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    Chrismas gifts... what to do?

    Hey guys, do any of you have any good ideas as to what one might do in the gift department.

    What are good gifts to give, to get?

    What would be the best gift ever in your eyes?

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    well yourself, or others.

    I was mainly thinking, I cant be the only one having trouble finding gifts for loved ones, or even coming up with a chrismas wish list.

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    I believe there are websites entirely dedicated to making you buy stuff. This isn't one of those.

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    true enough I guess, I was just seeking ideas from like minded individuals...

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    You must be a man incinerated :p (just kidding)

    The best gifts are always something they're not expecting (e.g like a deep-tissue massage or facial, or a day trip out somewhere) or something they can find useful or something frivolous that they wouldn't think of buying for themselves.

    If all else fails: booze, chocolates, calenders and diaries, smellies, scarves and gloves or slippers are a good default gift.

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    I am a man indeed a manly man.

    Perhaps those are good ideas, I mean you can only pull the drawn portrait gift so many times.
    besides no one I know says no to booze and chocolates. Sometimes one just needs a push in the right direction

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    The best gifts are gifts chosen with the recipient specifically in mind. We can't help you there. I for one would have no use for booze and think scarves, gloves and slippers are boring gifts. And smelly things sent to me would be re-gifted to someone else ASAP. Give me art books, art supplies, or a gift certificate to the Strand Bookstore or Dick Blick any day.

    Actually, when in doubt, gift certificates to someplace the recipient likes to shop ain't a bad idea... Let them pick out their own gift. If you REALLY don't know what they like, a gift card for Amazon is an okay catch-all.

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    For the past few years I mostly just made donations to charity, and made it clear to family and friends that this would be all. This year I cannot even afford the charity thing. I'll try to make time to go donate blood.

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    Pff, my family has pretty much mutually decided to skip the whole gift thing as too stressful and expensive... Now we just get together for a big meal, and the people who can bake usually make some kind of goodies. Any gift-giving is optional. It really is a lot less hectic, and you can ignore the crazed commercial frenzy of the season.

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    QG: thats the truth, the gift should match the relation... By the way any good art book recommendations?

    Blogmatrix Tough break about the tightness of money been there... And I really dont like needles, but I think thats fantastic, I find that very admirable.

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    Id second waht Angelintheuk said, adding that stupid joke presents, like a load of horrid china dolls and a hammer often also go down quite well and dont cost much.
    oh and drawings, people like a drawing too. plus its way more fun to spend 5 hours drawing than 5 hours shopping...

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    Personally I love comprehensive encyclopaedia type books. Or cooking books, or kitchen stuff.

    My mother loves bath salts or soaps in pretty colours with nice smells, hard soaps and scented candles and stuff like that. So that's easy.

    Someone I know is a Tim Burton junkie, so I tend to give him movies. He also likes TV shows like Lost and Dexter. So he gets what he doesn't have that I find. He's also a photographer, so he gets that stuff as well.

    One hint in selecting the perfect gift for people who doesn't like surprises: The first object that comes to mind when you think of the person, and if they would be likely to get that object themselves, they will most probably be happy to get it as well.
    If they are really "practical" get them something they need that they might not have thought about or some fun gadget.

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