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Some simple gift suggestions for Christmas
BobRogers.me blog ^ | Nov 27 | Pastor Bob Rogers

Posted on 11/27/2012 11:59:04 AM PST by trussell

Some simple gift suggestions for Christmas

Nov 27

Posted by Bob Rogers .

Copyright 2012 by Bob Rogers

A lady didn’t have time to purchase gifts for her circle of friends, so she rushed to the store and bought a box of pretty Christmas cards, and mailed them without even reading the message inside. When she finally had time to relax on New Year’s, she picked up one of the unused cards and to her horror she read the message she had sent: “This Christmas card is just to say, a little gift is on the way!”

In all of our rushing around this Christmas season, let’s not forget the little gift, the baby Jesus, whom God sent to become the big gift for our eternal life. And let’s ask ourselves what gifts we are giving this Christmas. May I suggest a few?

The gift of time. Spend time doing things that matter– with your family, in worship, and in personal reflection.

Please read the rest at his blog

http://bobrogers.me/2012/11/27/gift-ideas-for-christmas/

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Such beautiful ideas for sharing Christmas with those around you. Please visit his blog if you feel led to do so.
1 posted on 11/27/2012 11:59:13 AM PST by trussell
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To: trussell; All
I know this is not the message of the thread, but what would you get an 89 year old man (grandfather) who says he has everything he needs/wants?

I have to get him something.

And before you say it; I do spend time with him and do all I can for him.

2 posted on 11/27/2012 12:14:41 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: trussell

sign all your loved ones up for ObamaPhones!!

while taxpayers last


3 posted on 11/27/2012 12:18:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: patriot08

When my grandmother was in her 80s, she said she could always use postage stamps - she had mobility issues and could not just pop out to the Post Office to get them. She also went through bottle after bottle of body lotion - dry skin is a big issue.


4 posted on 11/27/2012 12:25:17 PM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: patriot08

5 posted on 11/27/2012 12:29:04 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: patriot08
Your grandfather has probably watched you grow from infancy and knows all about your .. "I HAVE to" ... and may probably want more than anything else to see you evolve out of that.

Just a thought from someone whom discovered that little bit of humanity almost too late to mean anything to a dear one, now gone.

Merry Christmas.

6 posted on 11/27/2012 12:29:59 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: patriot08

Does he live on his own? If so, maybe some boxed fruit from one of the vendors like Harry & David or Indian River? New sheets, rug or something that seems to be worn out. If not on his own, maybe a food treat he enjoys like special candy, cashews, along that line. Subscription to a magazine... ?


7 posted on 11/27/2012 12:32:11 PM PST by NEMDF
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Re gift for 89-year-old grandfather...

Get family and friends to write and email you remembrances about your grandfather, then put them in a little scrapbook. Or put them on cards folded up and put into a jar - then when your grandfather’s having a “down” day, he can pull one out to read.


8 posted on 11/27/2012 12:35:26 PM PST by Kipp
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To: patriot08

If living alone, preparing some home-cooked meals in individual serving size to put in the freezer.

Is there some treat he likes but wouldn’t buy for himself (e.g., does he drink the cheapo wine but prefers something nicer)?

Depending on the family situation, just about anything to remind him of family and to make them feel closer, whether it be a DVD of old home movies, scrapbooked pictures of the family highlights for the year-could cover the extended family if need be. Or a group picture in a nice frame.

If he goes out with friends to the coffeeshop or local restaurant, a gift card.

Make some homemade gift certificates for things, even if it might be things you would do for him anyway....trip to the grocery, wash his car, do handy-type jobs around the place. That way he can redeem them and not feel like he’s imposing on you.


9 posted on 11/27/2012 12:37:49 PM PST by Spirit of Liberty (Time to go Galt!)
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To: patriot08

My siblings all have everything they need, so I was always struggling with what to get them..... especially since we didn’t have a lot of money to throw around. I started making things for Christmas. One year it was a fun jam, another cookie boxes (the box is the cookie.... decorated beautifully) filled with lovely chocolates. Another year I made spiced and candied nuts of various sorts.

After many years of this, my sister told me she was making something for everyone.... since I always had such cool gifts. Boy was I surprised!

This year? Spiced blueberry maple pecan conserve.


10 posted on 11/27/2012 12:43:42 PM PST by Grammy
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To: trussell

“The Gift of Song”

Oh man, I think it’s a blessing for my family if I DON’T sing, ha.


11 posted on 11/27/2012 12:58:03 PM PST by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: patriot08
Is he from Texas, too? If so, get him a copy of 12 Mighty Orphans.

Mighty Mites have an inspirational story wrapped around high school football set in 1930s Texas.

