Christmas (Present) Crisis


It's the tradition in my wife's family that you send around a gift list for Christmas and birthdays to assist other people in finding the right present for you. While this has some downsides (takes the magic out of it, don't expect many surprises etc) it scores highly on the convenience front from the givers perspective. It's time for me to come up with my Christmas list and I'm really struggling.

So far I have (and I share this extremely personal information with you, dear reader, because I know I can trust you):

  • A laptop slip case thing (you know, the really slim ones that just protect your laptop)
  • An Xbox controller rechargeable battery
  • An alarm clock (because the internet radio I got for my birthday makes a terrible alarm clock)
  • Some Adidas Chile 62 trainers (love the ones my wife bought me about 2 years ago - want another pair)
  • My Igo charger + Tips (which I've already bought which makes it even sadder when you start buying your own Christmas presents)

And that's it. Now I'm not a presumptuous or greedy person when it comes to presents but I do like to offer people a bit of choice and the above isn't exactly an inspiring list. I'm very fortunate that I don't need much or want for much (well not much that fits within the accepted norms of a Christmas list, eg I don't think anyone's going to stretch to the lovely Ferrari Daytona I spotted in this months Classic and Sports Car or even a nice Porsche 914/6 (I'd settle for a four cylinder if I really had to)). I need some ideas!

Any suggestions or inspiration would be most welcome...

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Comments (9)
  1. Ian Nelson says:

    I was going to suggest cufflinks and ties, but they are alien objects to you Microsofties, aren’t they? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    How about a nice single malt?

  2. MikeO [MSFT] says:

    Ian – I’ll have you know I was wearing cufflinks and bow tie only this weekend but it was a special occassion. They don’t come out very often, that’s true. I am also custodian of the EU single malt "loch" and my attempts to drain it are, frankly, pathetic. Regards, Mike

  3. Bradley says:

    Xbox controller suggestion – just use two AA rechargeable batteries and swap them with fully charged ones each time they run out. Easy, wireless and really cheap. And leaves your preferred presents still on the list!

  4. Ollie says:

    How about asking for a PS3… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I had the same problem. My initial list was limited to a new kitchen knife and a small screwdriver set. My wife pointed me over to http://www.gifts.com/ and although I didn’t see anything I actually wanted under Men > Categories it did spark my imagination for things I didn’t even know I wanted. Now my list is a reasonable 12 items long.

  6. MikeO [MSFT] says:

    Ollie. I don’t think I’ll be asking for a PS3. We have a Wii and an Xbox and I can see the strengths of both. Not so much with the PS3. But then I never had a PS2 either. ๐Ÿ™‚ Mike

  7. MikeO [MSFT] says:

    Thanks David. Yeah, I tried this with a couple of similar sites and it did turn up a few things. Looks like an Acer Aspire Netbook might soak up most of my "present allowance" anyway so the problem may have resolved itself. :-). However I will have to spend Christmas day dismantling the thing to put the extra 1GB of RAM in it… Mike

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