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<p>What are some of your favorite gifts?</p>
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<p>Mine are the red Dustbuster DH got me (he asked before he bought it and I love love red appliances) and the bendy straws my FIL got me thsi year.  I LOVE bendy straws!!!!</p>
 

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<p>The Kitchen Aid my dh got me for my birthday and the breadmaker my in-laws gave me last Xmas. I'm always baking for my dd who has a corn allergy. I like practical gifts.:)</p>
 

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<p>My bamboo crochet hooks....The handles are a bit thicker and so much easier on my hands. I LOVE YOU DS!</p>
 

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<p>Mine are my KitchenAid mixer too, and some really nice sheepskin lined slippers I get every few years (when the previous pair wears out).  I've got really cold ceramic tile floors so they're heavenly.:D</p>
 

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<p>The first Christmas in our current home, DH got me a set of really good kitchen knives, a commercial grade lasagna pan and everything to make lasagna.  We made lasagna that afternoon.</p>
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<p>He still thinks it was a hooky gift after all these years but it was so touching.  DH hates to shop so the fact that he took the effort to find things that I really wanted AND went purchased ingredients and stored them until Christmas morning spoke volumes.</p>
 

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<p>I love my Kitchen Aid.  It's probably one of the best gifts I've ever received.  Dh's grandma used to bully us into giving her a Christmas list, I hated it because it felt like ordering up a present.  Finally I gave in and put some higher priced stuff I really wanted on the list and she got me the mixer.  She died that January and I'll have my mixer forever so I'm glad I did it.  Giving gifts was so important to her :)</p>
 

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<p>I'm gonna have to say my KitchenAid mixer as well. I got it last year as an anniversary/mother's day present from dh. I LOVE it :)</p>
 

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<p>Kitchen Aid mixer here too.  Also the only gift that I have ever opened in secret and then fixed the wrapping paper to hide that I had done so.  I just could not believe that dh had actually got it.</p>
 

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<p>Maybe I need to get a DH??   hummmmm   But my roommmate does have a kitchenaid mixer and the thing is heavenly!</p>
 

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<p>Boy... sounds like I need a Kitchen aid!</p>
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<p>My best gift memories are from my childhood... things that I lusted over like the My Little Pony Dreamcastle... I can still conjure up the feelings of excitement and verging-on-disbelief as I opened that present (and others like it).</p>
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<p>From adulthood I'd say my favourite gifts have been things that people made for me (knitted items from my mom, sewed items from a few of my friends).</p>
 

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<p>Funny about the kitchenaid.  My husband gave me one for our first christmas after we got married and I was pissed! That was my main present and up until that time he gave incredibaly thoughtful and romantic gifts.  I didn't bake, we lived in a tiny apt with a tiny kitchen. I never said anyhting but I was really disapointed. Fast forward a few years when we moved to a bigger place and I started using it all the time. It is now my all time favorite present he has ever given me! <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif" style="width:23px;height:16px;"></span></p>
 