12 posted on 11/27/2012 12:59:48 PM PST by Melpomene (Proud member of the Who Dat nation.)
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To: patriot08

How about books of stamps — if he writes letters or notes. Or anything he won’t have to search for, packs of pens, favorite candy, etc.


13 posted on 11/27/2012 1:00:31 PM PST by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: patriot08

You could fix him up a gift basket with his favorite things inside....coffee, food, snacks, etc....maybe include a personalized coffee mug. You can go to a Michael’s store and get a basket, ribbon, and shrink wrap.

If it’s any comfort, I have a tough one, too——my father-in-law (hubby’s stepfather). He’s a type A personality, a business owner, and he has only two interests: work, and working out. Nothing else, period. No movies, books, or anything else need apply. Sheesh.


14 posted on 11/27/2012 1:07:41 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I’ve been doing that. That’s worn thin.
‘I don’t snack like I used to’ (groan)
Thanks


15 posted on 11/27/2012 1:13:01 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: knittnmom

Good idea but he lives with the family.
All he has to do when he wants a stamp or anything is, ‘bring me’.


16 posted on 11/27/2012 1:14:58 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: patriot08

Does he love snacks? Most 89 year olds do. Get a basket with nuts, small snacks he loves, few fruits etc. My 83yo loves that gift.


17 posted on 11/27/2012 1:20:08 PM PST by Hattie
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To: NEMDF
Grandfather lives with us, and is treated like a king. He does have everything he needs or wants- that's the trouble with finding him a gift.

We like to tease him with, 'It's good be the king'. LOL

18 posted on 11/27/2012 1:20:17 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: patriot08

Top shelf bourbon.


19 posted on 11/27/2012 1:23:52 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: patriot08

a transistor radio.


20 posted on 11/27/2012 1:28:16 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: smokingfrog
Spice it up a little, with fishnets:


21 posted on 11/27/2012 1:32:13 PM PST by carriage_hill (Don't whiz on the electric fence. Awwwww-yeah!)
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To: trussell; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle
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22 posted on 11/27/2012 1:38:32 PM PST by Gamecock
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To: trussell; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle
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23 posted on 11/27/2012 1:40:10 PM PST by Gamecock
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To: patriot08

Put together a photobook for him -— these guys do a good job - http://www.mypublisher.com/


24 posted on 11/27/2012 1:41:40 PM PST by Heartlander
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To: Grammy
Spiced blueberry maple pecan conserve.

Wow, please put me on your Christmas list. Our trees didn't make pecans this year. I already gave out jams and jellies a few months ago and knew at the time I should have waited until Christmas. I usually make gifts from recycled, refurbished, free and found stuff. It sounds awful but even the inlaws squabble over them with "ooh, I want that one!" and "hey, those are my colors!" Sorry, folks, but this year I can't get motivated. Bah humbug.

25 posted on 11/27/2012 1:59:41 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: trussell

The gift that seems to last for my elders is one of shared past. I locate old photos of family events or shared moments and copy/mount them on a large homemade card. Inside I share the memories which initiate dialog of our time together thus far.


26 posted on 11/27/2012 2:14:28 PM PST by wtd
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To: Kipp
'Get family and friends to write and email you remembrances about your grandfather, then put them in a little scrapbook. Or put them on cards folded up and put into a jar - then when your grandfather’s having a “down” day, he can pull one out to read.'

That's a sweet idea. I might do that. Thanks



Grandfather loves cats. (We have five)

One Christmas I made him a hardcover book with pictures I had taken of all the cats and typed in poems from famous people about cats that seemed appropriate for each of our cats.

(He loved that.)

Here are a few pages:

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The white marks at the top are on the photo, not the book. Under the photo it says, 'There are no ordinary cats',- Collette.



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27 posted on 11/27/2012 2:38:02 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: Hattie

See post 14 and 15. thanks


28 posted on 11/27/2012 2:40:09 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: Spirit of Liberty

He does not drink- at all.
Does not drive.
Walks with walker with difficulty.
See post 14, 15


29 posted on 11/27/2012 2:43:11 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: Melpomene

He’s from South Carolina.
‘Doesn’t read books any more.’ (groan)
Reads newspaper and watches TV.


30 posted on 11/27/2012 2:47:07 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: ctdonath2

Never had drunk beer or liquor.


31 posted on 11/27/2012 2:49:03 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: Heartlander

Good idea. I’ll check it out


32 posted on 11/27/2012 2:51:31 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: wtd

Good idea..think I’ll work on that.


33 posted on 11/27/2012 2:54:29 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: trussell

Didn’t mean to swipe your thread, dude.
I didn’t know I’d get any replies. LOL
Thanks for your post. That was nice.


34 posted on 11/27/2012 2:56:04 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: smokingfrog

Nice, is that Eyetalion?


