I know there's a handmade Christmas present thread over in Arts and Crafts, but I thought we could share ideas for presents in general.
More specifically, I want to boast that I just knocked several presents off my list in one fell swoop. :) My family has three December birthdays on top of Christmas, which really doesn't help. I had some PayPal money that was just sitting there, so I went to the Book Depository (free shipping worldwide, which when you live in NZ is no small thing!) and got:
-a book about cadavers (Mum, Christmas - she's an ex-nurse/midwife and likes the medically macabre)
-two books about midwives (Mum, birthday - probably just one of 'em, I'll read both and decide which is better)
-a book about a WW2 POW (Dad, birthday)
-Liberty playing cards (my sister in London, Christmas - easy to send)
-Alice in Wonderland playing cards (another sister, birthday)
-a book of anecdotes about musicians (my very-into-music sister, Christmas)
And the personalised playing cards gave me the idea of getting superhero-themed decks for all my geeky male friends (and probably DH). Our "gang" is having a Christmas shindig this year, which will mean proper presents for all of them... I've run out of money now, but pretty soon some new writing funds will come in, and then woot. :)
Now, help. Does anyone know of:
-a really good, interesting, not-dry book about the history of gardening, or botany, or something similar? My little sister (14) is really into gardening at the moment, and likes history, but she wouldn't want to wade through some dreary academic tome. I've googled, but nothing strikes me as hugely compelling (except for one book the Book Depository didn't have). I like The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, but it's probably a bit old for her; and she'd prefer something about garden design, maybe, talking about Tudor gardens and Italian renaissance gardens and all that.
-a cheap, fun present for someone unnaturally obsessed with zumba?
-a really good baby book with photographs of everyday objects? Mum has a great Dorling-Kindersley one, "Baby and Toddler's Big Book of Everything", and I'd like something similar. You know, just nice photos of forks and cows and policemen and bulldozers and rubber ducks, for babies to point at.
-anything, anything at all I can get for my autistic minimalist sister who loves horses? Mum will beat me to the punch on a wall calendar, which is about the only accessory she allows in her bedroom. I've already done movie vouchers, Starbucks vouchers and bottles of shampoo (all of which she likes, but they seem kinda lame). She's a perennial nightmare for gifts!
I have a long list of handmade items I have to do too. Tonight DH and DD are going out to the in-laws' for dinner, so I should start work on something for DD - clothes for her Waldorf doll or a summer dress for her, I guess. Need to make a Christmas tree skirt too.
OK! Inspire me. :)