Jim and I spent many years trying to get family members to donate to our favorite organizations (like Heifer Project) rather than purchase holiday gifts for us. It's not that we didn't like gifts, but we didn't NEED anything and our house overflowed with stuff already.
For us, holidays are the best playing games and enjoying time with family and friends. We really hope that Ranger will also appreciate the community aspects of holidays more than the stuff or the volume of stuff.
So, we're trying to give each family member a personally significant, reasonably priced gift and not fall prey to the last minute "one more thing" add on gifts.
Here are a few of our 2007 choices:
For my dad, our geek grandpa: a Rhinoskin CASE for his techie cell phone/PDA (not the phone itself).
For Jim's dad, our fisherman grandpa: a personalized CASE (reading GrandpaJones) for his fishing rods.
For our 4-year old niece: a ceramic name necklace.
and for Jim's mom: a ceramic photo tile pendant with a favorite picture of Ranger.
Does your family have a holiday giving strategy? What gifts (or kinds of gifts) are you giving this year?