35 posted on 11/27/2012 3:30:49 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: patriot08

Anytime.

You get sick of racking your brain for ideas, I know....


36 posted on 11/27/2012 3:33:09 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: patriot08

Look at those beauties!


37 posted on 11/27/2012 3:35:40 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: patriot08

I got prints of old time Texas scenes for my mother during her last years, one was of a country church she had attended, another was a street scene of Dublin, TX and she recognized some of the stores in the picture. “Oh, we used to go to that drug store for ice cream!” She was delighted by them.

The artist’s name is George Boutwell, IIRC. He specializes in scenes of Texas and he has a website.

Another thing my mother enjoyed was old country western music by Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline and others. Her hearing was poor but she could close her eyes and remember when those songs were new.


38 posted on 11/27/2012 3:47:29 PM PST by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: trussell

I got my father-in-law a DVD of Tim Conway one year. It is hilarious. They have them in Westerns, Comedy, Music, etc.

Also, the males in my family love those really soft pj pants. Sam’s has them. I’ve seen them in other stores also.

My grandpa loved chocolate covered cherries.


39 posted on 11/27/2012 4:07:06 PM PST by Jude in WV
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To: patriot08

Having been a teetotaler until age 35, I can recommend starting.
Bavarian beer and top shelf bourbon best places to start if starting late.

Hey, he’s done it all with everything else.


40 posted on 11/27/2012 5:42:13 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Jude in WV

Wow, I’m getting some really good ideas. Thanks


41 posted on 11/27/2012 6:05:49 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: patriot08

maybe he has a bunch of old 8mm home movies that could be converted to dvd?


42 posted on 11/27/2012 7:17:04 PM PST by annelizly
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To: Gamecock; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside; earlJam; Rb ver. 2.0; lesser_satan; Taffini; jdm; ...
Time to rally the Seinfeld troops for the Christmas season.

I like the button, Gamecock. It has a certain understated stupidity.

But let's not forget the universally-loved gift of cashmere. Red dot included at no extra charge.


43 posted on 11/28/2012 4:36:53 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: trussell

My gift to FReepers is to post the rest of the blog here. (It wasn’t that much, anyway). :-)

********

The gift of time. Spend time doing things that matter– with your family, in worship, and in personal reflection.
The gift of love. Look people in the eye, give them a hug, truly listen to what they are saying. Show them they are important to you.

The gift of the gospel. Share the real meaning of Christmas with your Christmas decorations, using a nativity scene, a lighted cross, and so on. Ask a friend or co-worker, “What does Christmas mean to you?” and after they answer, tell them what it means to you.

The gift of money. Yes, money, but not like you may think. After all, it’s not your birthday or my birthday, it’s Jesus’ birthday. So why not spend at least as much money in honor of Jesus as we do on our own family members? Share generously with the missions offering to spread the gospel to those who have never heard. Share generously with people in need. And don’t forget your tithes to your own church, to continue the ministries that focus on the real reason for the season.

The gift of song. Christmas is a time for singing and rejoicing! Surround yourself with Christmas carols, and share it with everybody you meet. Go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood and share fresh-baked cookies with an invitation to our Christmas Eve service. This is one time of the year when the whole world likes to hear songs about Jesus, so spread the joy! Like the wise men who gave gold, frankincense and myrrh, what gifts can you and I bring Jesus?


44 posted on 11/28/2012 4:41:22 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: corlorde
Oh man, I think it’s a blessing for my family if I DON’T sing, ha.

We could give out Silence Certificates! The singing version of "Cap and Trade"!

45 posted on 11/28/2012 4:45:19 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: trussell

I bought a used 1990 Polaris snowmachine for my son yesterday, looks good, runs great, dirt cheap. Even came with a trailer.

Oh yeah I live in Alaska so it will be used for a long time during the winter.


46 posted on 11/28/2012 4:49:04 AM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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To: patriot08

Make him something good to eat. His favorite.

Do an IOU meal for him or chore (like clean the house or his car-something important to him but hard for him to do) where he can call and you fulfill the promise. Or and make and “I owe you” for his favorite card game, or whatever.

Make it a gift of your time and attention instead of material.


47 posted on 11/28/2012 7:35:24 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson; All

Thanks to all of you for your ideas.


48 posted on 11/28/2012 9:32:30 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: patriot08

You could get an inexpensive electronic picture frame and load it with picture of family, or find some of his own old pictures that you can scan.


49 posted on 11/28/2012 11:47:14 AM PST by Fletcher J
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To: Larry Lucido

that hook on a stick metal thing that i crank out the awning with doubles as my Festivus pole. when i win the lottery tonight i will be able to afford a real one.

http://www.festivuspoles.com/pages/Festivuspoles.htm


50 posted on 11/28/2012 7:29:14 PM PST by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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