Do you make a Christmas list?

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Do you tell people what you want for Christmas (close relatives, significant others, etc) or wait for whatever they get you?

Boyfriend asked what I wanted for Christmas (as he did last year, as he did for my birthday) and I always answer 'I dunno. Nothing really'.

I never really WANT anything. Gift wise. I want things for my house, furniture, etc, stuff I NEED that I would by myself, but I never come up with what I'd like someone to give me. I just expect ill end up with something nice, maybe something unnecessary or unexpected, but I'll appreciate it. I really don't want stuff. Buy stuff for my kids if you want. If I want something I'll buy it myself.

I use things to death so it's wasteful for me to get a new thing if I have an acceptable old one - microwave, stand mixer, utensils - things like comforters, curtains, decorations, I'D like to pick out.

All I could come up with was clothes or makeup, which of course I'd have to buy myself too.

All of this means that although I'm fairly simple, I'm extremely difficult.

A Mediterranean cruise would be a nice gift

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B always asks for a list from me. The first Christmas we were together i made up this list assuming he would pick and choose items from it. I got everything i put on it. WTF! I know now to not list everything i might want on it!! For his family we draw names and I ask for a list from whomever I drew. We have a $100 max and I want to get them something they want.

My daughter always sends me a list.

I like getting what people really want and it's not just me guessing what they want. So I like lists.


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I always do, and most of my family appreciates it and sticks to it. I love books, movies and music as gifts, and people always want to know what I'm interested in this time of year. I keep my Amazon wishlist up to date.

Of course there are some (MIL) who want to get me other stuff-- knick knacks and the like-- and while I appreciate the thought she puts into those things, I'm not a knick knack person so it mostly goes to waste. She's not weird about it, though, never asks where something she gave me is or anything like that.

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I don't usually make actual lists, but I do usually have a couple of things in mind that I'd like, and my family is good about getting me things I've requested. That's how my family works--we just tell each other. I have a couple of friends who always insist on surprising me because *they* like surprises, and I appreciate the thought, but I never end up using things I didn't ask for, most of the time, unless it's something that's really "me," like makeup or music-related items.
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I have my kids each make me a list of what they want, but I do not provide a list to anyone for what I want. I buy myself stuff all year long. I really don't want gifts anymore. I'd much rather someone help me clean than buy me a candle.
My mum and dad keep asking me what I'd like for Christmas but I honestly don't know.

I feel bad making a list even though they've asked me too before.
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The kids make a list that we give to our families.

If anyone asks me, I usually just tell them supplies for whatever my current hobby is or I might mention a specific book or movie I want but haven't gotten around to buying myself.
I refer people to my Etsy page and to my Amazon list.
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One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

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I sent hubby some ideas the other day.
I like to get stuff as a surprise.
It's boring to always buy myself stuff.
I also love to give.
I'd really rather give than receive
I hope hubby loves some of the stuff I got him.
It's tough tho b/c his bday is in Dec....
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oh, you mean make a list of things i want for me to give to others so they'll know exactly what to get me?

no.

i don't like telling people what to get me. i don't like people asking me what i want or what they can get me. telling people what i want renders the same flavor as gift registries (a pet peeve). and people asking me what i want makes me think they have exhausted themselves thinking of something to get me. so i'd honestly prefer they just send a greetings card and call it a day. hey, i wouldn't be upset with a gas gift card or grocery store gift card, as high as prices are today.

i've always liked to be surprised. and even if someone is off the mark, i'd rather discover it on Christmas morning. it adds to the wonder and surprise of the festive part of the holiday.
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If anyone asks what I want, I tell them. Otherwise they get me scented lotion and bubble bath, and I hate that crap. But I don't just volunteer my list to any and all my relatives like I did when I was a kid.

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my nephews and nieces are mostly at the age where they'd rather have cash. so it makes it much easier.
This year was the first year I made a list, my bf made me. Every time someone asks me, I always draw a blank. My parents gave me money after a certain age, made it easier for everyone.
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If anyone asks what I want, I tell them. Otherwise they get me scented lotion and bubble bath, and I hate that crap. But I don't just volunteer my list to any and all my relatives like I did when I was a kid.

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Originally Posted by midgi
i can't even stand walking past the store fronts of the stores that sell the shower gel, body lotion, body oil trio. gotta hold my breath!
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No. I haven't made an actual Christmas list since I was 12.

oh, you mean make a list of things i want for me to give to others so they'll know exactly what to get me?

no.

i don't like telling people what to get me. i don't like people asking me what i want or what they can get me. telling people what i want renders the same flavor as gift registries (a pet peeve). and people asking me what i want makes me think they have exhausted themselves thinking of something to get me. so i'd honestly prefer they just send a greetings card and call it a day. hey, i wouldn't be upset with a gas gift card or grocery store gift card, as high as prices are today.

i've always liked to be surprised. and even if someone is off the mark, i'd rather discover it on Christmas morning. it adds to the wonder and surprise of the festive part of the holiday.
Originally Posted by rainshower
Pretty much all of this. Especially the bolded. Giving somebody a list of what to buy me just seems so... generic or something (to ME).
I am 28 years old and married, but both my parents and my in-laws request lists and still treat Christmas kind of like my husband and I are kids.

Once there are grandkids, I foresee this changing, lol.

It's also only been a year now that we've been out of grad school, so until this last year we made almost no money and actually needed some things come Christmastime.

My birthday is in mid-December as well, so I REALLY get bugged for ideas from both sides.

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oh, you mean make a list of things i want for me to give to others so they'll know exactly what to get me?

no.

i don't like telling people what to get me. i don't like people asking me what i want or what they can get me. telling people what i want renders the same flavor as gift registries (a pet peeve). and people asking me what i want makes me think they have exhausted themselves thinking of something to get me. so i'd honestly prefer they just send a greetings card and call it a day. hey, i wouldn't be upset with a gas gift card or grocery store gift card, as high as prices are today.

i've always liked to be surprised. and even if someone is off the mark, i'd rather discover it on Christmas morning. it adds to the wonder and surprise of the festive part of the holiday.
Originally Posted by rainshower
This is how I feel EXACTLY.

I was like, ya, I know its lame, but I suppose you could get me gift cards. He told me that was stupid and that he'll take me shopping, lol.

He would buy me anything, so if I asked for jewelry, I'd get it. Problem is, I don't like most jewelry.

Plus, I think Christmas gifts are like, you see something that reminds you of someone and you get it for them. It seems boring to just check things off a list.

But I guess Im one of the few!



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If anyone asks what I want, I tell them. Otherwise they get me scented lotion and bubble bath, and I hate that crap. But I don't just volunteer my list to any and all my relatives like I did when I was a kid.

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Originally Posted by midgi
i can't even stand walking past the store fronts of the stores that sell the shower gel, body lotion, body oil trio. gotta hold my breath!
Originally Posted by rainshower
One year, I kid you not I ended up with 9 bottles of VS lotion. They were having a 3 for $20 sale. The fragrance in those were so strong I worried about it clashing with other stuff I was wearing.

I've learned to hate all those spa/beauty gift baskets they sell at the holidays. If your that strapped for ideas, just buy a gift card!
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who here only checks their X-mas list only twice. more like twice times 10

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