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Nov 11, 2019 - 12:26:48 PM

mander

USA

3871 posts since 10/7/2007

I don't know about you, but I got kids. Even now, I buy them advent calendars. Even now, I buy the cheap ones.

Enter daughter-in-law. I want to have the relationship with her I didn't have with my own mother-in-law. So... I tend to want to over do things.

I was looking on line and found that Tiffany has an advent calendar for a mere $112,000. And yet, is there a photo of the jewels? Do they honestly expect me to buy something without a picture of the contents? Please!

I am thinking about saving up for next year and getting her the wine advent calendar Macy has. But, we'll see. It is only $139. When one is used to spending a dollar for something, it is really hard to make the leap.

My question to you all is, if you were designing your very own advent calendar, what would it have and how much would it cost?

tiffany.com/stories/very-very-...ny-gifts/

Nov 11, 2019 - 12:45:07 PM
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rinemb

USA

11694 posts since 5/24/2005

Speaking for my wife, it would have to be Christmas themed embossed chocolates...We used to get those at some fancy dept store, likely Marshal Fields.

How about little flower seed packets, with a pic of the flower in the background? Then for Christmas gift include potting stuff to plant them in?

For me, a geologist, I could see each compartment have a piece of candy or gum that look like real polished stones.  
As kids we just enjoyed the picture inside each window.
Brad

Edited by - rinemb on 11/11/2019 12:46:26

Nov 11, 2019 - 12:52:10 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

12928 posts since 9/27/2007

I've looked at the ones with beer but I see some in there I know I'm not going to like. 

Brads idea with seeds is a good one. 

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:11:48 PM
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RonR

USA

1544 posts since 11/29/2012
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We have an Advent calender for the dog from Trader Joes. Every day she gets a different treat.

Nov 12, 2019 - 10:57:40 AM
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mander

USA

3871 posts since 10/7/2007

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Originally posted by RonR

We have an Advent calender for the dog from Trader Joes. Every day she gets a different treat.


I got those too, for their dogs. First year I've bought them, but last I knew, dogs are not as picky as people, so I'm going to assume they love them!

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:10:31 PM
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Wyozark

USA

878 posts since 12/2/2012

My mother made personalized advent calendars for each of the six grandchildren. After each Christmas she'd take them back and refill the pockets in November and hand them out again on Thanksgiving. This happened every year up until the child was too old - which I think was when they graduated from college!

And now Mrs. Wyozark, following the tradition, has made a personalized advent calendar for each of our grandchildren. The real challenge is finding something for each pocket that will fit, is age appropriate, is not a repeat of last year and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. She also made a calendar for my brother's grand daughter (pictured below); but they are on their own for filling it!
 


 

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:20:34 PM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

1714 posts since 6/19/2014

I'm Jewish, but my wife isn't, and she loves Lego, so there's no problem for me. Costco carries the Lego advent calendar for $25 or $30. Get 'em while they last. If you buy them at the Lego store or online, they cost $10 more. I tried getting her the Star Wars one a couple of years back, but she wasn't that thrilled. She likes the City theme better.

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:23:23 AM

mander

USA

3871 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Banjo Lefty

I'm Jewish, but my wife isn't, and she loves Lego, so there's no problem for me. Costco carries the Lego advent calendar for $25 or $30. Get 'em while they last. If you buy them at the Lego store or online, they cost $10 more. I tried getting her the Star Wars one a couple of years back, but she wasn't that thrilled. She likes the City theme better.


You still get eight days of Hanukkah. Daughter in law is "half Jewish, half Catholic." Not sure about this "half" a religion thing, but not planning to go there. Anyway, her expectations are a little high. I know her parents celebrated both, and she is used to excessive gifts, but it's not going to happen on this side of the family.

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:41:25 AM

Banjo Lefty

Canada

1714 posts since 6/19/2014

Hanukkah is eight days, but it's not supposed to be an occasion for giving gifts. The only thing ever got when I was a child was a silver dollar from my grandfather (called Hanukkah Gelt) on the first night. Nothing at all after that. When my kids were little, they didn't even get real money, just a small net bag of foil-wrapped chocolate in the shape of coins.

Nobody does kids any favours by an excessive number of presents.

Edited by - Banjo Lefty on 11/13/2019 06:41:44

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