12.10.2009

The Post About Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Speaking of great gifts for bakers and bookies, how about something nice for you?




I'm doing a fun little holiday giveaway of a $25 Amazon Gift Card in honor of the following:
1. I attended a charity auction last week and ate a phenomenal breakfast casserole.
2. I overbid and won a Garmin GPS at said charity auction.
3. I stopped watching the road and watched my animated car on said GPS and almost ran off the road.
4. I recognized the letters ADD do not work well with the letters GPS.

How To Enter
Leave a comment answering the question:

What is one of the best gifts you've ever been given during the holidays?

**2 Extra Credit Entries**
Each of the following will give you one extra entry in the giveaway. Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do!

1. Be fan of Jamie's Rabbits on Facebook. FB Fans get great bonus links to stuff I don't post here...

2. Subscribe to Jamie's Rabbits by Email.

**You can accomplish both of these easy breezy tasks by clicking on the links.**

Important Details: Must enter before 12:00pm CST on Tuesday, December 15 to qualify. Winner will be chosen randomly using Research Randomizer that same afternoon and the gift card will be emailed. Obviously, anonymous folks can't win unless they leave a name in the comment. I'm not a paid spokesperson for Amazon although I'd like to be.

314 comments:

  1. My first telephone. This was no ordinary phone, it was a Lamborghini phone. The best part about it is when my Mom was sneaking into my bedroom, early Xmas morning around 2ish, to plug it in. I woke up and caught her and learned Santa is not real.

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  2. My engagement ring! Lee proposed on December 22 and that was all I got that year from him, unless you count the roses involved. (Understandably so.)

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  3. My grandma made me an amazing quilt. A few years later, I returned the favor- I gave her one of her own. I don't think anyone had ever made her something like that before. Honestly, making the quilt for her- totally the first time I made a quilt- was a really amazing experience for me. I probably enjoyed giving her the quilt more than I enjoyed receiving one.

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  4. PS- I'm a facebook fan already!

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  5. A sleep-in last Christmas morning from my then 4-month old! I couldn't even believe it; she must have known. Thanks for the comp Jamie, fun!

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  6. Sadly, probably a cabbage patch kid. i wanted one sooooooo bad. Thanks for the opportunity, Jamie and I loved your little "in honor of" run-down, so so funny.

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  7. My best gift ever (other than my daughter who was born on Dec. 22...that goes without saying) was last year when my husband bought me a Kitchen-Aid mixer. I love it!

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  8. Probably my first iPod, back like 5 years ago.

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  9. I am waiting on the best present currently. He is due at the end of January and I cant wait!
    laprochaine@gmail.com

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  10. I subscribe via email.
    laprochaine@gmail.com

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  11. Last year when Lance and my parents bought me furniture and a tv for my apartment! :)

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  12. My best present was a stone and metal sculpture I had been admiring for a very long time.

    wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I subscribe by email.

    wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. My mom crocheted me an afghan one year!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  15. My engagement ring on Christmas Eve

    Christie C.
    dctm at bellsouth dot net

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  16. Still one of the best gifts I ever got was a watch locket from my grandmother: I'm asking for a new battery for it this year, so I can start wearing it again.

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  17. Snow. I wished for it and looked out the window and saw the first flurries of the year! :)

    bunnybx at gmail . com

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  18. A NEW bike when I was a kid ... I stress NEW because as the youngest child EVERYTHING I got was a hand-me-down. But one glorious Christmas I got something new ... just for me ... never used. No Styrofoam "basket" my dad had duct taped to the front. Just pure glimmering newness. I think heaven and nature sang a special song for the occasion.

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  19. PS - I was already a fan on Facebook. Does that count?

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  20. PPS - And I already receive your posts via email.

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  21. Many years ago my dad gave me a Kitchen Aid mixer. I still use it several times a week and LOVE it! Thanks dad!
    katiekarr at gmail dot com

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  22. The one I was probably most excited about was a Snoopy Scooter Shooter. I remember wanting one of those really, really badly when I was much younger and got it. I was a pleased kid.

    paschott [at] gmail [dot] com

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  23. When I was in seventh grade I got one of those neon light phones for my room. Not only did I get that cool phone that I never thought I would ever, ever get, but I got to have a phone in my room!! It wasn't my own line, but it was the coolest thing ever! I kept that phone for a long time and it even made it to my first apartment with me. It broke during the next move. I was devastated!

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  24. Best Christmas gift...hmm...I got a horse once when I was a kid, it was pretty amazing, but the best gift was my kids, especially my son who was born exactly two weeks prior to Christmas in 2001!

