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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Favorite Things


Bookmarks and lotions and dark chocolate kisses...ebooks and red hots and signed books from a friend... these are a few of my favorite things.
Okay, so I'm no song writer, but you get the idea. These are some of my favorite things. I love buying them for me. I love getting them. And today I'm going to take a page out of PBW's book and give away some of my favorite things.
Be sure to check back in every couple of days~for a couple of reasons. To see if you won, because you have to email me to claim your prize. And to see if there's another contest. I have three planned.
Today's prize is candy from one of my favorite stores, a little locally owned place called Schimpff's. And since I reckon I ought to promote my Christmas book, I'll also send you a signed copy of All She Wants, from Ellora's Cave and Pocket Books.
To enter, tell me who is the hardest person on your list to buy for. Or just leave a name in comments if you don't have a hard person. Contest is open until midnight, EST, tomorrow, 12/20/2006. Next contest will start on Thursday and it involves some of my favorite books...

80 comments:

Dannyfiredragon said...

I have three hard persons to buy a gift for. My father's parents and my aunt. No matter what I get them don't like it.

Joan said...

My hardest person to buy for is my husband. His interest are work and TV. Merry Christmas

Cherie said...

The hardest person on my list to buy for is my nephew Christopher. He is a teenager and he just about has everything. I usually ask my sister-in-law for ideas and she sometimes has no idea either. This year I decided to cop out and give him a gift card to Walmart. I have a 2 month old baby girl at this time and am barely getting enough sleep so my shopping time is limitted so I decided to go with a gift card for him to simplify my life. Next year I will go back to bugging my sister-in-law until she comes up with something.

Cherie J

Marcy Arbitman said...

My favorite things are my three sons, your books + others and CHOCOLATE!!

Laurie D. said...

My hubby is the hardest person to buy for. He only has two hobbies, golf and target shooting, and already has everything he needs for both. He has more sweaters, gloves, tools and car cleaning stuff than he'll ever use!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Brandy said...

My hardest person to shop for would be my In-Laws. We ended up getting them a 2 foot tall copper bird feeder. *sigh* If they don't like it, well, it's too late.
Oh, and my favorite things to get? Books, gift cards to bookstores and Chocolate!

Amy S. said...

I really didn't have anyone hard to buy for on my list. It was just finding one item that was difficult. My niece wanted the Baby Alive doll. Everyplace here was sold out. We found one on Amazon. Mailed in the money order for it. And by the 13th, we didn't think we were going to get it. We even called and asked them about it. They told us to have a backup plan just in case. They must have gotten a new shipment in because on the 14th it was shipped and it arrived on the 15th.

Joye said...

My mother who is 82 is hard to buy something for because she has just about everything-doesn't cook anymore, doesn't wear fancy clothes. Is one of those people that says as she opens a present "What did they get me this for?" I usually just give her money to play bingo with which she dearly loves to do.

Cryna said...

The hardest gift to buy is for my parents, and their anniversary which is on Dec. 22nd........After 61 years of marriage, they can't think of a thing that they would like........So last year I got them a DVD player so they could play movies - I think that it has been used twice, because as I was told - it is too much bother to put on a movie and try to figure out how it works (this from my Dad).........so needless to say I have yet to get their gift and Friday is when I need it for........Oh well, maybe an inspiration will hit me........

Sandy M said...

My just-turned-18 nephew is the hardest person for me to buy for. LOL, I think the second he turned 18 my brain just froze! What do you buy for an 18-year-old?? Even though he's considered an adult now, to me he's still that little boy who followed me everywhere; but he's also a teenager. EEEEEEEK! I don't have any children of my own, so teenagers are a foreign entity to me in this day and age! So it's off to ask him the age-old question, "What do you want for Christmas?"

readingissomuchfun said...

I don't have a hard time buying a gift for anyone. I usually have them write up a wish list that makes it all easy and simple *G*

Ooo nice giveaway. I love chocolate,books,giftcards and so many other things *G*

Happy Holidays To You All

Hugssss
Linda.H.

