This year I was excited about some fun gifts I was giving. It sounds silly, but one of my favorite was a “My Little Pony” toy for Lara. She loves the show and watches episodes on YouTube. Apparently the show (seemingly intended for little kids) has a huge cult following among high-schoolers, including Lara and some of her friends. Weird, huh? Anyway, just for fun I bought her a My Little Pony figure that came with a min-DVD containing one episode — I had to go to the toddler isle in the toy section of Target (a fact I made clear to my daughter). I used it as a stocking stuffer, and she loved it! In the ultimate expression of fatherly love, I actually sat and watched the DVD with her. Erik thought I was crazy, but watching the smile on Lara’s face was worth it.
For Erik I picked some Warhammer figures — a box of Howling Banshees he wanted plus a really expensive Avatar figure. Another big hit! He started putting them together and painting them right away.
Karen had a very short wish-list, but luckily I thought of something she would like that she didn’t think to put on her list — the first season of Glee on DVD. I also got her a box of See’s candies, which she loves.
For my mother-in-law, who loves puzzles and quilts, I found some puzzles about quilts. Brilliant! I also gave some See’s dark chocolate-covered marshmallows with caramel to her and Jenn, and they loved ’em. I gave Jenn a great book she really wanted, too.
For my father-in-law, I was not terribly imaginative, but I felt good about the gift certificate to the model train store, Just Trains. He is planning on remodeling his train table after he moves it down to Carmel. Jenn got him some books about scenery and landscaping, so I figured he can buy a lot of modeling materials with the gift certificate.
I hope everybody liked their loot!