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I got handmade jewelry by my sister, hand-cross-stitched table runner, Heggy's chocolates, a stainless-steel veggie steamer pot, a set of new silverware, two plungers, three word games, five DVDs, windchimes, a full belly, a lot of smelly crap (thank you, Quorn), a sweater-drying rack, and a bottle of chardonnay.<br><br><br><br>
The wine was actually the funniest present. See, a woman in my church gave it to me, and I wasn't expecting any present from her at all. She was thanking me for being involved in the stuff she coordinates at church, and she heard I like most kinds of white wine. (I don't like chardonnay, but whatever.) I saw the gift sitting on the table in the back, where many people leave gifts when they don't want the person to know who gave it to them. I peeked in the bag and thought, "Wow, you know you're getting a reputation when someone gives you wine <i>in church.</i>"
 

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My main present from my dad was a DS Lite. I'm pretty thrilled. He also got me new shoes and a coat. Apart from that, I got loads of stuff - a lot of books, bath stuff, a nice set of chopsticks, the new Keane album, ceramic bats, a stained glass window thing to hang on my window, crocs, HMV vouchers, a dig-up-your-own-dinosaur-foetus model, perfume and a disney princess calendar. I may have forgotton something.
 

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I got handmade jewelry by my sister, hand-cross-stitched table runner, Heggy's chocolates, a stainless-steel veggie steamer pot, a set of new silverware, two plungers, three word games, five DVDs, windchimes, a full belly, a lot of smelly crap (thank you, Quorn), a sweater-drying rack, and a bottle of chardonnay.<br><br><br><br>
The wine was actually the funniest present. See, a woman in my church gave it to me, and I wasn't expecting any present from her at all. She was thanking me for being involved in the stuff she coordinates at church, and she heard I like most kinds of white wine. (I don't like chardonnay, but whatever.) I saw the gift sitting on the table in the back, where many people leave gifts when they don't want the person to know who gave it to them. I peeked in the bag and thought, "Wow, you know you're getting a reputation when someone gives you wine <i>in church.</i>"</div>
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<br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> I used to go to a Romanian Orthodox church, and that wouldn't have been odd at all. Everyone there, (even the kids) enjoyed their wine and/or vodka.
 

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I think getting a plunger (much less TWO!) would have been the funniest gift. What's going on there? Hah!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I got a nice blanket, sleep socks, lip gloss that markets itself as breath-freshener 'cause it smells very minty, some nice & naughty underclothes, and a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. Still waiting for my parent's gift package, and doing the gift exchanges with my friends this next weekend.
 

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I think getting a plunger (much less TWO!) would have been the funniest gift. What's going on there? Hah!</div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> It was on my wish list. I realized I didn't have any plungers in my apartment, and anybody who would buy a plunger for me has to have a sense of humor. Sometimes, it's the only tool that works, and it's awkward not to have one when you need it. I found out as I opened up the second plunger I should have gotten four, but two family members forgot about the all-family gag they were planning to pull. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
I'll keep the one I like and give away the other in the next white elephant gift exchange.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Iria</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> I used to go to a Romanian Orthodox church, and that wouldn't have been odd at all. Everyone there, (even the kids) enjoyed their wine and/or vodka.</div>
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Hehe, it's definitely a first in my church, which is Mennonite. My pastor refrains from drinking because he doesn't want to be a "stumbling block" to those in the congregation who may or may not have problems with alcoholism.
 

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Lots of Insence, a ingraved jewlery box, the Cranium game (oh how fun is that!!?) , a scrapbooking kit, and a new POWERFUL blowdryer!
 

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I got several non-vegan gifts, but at least nobody gave me leather. I got:<br><br><br><br>
A Shun paring knife, a spice grinder and an assortment of organic whole spices, a silk eye pillow with lavender in it, Totally 80s Trivial Pursuit, silk pajamas, flannel pajamas, cashmere socks, the latest Tom Harris novel, <i>Hannibal Rising</i>, a DVD of <i>Olive the Other Reindeer</i>, a set of herbal-infused vinegars, some Godiva chocolate truffles, a page-a-day calendar of shoes, an electronic sudoku game, a set of brown sugar fig body and bath products (packaged in a really cute floral tote bag), a spice-scented warming body wrap, some Burt's Bees hand cream, a nail buffing set, a funny little penguin ornament, a collectible shoe ornament and a mini food chopper from Anthony11 (thanks, Anthony!), some chocolates filled with cappuccino liqueur, a Leo Kottke CD, a big tin of flavored popcorn with a puzzle that matches the tin design... I think that's about it, except for a few little stocking stuffers.<br><br><br><br>
Then there was the cash and gift cards from the people who didn't know what to get us. We went out today and used some of that to buy a couple of video games. I'm thinking I might get a Nintendo DS as well.<br><br><br><br>
Hmm, I never thought of us as a family that gave a lot of gifts, but when you have trouble listing your gifts mere days after you got them, maybe that's a sign you got too many! Mostly, it's my mom. She rarely buys really expensive gifts but she gets us a lot of smallish gifts and packages it all up really neat so it's a lot of fun to open. Half the stuff on the list was from her.
 

