Holiday Treats

As we start the holiday season and I look forward to playing flute at the Festival of Trees, the symphony’s holiday concert, and our friend’s yearly Advent cantata, I’m wondering what gifts to get my nearest and dearest.

In the early days we had more time than money. So folks got thoughtful (but cheap) presents. Handmade calendars with family events printed and family photos. Hand knit dishcloths.

Later, we had more money than time or energy, and went with nice dollar amounts of Half-Price Books and Barnes and Noble gift cards. Maybe not as thoughtful, but definitely appreciated, from the feedback we’ve gotten. And the recipients can pick exactly what they want, from J.K. Rowling to Margaret Atwood to Jim Butcher.

But nowadays…now, I’d like to be able to do both. For example, we’re thinking of getting Mother (*hi Mom don’t read this*) some season tix to her local opera house. Maybe handknit scarves for the older crew, along with fancy spice boxes. But we probably will get the kids gift cards, because who knows what they want, lol.

What about you? Do you go with personal gifts, expensive gifts, or something else?

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9 Responses to Holiday Treats

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Mary, my favorite Christmas gifts that I bought last year were books for a niece’s small children. I bought classics. They were very much appreciated by the kids, and it made me happy. I’ll have to buy more books for them this year. I’ve just been thinking of what to buy them this year, and I’ll have to make a phone call to their grandmother. I know what I’m buying my husband, but otherwise it’s all gift cards or money, which is not that fun to give.

    • Mary Hughes says:

      Hi Edie,

      Classic books, what a great idea! The most fun I had giving gifts, come to think of it, is The Hungry Caterpillar and other books I enjoyed reading to my children.

      I have been enjoying giving away books from the multi-author grab bag. It includes some of your books, some of Jennifer’s books, some of Michelle’s books, some of Dale’s books and of course the super romance bundle. That’s fun to give away a friend’s book 🙂

  2. Dale Mayer says:

    I can so relate to the changing gift types. I’d love to go back to making more, but it’s hard to find the time and energy. Like you this year I’m doing a combo. I’m baking Christmas Card cookies, individually decorated for everyone – and buying gifts. 🙂

    Hope you have a lovely holiday!

    • Mary Hughes says:

      Hi, Dale,

      Christmas cards cookies! How awesome! My husband bakes holiday coffee bread. He says it’s therapeutic LOL. But even he has less time to do that now. I know you’re super busy so the people who get those cookies must appreciate how special they are 🙂

      Warm wishes for a happy holidays to you and yours too!

  3. Mary, I’ve gone with books all the way. Fortunately, all my nieces and nephews love reading!

  4. I like to get a mix of things. So far this year, I’ve bought books, TV shows on DVD, soaps, coffee, calendars, and candy (a lot of candy). LOL.
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Nice Guys Bite, Silvio’s e-novella, up for pre-order …

  5. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Sounds like your nieces and nephews have the best aunt ever 🙂

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