I also like gifts that are customized or personal. My sister-in-law once gave me a beautiful bracelet with the initials of my three little boys engraved into the beads. When I was younger, Santa brought me a birthstone ring that I still have and love, though it only fits my pinky finger. I also love scarves and hats, and I've received beautiful handmade ones from my sister, my friends Christina and Drienie, and my mother-in-law.
What are some of your favorite gifts to give? A few years back I bought some plain white plates and painted cute snowman scenes and Christmas sayings on them. They turned out really cute and I think people enjoyed receiving them. I like getting my husband cologne because he wears it and I get to smell it, haha. I like to give my dad clothes because, bless his heart, he needs my help in that department. I like to get things for the boys that we can all do together, like games or snowshoes or a basketball.
In the spirit of giving, I'm giving away a signed copy of The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren (recommended for ages 14 and up). But instead of winning it for yourself, you'll be nominating someone else to win it. (If you haven't read it yet, maybe s/he will let you borrow it after s/he finishes it). Just share the first name of the person you'd like to nominate and a couple of sentences why this person deserves a copy of my book. You can leave a comment below, or via my website. I'll choose a winner on Dec. 26, which happens to be the one year anniversary of The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren. Whatever your holiday traditions, I wish you good health and a happy spirit as we head into 2009!