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<p>Best gifts?</p>
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<p>hmm...the portable cassette players ("ghetto blasters") my mom gave me and my sister for Christmas, after making it <em>very</em> clear that there was absolutely no way they could afford them ranks pretty highly. I also fondly remember the stuffed snake (probably about 6"-8" in diameter and at least four feet long...suspect it was more like six or seven) that was my most treasured toy (aside from my numerous Etch-A-Sketches).</p>
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<p>My ex gave me a Stormrider (lined jean jacket) one year...and I gave him the same thing. That was awesome, just on general principles (my sister knew in advance and had a really, really hard time not spilling the beans).</p>
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<p>I collect Swarovski crystal figurines, and always love getting them. The two most touching were a crystal soother, the year that ds1 was born, and a crystal four leaf clover the year of my second miscarriage. One was from my brother's ex-wife, and the other from my godmother.</p>
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<p>DH gets me great presents - think my favourites have been a Kobo e-reader, and a bunch of refinishing stuff he bought me when I'd been making noises about learning to refinish furniture. I haven't pursued it in a long time (didn't want to use those chemicals when I was pregnant. He's funny - never thinks he gives me good gifts, but I like the stuff I get from him a <em>lot</em>.</p>
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<p>ETA: I don't know how I forgot to mention this!! Maybe it's because I was thinking more in terms of single, specific gifts.</p>
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<p>Background: The year my ex and I split up (2000), dh and I were a couple, but he still lived in Knoxville. He spent Christmas with his family and was coming up in January for our mini-Christmas. DS1 spent Christmas Eve overnight at his dad's house, just two doors down, and I woke up kind of bummed out on Christmas morning. It was partly that ds1 wasn't there to open his stocking (he came home pretty early, though - 9:30 or 10:00 or so), but partly because I didn't have a stocking. I love stockings - don't care AT ALL about what's in them, but I love stockings. It was the first year I didn't get one. I knew dh was bringing one with him, but I'd just been really bummed about not having one on Christmas morning. In retrospect, I don't think it would have upset me so much, but it had been a really, really rough year, yk? (I went into it with work issues, marriage issues and health issues...chronic bugs for months, which became a major, nasty case of bronchitis by mid-January...and got worse through the Spring.)</p>
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<p>Anyway...my bff came over to visit on Boxing Day...and she brought a huge, fully stuffed stocking with her. Apparently, she and her then-bf had it all ready for me on the 24th. The original plan was that her bf was going to drive down, leave the stocking at my door, knock and run away. It was supposed to be anonymous, and I was supposed to have it for Christmas morning. He had a stomach bug and couldn't do it, so I didn't get it Christmas, and it wasn't anonymous. I don't think I've ever been so touched in my life. It was nothing like any stocking I'd ever had (everyone has their own stocking style, I've noticed...for one thing, bff is a wrapper and I'm not)...and it was the <strong>best. stocking. ever.</strong> I'm actually crying, just remembering how loved I felt, knowing she'd gone to all that work, just because I was bummed about not having a stocking. This is the same friend who drove to Vancouver from Colorado with her husband when I was in late pregnancy with Aaron, just to keep me company and help with the house, because she could tell I was overwhelmed. If I've done anything in my life to deserve a friend like her, I'm a much better person than I think I am.</p>
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<p>hmm...I have a lot of favourite gifts...I think I must be seriously materialistic or something.  <span><img alt="redface.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>My dh gave me a freezer for one of our first Valentine's.  FABULOUS present.  :)</p>
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<p>He gave me a watch that I wear every. single. day of my life, 24 hours a day, about 10 years ago.  Love that thing.  It was way too much money for a watch, but it's seriously one of my few pieces of jewelry and much loved.</p>
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<p>My mom gave me a Vera Bradley when they were newish, and I was debating about whether to spend the money on one or not.  Pretty sweet of her.  She spoils me with girly stuff that I never buy for myself--Crabtree and Evelyn bath stuff, earrings, pretty scarves.  I never spend the money cause I can always think of more practical stuff, and I'm not innundated with this stuff, so it actually is nice and useful, and I like it.</p>
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<p>DH gave me a beautiful holiday candle that I just love. It's huge made of white, red and green wax. The crafter shaves the wax down, twisting it into a lovely pattern. Really cool!</p>
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<p>FIL gave me a Columbia jacket set with fleece and raincoat, that zip together. It's purple :)</p>
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<p>My dad gave me a quilt rack that he made. It's kinda huge and we have no room for it, but I love it.</p>
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<p><span style="font-family:'microsoft sans serif', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;">I have always loved See’s candies, especially the raspberry creams. When I was around 10 I got some in my stocking. I was so surprised because they seemed really expensive and grown up I guess, compared to a candy cane. I felt really special because Mom and Dad remembered that I loved them.</span></span></p>
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<p>My DH gives me impossibly tall stacks of books some years, and that to me is a drool worthy sight.</p>
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