Early morning Christmas ramble ahead. I'm basically avoiding getting the morning laundry started, the basement's cold. You've been warned
You know what? Christmas shopping for tweens kinda sucks, this was so much easier when the kids were little and stuff like legos, pretend play food,
play-doh and stacks of coloring books were easy gift choices you already knew they'd love.
The older kid is not making it easy by any means. "What do you want for Christmas?" "Real make-up!!" "Hell no
." "I dunno, whatever you get
then." That's it? No suggestions, no help, nada? Thanks, kid.
Hubby bought her an easel for her birthday, but already gave it to her early. It came with a canvas, and she's already finished a painting with it,
and asked for more canvases. I figured that would make an adequate Christmas gift for the budding starving artist, so I got her a couple dozen
(listen, the weekend sales were pretty good for craft supplies! Don't judge!) I also got a much larger set of acrylic paints for her, her current set
is limited in color choices, and she's running low anyway.
On hubs' behalf, I got her a pair of amethyst earrings he'd had his eye on, and her sister got her a little stuffed Lynx (older daughter is All Things
This is kind of funny, because we have a laundry list of ideas a mile long for the younger kid, and couldn't think of anything beyond earrings for the
older one. Boy, that changed.
So far, I've got the younger kiddo a gem digging kit (she already did a fossil digging kit and loved it, she'll love adding more gems to her display
cabinet) and several skeins of yarn. She has a small knitting loom for making skinny scarves/headbands, but really wants a loom for blanket-making.
I've got my eye on an infinity loom, and probably will get that instead of the long loom I've also been pondering.
That's 3 things each, including the yet-to-be-decided on loom (it's just a matter of picking one) I can always get an etched glass dino light I found
on Amazon for the younger kid, dinosaurs are her main passion, and this would probably be very well-received.
She also wants Gallium. I'm not kidding. To play with a bit, and display. I might be able to swing this, but it's not exactly that cheap for the
amount you get (100 grams runs about $30 bucks)
But as for the older kid? I'm out of ideas. She doesn't need any brushes (she has plenty and is very picky) She doesn't need any more charcoal
pencils, or watercolor pencils, or regular pencils, or paper types, etc. She's well-stocked in the sketching/drawing department.
They usually get one or two joint gifts to share each year, too. I've previously done a mixed box of nail polishes (and may or may not use them
myself...) art supplies, and got them a Kindle to share last year. Which was a surprising hit with the older kid, it might as well be hers for as much
as she has her nose in it reading.
I got a Build-A-Bear gift card for them to share. The idea is that this year, since hubby has it off, we'll be insane and go to the store in the mall
on Christmas Eve (or maybe the day after Christmas) and take advantage of those sales & let them make new buddies. They did this in the spring, a
random surprise hubby took them out to do, and they were over the moon.
Ok, so it was more like hubs saw that they had their Chewbacca on sale, wanted one, and took the kids in as an excuse to make his own.
The kids were still over the moon, lol.
I might just compromise and get a 25 lb block of air-dry clay, sculpting tools and seal for them as another joint gift. They both love working with
clay (modeling clay, as of late) and the younger kid in particular is very good at wire sculpting, makes her own wire frames, and they're very sturdy.
I'm going to have a house full of dino skulls and vertebrae and feet and such, but she'd be one happy kid.
Hubby actually requested I skip the cologne this year, which does make sense, actually. He's got plenty of it still. I got 2 bottles last year, one
being his staple, Star Trek's Red Shirt (actually very good budget cologne! Very, very similar to Prada's Luna Rossa Sport, which I got for him
before) The other was Versace's Eros, which was the gamble & why I got Red Shirt (in case he didn't like Eros)
So I had to get to thinking about what I'm going to get him. And kept coming up empty. He's not an easy guy to shop for, argh. He eventually pointed
out a watch he's had his eye on, so there's that to consider.
But, BUT! I did have a brainfart that I'm pretty proud of for even remembering.
He's been wanting a backlit keyboard for a long time, so he can pitter around on the computer and not have to turn the light on to see what he's
See, the desk is in the bedroom, so obviously, lights got very irritating quickly when he was up in the middle of the night on an old night shift day
off, and since he gets up at 3am for the day shift now (as opposed to 3pm for the night shift) I fully expect that blood-boiling "click! click!
click!" and on/off/on/off with the light to remain when he gets to typing something.
He's looked into getting them before because he is very aware that it's really irritating for me, but they've generally been more than he's willing to
spend on them. Then Amazon had a lightning sale, and one he was looking at cropped up at a really good discount that I couldn't say no to
definitely not going to see this coming at all
< grumbles > I should probably get that laundry going...
edit on 11/28/2018 by Nyiah because: (no reason given)