Christmas Wish List Headache
November 28, 2012 12:03 PM Subscribe
[Xmas gift filter] My mother wants to know what I want for Xmas. I am out of ideas - and there are a few issues regarding shopping & shipping.
posted by kariebookish to shopping (25 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am a mid-30s woman living in a major UK city. My parents live in Denmark and shipping costs are really high Denmark -> UK. I am notoriously bad of thinking of things I'd like. I have an Amazon wish list which works really well for friends and UK-based family, but my mother loves shopping for presents in person.
+ I don't wear jewellery or perfume.
+ I don't dare ask for clothes after a certain incident involving a pink jumper size XXXL. I usually ask for PJs but I have about eight or nine sets now.
+ I love books but the ones I want to read are not available in Danish bookshops (plus books are heavy).
+ I used to ask for yarn, but I have way too much now (and not enough time to knit it all).
+ Gift certificates are "not fun" according to my mum and it's also difficult for my parents to buy UK high street vouchers.
+ I enjoy cooking but have all the fancy kitchenware I could possibly want.
+ I have a very low tolerance for gadgets.
+ My mum adores big brand-names and struggles with the whole handmade movement, so there is that to consider too.
+ My parents live in rural Denmark but will happily shop in Copenhagen, if necessary.
+ Budget? Roughly $100-200.
Some recent (and great) presents from friends include: fabric, hand-embroidered purse, quirky tote bag, a literary tea towel and gig tickets. None of which really translate into a fun shopping experience for my parents and I'm nervous about what they might buy (cf. the pink jumper incident).
Any ideas? Help me think outside the box here.