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ISO perfect Christmas tree decorating album!

Mom and I have been searching for a choral Christmas album that we love since our favorite Christmas tape died. Naturally, snowflakes follow. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Dec 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Beading gifts

My impossible-to-shop-for mother has gotten into beading this year. I know absolutely nothing about beading except that involves beads. What are some good gifts for a beading person -- things that she might not buy for herself? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Manhattan on 12/26?

We're thinking about making a quick visit to Manhattan the day after visiting my family in the Hudson Valley for Christmas. Is this a bad idea? If we decide to do it, what (other than the Midtown Xmas dept store display / Rockefeller Center sights, which I know about) would be good activities, including cheap but yummy lunch options, we might not have thought of. For reference, we visit NY a couple times a year, have done so by both train and car, just not usually at the holidays.
posted by aught on Dec 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Unique gift/book stores in NYC along the lines of Kinokunya

I'm doing some holiday gift shopping in NYC this weekend and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for one-of-a-kind stores that are fun to browse and would provide gifting inspiration! [more inside]
posted by musicismath on Dec 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Wrapper's Delight

Inspired by this thread, I'd like to go all out wrapping Christmas gifts for my wife this year. What ideas, concepts, methods, etc. have you used in the past, or seen online that are sure to impress? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Dec 10, 2014 - 25 answers

Christmas Present for a Trip to Lisbon?

My family is taking a trip to Lisbon in May! We are very excited. What present can I get my mother to make this trip even better for her? Looking especially for specific tours or tickets although other ideas will be considered. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Dec 8, 2014 - 4 answers

now my kid believes in Santa but we don't want to lie to her

When my daughter was born my partner and I decided not to do the Santa lie but this year (she's five and a half) she is really upset about it all now that she's picking up on other people's beliefs. What do you say about beliefs when it's the rest of the world who did this to your kid? [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism on Dec 8, 2014 - 54 answers

Employee busted her butt for me this year... non-creepy gift?

I've looked through the archives, and all the usual websites, but I'm not finding what I'm looking for, and was hoping someone might have the perfect Idea - She's 26, my employee, and has taste that I don't have... [more inside]
posted by niteHawk on Dec 7, 2014 - 44 answers

how do you secure a christmas lawn ornament to the ground?

How do you secure a Christmas lawn ornament to the ground? I'm talking about the plastic 40 inch high decorations, like the Santa Clauses, and Mrs. Clauses and snowmen. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Christmas ham - without a conventional oven

We have been assigned the ham for this year's Christmas party. We will be roughly 20 kids (age 0-16) and 17 adults. What do I buy and how do I cook it given that my conventional oven does not hold a temperature? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Dec 7, 2014 - 9 answers

What happened to icicle lights?

For a while in the 90s, icicle lights were super popular Christmas decorations. Not the kind with dangly strings of little light bulbs, but ones that actually looked like lighted icicles. I haven't seen them in years - not in stores, not on anyone's houses. Where did they go? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 6, 2014 - 11 answers

They don't deserve coal but....

Please help me find gifts for my neices so I am at least allowed back next year! (I know, another gift question, but hopefully there is enough special snowflake-ness for yall) [more inside]
posted by Fullofcrazy on Dec 6, 2014 - 18 answers

How To Make Xmas Dinner, Sans Murder, Confusion or Smarm?

Buzzfeed has a post detailing the cooking schedule for Thanksgiving dinner. Does same exist for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Dec 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Am I being a brat, or does my mother have boundary issues?

My very kind and generous mother has bought everything on my boyfriend's wishlist, for me to give to him on Christmas. I'm 30 years old and feel a bit... weird about this. Am I right to feel out of joint, or am I looking a gift horse in the mouth? [more inside]
posted by Dwardles on Dec 5, 2014 - 50 answers

Suggestions for a Silly but Useful Gift

I'm looking for ideas for a gift for my cousin, specifically a gift that is silly or absurd but still useful. For the last several years, my cousin and I have exchanged absurd gifts, with varying levels of usefulness. However, she recently moved into a small apartment with her boyfriend, so there is now less room for things that are just absurd. Upper limit is about $50, with some flexibility. [more inside]
posted by Caz721 on Dec 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Ideas for a gift for your therapist

Assume first that it's appropriate for our particular relationship. I got her something last year--sort of a small $15 Christmas-themed funny sign thing that was connected to something we talked about one time. But this year I can't think of a single thing. Which may mean I shouldn't get her anything, but I'd still be grateful for any ideas you have. Thank you!
posted by frankly mister on Dec 4, 2014 - 11 answers

My sister is making patchwork quilts... what is a good gift?

