I know, I KNOW, I bitch about the rampant consumerism at Christmas, and then I wax poetic about how much I love buying my kids gifts (I do!), and then I go back to feeling weird/guilty about consuming so much STUFF this time of year… and NOW I’m excitedly asking you WHAT DID YOU GET THIS YEAR?
I’m all over the place– WHAT OF IT?
But really, even more than I enjoy shopping and gift guide lists and planning for Christmas, I LOVE hearing about what people received that they loved.
My favorite gifts this year were:
*a purple purse from Target from my kids. (I told Marin “Tell Daddy that Mommy wants the Purple Purse with a RED TAG.” And lo and behold, he/they bought the right one! (And wouldn’t you know that Target no longer has it listed on their website?! Minus ten points, TARGET.)
*Fiestaware salt and pepper containers and a butter dish in peacock blue from my mom.
*In total, three new pairs of Smartwool socks, like this:
I love, love, LOVE Smartwool socks. I got a couple of pairs last year too and wearing them is one of my favorite parts of winter. Two of the pairs I got this year are thick on the bottom and thinner on the top, which is AWESOME. The all-thick pairs are warm and comfy but some of my shoes don’t fit well with them. This thick/thin combo is the perfect solution. Warm, but my shoes fit.
*And of course, my Keurig.
As much as I love drinking coffee in the morning, I’ve never EVER loved the “ritual” of MAKING the damn stuff. In fact, I HATE making coffee.
But not anymore! I really do love the Keurig. I can use my little hose thingy on my sink to fill it up (only every few days), I pick out a cute little K cup, pop it in, and BAM! Coffee! It’s… fun. Yes, friends, I’m here to tell you making coffee is now FUN!
One of my goals that didn’t make it to my list is to drink less coffee. Well, more specifically, to drink less CREAMER (less sugar), which in turn means to drink less coffee. You know how it goes. And I’m finding with this, it’s much easier to do since I brew by the cup instead of having a whole pot sitting there, waiting to be used up. Also, I’ve been brewing my first cup with regular coffee and then switching to decaf for my 2nd cup, which is so easy to do with the K cups (but totally not worth the effort with a regular coffee pot.)
A couple of things I don’t like: I can’t compost my coffee grounds anymore. (But I’m consuming and wasting WAY LESS coffee, so maybe it’s a trade-off? Still, I hate throwing the plastic cups in the trash.) Also, it splatters a little while it’s brewing into my cup, which is a tiny annoyance. Finally, right now I’m finding the purchasing of the K cups to be a little overwhelming. So many options! Such varying price ranges! What kind do I buy??? But I think this is a Beginner’s Problem that will iron out over time.
Perhaps I’m still in the honeymoon phase, but so far, two thumbs up for the Keurig.
I got a few other things for Christmas too, like a couple of pairs of pj’s and a new CD. The one thing I wanted but DIDN’T get (to be fair, I didn’t know I wanted it until the 11th hour) was an electric blanket. I think I might have to buy one for myself one of these days…
So, indulge me, will you? What did YOU get that you loved? Anything you really wanted but didn’t get? I really want to know!
(**All photos from Amazon.com)