What To Give Or Not To Give As A Christmas Gift?

Cody - posted on 11/09/2011 ( 14 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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Firebird - posted on 11/09/2011

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Some people might think you're cray for it, but I think it's a good idea. And they'd sure be thanking you if they ever need to use it! As soon as I moved into my place, an emergency/first aid kit's the first thing my dad bought for me.... that, and a screwdriver. lol

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Laura - posted on 12/01/2011

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My husband got one for Christmas a few years ago, and it's gone with us everywhere. We're added a few things to it, but it was wonderful. We also got a picnic backpack from my aunt once. It has a full set of plastic dishes, cutlery, even wine glasses! Plus napkins and a blanket.

I swear if my daughter gets another baby-all-gone this year I'll scream. I specifically ask people to give to her education fund rather then toys she doesn't need, but the in-laws don't listen.

Oh, and one year I got my aunt a goat. Well, not her, but I bought a goat through World Vision as a gift to her.

Karen - posted on 11/30/2011

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Buying gifts are hard. I agree that I like to give gifts that are useful, don't take up a lot of room and I don't feel like the gift will sit somewhere not getting used. My best friend gave my daughter a personalized plate for her birthday and I thought it was the perfect gift. They are now my go-to gift choice for everyone (they work for children and adults). I love personalized products and these really do get used. The site I buy my plates from also sells personalized trays, platters, placemats, luggage tags, ice buckets, and more. Here is the link: http://www.partyallready.com/personalize...

Trista - posted on 11/14/2011

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great idea! my nephew has alot and i do mean alot of toys but he's having issuses with potty training so i think i'm going to put together a potty train kit for him for christmas :)

Kaitlin - posted on 11/13/2011

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I love practical gifts. I keep telling my inlaws and family members not to do Christmas gifts because they just buy tons of toys for the boys (ages 1 and 2) and we have so much stuff we can't fit it. I give stuff away that's not even opened. Practical is the best way, especially if it is something they wouldn't spend money one themselves, or are saving up for.

Crysta - posted on 11/10/2011

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Honestly, since I am living in Alaska I would love to get a gift like this. I would not be offended at all, and I would feel like my family is actually taking the time to think about the safety of me and my children.

Mariah - posted on 11/10/2011

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I love practical and emergency kits are great. I would say to make it special customize them (like if they have a favorite snack preference put that in there too)

Kelly - posted on 11/10/2011

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My parents gave my husband, son and I AAA this past Christmas and are planning on continuing our coverage as this years gift. I love getting practical gifts that I would actually use. AAA membership isn't too costly and it can truly come in handy, it could be another good option for you.

Kathleen - posted on 11/09/2011

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We normally do pratical gifts now or gift cards. I know I would LOVE a large emergency first aid kit (the ones that fit into a backpack) with items including for a newborn as you never know. Last year I gave gift certificates and gift cards such as my mom really needed grocery money on certain months. So...I got her a grocery store gift card.

Rachel - posted on 11/09/2011

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my dad gave me a whole whack of dried canned goods and seeds one year. Best. Gift. Ever.

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Sometimes practical is nice. Both my sister and myself have gotten vacuums as presents.

Often times those kits are things that people forget to buy themselves. It is also one of those things that you can always use multiples of, so if they already have one, it doesn't hurt to have another.

Ruth - posted on 11/09/2011

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For Christmas several years ago, my parents gave me and my husband a set of 72-hour-emergency kit backpacks. We appreciated it, and have kept them up to date as our family has grown.

Personally, I would prefer a practical gift to something I would never use.

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