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What did you give for Christmas?

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So far I've given...

Boosey & Hawkes 2016 pocket diary

Bottle of wine

CD - Run the Jewels 2

A cushion


Scented candle


Still some more present exchanges to come!

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I've given...

tickets to a play

cash (it always fits that particular recipient)

a "Dick Tracy" watch

two handmade books


a personal essay on anima, persona, and person

hope (meals to shut-ins)

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I gave my son for Christmas a hamper of useful tins, packet pasta, noodles, sweets,biscuits tea bags. I made my friends on sewing machine shopping bags and cushion covers. I love creating.

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I made an Egyptian bookmark for my Bro and with some hyreglifics gave it to him and a Brian cox book

got some toys for my niece and nephew

chocolates and shortbread for gran

cross stitch for mum

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Subsequently I've given:


A soft toy dragon

Book of railway stories (bought at the National Railway Museum in York)

Bottle of Pedro Ximenes sherry

Cabin P0rn: Inspiration for your quiet place somewhere, a book of photographs by Zach Klein and Steven Leckart

Socks (described as "boot", so fairly thick)

This Little Puffin: Finger plays and nursery games, compiled by Elizabeth Matterson

Edited by Aeolienne

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I gave purses to all the ladies & wallets to all the men. The man in the shop gave me discount for bulk buying which i spent on mulled wine at the xmas market. Xmas shopping completed in 15 mins.


Was this really despicable?

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I was quite chuffed that I managed to do all my Christmas shopping without using Amazon or any chain stores.


If anyone's interested, this is what I used (in addition to the National Railway Museum, already mentioned):

Gift shop at the Wales Millennium Centre (dragon)

Tusch und Egon (Cabin Porn and ear-rings)

Decorum (cushion and candle)

The Brokedown Palace (socks)

The Sampler (sherry)

Les Aldrich Music (diary)

Hive via Joseph's Bookstore (This Little Puffin and Run the Jewels 2)

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