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posted by [personal profile] kyrielle at 05:16pm on 01/01/2011
If your parents might follow through on it, one of the things I have found works really well is asking for family history - typed up files (files are easy to store!) with stories of the family - your childhood, your parents' childhood, any stories they may remember of other relatives who are dear to you, etc. Family photos are a nice one if they feel the need to give something physical. Another of my friends plays the "I really need (X practical thing, ie new washer) - the one I want is at Sears, so a gift card there would help me get this and be great" - because then they feel like they are getting her something, but they know there's a specific one she wants to they don't just dump a random one on her. (This only works with some parents, obviously....)

I also have found with my "must give actual gifts" in-laws that a wish-list listing what I want, down to the exact brand item, works fairly well. It feels less spontaneous but at least I can use what I get. :)
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posted by [personal profile] foxfirefey at 07:35pm on 01/01/2011
Family history stuff sounds really cool!
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posted by [personal profile] wood_elf at 08:58pm on 01/01/2011
My fiancé does the 'very specific wish list' thing with his family. Worked very well this year, he got an Amazon parcel on Christmas Eve full of stuff he wanted, everyone happy.

If gift cards and the like were large, square and wrappable, think there'd be much more of them being gifted.

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