My Favorite Christmas Gifts

My Favorite Christmas Gifts

I love Christmas. That’s probably why my brother doesn’t have much holiday cheer. I was always such a nerd about it that he knee-jerked away from it. But that was okay. I had plenty of holiday spirit to go around!

My favorite part of Christmas isn’t the decorating, although I love decorating. And it’s not the food, though I do love the food. And it’s not even getting presents, though that’s pretty fabulous too. My favorite part of Christmas is giving gifts to other people.

There’s nothing better than watching someone you love unwrap a gift you know they’ll go wild over. And it doesn’t even have to be an expensive gift. Just giving someone a gift that suits them, that fills a need, that makes them laugh is better than the most expensive item on the shelf.

So I thought I’d share the best gifts I gave this year, in case you’re looking for ideas for next year!

Home-Made Gifts

I’m not crafty. Like at all. One of my best friends had me make a Valentine’s Day card for someone, and she had to teach me how to cut out paper shapes. Seriously. I’m the worst. But there are home-made options you can make for people even if you can’t figure out how to draw stars or cut out hearts.

Colored Pictures

This took a bit of forethought. I had purchased a coloring book of Bible verses earlier in the year, and I spent most of the year working on coloring them. It’s so much fun to color, although I wouldn’t say it’s relaxing. But I picked out several verses, colored them, and then found picture frames to fit them at the Goodwill. And those were several gifts to several very special people in my life.

From previous years

In years past, I’ve made apple butter, sweet spicy pickles, and candy to give away. I have several fast, easy recipes that are always tasty.

Other years, I actually wrote short stories to give away as gifts. I wrote them, laid them out in Photoshop, printed them, and framed them. Those were awesome. Maybe I’ll do those again soon.

Purchased Gifts

As much as I’d like to make everything home made, there are some things I can’t do. And some of the things I ended up getting sound so immensely practical that they wouldn’t make good gifts. But it comes down to knowing who you’re buying for.

This year, I ended up purchasing a new type of broom for my mom to use. Like I said, so ridiculously practical, but you’ve got to know my mom. I got my dad a mount for his smartphone that will work in his new truck. For my brother, I actually found his gift on vacation in Estes Park. I bought him a Sasquatch t-shirt! And then for my sister-in-law, I made her a photo book on Shutterfly with some of our adventures from the past year. I had loads of coupons from the emails I get from them, and it was enormously discounted.

Nothing fancy. But useful things that make life easier or make people smile or things that have memories attached to them. Those are my favorite kinds of gifts to give.

But it’s hard to talk about the best gifts you’ve given without mentioning the best gift you received.

Favorite gift I received

I’m just always so touched and moved when anyone gives me any gift, I hardly know how to respond. But my favorite top two gifts I received?

TARDIS cookie jar – My brother gave this to me. Isn’t it amazing?? It makes the TARDIS noise when you shut its lid. I probably won’t keep cookies in it, though. I’ll probably use it to store my pens! And it’ll look beautiful right next to my giant Darth Vader PEZ dispenser.

And tying with it as my favorite gift this year?

The One Ring – My sister-in-law gave me this. She bought it in New Zealand too! Is it wrong to be so nutty about this? No, I’m not calling it “Precious” yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I start.

My brother and sister know me pretty well, huh? 😉

In any case, that’s a list of the best things received and given at my house this year for Christmas. Did you get anything awesome or epic for Christmas? Share it in the comments. You never know what intrepid gift-giver might glean inspiration for this coming Christmas!

A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

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  1. I love when I find gifts that I know will be especially loved.
    I handmade little Pokemon out of polymer clay for my mom and sister – snorlax, evee, vulpix, growlith, arcanine, and polywag. (And made my own tiny vileplume and a dratini for my hubby.) I’m pretty proud of those.
    Got my sister a copy of From Sawdust to Stardust because she’s a little more extra-trekkie than the rest of us and how awesome is it that DeForrest Kelley was a preacher’s kid who struggled with reconciling his faith with his desire to act.
    Got my hubby a purple coffee frother (he loves purple, he loves frothing his coffee – it’s a double win!) and Sing Over Me – a documentary about Dennis Jernigan, his favorite singer.
    Daughter got a Princess of Japan barbie and a kimono house-robe – I love that she’s inheriting my love of anime, Japan and world-cultures. And a Boo the World’s Cutest Dog calendar because this makes 3 years in a row and is therefore tradition now! 🙂

    Hubby got me some books I’ve always wanted & a steampunk heart clock necklace (love). And my mom got me an Atlas 150 pasta machine – which is a dream come true and will be soo helpful with future claying.

    1. That’s AWESOME! I love all of those! (And I hadn’t heard about the book about DeForrest Kelley…. I may need to go look that one up!)

  2. My husband gave me a walnut cutting board. It’s pretty. It’s practical. It’s the perfect size, and it makes a very satisfying sound when I use my knife on it. I pretty much love it!

    1. Oh, goodness, Crystal. That’s nice. We mostly use the cheap plastic cutting boards around here. I love the color of walnut wood!

  3. My son, Vince, has been giving me willow angels for a number of years. This year, he gave me “the Angel of Courage” who has her arms open wide. Considering the struggles I’ve had this year physically, it was the perfect gift!!

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