By Missy Tippens
Okay, I’d like a show of hands. How many of you are already done with your shopping? And dare I ask how many were done by Thanksgiving? (No, don’t answer that, because I won’t like you if you were!) :)
For those of us who put off shopping or who have done most of it but are having trouble coming up with items for certain hard-to-buy-for people, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things. I’ve also polled some other writer friends to see what Santa is bringing this year.
My new favorite thing is Isle of Candles Soy Lotion Candles! They're made of pure soybean oil. As they burn (at a lower temp than wax candles), you can take the warm wax and use as a lotion. Oh, my! My hands never felt better. It's amazing. And the fragrances are to die for. I bought the caramel vanilla and blackberry sage. Then later ordered chestnuts & brown sugar. They all smell yummy! And they smell good on my hands as well.
And speaking of candles…Mary shared a few of her favorite luxury gifts (along with this pitiful note: “fyi...if I ever get ANY of this???? I buy it for myself.”)
Poor Mary. Made me feel sorry enough I almost ordered them all for her. Almost… :) Okay, here are her favorite things:
A Master's Hand Candle. Mary prefers the Cinnamon Candy but says she’ll take any kind.
Tetley's Earl Grey Tea with the drawstring teabag.
Harry and David Royal Riviera Pears
Oh, and one last request from Mary… “And just one small box of Godiva Chocolates.” Anyone out there feel sorry enough for her to send her one?? :)
My friend and critique partner Lindi Peterson would love an e-reader this year. I think that’s probably THE gift of the season now that they’re getting more affordable. Jennifer Hudson Taylor said she asked for a Kindle, and her sweet hubby got it for her early!
Oh, and here’s yet another to succumb to technology… Audra says her Dear Santa wish list is always boring. But easy for her family to fill! She says, “I soooo love little writing gadgets whether it's pens, staplers, tape dispensers...all the little things that make life easy on a college student Santa's budget. THIS year though, I'm going out on a limb and asking the Harders' Family elves to collectively wrap a Kindle for mama. We'll see how that works out.”
Okay, Audra. I’m pretty sure all elves are hanging out here today, so you should be good.
Lindi has also asked her husband for closet organizers. How cool would that be to wake up Christmas morning and find that Santa has put everything neatly in its own special place? (Hint, hint to Santa husbands everywhere!)
And speaking of romantic gifts like closet organizers, Cara has asked for a meat grinder! ;) Now that’s a gift to make you swoon. But, seriously, Cara would be thrilled if her hubby gets her the grinder attachment for her KitchenAide. And since he’s a practical guy, she may just find it under the tree.
Janet is wishing for a gift that’s secret. She doesn’t want her hubby to know her girls are getting it for her (pssst….it starts with a K and ends with a eurig.) She also wouldn’t mind a carousel full of K-cups to go with that…
Janet also mentioned (out loud this time) that she’d love pretty soaps for her powder room that are scentless. And would like pretty candles that are scentless too. I’m on this one Janet… Hey, found fragrance-free candles at Isle of Candles. Also found this cool site, Lizzie Candles.
Cheryl has also asked for a Keurig this year after hearing all chatter from happy Seekers who are now addicted to the thing. She also wants some new decorative socks. She says she loves new socks for Christmas--ones that are comfy and that have fun or pretty designs on them. She also would love some new Love Spell perfume from Victoria's Secret because it's her favorite (My fav is Strawberries & Champagne. Second fav is Pear Glacé. Just in case you’re wondering. ;)) Lastly, Cheryl would love some Wallflower refills (Warm Vanilla Sugar please!) for her Bath & Body Works Wallflower plug ins. Cheryl, you just send your family to visit the blog today, and we’ll make sure they take care of you.
Fellow blogger Angie Breidenbach quickly whipped out a wish list that’s probably similar to any writer’s list:
--A photo/desktop publishing program
--An iPad (who wouldn’t be thrilled to find one of those under the tree?!)
--For great stocking stuffers? Gift cards to restaurants for take out during heavy deadlines.
--Oh, and Angie requests one last minor item: “Another contract would be the icing on the Christmas cookie!”
Another fellow blogger, Christy LaShea, came up with a wish list that’s most likely near and dear to any woman’s heart. She says…
“For Christmas, I’d like a desk and chair (a comfortable chair) where I can have more room to set up my laptop and organize my bills and paperwork.
I’d also like for Santa to bring me a housekeeper, a decorator, a hairstylist/wardrobe consultant… all who will work for free because they love me so much. (I guess I’d better get to work because no one is going to fit all of these shoes except me!)”
LOL! Yeah, we can all dream, can’t we?
Julie joked that she told her husband she wanted a chin tuck for Christmas but would settle for a black cardigan. But her hubby (putting husbands everywhere to shame) got Julie a 7-day Caribbean cruise with the kids instead. Wow. I’m speechless. Need to collect myself for a minute…
Okay, now to share some of Julie’s favorite things:
Hazelnut coffee or any flavored coffee
Pretty Christmas wine glasses
Cheap costume jewelry (from Kohl's!)
She concludes her list by saying, “Uh-oh ... that could make me sound both cheap and easy, couldn’t it???”
Julie, honey, we’d never think that about you! But you might want to watch who you share that list with. :)
Myra shared with me one new thing she recently discovered, thanks to her daughter, is Scentsy products. Myra, Lindi was recently raving about these as well.
Myra also loves picking out an office wall calendar for the upcoming year--something with gorgeous pictures that inspire or transport her to another place and time. She added, “Of course, if someone wanted to send me on that cruise with Julie, I wouldn't object--LOL!”
I’m all for hitting up Julie’s hubby to include friends next time!
Debby said she hasn’t thought of a thing for her husband to get her. Debby, I’m sure someone on here can think of something they’d like to ask him for, so you better hurry! Of course, she did say she’d like:
A Copy of The Moral Premise, by Stanley Williams, and a large, zip tote from L.L. Bean to take to conferences. Perfect for carrying lots of books!
Debby also said she’d ask God's protection for our military deployed far from home. For health for her family. And…drum roll…Book contracts for all Seekers and Seeker friends!
Yes, Debby is generous in her requests.
Now Ruthy…she has some simple—and also generous—Christmas wishes.
Ruthy’s favorite thing: sponge candy.
And first on her Santa wish list: A contract for Pam. She says, “Yes, that's first because it has to be first.”
But Ruthy’s not totally selfless. She says she wants a pedicure because she won't spend the money on her feet but will spend twice that to get the big ol' poodle groomed!
Yes, Ruthy, dear, we give you permission to treat yourself. Besides, who wants to see your mangy toenails at RWA next summer??? Huh?? Remember that, please. ;)
One other Santa wish for Ruthy: Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash diet soda. She says, “They only carry it at the holidays and it's the best diet soda ever. It's like a party in a can, like Christmas punch. I miss it when it's gone!” Mmmm. I’ll be looking for that as well.
Oh, and I almost missed one last sweet request from Ruthy: For baking time with grandchildren. She says, “They're so fun to have in the kitchen. It's a hoot. And they try so hard to help!”
I wish we could all join her in the kitchen this year. Wouldn’t it be nice to switch our virtual treats for the real thing? Maybe Santa can work on that. :)
I wish everyone here in Seekerville a merry Christmas! May you get everything you wish for. And above all, may we all experience anew the wonder of our Savior’s birth!
I’ll be giving away a copy of A Forever Christmas today. And since we’ve been talking about gifts…Let me know in your comment you’d like to be entered, and I’ll send a signed copy as a gift from you to a person of your choice. Now that’s gift-giving made easy! :)