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  25. I'm pretty sure from childhood it was a keyboard that I really thought I needed :) From adulthood it has to be an Amish made rocker that my father in law got for me the first Christmas that I had our newborn KR :) It was so sweet of him and I still rock my babies in it :)

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  26. One of my greatest gifts was my granddaughter that will be one year old on Christmas!

    Thanks for the chance to win :-)

    deb55106 AT gmail DOT com

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  27. I am a Facebook Fan

    Deb S

    deb55106 AT gmail DOT com

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  28. Email subscriber

    deb55106 AT gmail DOT com

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  29. My doll Sugarplum from when I was about 3 years old!

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  30. A fake cabbage patch doll when I was a kid. We couldn't afford the real ones and my parents bought me a knock off one for christmas. That doll was well well loved.

    ssummmer(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I became a fan on facebook. (summer p.)

    ssummmer(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. For mine it was almost two months before Christmas, Nov. 1 2006 to be exact. My husband got me lasik eye surgery! After 17 years of not being able to see a thing without glasses I was able to see! Hands down best present I even got (the monthly bills not so much though haha)!
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

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  33. Facebook fan
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

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  34. Subscriber
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

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  35. One of the best gifts I've ever been given during the holidays was an easy bake oven! I still remember great times with that thing making mini cakes and muffins!

    hether78(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I am a fan of Jamie's Rabbits on facebook!

    Facebook name: Heather Robertson Garland

    email: hether78(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I subscribe to Jamie's Rabbits by email.

    hether78(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. My hubby proposed Christmas night 9 years ago...best gift ever :0)
    bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. My Halflinger slipper from my wife. I have very large feet and I didn't even know they made them in my size! Thanks!
    Mike.karr at gmail.com

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  40. What is one of the best gifts you've ever been given during the holidays?

    A beautiful floor-length black tiered dress that I had been pining over for an age. I didn't think anyone had noticed that I wanted it but my Mom did and got it for me the day before Christmas. I cried. :)

    msred5@yahoo.com

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  41. My parents gave me a necklace that had been my grandmother's. I had just gotten married the month before and my grandmother was very special to me and she passed almost 4 months to the day before I got married.

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  42. my first stereo. I was 8 years old and my folks gave me a stereo. I had it for over 10 years through 3 moves, one to germany, and I was truly sad to see it go.

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  43. My duaghter - she's a Christmas baby!

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  44. definitely my dollhouse when I was a little girl. I spent years playing with that thing!

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  45. Felted soap was a charming gift to receive! Cheers

    Heather

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  46. I'm an email subscriber! thanks!

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  47. The best christmas gift I ever received was a tennis breacelet.

    jellen814 at live dot com

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  48. The best present was when I was a newlywed and three stastes away from family and couldn't afford to get home for Christmas. Friends pooled their money and raised enough for us to drive home!

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  49. My husband coming home from Spain! He has been there for the past 4 months and his work sent him home back to Chicago. I am so happy he is back and we can spend the holidays together!

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  50. My little brother was born five days before Christmas (six weeks earlier than he was expected!) - that was a Christmas I'll never forget!

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  51. My husband and I got engaged at Christmas time so my favoirte gift was the beautiful engagement ring he had picked out all on his own.

    Runner-up: one year my mother typed out all the qualities that she saw in me (did the same for my sister), cut them up into strips, and placed in a beautiful decorative box. This was back in the days when I was a hard to manage teenager, so the gesture was extra kind... I didn't always see those things in myself, nor did I spend much time trying to model them to the rest of the world.

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  52. my favorite christmas gift hmm...my favorite christmas gift is probably the Princess Diana paper doll book my sister gave me last year for christmas. It was very sweet. My mom and I used to collect paper dolls so the gesture brought tears to my eyes.

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  53. When I was a senior in high school and getting ready to go away to college, back in the days when computers were a little harder to come by and a little more expensive (1994), I came downstairs to find a whole bunch of clothes laid out on several surfaces on "my" side of the tree (my sister's gifts were on the other side). I was excited - what teenage girl doesn't like new clothes? I picked up a shirt and saw that under it was a new printer - I assumed for our family computer upstairs, and I was absolutely gleeful - I could now type my school papers on the computer and print them out! I thought that was it, the big gift for the year. I picked up a pair of pants, and discovered they concealed a monitor...and another piece of clothing concealed a CPU, and another hid a keyboard and mouse, all for me to take to college with me. I was absolutely overwhelmed - I never expected such a thing. I can't even imagine the sacrifices my parents made to get that for me, and I was so grateful. I should have realized something was up when my little sister didn't even start looking at her presents - she just sat down at her pile and watched me with a big grin on her face :) It's making me weepy even now, just thinking about it 15 years later!

