Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
For my close riding friends, I made personalized shadow box frames, and got reflective bands for their halters/bridles for when we're camping. I got the lady that I don't think is going to be riding all that much longer one of the painted ponies.
Big sis and her family (of 4) got an $80 gift card for Amazon.
For my little niece and nephew (1 and 3 yo), I got the Kinctimals(?) game for the X-Box Kinect little sis got for them; along with an outfit and a pair of pj's for each. For Little sis and her DH, I got movie tickets and a gift card for Red Lobster for a date night. (Can you tell I'm closer to little sis???)
Dad got 2 pairs of insulated Carhartt jeans.
Mom and Mommaw got a sweater and a cameo.
I sent my daughter money...which she blew right away; and got her a "Dear Daughter" calendar for her dorm room.
DH got an RC car; a pair of the insulated jeans; his own set of saddle bags (since he says he's going to be riding more this year); a pair of Ariat work boots...that are suitable for riding of course; and a pillow to replace the one that he's been complaining about for months.
MIL (who plucked my last nerve this year) got a pair of pj's and a pair of socks.
Annoying co-worker - a candle
Boss - a $25 gift card for Kohl's and a couple of boxes of the chocolate covered cherries.
And last...but certainly NOT least, the little girl (she's actually 23), who has a form of autism, that I have had the GREAT GREAT pleasure of getting to know and riding with...she got a nice western bridle; a pair of split reins; the shadow box (of course); a horse purse; an insulated helmet cover that also covers her ears and fastens around her neck (so she doesn't get so cold on those 6:30 am rides); and the reflective things for when she goes camping with us. She doesn't have her own horse yet, but rides my dear friend's anytime that she comes over. It was like watching a small child open gifts (very heart warming). She rips the paper off and throws it everywhere, does the oooohhhh - ahhhhhhh thing, then throws it down and goes to the next one. When she opened the bridle, she says, "OH Buddy...you got me bling!!!! What is it???". There are many days that I wish I could be like her. She's always happy, and has 100 times more energy than I do. I love her as if she were my own.
As far as me...both my sisters pitched in and got DH and I the X-Box kinect (just because they know he's constantly on me about my weight). Big sis sent me a robe with a matching pair of socks. Mom sent $50 to me, and $20 to DH. Dad does the same thing every year $100 to me, and $20 for DH. And little sis said that she has something else for me, but won't tell me what it is. I got a bottle of wine from one client; and a small cheese plate with the matching knife from another client; and another one brought me one of the stacked gift boxes (from Wal-Mart) with several different kinds of chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, and white chocolate covered pretzels. One of my favorite clients is bringing lunch tomorrow...he owns an Italian restaurant.
I will have to say that so far, the gift that I will treasure the most, is from the little girl. She had a coffee mug made with a picture of her on Stormy, and me on Rose. She is so very thoughtful!!!!
SO, as you can tell, I'm like you kitten_Val...I'd rather get or make for other people than to recieve myself. My biggest problem is not keeping everything even between the different people. I think it's because I have a hard time getting for those who go out and get what they want when they want it, instead of giving any hints what-so-ever about what they'd like.
Honary "HFA" member...That's right, I'm admitting it!
BTW....That's NOT rain on your windshield!!!!