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Monday, November 29, 2010

Gift Ideas

Looking for an easy way to fnd the best gift for anyone on your Christmas list? Google it. Describe the recipient in five or six words and drop the keywords into any search engine.

For example if Greg was looking for a gift for me, he might use these keywords: dogs, writing, reading, gardening, decorating, and gifts.

Out pops out 1,140,000 results. That's a lot of possibilities right at your fingertips.

Too much work for you? There's a British web site that does even more. GiftGen not only gives you suggestions based on sex, age and price range, but also tells you where to buy it. The currency is in pounds so you'll have to convert, but it's still great because it gives you ideas that you might not have thought of on your own. 

Want something fun and unique? Try Distinctively DD. Book thongs, earrings, bracelets. DD's business has really grown. The book thongs are especially nice.


And if you're looking for something with an artisan flair, check out Form & Funktion. Stacy Low hand-makes  beautiful metal jewelry, like rings, pins and necklaces with a heart motif.




 
And FYI, books never goes out of style. 

This week, the always delightful Kimberly Nee is out with her latest, Playing With Fire, a very sexy Regency historical. Kimberly really knows how to put a girl in a compromising position.
 
At Carina Press, fab Aussie author, Jenny Schwartz is releasing Angel Thief today! The story is about a djinni and an angel. You can't go wrong with that.

I'm telling ya, if you have trouble buying gifts, just get them a book. Better yet, get them an e-reader AND a book.

The other day Amazon held a Black Friday special selling the Kindle for $89. I was this {close} to buying it, but I can't justify buying something that won't read all formats. Right now, it seems I'm better off buying a notebook and downloading the appropriate app. But boy, I was teetering on the brink.

What do you want for Christmas this year?  And if anybody says world peace, I'm going to sock you. LOL. 

Leave lofty out of this. We're into big-eyed, gimme stage. 

I'd like an e-reader this year. ...well, what I really want is an i-Pad, but Greg already called dibs on that. He says I might get visiting rights, but I'll never get custody. 

Can I get any meaner a husband?

How about you? What do you really, really want?

49 comments:

Jennifer Shirk said...

Even I was tempted into buying a Kindle for $89! (And I have an Ipad) That was a crazy price.
I don't know what I really want. I asked for some things but no real "must haves". I'd really like another publishing contract, but I can't seem to find a store selling that. LOL

Sue Roebuck said...

I love that Googling tip, Maria. I'm going to try it.

Maria Zannini said...

Jennifer: IF you find that 'contract' store, you better tell me where it is. LOL.

That was hilarious!


Sue: It really works. I've found several cool gifts this way.

Marianne Arkins said...

Thanks for the call out for DD... she's been working so hard. :-)

BTW, Barnes and Noble had their Nook on sale for $99 ... I won't buy Kindle. I just can't support Amazon (for so many reasons) -- and my Nook does read all formats easily and without having to convert them. AND... OMG... Nook just did a software update so I now have SHELVES!! I can organize my books however I want. I'm SO completely over the moon...

Yes, I'm pro-Nook. Why do you ask?

Maria Zannini said...

Marianne: Will the nook read Kindle books? I want a device that can handle everything.

Kim said...

I'll have to try Google to help me with my Christmas shopping needs!

And thank you for the shout out! :D

Dru said...

If you haven't tried Distinctively DD, you should because I've received great items from them.

I want an iPad.

Maria Zannini said...

You're welcome, Kim. The premise is terrific! :)

Dru: One of my friends has one and it's all I can do not to walk off with it. LOL. It's very cool.

Joanne said...

Great google idea, I'm definitely going to give that a try with a few people I'm shopping for. And as for gifts, I've got my eye on a certain pair of boots I'm hoping Santa will leave under the Christmas tree :)

Krista D. Ball said...

My partner and I don't give each other gifts. We get the kids three books, a couple science toys, a video game, and 1 box of lego every year. Their gifts are already bought :)

Everyone else gets homemade wine, homemade soap, homemade cookies, homemade jam and/or books, except my parents who live on the other side of the country. I send money to my SIL, who buys them a couple things that they need.

Shopping with Krista. Easy Peesy :P

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

i don't know why it's never occured to me to google gift ideas before. i mean, Dur!

Maria Zannini said...

Joanne: For me, the Google thing has been useful for those friends of mine who have everything. I'm looking for the unique.

Boots, check. Hope you get them. :)

Lia Bal said...

