The problems keep mounting and I am already stressing out! Oh, how I wish there was a Starbucks nearby!
Problem #1--My dad's side always draws names for gifts and sets a price limit, but I always fill stockings for everyone "from Santa" which usually includes candy, chex mix, little wrapped gifts, and of course candles and soaps that I make. This year my step-grandfather has had a terrible time with his health recently and has an oxygen tank, so nothing scented! AAHHH! He is also diabetic. He can crochet and knit wonderfully, so he doesn't need anything in that area. (He actually knits socks and blankets for elderly people in hospitals and nursing homes everyday!) Last year he gave me a really nice sewing kit. So I was thinking it would be nice for him to see that I put it to use..but what?!?!?!
Problem #2--My cousin and I usually don't exchange gifts, but I thought I would I would put together a little stocking for her. She is 20, has a one year old, and is on a budget, so as one of the gifts for her stocking I am making a bunch of recipe cards and a recipe box for her. All the recipes are VERY VERY cheap and easy to make. I have found a bunch of Ramen noodle recipes (that's about the extent of her cooking ability) but I can't find any others that don't involve a cup of this, a teaspoon of that, etc, etc. I wish I could find my "4 Ingredient CookBook"!
Does anyone know of any recipes like this or where on the net I could find some? I've done searches, but didn't really get anywhere.
Problem #3--The BIG PROBLEM(S)--Boyfriend's Family--(Some background-we have been together for over 5 years, have a 3 year old daughter, live and work together. His family hasn't spoken to me or daughter since her 1st Birthday) In October, I sent out "cards" to everyone asking for what they would like for Christmas and their current hobbies/interests. It was very nicely done and everyone in my family thought it was such a good idea.
Well, of course I sent the cards to his family (even though I don't speak to them, nor they me) along with a letter that nicely explained I had to have all my Christmas shopping done before Dec 15th, because my Dad has to have surgery the 16th. I have not heard a word back from them! His mom told him she wasn't going to fill it out and to get her a small toolbox. His family consists of his mom, sister, her husband, and his daughter. I have no idea what to get them! My boyfriend suggested not getting them anything if they were going to be like that, but that feels so mean to me! I would like to at least get the daughter something, but I don't know her at all! I am not even sure how old she is! I think 12-14. TO give you an idea of how rude they are... At Thanksgiving....his sister wanted to have dinner Friday at lunchtime. My boyfriend told his mom that wouldn't work for him because he HAD to work. He said Thanksgiving day or Saturday after 5:30 would be best for him, he had to work Sat. but would be done by 5. His mom said okay Sat evening would work. Well, Saturday rolls around and at 12:30, his mom calls him and says "we're eating in 30 minutes, you better get here". SO he obviously missed out on dinner!
Maybe I should get them gift certificates?? They will probably send me a very generic bath set from Wal-Mart and my daughter clothes that won't fit and are hideous!
Sorry, this has been so long and ranty! Any help is highly appreciated!