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ITotally 80s Trivial PursuitThen there was the cash and gift cards from the people who didn't know what to get us. We went out today and used some of that to buy a couple of video games. I'm thinking I might get a Nintendo DS as well.<br><br><br><br>
Hmm, I never thought of us as a family that gave a lot of gifts, but when you have trouble listing your gifts mere days after you got them, maybe that's a sign you got too many. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/"></div>
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Ooo, Totally 80s Trivial Pursuit - super fun! I have that somewhere but no board to go with it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I did OK this year. My bf's mom gave me a kittens calendar for next year, Sparking Pomegranate Juice, Coconut Date Snackies, Trader Joes gift card. She also got me a present toy for my kitties - one of those sticks with feathers on the end which my cats will chew up.<br><br><br><br>
Apparently, all my presents haven't arrived that my bf was going to give me. So far, I got a case of Sprecher Cream Soda (plus a tour of their brewery), Vegan Daboga Chocoalte Bar (which I ate already), Coconut bar and gift certificate from Future Green (an eco-store here in Milwaukee!)<br><br><br><br>
I always get myself a gift since I don't trust other people to shop for me. I got myself a set of organic cotton long john but unfortunatly they don't fit very well and were very expensive so I am returning them.<br><br><br><br>
I probably won't buy anything for myself to replace them since the unemployment people gave me my Xmas gift - a letter that says my account is exhausted. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> So no more spending on myself.<br><br><br><br>
It suprising me that I find it quite easy to buy presents for people. People always gush about how great I am at picking out gifts. I don't see what is so hard about if you know the person.<br><br><br><br>
I love to get gift cards! I wish that was all people would get me. I would rather buy my own Xmas gifts.<br><br><br><br>
My parents chose to ignore me this year so nothing from them. (they can't shop for me anyhow)
 

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Me too! In fact, I got powder milk <b>and</b> butter. Sounds like strange gifts to give. But it was more for the packaging of those products. Plus nothing goes to waste as my doggie loves diary.
 

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my dad made me a spice rack cuz i want one that holds 40 bottles, and an mp3 player too. and umm i also got fuzzy pj's, fuzzy socks, a bunch of kitchen doo-dads, sexy red shirt and pj pants from my girlfriends, veggie cookbook from my brother, gift certif from my aunt/uncle. a few more things too that I don't remember. oh yeah I still need to exchange gifts with my best friend.
 

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we got a crap-load of cookies and fudge from my mom and gramma(its a good thing hubby gets a gyn membership in his benifits from work) a DVD set of the lion, the witch and the wardrobe from my sister, a really cute little statue from my other sister, i almost cried when i opened it. and a kitty condo that our cats just LOVE.
 

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Mom & Stepdad: $100 cash, $50 to local HFS (health food store), $50 to Meijer (store), $20 of scratch offs (which i got $16 on. I suck.) Raw Food recipe book, sudoku book, sudoku game, picture frame with picture of my dog in it, some other little stuff. She also said she forgot to give me a few more, so I'll get 'em tomorrow when I see her.<br><br><br><br>
Granny: $50, candle, a couple other little things.<br><br><br><br>
Brother/his gf/niece: $25 to best buy<br><br><br><br>
I haven't seen my dad & stepmom or anyone on their side of the family. My dad & stepmom'll probably give me $50 to old navy or something.
 

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I got a pressure cooker which, frankly, I'm scared shipless of using.<br><br><br><br>
To go with it I received <i>Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure</i> by Lorna J. Sass who, according to her write-up, is the country's (they don't specify which one) leading authority on the pressure cooker. Which seems kind of an obscure distinction. I mean, was there a vote? Was there a pressure cooking tournament and she was the last one standing? Is there even any way to prove it?<br><br><br><br>
I got <i>Vegan For Dummies</i> which was supposed to be funny.<br><br><br><br>
I got Dave Barry's <i>The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog</i>. Three times. (I regifted one).<br><br><br><br>
Pyjamas that were too small.<br><br><br><br>
An overly complicated corkscrew. (I drink, on average, give or take, approximately zero bottles of wine per year.)<br><br><br><br>
Battlestar Galactica 2.5 DVD.<br><br><br><br>
I got an Xbox game called Gun in which Kris Kristofferson (or a very close approximation of Kris Kristofferson) starts off by showing you how to work the controls. By shooting quail. And then a metric buttload of deer. And then I shot several packs of wolves. And it finished with me killing a bear. I felt pretty weird about the whole thing and stopped after that. I can shoot mutants, zombies and aliens from other worlds, no problem. But not animals. I know. There is no logic. Suck it.<br><br><br><br>
A Corona toque.<br><br><br><br>
Something that measures things using a laser. If I ever take it out of the box I'll let you know.<br><br><br><br>
I got <a href="http://www.alternativeoutfitters.com/browseproducts/Unisex-Conversations-Heather-Grey-T-shirt.html" target="_blank">this</a> T-shirt which was a nice thought, but I hate drawing attention to my veganism. It'll only make me angry. So I will never wear it.<br><br><br><br>
And Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a sweater.<br><br><br><br>
So, yeah. I told everyone I didn't want much for Christmas this year and <i>boy</i> did they come through for me.
 

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The wine was actually the funniest present. See, a woman in my church gave it to me, and I wasn't expecting any present from her at all. She was thanking me for being involved in the stuff she coordinates at church, and she heard I like most kinds of white wine. (I don't like chardonnay, but whatever.) I saw the gift sitting on the table in the back, where many people leave gifts when they don't want the person to know who gave it to them. I peeked in the bag and thought, "Wow, you know you're getting a reputation when someone gives you wine <i>in church.</i>"</div>
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Thy new name is "LushLark".
 
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