Throwback Thursday – Gifts


Throwback Thursday – Gifts


This week Lauren gives us the topic of gifts we’ve received or given. Thanks, Lauren! ๐Ÿ™‚


It’s hard to say much about gifts. I like giving them and I like getting them.

Except now that most of us are all older, we don’t any of us really need any more stuff!

We still give the grand-kids some things, especially the youngest. The older one is always happy with money to buy whatever he wants. We do give their parents (our daughters and sons in law)ย  money, too.

For ourselves, me and the Mr. we don’t do gifts any more. Like I said, we don’t need any more stuff, if we do need something or want something we just go get it.

Used to we’d give gifts to all the family members, which were quite a few. I guess they liked what we picked out for them. Who knows? Now the big family get togethers don’t happen, as most all have passed on.

I remember one time early on that the Mr. didn’t get his paycheck until after work on Christmas Eve. At that point I could go shopping for everyone’s gift. I had a hundred dollars to spend before the stores closed, and they closed early that day. Also I had to get home to wrap them all, and we had a get together with a friend’s family that evening. I did manage it, though. I think my spending limit on each person was only five dollars.

Another Christmas a few years later on, our dogs got into the presents under the tree and tore a lot of them up. So then we made a fence around the tree made of chicken wire to keep them out. It worked!

For a lot of gifts to people I’d make something, like embroidered dish towels, cute plaster of Paris items that I’d paint, and pomegranate plants I started from seed. They make a real cute plant. I always liked doing the wrapping of the gifts, too.

Well, lots of years, lots of gifts, and lots of memories!

Here’s a picture of the tree with the chicken wire fence.ย  Click to enlarge ๐Ÿ™‚





Thanks for visiting! Peace โ˜ฎ๏ธ

ยฉ 2021 BS

17 responses »

  1. I like that idea of the chicken wire fence.I never put gifts under the tree until right before our gathering for fear they will get peed on. XO


    • Thanks, Ellen! Oh that’s a good idea! Cats being cats they are so curious about everything! Ours kept chewing the tree and tried to eat the ribbons. So that wasn’t good at all! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. As you said, often our gifts were handmade. Me had a Christmas tree when the grand kids were younger. We had to put up plastic fencing to keep the little kids and dogs away. LOL You were brave to do the last minute shopping.

    Thanks for joining in again. Our memories are such a precious part of us.


  3. We only give gifts to the grandkids on the holidays now. With six grandchildren, it still keeps us busy. We have not had a large family gathering in years. With marriages and more parents and grandparents each one must divide their time between, it has become challenging to get everyone together at the same time. I love thoughtful handmade gifts, too. Your choices sound delightful.


    • Thanks, Maggie! You’re blessed to have six grandchildren. Do they all live close by? I know we try to make sure ours get special attention at holidays and birthdays, and we only have two.
      It was wonderful to have family get together, and then it seemed the older ones passed on, and some moved far away, so not really many left to have a big deal anymore. Sad, but that’s how it goes. I like making things, and hopefully they liked getting what I made. It’s so hard to know what anyone wants any more, though. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • One is fairly close but in his second year 9f college on a very demanding track so we do not see him often. Two others are about an hour and a half away, but with school back in full force, our time with them is limited, too. I am sure your gifts from the heart are well appreciated. โค๏ธ


      • I sure understand. Trying to co-ordinate schedules, and travel to see them is hard. Our youngest grand daughter just turned 8, and they live here in town, but the oldest grand son will be 12 in a few days, and he lives in Kansas City! Wish we were closer.


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