the dining table at meal times, or circle the desired item and leave the catalogue on his/her chair. Similar to hinting, but with less chance for a misunderstanding.
Catalogues can give a hint!
3) Make a list. Leave a list of gift suggestions on a whiteboard or the fridge. This can be particularly useful if your partner will be fielding calls from family members looking for gift suggestions. Why not make a column for every member of the family to note down gift ideas for themselves?
4) Tell them! If last year's hints ended with you receiving a pair of socks and membership of the cheese of the month club, you may need to forget subtlety. When they ask what you want, tell them. In detail if necessary.
5) Buy it yourself! Leave no room for misinterpretations, buy the gift yourself and present it to your loved one with a roll of wrapping paper and the advice, "This is what you're giving me for Christmas - don't forget to wrap it."
Alternatively, you could declare a present free Christmas and ask that friends and family make a donation to a suitable charity instead. You won't be disappointed on Christmas day, safe in the knowledge that someone less fortunate has benefited.
We have all eventually decided to donate each others christmas gift money to a different charity each christmas. It works out to be a significant amount. It was hard at first to convince some of the females in our family that the money spent on make up and un needed gifts would be far better off helping those that really need it but they have finally agreed after a few years of everyone else doing it around them. We now make christmas giving fun and costless by going through all our old stuff hidden away and we wrap and anonymously place the unmarked gifts into a basket The rules are it must be one of the most hiddeous gifts that we each received once apon a life time. everyone selects a gift from the basket not knowing who they came from and the laughter and embarrasment follows as we open them at christmas dinner together. Its a Hoot..John from Marino.