My sister is colossally hard to buy for and Christmas is swiftly approaching. She is insanely busy at her job (that she doesn't like) and doesn't have much time for interests or hobbies that I am aware of. The only thing I know she has been doing and enjoying is making quilts. Help me turn this is to a great christmas present. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Dec 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Christmas Music 2014 Edition

I'm on the lookout for fresh Christmas music. Pretty much anything goes. What's new, good, unusual, or just plain worth a listen?
posted by mazola on Dec 3, 2014 - 19 answers

What does a 20 year old (male) college student want for x-mas?

No one in my family knows what to get my brother for x-mas (and his birthday in February). He doesn't even know what he wants. Help! [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Dec 2, 2014 - 37 answers

Christmas-themed office fancy dress

Hit me with your best ideas for a work fancy dress party with the theme 'Christmas Carols'. [more inside]
posted by citands on Dec 1, 2014 - 21 answers

Guide to Gift Guides

In the vein of this question last year, I am canvassing for good 2014 gift guides. [more inside]
posted by hepta on Nov 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Please help me have a (relatively) stress-free Christmas

Looking for advice on how to have a peaceful couple of days with family members with whom I have unresolved issues. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Nov 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Please recommend your coolest holiday ornaments!

Show me your best, weirdest, coolest, funniest, or most beautiful ornaments that can be got for $20 or less. [more inside]
posted by waterisfinite on Nov 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Not just any farm

My 3,5 year old's number one wish for christmas is a "farm, with two people cutting wood with scissors". I was stymied, until my husband said he vaguely remembers seeing an ad with her on a German children's tv channel. He thinks it may have been a Playmobil ad and there was, among other things, two guys sawing wood. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Nov 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me with a creative Santa costume/outfit!

I am attending a social event in a few weeks where everyone is attending dressed as a version of Santa Claus. I have no problem with dressing as a normal Santa -- but that is too easy! Any ideas for a (more) creative Santa costume/outfit? [more inside]
posted by knockoutking on Nov 24, 2014 - 28 answers

Tryptophan Filter: Traditional Christmas Eve Dinners in NYC?

Back in NYC for Christmas and need a good Xmas-dinner restaurant pick. Help? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Nov 21, 2014 - 3 answers

A book that's also a game?

There's several people I know that are big into gaming, (The Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, etc). They also like to read. In the interest of getting them something gaming related, is there a book or several books that function both as a piece of fiction and as a game?Not sure this sort of thing even exists, but figured if it does that would be pretty awesome as Christmas gift. Anyone?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 21, 2014 - 31 answers

Holiday Gift for Traveling Brother

I need to figure out a delightful holiday gift for my travelling brother (and perhaps his girlfriend as well). Help me earn Awesome Big Sister Points! [more inside]
posted by couch fort dinner party on Nov 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Recommendations for online custom Christmas card printing

I'm looking to print 50 or so simple Christmas cards: Folded, regular sized, one of my photos on the front. I'd like to get these printed online (or, locally in Vancouver, Canada, if possible.) Any recommendations? Snapfish? MPIX? Quality, price and speed are my primary considerations. Thanks!
posted by docgonzo on Nov 20, 2014 - 9 answers

I love that old-timey contemporary classical prog-choral rock opera

Help me buy music for my extremely eclectic dad! [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Nov 20, 2014 - 27 answers

The teensy tiniest little bit of additional sun party

I'm looking to explore developing a no-pressure easy-going family tradition of celebrating winter solstice. The main thing I'm trying to figure out is how to do a sunny yellow/orange cake to represent the sun, but am looking for other solstice-y 'let there be [more] light' ideas as well. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Does Santa have a ZIP code?

I seem to remember that it used to be a thing that your kid could send their letters to Santa to a particular address and they'd get a nice reply from "Santa." Now that I'm old enough to have a kid of my own who wants to send a letter to Santa, I'm not sure where to send the thing. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 19, 2014 - 13 answers

A gift for a late 30s legal eagle Londoner

Hi, yes it's one of those pre-Christmas questions from a desperate gift-giver who's out of ideas. [more inside]
posted by reshet on Nov 17, 2014 - 7 answers

How to feel the holidays?

How does a happily married couple with no children and tenuous family ties enjoy the holidays? My husband and I have been married for 10 years, and we are happy with each other. It's everyone else we struggle with. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Nov 15, 2014 - 24 answers

Does "You Must Bring Valentines For The Whole Class" apply at age 30?

