A gift guide for loved ones


I’m a wish list kinda gal. I have one year round with the thought that if some­one who likes me wins the lot­tery, my re­quests were the first in line. Sadly, not ev­ery­one is as nat­u­rally help­ful as I am. It’s be­cause of that very na­ture that I bring you the 2012 gift guide. Say thank you with presents.

The kids

Kids are greedy. I am re­minded of this fact ev­ery time I watch hip­ster car­toons with my 4 year old. He wants ev­ery­thing. Here’s a ba­sic con­ver­sa­tion:

Greedy son: “Mommy, can I have a cot­ton candy maker?”

Lovely Mommy: “No. You don’t even like cot­ton candy!”

Greedy son: “I like it now be­cause I’m 4.”

This ac­tu­ally makes things eas­ier. There’s this rule some peo­ple fol­low of giv­ing kids one thing to wear, one thing they need, one thing they want and one thing to read. I don’t fol­low that rule. I like to give gifts that make my life eas­ier be­cause they will en­ter­tain him.

A big-deal present this year for kids my son’s age is the LeapPad II. It’s like an iPad for kids. You can buy games, car charg­ers, head­phones — all sorts of ac­ces­sories. Plus it will keep him from com­man­deer­ing my cell phone and run­ning the bat­tery down play­ing Sub­way Surf. If a LeapPad II is out of your price range (they are about $130), then I would sug­gest some­thing else hand­held and cheaper. Leap­sters are like hand­held games for lit­tle ones; they run about $25 and games are about $20 for them. They’ll keep the greedy lit­tle mon­keys quiet for a bit.

If you have a daugh­ter, I’m sorry. I have no clue about girls. A Dream Lite and a Justin Bieber poster? Sorry.

Your sig­nif­i­cant other

I don’t have one of th­ese any­more, but I still have to buy a present for him from my son. I’m go­ing with zom­bies this year. “The Walking Dead” is crazy pop­u­lar (be­cause it’s crazy good, ya’ll), so sea­son one and two of that is a great idea. Or kits to make things like beer and cheese (or both!) and gen­eral toys. Guys love gad­gets; you just have to de­cide what brand of gad­get to get. I am also told by our sports ed­i­tor Bryan Fazio that guys like movies and booze.

Girls usu­ally have wish lists be­cause we are help­ful crea­tures. We like nice things like per­fume, books, mu­sic, clothes and sea­son two of “The Walking Dead.”

And noth­ing says I love you like some­thing cre­ated to make food prepa­ra­tion or bak­ing eas­ier. This does not mean that ev­ery­thing that plugs in is a good idea for a fe­male. You could buy a vac­uum cleaner, but do so at your own risk.

Your par­ents

Par­ents are in­ter­est­ing crea­tures. My mother al­ways tells me she wants noth­ing, and then two weeks be­fore Christ­mas, af­ter I have al­ready pur­chased her present two months prior, gets very spe­cific about ex­actly what she wants. Gift cards, though im­per­sonal, are al­ways a great choice for moms. Steer clear of one to a gro­cery store, but Kohl's is a pop­u­lar mom spot. They have this Sag Har­bor brand that my mom wears and that makes me giggle.

Dads are harder. If I gave my dad a gift card he would loose it. Af­ter year’s worth of bad ties, power tools and in­door golf put­ter thingys, I ac­tu­ally started buy­ing him what he wanted. This con­sists of bor­ing and prac­ti­cal gifts such as thick socks and flan­nel shirts (even though he is not a lum­ber­jack). My dad is a cof­fee drinker, so one year, I bought him a per­co­la­tor af­ter lis­ten­ing to him com­plain about that be­ing the only real way to drink cof­fee. I think it’s in the garage now.

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