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Have you started your Holiday Shopping?
Just started. [ 14 ]  [17.28%]
Halfway there. [ 13 ]  [16.05%]
It's all done. [ 17 ]  [20.99%]
Starting soon. [ 13 ]  [16.05%]
No way! [ 23 ]  [28.40%]
Don't celebrate. [ 1 ]  [1.23%]
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Mimossa 
  Posted on 29-Nov-2003, 06:44 PM
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well i have all my friends and all of my husbands family done i just need for the kids and hubby now and that should take me until the 24 th to figure out what it is they really want
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Posted on 30-Nov-2003, 07:41 AM
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WOW ! you all are amazing !

I do, have my sewing machine out, and have some projects close to being done for giving..
There are two boxes from LLBean in the trunk .. best place to hide those..

Frozen cookie dough, that I made , but not nearly enough..

I still have lots to do ! including getting the outside done,,
and the tree up..

Kudos to you all for being SO ahead...
I hope some rubs off on me !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old Raven.. if I may.. with your lovley photos.. I can not imagine someone not being thrilled with one of those as a gift ! IKEA has neat , cheap frames..
there are lots of places that do ,, thrift shops and so on,,
Gifts from the heart , are allways better than gifts from a store !


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Posted on 30-Nov-2003, 07:46 AM
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Well lucky it's just the wife and I so that's easy. I am just about done with a clients website update then I can go shopping. biggrin.gif
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Posted on 01-Dec-2003, 10:00 PM
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I LOVE the convenience of Amazon.com. It is the best - free shipping and competitive prices. I try to shop there as much as possible so that they do not leave. I wouldn't blame them, they've never turned a profit.

Helpful hints: Cookies in a jar are easy to make and are great gifts for friends and co-workers. I made 24 of them with my sisters in a couple hours!


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Posted on 02-Dec-2003, 07:08 AM
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http://www.budget101.com/

Here is a site full of those dry cookie mixes and things to make..
There are some really cute ideas here...
That can be done in front of the TV , in an evening.

Enjoy!
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Posted on 02-Dec-2003, 10:56 AM
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I love the cookies in a jar thing! I always thought that was a cool idea...
I'm thinking about doing that with a wheat soda bread that I make. Everyone raves about it, so I figured I would give them the key ingr. mixed. All they will need to add is the butter and buttermilk.....

such a cool idea!






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Posted on 02-Dec-2003, 01:01 PM
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Whoa! Boy am I not ready to do all that shopping. Don't get me wrong I love the season, but hate the crowds and long lines at the stores. I think next year I'll start in Jan or Feb. to get a head start.

My kids go crazy when all those toy store flyers come in the mail---their lists seem to grow and grow. blink.gif


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Posted on 02-Dec-2003, 02:55 PM
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I got all my shopping done. I started in October. I make out a list of everyone I need to shop for and what what I want to get them and go for it then. That way I know I can find what I am looking for if I start early! Plus, I hate crowds and all the irritable people running around. So now I can sit back and relax and enjoy the season better.


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Posted on 02-Dec-2003, 10:07 PM
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I am green with envy, CelticRose! I have one gift bought. I always start buying for the gchildren first. biggrin.gif Those sweet little darlins, have so many toys already, this grandma just don't know what to get them and when you ask what they want, wrong question, they have a list a mile long!

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Posted on 02-Dec-2003, 10:22 PM
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laugh.gif No wonder you gotta start with the grandchildren first....to get everything on their wish list! You still have time. wink.gif biggrin.gif
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Posted on 04-Dec-2003, 06:34 AM
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My grandchildren live in Georgia, and I in NY, so this year I made it easy....I sent my daughter the list of what I wanted to get the kids and a gift card to get it with. Easier for everyone and NO shipping charges! The only gifts I have left to buy are for my husband, who's not at all sure yet what he wants......guess he hasn't watched enough commercials....lol biggrin.gif xmas.gif


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Posted on 04-Dec-2003, 07:37 AM
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I heard on the radio that Penny's was having a 50% off sale yesterday so I went and spent and spent and spent. I found so much so reasonable at one store, one easy parking spot took about 2 hours - my kind of Christmas shopping.

My kids have about 20 teachers all told who they want to give gifts to at Christmas time. (school, Sunday school, dance, etc. etc.) Drives me insane every year to come up the time, money and space to accomodate.
Last year we made carmelcorn and put it in little jars I had laying about and when the jars ran out, we used baggies. The kids were happy, the teachers were happy and I got rid or a lot of jars that were just taking up space.
This year I'm pulling out a bunch of Christmas mugs and glasses that are never used and are again taking up space. Filling them full of carmelcorn and I'm done.
And I've got more space on my shelves. That's my Christmas gift.


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Posted on 04-Dec-2003, 07:58 AM
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When my family were young - I used to make individual rounds of shortbread for each teacher.

I have a lovely wooden mould, with a deckled edge and a big thistle in the middle - baked until golden, dusted with caster sugar and put into a home made card box (had a template in a christmas crafts book) which I decorated with holly etc motifs cut from expensive christmas wrapping paper. Fulfils all the criteria of a good gift - personal, tasty and always (seems to be) welcome. biggrin.gif
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Posted on 04-Dec-2003, 10:18 AM
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I asked m'wife for a shortbread mold very similar to the one you descibe, Cat.
I saw it in a catalog. It looks very nice.
And since I LOVE to cook, I figured it would be a good gift for me!!! LOL! laugh.gif
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The one I've got dates back at least to my Great Gran's day, cos I remember watching her use it to shape the circles of shortbread to cook on her range - which was a huge peat burning fireplace - and with an oven on the side - I have NO idea how they managed to regulate temperatures etc.... but her scones, bread and shortbread were just wonderful... biggrin.gif

Her range makes an AGA seem like a simple way of cooking, and yet I had to have the one in my house disconnected, as I just couldn't regulate temps, despite what it says in the handbook! But it still looks very nice as a large ornament in my kitchen cool.gif

I have seen similar moulds in modern catalogues, too! It is a boon as you don't have to spend ages to get the 'petticoat tails' traditional shape to your shortbread 'rounds'. cool.gif
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