Daun Ann said...

My 7 1/2 year old girl. She is not your typical 7 1/2 year old girl. She doesn't like totally girly girl toys or real boy toys (get your mind out of the gutter, we're talking about a 7 1/2 year old) she's smart and some things plain ol bore her.

My almost 8 year old niece is VERY SMART (she thinks the hardest sudoko is easy to do) and has a brain of a 15 year old.

Lisa F. said...

To me, the hardest person to buy for is my oldest son's Sunday School teacher. It's a he, and I don't want to spend lots of money, and there just isn't that much to choose from for males. I think I'll wind up baking him a pound cake.

Second hardest this year is my father-in-law's "companion". She's super sweet, but we haven't gotten to know her very well. I don't want to get anything too personal for her, but I don't want it to seem unthoughtful either.

Barb V. said...

My hubby is hard to buy for. He is one of these people who goes out and buys what he wants as soon as he decides he needs it or must have it. My mom is also difficult. She always says "don't get me anything; if you do, you're getting it right back." Talk about ungracious!

Estella said...

Without a doubt--the in-laws

Jennifer said...

The hardest person to buy for is my mother because whenever she sees something she wants, she always buys it herself. The other hard person on my list to buy for is my husband's grandfather because nobody knows what he wants. (he doesn't even know what he wants!)

Jennifer Y. said...

My dad! He has everything and anytime you get him something he says, "I didn't really need this..." His interests are sports and tools (but he has plenty of those and I wouldn't know what to get).

kim said...

yes my parents, seems they have everthing or don't know what they want lol. books look good

Blythespirit said...

My mother is the hardest to buy for. She already has gotten herself everything she wants. She has everything! So sometimes the only thing to give is something made personally especially for her. That is so much harder than buying a gift.

barbara said...

I get a really hard time when I have to buy grab bag's gift because I am the kind of people that need a person in mind to buy the gift, so that is always the hardest gift to buy.

Karen W. said...

Definitely my father. He doesn't have any hobbies or collect anything, and he doesn't seem to want/need anything I do buy for him.

principessa said...

It is very difficult to buy gifts for two grown sons dine they have there own particular taste in everything and enjoy shopping for themselves.

alissa said...

My husband would never say what he would like to receive so I never know what to get for him. Since his birthday is close to holiday time it makes it doubly difficult.

petrie46 said...

my new first granddaughter because its her birthday christmas day too so she has to have a few more presents.Her parents have been buying her toys etc all year so that leaves me with really trouble on what to buy her. Have a very merry christmas

ellie said...

My nieces are impossible to buy for since nothing ever is really acceptable. Perhaps a gift card would do the trick though since they could choose whatever they plase.

pearl said...

My son's fiancee is hopeless to buy for since she has everything on earth and needs nothing. Also her parents buy her the moon and stars so I cannot possibly imagine something creative.

LISA WILLIAMS said...

My hubby is the most difficult to buy for.

Deborah Chan said...

My parents because by now they have all the things they wanted.

Anonymous said...

Me, lol!

Patricia

joelle said...

My son's wife is not hard to buy for but I do know that if is not the right item she will just stuff it into the back of her closet and never use it. That is upsetting so it does bear thinking of something unique.

Shuck Ying said...

My husband is a hard person to buy a gift for every year including birthdays.

sharon said...

My aunt who is old and could spruce up her wardrobe is hard to buy for. Since she objects to the idea, as she doesn't really need anything it makes it a mission.

Anonymous said...

my mother, who seems to have everything, what to get some1 who seems to not need nothing?
get something and spend many hours standing in returns lines
tami

Anonymous said...

The DH because he always buys what he wants. Last year I got lucky and got him a book cataloging program that he wanted.

Diane

Stephanie said...

