What To Give Or Not To Give As Christmas Presents?

Cody - posted on 11/09/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Ok,it's the holiday season now & I've been pleasantly surprised to see that there are people who still believe in "it's the thought that counts" rather than in commercialization.What does everyone think about giving emergency & survival kits as presents?Is it the right thing for a loved one or those who are hard to buy for?I've been finding alot of posts and discussion about this around the web lately,especially after all the natural disaster & tragedies of 2011.I'm always at wits end figuring out what to buy alot of my family members.They either have everything they need,don't have room for more stuff,or just don't want you to buy anything at all for them.A lightbulb came on when I found this as an idea for presents.It's a useful gift,they probably don't have one,doesn't take up alot of space,can save a life,and shows you care about what happens to them.I think it's a splendid idea,but what does everyone else think?To give a practical gift or not?For those of you who haven't seen what I'm talking about there are articles about these kits and making emergency plans at www.familypersonalized.com & www.2011christmasgiftguide.weebly.com These kits may not be the latest electronics or other pricey gifts,but they show love and thoughtfulness.Please give me your feedback on this idea.

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Jurnee - posted on 11/13/2011

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I think that's a great idea! Something useful that the recipient probably doesnt already have.

Tamara - posted on 11/12/2011

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We did survival kits for my parents a few years ago, now I sent replacement things that should be replaced or things they have used when I change the batteries in the firealarms. and rotate the stuff in mine. (mom forgets if I dont it would never get rotated or replaced lol)



The last few Christmassthe gifts For people outside the house (friends family and teachers) we do homemade gifts, with family inside the house its non-electronics and things toward their activity/sport that they are in to.



To me I like to stick to the basics sweet and simple stuff. and stuff that I know will be used.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/12/2011

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I'd rather have some snowman poop myself. Or some reindeer noses. Those are mini marshmallows and cinnamon candies for those not in the know. But hey The emergancy kit would be nice because I live in the mountains. Then again I'm the same person who has asked a friend to send bubble wrap for Christmas.

My mom is having me look up information on this digital photo album that people can load photos on to from facebook. She wants it because I'm over in BC on the west coast with my kids and she's over on the east coast in NY with just her grandson and no one's seen my girls since June and my baby is now 8 months! My mama is buying it for her.

I'm getting my 7 year old some toys some books and some art supplies.

Toni - posted on 11/12/2011

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It is an original idea. When I am stuck for a gift I try to think of the person...sometimes the best gifts are things they already have an use......so you know they like it and now they don't have to sound the money. For example if the person is a coffee/tea drinker maybe a pound of their favorite mix, a nice mug, and their favorite add ins like sugar, creamer in a nice basket.....or if it is a man even a basket of his favorite toiletries?? I love getting gifts of things I use and don't have to spend the money on....plus it shows that the person who bought it for me was really thinking of me and what I like.

Katina - posted on 11/10/2011

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Cool..I'd love one.. Then again I did ask for a car jack for the van last year and got one.. That way if I get a flat I don't have to rely on a guy to help me out I can do it myself.. (Emergency item) This year I hope to get a jump start for the vehicle.. (emergency item) It helps just in case the vehicle will not start cause the battery is dead.. Yes, I am a woman and I'd rather get something i could use then get something that I really don't need or want.. I am a single mom of 3 and am glad my father and then my husband showed me basic things such as how to jump start a vehicle if battery is dead and how to change my own tire.. I have already been in a situation that I had to change my own tire.. When you live up north were we get 300 inches of snow you don't want to be in a situation where you have to wait for someone or without emergency supplies.. Grandma always carried a blanket, flashlight in the car.. I'd say go for it.. I'd be tickled pink to get something like that..

Sherri - posted on 11/10/2011

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Although I wouldn't care if a gift was pricey or not as I am not very materialistic. I wouldn't like an emergency kit although for some I imagine it would be an amazing gift.

Kelly - posted on 11/10/2011

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I usually give candles or body wash/lotion set, but survival kit would be a cool gift. Something I wouldn't have thought of.

Kimberly - posted on 11/09/2011

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I think it would be a great idea, it something that you might not use hopefully ever but would come in very handy if you did need it!!! Sometimes practical gifts are the best kind good on ya for thinking outside the box when it comes to gifts and I now have idea if it ever comes around that I dont know what to get someone

Sharlene - posted on 11/09/2011

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I usually get food harpers or perfume and soap hapers for the family.hope this helps.cheers

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