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  54. Books are always by favorite gift but last year my husband and kids gave me a sweing machine and I loved it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  55. a wedding proposal!! My now husband and I had just had our first child three days earlier...I had put her down for nap. I came out of the nursery to see him down on one knee....fabulous!

    markoosmoderndesign@gmail.com

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  56. My kitchenaid mixer. I use it all the time. I can't remember life before it-ha!

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  57. The best gift I ever received is my engagement ring from the love of my life to make us life partners! love him always and forever.

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  58. The best gift were ice skates! I was so excited I got all ready to go outside to try them out in my pajamas!

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  59. Definitely a trip to SF!!!! :D


    elainehearn@gmail.com
    clothedmuch.blogspot.com

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  60. Best gift was a family vacation to cape cod!
    herbivortex at hotmail.com
    beth brady

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  61. Best gift would have to be watching my little boy and seeing Christmas through young eyes again.

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  62. I got a chocolate lab puppy last Christmas!He is 80 lbs now :(

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  63. ... and I get your blog in my email!

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  64. My new kitty! I had planned on fostering a kitten through the SPCA but last Saturday my husband surprised me with my very own Christmas kitten. He is gray with "ghost" tiger stripes and some white on his face,throat,belly and paws.
    He's the sweetest and cutest kitten ever; I've fallen in love with him and more in love with my hubby for giving him to me!

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  65. The best Christmas gift I ever received was several gift cards from my in-laws, who surprised me with their generosity! I wasn't expecting anything, but they spent A LOT on me!

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  66. New clothes that fit me from my mother in law of all people!

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  67. ... and my favorite Hanukah gift ;) ... gaining some twitter knowledge from the Rabbit herself!

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  68. When my now husband, then boyfriend brought me home to meet his mother, neither she nor I knew it was coming. It was only a few days before Christmas, but even with the holiday rush, she had enough time to have a present waiting for me under the tree.

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  69. I have subscribed to Jamie's Rabbits by email.

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  70. I have become a fan on Facebook.

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  71. Best present ever, was my laptop! I am amazed daily how many doors it has opened up for me. Something we take for granted!

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  72. I was most excited about a present when I was 10 and got a giant stuffed Eeyore. It was as big as I was. Amazing.

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  73. Definately my Lap top!
    ratfeathers at yahoo. com

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  74. It wasn't much, but the year my daughter was born, my husband and her picked out a glass snowman ornament that says "With Love to Mommy on Christmas" on it. It was so sweet! :-)

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  75. Best gift as a kid was a HUGEly oversized Hansel & Gretel coloring book. I think I was six, but I still remember how much I loved it.
    Best gift as an 'adult' was a bird house that my husband painted and erected while I was asleep on Christmas Eve :)

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  76. Hands down the best Christmas gift I've ever received was an iPhone from my boyfriend with a card saying, "To my girl, so we can always stay in touch."

    morancoll@gmail.com

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  77. When I was 8 we got our family dog as our Christmas present.

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  78. Every year for christmas, my 80 year old grandmother gets me an ornament. It's a tradition that I look forward to every year, even though I don't have a tree.

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  79. I was given beautiful diamond earings a few years ago. it was the greatest gift ever!

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  80. One of the best gifts was technically for my baby daughter...but I love it too. It's a copy of The Night Before Christmas that plays a recording of her grandparents {who live almost 3,000 miles away} reading the story aloud.

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  81. I was given a kitty cat when I was 6! He's still going strong today!

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  82. This is way too practical to be exciting, but my brother got me a Black & Decker food processor one year. It was awesome, and served me for a long long time! It held a special place in my heart because it was the first “adult” gift he ever gave me.
    Lara - lcwarg@gmail.com

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  83. My best Christmas gift is the gym membership I've already received this year! After baby #2 I've been dieing to get back in there! rebolsen at gmail dot com

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  84. I got an engagement ring on Christmas eve... :)

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  85. My sister told us she was pregnant with my first nephew!

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  86. The year a friend bought me a little necklace but he got a big box and put packing peanuts in that, a smaller box with tissue paper in it, an even smaller box with rocks in it and the final box had my necklace. SO cute!

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  87. When I was a little girl, I received an antique dollhouse, with wood floors and 60's-looking wallpaper. I spent so many hours on it over the years, making up names & situations for the dolls that lived there, stamping paper to make new wallpaper, and molding clay to make little food items for my dolls. I can't wait to pass it on one day to my daughter!