In the past year I've become very close with two people in my book club, let's call them A and B; the other two, C and D, are great, but have not shown capacity or interest in keeping in touch between monthly meetings. It's nearing Christmastime and I want to make gifts for A and B to express my affection and gratitude for their friendship. BUT I'm worried about it coming up later ("Oh, those ___ are so cute!" "Thanks, anonymous gave them to me!") and it resulting in hurt feelings. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2014 - 14 answers

Amazing Christmas present ideas for the best 12yo Nephew in the world.

My nephew has had a shitty shitty year and I want to spoil him rotten for Christmas. I want to get him the awesomest of awesome presents. The sort of present that will use often & he can show off to all his friends and have them be jealous. Bonus points if that present is something he can't get in Australia but I can in the US. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Nov 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Repackaging Playmobil Advent Calendar bits

Help me source specific packaging materials so I can reuse our Playmobil Advent Calendar. Bonus points if it's attractive and looks something like an Advent Calendar when all is said and done. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Nov 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Is this quilt crazy?

I would like to make a person a quilt for Christmas. I have basic sewing knowledge but I have not done any quilting beyond sewing squares together to make pillows. Is this a feasible project, and where do I start? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Nov 12, 2014 - 21 answers

A Gift for an Art Lover

I want to get my Glaswegian girlfriend a Charles Rennie Mackintosh print for Christmas. Extensive Googling keeps bringing up the same type of result: massive print-houses like AllPosters. Maybe this is the best route? I don't know, but they all seem very cheap and what I want is something well produced and worth framing. What advice can the HiveMind offer? [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Nov 12, 2014 - 6 answers

It's that time of year again...holiday gifting for a difficult partner

I know there are hundreds of these, but none that address my rather geeky, very special seattle snowflake of a boyfriend. Details below. [more inside]
posted by zinful on Nov 11, 2014 - 9 answers

These are a few of your favorite things...

I want to simplify my gift giving/selection process, try to make it a little more routine and so easier for me to cope with each year, without being boring for the recipients. I'm thinking of having a list of categories for gifts (food consumable, household/personal consumable, sentimental, kitchen gadget, interactive) like I've heard some people do with kids gifts (something to read, something to wear and something fun)... [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Nov 10, 2014 - 23 answers

Best way to design and print a DIY cookbook?

What is the best service or method for designing and printing about a dozen copies of a cookbook? Lulu? Amazon? iPhoto? Kinkos? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 9, 2014 - 9 answers

What is the most ridiculous thing I can buy for $10?

My friends and I are staging a white elephant style gift exchange, and the theme is the most ridiculous thing you can find for around $10. I need ideas! [more inside]
posted by mzwz on Nov 1, 2014 - 39 answers

Party Down, Winter Holiday Style

I would like to host a holiday/Christmas party this year, but I have never done it before and I would like some advice on how to do it in such a way that (1) people will attend, (2) people will have a good time, and (3) it is fun for me as a host. Lots of specific questions and info ahead. [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Nov 1, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I deal with this morass of feelings re: holidays, travel, family

I am the only one that moved away from my extended family. I'm dealing with some built up anger/stress about always being responsible for going "home" to see my family. How did you stop feeling guilty, obligated, or responsible for visiting? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Oct 29, 2014 - 36 answers

Does this service exist?

I made my Christmas gift list early, and I'm looking for a way to watch for sales on this specific list of items between now and early December without having to check every sale flyer for every possible store every week. Does this exist as a web service or an app? [more inside]
posted by donajo on Oct 25, 2014 - 6 answers

I need to turn a phrase into a fabulous, resplendent holiday party

I just became the person to put together a 125 person holiday party (I have the caterer, location and liquor confirmed as of today) for our top-level donors. How do I execute on the phrase "looking forward towards the future" which is the somewhat vague theme that I was given from my boss to make the decorations, theme, etc, come together in one beautiful swoop? We're hiring a designer to do decorations but I am supposed to come up with what I want first to give this person direction. Our budget is reasonable but not extravagant. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Oct 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Christmas pudding tips!

Just received a pudding mold, anything I should keep in mind about using it? I've heard one should make an Xmas pudding months in advance - do I start now? Other questions as well! [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Sep 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Warm-weather Christmas vacation ideas for the family with special needs?

I'd like some ideas for warm-weather Christmas vacations for a family with special needs. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Sep 8, 2014 - 12 answers

two-week solo christmas adventure, 2014

flying solo, two-week christmas adventure, 2014... but where? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Jul 16, 2014 - 6 answers

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