What I want this year can not be bought in stores. My husband has this one relative whom NOBODY likes, who’s completely rude to everyone and has no manners, who walks all over everyone and will sell her soul to the devil for $5. My husband is the only person in the world who loves this relative and doesn’t see her manipulative evil personality. And since everyone hates this person and avoids spending the holiday’s with her, she always gets a last minute invitation to our house for the holidays and she always over stays her visit. We invite her for a day and she decides to stay for a week. So what do I want this year? For this in-law to find someone who will love her enough to spend the holidays with her. Someone who will fight for her, keep her at his side, spend all his time with her (ALONE) and will keep her out of my sight and out of my hair. And no, I’m not talking about my mother-in-law here. She’s a cool lady and I have nothing against her.

Maria Zannini said...

Krista: My hubby and I don't trade gifts either. Though sometimes we'll give each other stocking stuffers.

My neighbors get something edible. My family lives too far away so we don't exchange any more. But I still buy for a few of my close friends. I really strive to find things that I know they would enjoy.

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: I better see a blog post about what you came up with. :grin:

Maria Zannini said...

Lia: Holy moley, that's a tall order. Might I suggest you deliberately plan a vacation over Christmas?

I've never been in a situation like that. But I would definitely put some ground rules down. It's your home. You make the rules and tell her she has to leave. Good luck!

Joanna St. James said...

ha ha Lia u better turn to match.com for that one.
thanx for the link to DD I will go check her and kim out
P.S I want an IPad so bad but the husband says we cant afford it right now, maybe Santa can afford it, or i'll just start an IPad fund over xmas

Krista D. Ball said...

My ex-husband's brother's girlfriend (whew!) was one of the rudest people I'd ever met. I gave folks cookies for Christmas one year because it was, literally, all I could afford. She opened hers, sneered, tossed it to one side and moved on to the next gift. She shook it and said, "well, I hope this one isn't fruit cake."

I got up and walked out. I don't put up with that kind of stuff.

(The next year? I gave her a box of tampons. I kid not. :D ).

Maria Zannini said...

Joanna: I don't know when we'll get our i-Pad either. He'll have to do without a few other things if he really wants one.

Krista: That's historical. I don't think I'd have the sand to give someone tampons. ROTFL!

Krista D. Ball said...

Not only is my last name ball, I also surgically implanted my own :D

You insult my cookies, you get tampons.

Wendy Ramer said...

My request is way too shelfish for those world-peace-loving wishers...I want a chunk of money to pay off credit card debt (so I can start all over???)

Maria Zannini said...

Wendy: That's my girl!

Krista D. Ball said...

Wendy - My 76 year old mother asked me for a car that doesn't require her to take off her artificial leg every time she gets in the passenger's seat.

Sherri said...

Hubby and I don't exchange gifts other than stocking stuffers (and yes I'm pulling out the sewing machine this week so I can finish Ian's and will post pics, LOL). For us Christmas is centered around the boys.

I am drooling for an E-reader though. I'm leaning toward a Nook. Kindle was kicked out of the running because you can't get library books on it. But I'm also waiting for CES in January...we'll see :)

Maria Zannini said...

Sherri: They're getting very close to my price point. Now all they have to do is stop all this proprietary crap.

It's Betamax and VHS all over again. I have to admit Amazon has been playing this much smarter than Sony did.

Sherri said...

Ref: proprietary crap

Don't get me started!

Meghan Schuessler said...

What I want for Christmas is a magic weight loss pill!!! :)

Oh, wait, you wanted to know something I want that's actually plausible! Well, my boyfriend is getting me an ipod touch for Christmas, that should be nice. Everyone else I'm telling to just get me gift cards, b/c I'm broke and that's what I really need!

Maria Zannini said...

Sherri: They have got to come a consensus soon. They can't keep jerking people around between formats. I don't have enough money to buy different machines. I need something that will handle everything.

I can wait. Somebody's going to win eventually.

Maria Zannini said...

Meghan: Ooh, weight loss pill. That's tangible enough for me. :)

Ref: broke
I hear you. Especially after a move. Everybody wants a piece of you.

Hang in there.

Linda Leszczuk said...

The magic weight loss pill! Yes, I want that!

Actually, I'm a little lean on the "I wants" this year. I need to try retirement on for size for a while and see how it feels - then I'll know what I need/want in my new life.

And tell Greg not to be an old Scrooge. If you want an iPad for your own little self, you should have one.

Kimber Leszczuk. said...

Thank you so much for the idea to Google or to use the other sites! I had NO IDEA what to get for my brother's girlfriend OR for my sister's husband! NOW I have a starting point! HOORAY.

As for what I want.... that one is a lot harder. I don't really have a lot that I want. Maybe some gift cards to Barnes and Noble!

PLUS tell Greg since when does a house only get to have one iPad? Houses have multiple televisions, laptops, cellphones and other things so WHY only one iPad?

Melissa McClone said...