My Grandmother is impossible to buy for!! You can only buy stuff that's personable for her not something she'd use around the house or her hobbies and yet when it comes to clothes or jewelry or perfume her tastes are so off the wall you're never sure she'll like it or not!! And she finds Gift Cards impersonal so you go wrong at that turn too! Pfft!!

Stephanie
Stephanie

wdathena said...

My husband....if he wants it, he already bought it for himself. His mother was worse. She liked expensive presents that were bought on sale. Go figure.

Teresa said...

The hardest person on my list to buy for is my mother's husband. She has to help me out every year. Thanks mom!

Michelle Ossiander said...

It varies from year to year. This year it is my father. My Mom told me what she wanted.

Wendy said...

The hardest person to shop for is my husband. He never wants anything. I keep a secret list hidden on my computer for the things I see him look at during the year, so I can have at least a few things under the tree he might want.

Phyllis said...

The hardest I have to buy for are my parents - who have everything or buy it themselves, my in-laws - who say they want "nothing" and my older boys are getting harder to buy for because what they want is either too expensive or they buy it for themselves.

Hope everybody has a wonderful holiday season and Merry Christmas!

KimW said...

My husband. I always try to think of something to surprise him with but after twenty plus years it's a little tough. Most of want he would like is way out of our price range.

Sandy said...

My stepdad is my hardest person to buy for. He's super picky about everything. And when he wants something, he goes out and buys it himself. I usually end up getting him a Home Depot gift card.

Maureen said...

My parents because they have most of what they want.

Caro said...

The hardest person for me to buy for is my friend Rachel. Her wishes always change. She loves dragons, Renn, and so many other things it is too hard to find her something she doesn't always have.

Julie said...

My uncle, he lives in a nursing home and doesn't really need or want anything.

Kris said...

My dad. He is not into anything and if he needs it, he buys it. he is very frustrating to buy for.

polheber2 said...

The hardest person for me to buy for is me *grin* I never know what I want when it comes time for receiving gifts, but always know what I want when I want it. LOL

Shanna said...

My sister because she pretty much buys whatever she wants and/or needs so there's nothing left to get her.

Anonymous said...

MY STEPFATHER IS VERY HARD TO PERSONS A GIFT FOR.

knoxvilleromancereader said...

My husband is hard to buy for. He will never tell you what he wants!

Pat said...

My sisiter you never likes any thing

froggie said...

My husband and I don't exchange gifts and we basically celebrate just with our 3 kids. The children are getting to an age where they're too old for toys and too young for kitchen appliances!!! I found it hard to shop for them.

If I were to buy something for my hubby though, I'd probably give him a gift certificate because all he likes is tools, and I wouldn't have a clue which ones to get.

elenac15 said...

My father is the hardest person to buy for because
every time I ask him what he wants he says "nothing" or "you don't need to get me anything" So I always have to guess what he wants. I usually end up getting him something that does not seem to interest him but I still try and get him something.

Mary Ann said...

My mother-in-law Jung Ja is hardest for me. She used to like jewelery and furs-- which I mostly just wouldn't be able to afford-- but now it's not clear what to get her. She says she's too old for jewelery now. She loves cooking, her family, and praying-- and so you might think cooking utensils would be good. But, no, she has a cooking routine that employs a number of odd substitutes when she has the more obvious utensils available, and she likes what she uses....

Jeanette J said...

The hardest is my husband..he always says whatever you buy me is fine.

lrwirum said...

I have to say I loved Hunting the Hunter and love your site.

Anonymous said...

It would have to be my husband. He never wants anything, except underwear, socks, and t-shirts. Sheesh!! How boring is that. Anything else he wants he has already bought for himself.

Debbie Braaten

Jodi said...

My husband is hard to buy, and no matter what I buy, he guesses ahead of time what it is. I would like to surprise him at least once!
The other person that is hard to buy for is my husband's grandmother. She doesn't need anything and if she does, she buys it!

myrtleme said...

well, would have ta be my hubby--thats why he always gets a gift card--thats what he gets me too---he thinks I'M the hardest to buy for-imagine that.

