My wife will be asking, "what do you want for X-mas"

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  1. GopherT

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    I don't think I need anything but everyone feels obligated to get everyone something. There is a bit of an issue when I return gifts - I apparently never like anything I'm given. That is not exactly the reason. I just don't really need anything.

    So, what do I ask for that I will not have to return?
     
  2. strantor

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    Socks & underwear
     
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    I have the same problem. I have everything I need and most of what I want, and you can't ask for someone to replace the cord on the electric tin snips for your Christmas present. Sometime you just have to sit and think for a while. "What can I use that doesn't cost a thousand dollars?" A set of Torx drivers? A Black Forest cake? A 20 inch box fan for the shed? An engine hoist from Harbor Freight? A new, 8 inch bench grinder? A cute, green laser pointer?

    Good luck with that.
     
  4. Wendy

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    Winter and shop clothes are always good. That or look in your toolbox for something you would like two of or that is getting a bit worn. DVMs never go out of style, and some of the newer ones have really nifty accessories that don't cost an arm and a leg (such as frequency counters, for example).
     
  5. Dr.killjoy

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    I could try to find a coupon for the 1ton engine hoist for 99 bucks ....
     
  6. strantor

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    I've got the 2 ton one. Not bad for harbor freight.
     
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  7. tracecom

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    I told my family the truth, which is just what you guys said. I have everything I need and most everything that I want that is within reason. So, they don't try to buy me anything any more. Except every so often, my wife decides I need a replacement for something. Like yesterday, she brought home some new house shoes for me. I told her they had rubber soles and would make static that would damage my electronic components. She's returning them tomorrow.
     
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  8. GopherT

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    I didn't realize my life is being simultaneously lived by other people.
     
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  9. killivolt

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    This may not be right? But, gifting is something people enjoy. Kids really like to get them, but adults don't get it or understand.

    I get gifts, sometimes cool sometimes not cool. If not, I put them on the give to someone who might like it list. (Next Year)

    At work, I have given away all my gifts, white elephants. Some are cool, some are interesting and some are just not right. (Next year list)

    It's only because you can buy what you need, and what you need they will never understand.

    Socks, Underwear, PJ's. Shoes are a different matter all together.
     
  10. GopherT

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    Ok, engine hoist is off limits. Takes up too much space in the garage and the HOA doesn't want it outside. I just bought a set of precision screw/Torx drivers. I am handing them over to be wrapped so I can open them in front of tithe kids.

    I'm also asking for new Fluke mini-gripper probes for the meter (not the whole meter - I have five and (I only showed two the SHOW ME YOUR VOLTMETER THREAD - but Bill's suggestion got me thinking and I decided on the meter accessories.

    She is still asking for "the big item". Maybe I'll ask for a trip to the Air and Space Museum Annex by Dulles airport. Gas money and two nights in DC. Not bad.
     
  11. #12

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    How about a Fluke amp clamp accessory or a Fluke KV probe?
    Too expensive for me to want to pay for them, but the best presents are the things you wish you could justify paying for.
     
  12. tcmtech

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    I have found that supporting a good g stand of 'Bah Humbug' for enough years has alleviated me from much of the gift giving and receiving issues. :D

    I don't expect anything and I make it clear others should not expect anything from me. ;)
     
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  13. Georacer

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    Nah, I like receiving and giving gifts. It has a lot of context related to how each party works in a relationship.
    Plus, a surprise here and there isn't that bad either.
     
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    Christmas ain't about Git-fers... :rolleyes: The commercialism - " Black Friday " is utterly disgusting.
     
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  15. GopherT

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    Agreed on that.

    What I really want is people's time (real attention) and conversation and really connect with a person. Unfortunately the response I usually get is, "yah, we'd love to spend more time too but we are just too busy. Send me a text or follow my Facebook..."
     
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  16. tubeguy

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    Yes !!!

    My wife and I were sitting at a restaurant recently. I saw this 20-something couple sitting at a booth. They were on their respective phones busily texting away.

    I don't normally focus much on others but today was different.
    I watched them, and as far as I could tell they never once looked at each other or spoke.

    My wife says "They're probably texting each other" :rolleyes:
     
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    Put me in the list.
     
  18. happyganl

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    I want a travel:D
     
  19. tcmtech

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    For me I just gave up on the whole concept.

    I would go all out for the gifts I gave only to get low end crap that was the cheapest version of what I had asked for in return. :mad:

    Nothing says love like saving money for months to buy someone a $750 iPad only to get $5 items I don't want or need and loads of promises that will never happen in return because they can't budget their money properly. :(

    If I give I give practical and for what they can use or directly need. That's it now. My brother and my dad each get 2 full 20# propane tanks for their grills for christmas and birthdays. I know they use it and I get a few free meals during the year in return. Good enough for me.:)
     
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  20. optoroute®

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    Maybe the best gift for X-mas is something you deliberately designed for your wife. No matter how cheap or simple the gift is, your wife will love it because this is what you specially prepare for her. Maybe a big feast or an delicately-collection of albums are good choices.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    by optoroute®
     
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