When it comes to gifts, most people in my family are extremely easy. My dad is sometimes a challenge, but he’s also a farmer – warm clothes are always appreciated by those folks who brave the cold winter wind. My mom? Simple … My husband? Sometimes a challenge, but so far I’ve been awesome at picking out gifts for him – it’s only a matter of listening and keeping my eyes open for the obscure at times.
But with 9 days left until Christmas, I’ve been feeling a bit panicked. For once it’s not a monetary thing – I have plenty of cash to buy gifts for my loved ones. The problem is finding the right gifts for my four nephews – ages 5 to 18.
It was so easy when the first one was born – who doesn’t want to buy adorable little outfits and baseball caps? What baby doesn’t need every Little Golden book that was ever written? But then something magical and terrifying happens – they grow up and they get old. And then they become impossible to shop for.
In my hall of shame for gifts? Well, there was the year that my sister-in-law swore up and down that my 9-year-old nephew was in love with Fergie, she’s a member of the Black Eyed Peas and released a solo album. I ignored the warning sticker on the CD cover, figuring that Cody had already heard offensive language from his older brothers, wrapped the CD and stuck it under the tree. He gave me the most confused look in the history of the world when he opened it, because although he really did love the “London Bridge” song that was on the radio, he couldn’t place her face with that song. Christmas gift FAIL.
Then there was the year that I gave all of my nephews watches remembering how grown up I felt when I had received my first Timex from my mom and dad. I was then reminded that most kids have cell phones these days and do not need watches. Another FAIL.
I finally caved and called my mom, not wanting to suck at being an aunt again this year. While she gave me some really solid ideas, I’m still kind of stumped. So here’s today’s question, dear readers: What do you do for those impossible to buy for people on your gift lists?
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