Friday, November 19, 2010

Planning ahead

I already had the momentum from  writing up lists for packing, so I thought “why not plan for Xmas since you are in planning mode?”

And it was good.

I know in general what my boys are each getting for Xmas – a Lego set, a movie, a Wii/DS game, a book, a board game & stocking stuffers. Plus one family gift. The specifics of the gifts still need some work.

I have the Lego sets (Star Wars battle of Hoth theme) and I got our Batman loving Mayhem a boxed set of the Dark Knight cartoon series. He was going to get the newest Lego Star Wars, Clone Wars Wii game but it’s arrival has been pushed back to March. So now I am forced to find something else.

Because 6 year olds do not understand rain checks.

Havoc has been talking about playing Battleship for a couple months & I keep waiting to find it in stock somewhere around here, but it never is so I suppose it will go on the Amazon list. I think he’s going to get How to Train Your Dragon as his movie unless he suddenly develops an interest in another one.

I have half a dozen books for them on my Amazon wish list, I just need to decide which ones to get them.

Stocking stuffers are Pokemon cards & Star Wars figures.

The family gift is going to be something like Wii Sports Resort (plus one controller & 2 nunchucks) but we haven’t chosen a specific game. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

My folks will get the usual calendar & bookmarks. People who take 3 cruises a year are really hard to buy for. They have already bought everything. I may crochet them some mittens & a hat for the next time they cruise Norway.

All the other adults we give gifts too will be getting homemade goodies.  We’re going with fudge this year. 3 kinds. Plain, raspberry & mint chocolate. Plus possibly some peppermint bark cookies if they turn out like I hope (sample batch being made while in FL). Maybe even some toffee brownies.

You know what the great thing is about giving homemade fudge as a gift?

It’s the gift that gives back.

The recipient opens the box, sees the fudge and says “OMG! Fudge!” Takes a piece for themselves immediately (because how could you not) and then good manners prompts them to say “Have a piece?”

And you get to eat fudge too.

Never mind that you probably have been eating fudge for a week and struggling not to eat their fudge as well.

You give someone a gift, they offered you fudge. It’s win-win.


SciFi Dad said...

Uhm, the recipe for your mint chocolate fudge, please?

Cheri said...

Isn't it nice to have it all basically figured out and just be down to the finer details? And I so want to be on your "adult" list! mmmmmmm.... but you wouldn't like giving to me because I'd be saying "OMG - fudge! I'm hiding this... it's ALL MINE!".

Lori, Martha Points said...

I like fudge.

Not that that's a suggestion or anything.


LosingBrownies said...

I have not done christmas shopping yet. I feel horrible. I think The Boy is getting a car seat because he has no idea what Christmas it.

Carrie said...

You are so organized! And yummy - Fudge sounds like great gift!

Rinda1961 said...

Wow. All these folks in cyberspace are really moving on Christmas. I'm feeling a bit behind.

Andrea @ The Creative Junkie said...

I'm going with homemade almond rocca this Christmas - here's hoping it gives back to me as well! :)