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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Spending Money to Learn How to Spend Money

I'm scouring the internet desperately trying to come up with a Christmas list to satiate my family. (By the way, can you help a girl out by leaving an item or two from your list in the comments section? It's really hard to come up with stuff on the spot.)

I'm adding a few craft classes to my list, including stained glass and a pattern making class.

That's when I came across this wedding class:
Bring the date of your wedding and your selected colors. You will learn all of the flowers in season the month of your wedding. There will be a collection of bridal and bridesmaids bouquets designed in a variety of color combinations. You will leave this informative class with the knowledge of traditional and current bouquet trends to guide you in choosing wedding flowers to remember.
Wow. It's not even a class about how to DIY your own flowers. That could be cool. It's a class about how to pick your bouquet. Crazy! Who has that kind of time to invest in wedding planning?

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Anonymous said...

Useful, yet small, kitchen gadgets grace my list (and registry). Melon baller (great for SO MANY different projects), wooden pepper mill, a set of oven-safe soup bowls. If you have a foodie in your group, making up a gift basket with some handy kitchen wares would be fantastic, perhaps even top it off with some of your favorite recipes written out on cards. Instead of a basket, use either a stainless steel or a crockery mixing bowl, that way almost every part of the gift is usable. I would dance for joy for a gift like that :)

Also, if you go to any of the "click to give" sites (just google that), you can select fair trade merch that supports a cause, OR go to the section that is called "Gifts that Give More." There you can select things like help a baby elephant, neuter a cat/dog, etc, and you pay the donation and they send a colorful pdf, which you can then print. My fiance and I are doing that for our parents and grandparents because, luckily for them, they have everything they could possibly want or need (and they're all big animal lovers).

Good luck!

Catherine said...

Recently I stumbled on an interesting site for Wisdom, a book of wisdom that "seeks to create record of a multicultural group of people who have all made their mark on their world." I haven't seen it in print yet, but I'm going to try to check it out soon, and decide if I want to ask for it, or get it for my fiance, who would also appreciate it.

Official website: http://www.wisdombook.org/

Available on Amazon for $31.50 (list price of $50)

Unknown said...

My Christmas list includes seasons of my favorite TV shows and movies (we don't have television stations) as those are things I usually won't bother to spend money on myself. Linens and towels are always nice things to have extras of too.

Anonymous said...

In my family gift-giving is a modest exchange. I'm giving a lot of homemade gifts again this year, some food, some not.

For example:
- savory onion jam, which I'll pack up with homemade crackers or biscuit dough, frozen, and maybe a log of store-bought goat cheese.
- cippolini agrodolce, a box of pasta, and a log of homemade compound butter.
- caramel corn (packed in bags, with a toy inside!)
- a jar of homemade brandied butterscotch sauce with a packet of almond tuiles: if the recipient buys plain vanilla ice cream, it's a whole dessert in seconds!

I'm also experimenting this year with homemade bay rum, and bath salts and sugar scrubs with essential oils have been a perennial favorite.

I also make a lot of beaded jewelry, which has been well received over the years. Though it takes an initial investment in tools, I really enjoy the process, and I find my designs are getting better every year.

(I'm reluctant to go all self-link-crazy, but if you're keen for the recipes, some are on my blog.)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am a fool: I see now that you need items to add to your own wishlist.

Boy howdy, me too. My partner's family is anxious to know what I'd like, and the real answer is "nothing much" --- we have all we need, and a tiny home.

I tried to placate them by asking for small treats: something chocolate, soy candles, a picture of our niece, a picture by our niece.

I excitedly thought up something bigger for my future mother-in-law: pillowcases! (She's already given us sheets, and I like to change the pillowcases every couple of days, so we can always use more.) She expressed goodnatured disgust at being asked for such trinkets.

Megbot said...

pretty much any homemade soap from etsy. Those crafters are the best, and typically budget friendly. I also ask for Kiva gift certificates:

Also just about anything from:
helping the rest of the world.

Biz said...

I'm going to ask for Robert Greenleaf's book about servant leadership (or maybe I'll give it to my dad and borrow it when he's done.) It sounds pretty fab and I keep hearing about it so I figured I'd better read it.

And maybe I'll ask for a picnic basket to use on springtime dates with my honey...

Ms. RY said...

Magazine subscriptions, Reusable shopping bags, interesting beer/wine/liquor, interesting food items, kitchen appliances I don't own and would use...

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