I'm still on the fence about e-readers so wasn't tempted. Hubby and I don't exchange gifts. We do giving trees for others in need instead. Though we get stockings! I do have a list, but it's more a fun kind of thing like a vacation or more time.

Maria Zannini said...

Linda, Kimber: The one he wants has all the bells and whistles. I think it starts at 800 bucks. Not the sort of thing we can get two of. But boy it would be nice.

Melissa: A vacation would be on my wish list. And I'm not even picky where it is as long as someone else cooks.

jackie b central texas said...

Maria we have been seriously discussing the IPad too! I was like you very tempted with the 2nd gen Kindle for $89 but you are right since you have to convert everything except when you get the books from Amazon it still is not worth it...
As far as Christmas want to my family members to be in good health because am tired of every year one of us has the flu over the holidays!
(things not so much, pretty much have all my goodies already)
Lucky me, if we get an IPad next year it will be the 16gb without all the whistles and bells and I get weekly custody while my sweetie is at work and when he is home he gets to use it... I am almost excited as maybe then can download my couple of hundred free reads off my computer and actually get to sit in my recliner and read them finally!

Keep looking and bet if you do you will find a good deal on either an ereader or like you said a small notebook computer that you can get the free reading apps rather than an actual e-reader....


jackie >_<

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: Sadly, when my hubby goes away, he'll take the i-Pad with him.

On the upside, he gets bored quickly. That's how I got my first sports car. LOL

Jenny Schwartz said...

That googling tip is gold! and then I read your shout out for "Angel Thief". Thanks, Maria :) But what made me really laugh was your husband and his iPad -- visiting but not custody rights! LOL [thinking Christmas and Christmas trifle, I nearly typed "custardy rights"!]

As for what I want for Christmas, if I can be really selfish and greedy ... I want a year's supply of books in the same way there's sometimes a competition for a year's supply of petrol [gas, as you Yanks call it ;)] Imagine every book I want, not having to think about price and the other essentials money can buy.

Victoria Dixon said...

Since my husband is not going to be able to get me an agent for Christmas, I would settle for a load of cash to fix my house with. LOL I have SOME priorities.

Maria Zannini said...

Jenny: You probably don't know this, but Greg and I live 300 miles apart, so when he says visitation rights, he means it.

Ref: every book
OMG, that's brilliant! Yes!

Maria Zannini said...

Victoria: I wonder if there's an agent store somewhere.

But I would definitely settle for cash. :)

Stacy said...

Oh I have just thoroughly enjoyed going through everyone's wish lists - there are some wonderful ideas in there. I haven't thought of anything for me yet - probably because I've already got the things I care about. I think Tom and I will each buy each other a couple of tools that we've been wanting - his are electronic and mine are for jewelry making but there's often some overlap and we can share. I have to say, love love love the tampons for a gift! That was an inspired revenge! hehe. Thank you Maria for pointing people to my shop. I'd love to make some gifts for your friends.

Mike Keyton said...

Ref the kindle. I'm getting one for Christmas, but haven't yet made up my mind between the wi fi one or the one with 3G as well. I just don't know the worth of the extra 40 dollars being able to downloard where-ever and when-ever.

BUT: How serious is the limitation on formats?

I must confess, most of the stuff I'll be downloading is the free stuff post copy-right eg gutenberg.

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: That's funny that you and your hubby share tools.

Greg and I do too every once in a while. Especially when I used to build miniature furniture.

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: Kindle will let you read any non-DRM book (PDFs) but it won't let you read anything from Barnes & Noble because they put their own DRM on their books.

Now, granted you can buy almost any book B&N sells (except their own brand) but it's the principle of the thing. I don't like being told I have to use this format or that one.

But Kindle (and nook too) are constantly luring us with free books and price drops so that we can choose one over the other.

My stand is I don't want either or--I want all.

Unless I somehow score a free machine, the debate will continue.

PS I can believe you're getting a Kindle before me!!!

Rula Sinara said...

OMG I'm still laughing about Krista's tampon gift! You go girl. She deserved it.

I need to use the google idea! I may even try it on myself and see what comes up :)

Maria Zannini said...

Rula: Only Krista could come up with tampons as a gift. LOL.

Krista D. Ball said...

She insulted my honour. There was a blood debt to be paid.

Liz Fichera said...

In case Santa is listening, I'd like peace and quiet, time, and chocolate.

These are cool web sites. Thanks, Maria!

Maria Zannini said...

Krista: I'm afraid your next get together might result in blood. I will stand by for the news. :)

Liz: Time is a little on the esoteric--but I'd like some of that myself.

Krista D. Ball said...

Happily, I divorced the ex, so I don't need to see Fruit Cake girl anymore.

I'll have to find another victim.