I gave my mom a book she wanted, my sister a crazy reversible journal (like the Jacob's ladder toy in book form), and my dad some winter ale a friend recommended.
I got a hand-knitted scarf, some shirts, a strange/funny book from the late 1800s, and Skyward Sword/Skyrim. Of course, right after I finish installing Skyrim, my computer's power supply fries and apparently takes my motherboard with it. -_- I'll be heading to Microcenter tomorrow. --- CSBE FTW! DarthMarth - Better than a bowl of Cheerios.
To my four friends who live in the same apartment that let me sleep over when I need to stay in Seattle: Books: The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell) Domo In The World (picture book featuring Domo-kun) The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran) Press Here (interactive picture book)
These guys are always welcoming with a place to stay; I got them some coffee table books as a housewarming present and I got them these to complement the ones that I gave them originally. Two of them are studying/studied psychology and philosophy in undergrad, so I got them my favorite pseudo-psychology and pseudo-philosophy books, as well as two fun books because I knew they would like them.
To my two friends who also live in the same apartment who let me sleep over when I need to stay in Seattle: 3 months of XBox Live A Yu-Gi-Oh! "Dawn of the XYZ" starter deck
The 3 months of Live were for the guy who owns the XBox who likes playing FIFA against people online; the YGO cards were for the other guy who me and my friends introduced to YGO via "Dueling Network" online; I got him the physical cards so he could play with his girlfriend who also plays the card game.
For my mom: Various lotions from Bath & Body Works LOTR: The Two Towers (book) LOTR: Return of the King (book) The Golden Compass
My mom really likes the lotions from Bath & Body Works. My sister's boyfriend got my mom in to LOTR, and she read the first book but she hasn't the second or third, so I got her those. And when she finishes those, I got her The Golden Compass to hopefully get her into that series as well.
For my dad: Six sets of various guitar strings for his guitars
He asked for these specifically; he plays a lot just for recreation and also at church and gigs and stuff, so I knew that he needs it.
For my sister: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows DVDs (both parts I and II)
I got her a HP 1-6 DVD gift set last year for Christmas and I wanted to complete her set this year.
What I got: A new pair of sweatpants A cardigan sweater A couple Starbucks gift cards A little cash A small box of chocolates from Hawaii A small games set with a deck of cards, a few game boards, and generic markers to use
I'd say this is one of the first times I really feel accomplished with my gift giving this Christmas. I'm making a lot less than I was at this time last year but I managed to save up enough to get my family and close friends some (in my opinion) nice things for the holidays, and I got some nice things in return. Overall I'm really happy about all of this. --- http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/ukealii50/kylo.jpg - Thanks uke! http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/829/07kyloforce.png - Thanks Diyosa!