Last year, I requested for winter clothes particularly boots and jackets. But this year, Madison got about an even number of clothes, toys and art supplies. At this time, she hasn't used up all the gifts but she has been constantly using her new collection of art supplies.
My family has decided not to do the annual Christmas gift giving. Most of my sisters are all grown up and trying to figure out what to give them can be daunting. Electronics are expensive. Sweaters are boring. Clothes can be tricky with (gasp!) sizes. So these past years, it was stress free holidays, at least for me. The only thing we have to worry is to wrap something for the little one which I usually do up to the last minute.
In terms of gift giving, I took Oprah's cue on giving away your own favorite things. Last year, I gave away Muji multi-purpose pens. My sisters seem to love it. It was cheap and practical. This year I have been crazy about anything Uniqlo Heattech products. I bought a whole pack of them that my Christmas shopping is done in one afternoon. The fact that it was on sale too makes it even sweeter.
As for the little one, I got her a whole set of multi-colored Muji pens. She seem to prefer using all my pens on her art work even if I gave her cheap pens to use. It never fails, she takes my pen every time she sees it. Those are great pens too, it has a pointed tip and glides very smoothly. She recognized it when we gave it to her. She puts it in her pencil case and carries it around the house. Not bad for a $15 gift.
What did I got in return? One sister decided to be generous and got me a sleek winter coat. The rest are everyday items like pajamas and winter boots which would be of use next year.
How about you? Did you receive anything special last Christmas?