Linda said...

My mother! She is always my biggest problem to buy for.

n0odz1 said...

MY WIFE IS ALWAYS MY HARDEST TO BUY FOR. FORTUNATELY, IF THERE IS ANY NEW COOKING GADGETS ON THE MARKET I'M IN LUCK BECAUSE THAT IS HER PASSION. SHE DOESN'T WEAR JEWELRY THAT OFTEN SO THAT IS OUT, SO THAT'S WHERE I'M STUCK.

LadyVampire2u said...

The hardest people to buy for on my list are my father and brother. They love electronics but are picky about the type. If I happen to get something wihout some special feature or plug, they are not happy. Whatever happened to being happy to just recieve a gift? Yesh!

Rachelle said...

the hardest person to give a gift for? it has to be my bestfriend..she is very picky and she always stores my gifts instead of using them.we end up bickering most of the time because of that.so, i've decided to just let her come along with me as i shop. she'd pick what she wants and i'll buy it for her..works better for us now.. :)

Rachelle
raeshylle[at]yahoo.com

Minna said...

I don't have a hard time buying gifts for anyone.

Earlene said...

We do the gift exchange at work
by drawing names. So who ever I pick I have to figure out what they
like and then get it, especially new employee's. You don't know their likes and dislikes yet.

PattiF said...

My older married brother.

Because he's a guy. :)

I usually end up buying him a gc to a sporting goods store.

Dena said...

I don't have a person that is hard to shop for anymore. The person I always shop for is my daughter, she's seventeen and I can always find stuff she likes thankfully.

brownone said...

My sister and brother in law are SO hard to shop for! I mean, what do you get for people who have EVERYTHING!! They have the newest camcorder out, digital camera, computers, laptops, big screen plasma televisions, and beleive me, I am not CLOSE to being able to afford half of these things! I'm thinking more like dishes or maybe one of those new digital photo frames....UGHH!!!

Joy said...

My Mom and Dad are the hardest
to buy for because they have everything they want and don't
really want anything new. So we have made donations to charities in their name before and they seemed to like that.

Mel said...

My mother. She has so many things and she's addicted to qvc, so I never know what to get her.

winnie said...

my hardest to buy for is my dad, he doesnt want anything.

Cherie said...

The hardest people to buy gifts for are my son, his wife, and their 2 little girls, since they live out-of-state. For Christmas, I'm not sure what they want, need, or could use. May Peace and Joy be Yours at this Holiday Season and Throughout the New Year!! ** Cherie M. **

ilona said...

My hardest person is the MIL. She is housebound and likes her house minimilist so we can buy nothing for her house. And as she isn't able to get out jumpers and such are out of the question, besides they are so generic and don't really show much thought. Luckily we found her a wonderful Royal Ruby pendant that we could afford to buy this year. Now to think up something for Febuary and her birthday :(

Cynthya said...

The hardest person on my list to buy for is my father. I have learned not to ask him what he wants because he will ask for something that is either impossible to find or costs a fortune to mail. So I end up guessing and hoping for the best. Happy Holidays!

Marie said...

The most difficult to buy for is my younger sister.

Joyce said...

My dh is definitely the hardest to buy for.

Stefanie said...

My father is the hardest to buy for too.
My mother just loves all sorts of candles.
My sister is happy with almost everything that you buy her. (especially something with animals or flowers)
But my father... He doesn't read. He doesn't really have a hobby...
He likes certain movies, but he falls a sleep while looking at them...
He really is a difficult person to buy presents for!

Pamk said...

My aunt which is like my other mother since my mom died when I was 17 and she's never had no kids of her own. She says she not hard to buy for she lies.

Sue A. said...

My mom.

Liz said...

My husband
He gets himself what he wants and will never tell what he really wants so I always end up getting him lame presents