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    Ashley E.
    cran.berries@yahoo.com

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  88. My best gift is a yearly tradition..a box of See's Victoria toffee.

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  89. When I was about 8 years old I wanted a blue cat but I could never find one. My aunt gave me a stuffed blue cat I loved and kept for years. I think my little yesterday kept it after that.

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  90. I always loved the year my grandmother gave me a sleeping bag for christmas as a kid. I had really been wanting one but hadn't asked her for one so I was so impressed that she thought of it on her own.
    cneaglefan at hotmail dot com

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  91. My first husband bought me a puppy one year for Christmas. I still have that puppy (she is quite old) but I no longer have that husband!
    ahartup at yahoo dot com

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  92. Perhaps the best gift I ever received was when my husband secretly took my broken antique doll (that belonged to my grandmother) to a doll hospital to have her shattered face remade. What a surprise!

    grapetortoise@gmail.com

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  93. best gift? there's a photo from etsy that i had been admiring--it seemed perfect for my style. i was having a tough time financially and just couldn't justify buying it for myself, though.

    my best friend bought and framed it for me last xmas. i was so thrilled! and now i see it every day.

    j_bdules at hotmail

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  94. subscribing by email!

    j_bdules at hotmail

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  95. Best gift I got was an afghan that my mother knitted for me a few years ago. Nothing is better than a home made gift from the heart.

    contestleena at gmail dot com

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  96. A trip to Napa complete with wine tasting and a private cottage!

    moltergeist at gmail dot com

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  97. The first Christmas my boyfriend and I had together we spend apart because he was in the marching band and got to go to Disneyworld to perform at the Christmas parade. He totally surprised me by purchasing and shipping overnight a beautiful glass rose in a glass dome just in time for me to receive on Christmas eve with a handwritten note... hello beauty, don't forget your beast is always with you. We've been together for 14 years and married for 2. It was so touching how could I let him go?

    tiffanylc7 at msn.com

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  98. Facebook fan!

    tiffanylc7 at msn.com

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  99. Best gift ever given to me at the holidays was BOOKS, glorious books! My in-laws are NOT book people, and even when I put books on my list, I never get any. My dear mother and sister surprised me one year by checking out my Amazon wish list and buying me several books I'd been wanting for a long time!

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  100. Best gift during the holiday season? This year I am absolutely feeling the love from all my bloggin peeps!
    (Now give me that gift card!) LOL

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  101. The best present I received was 23 yrs ago with the birth on my first son on Dec 16th who was healthy inspite of being 5 weeks early!

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  102. When my son was in grade school he made me a plastic cup with a paper insert. The great part was the stick figures of him and I with little blue sprinkles of rain falling on him. The inscription read, "Mom you rain your love on me." My son is now 30 but I still proudly display the gift that brought tears to my then young, mothers eyes.

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  103. A poodle stuffed animal and my sister got a scottie dog stuffed animal. But before Christmas, we found them in my father's closet and played with them almost every day after school, but I played with the scottie and she played with the poodle.

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  104. The best Christmas present that I got was a set of ceramic snowman shaped measuring cups. I love snowmen and every time I bake, which I love to do, they make me smile.

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  105. I was given a strange little stuffed cat with 2 mice sitting on it. My mum gave it to me and it used to sit in the stairwell. It was strangely cute.
    Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  106. I LOVED My Little Ponies when I was little, and one year there was a huge box under the tree containing the Pony Mansion. I hadn't even asked for it, because I knew it was pretty expensive, so it was a total surprise.

    As a grown-up, my favorite present was from my husband a couple years ago . . . a beautiful diamond snowflake pendant.

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  107. set of re-issued classics (Pride and Prejudice and others) beautiful fabric bound books for my little sister

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  108. I'll never forget the year I got my cabbage patch kid, back in the day :)

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  109. my first pair of ice skates!! i was sooooo excited!

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  110. Does my son count? He was born in November, but I still count him as a holiday baby.

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  111. Ironically my GPS. But they can be dangerous, and turn you in the wrong direction!

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  112. My best gift was probably the canvas portrait of my kids that I received from my sis-in-law.

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  113. My dog is one of the best presents I ever received.

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  114. On our first Christmas together my boyfriend (now Husband) gave me a Journey necklace. I wore it on our wedding day and every day since!

    krissygrl84@yahoo.com

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  115. The doll house I got when I was little, where the little people would talk when you put them in the holders in the floor in each room. I would put the dog in the kitchen, and the humans in the dog's house, and then the humans would say "woof woof."

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  116. My favorite gift ever was my very first dog, Dustee girl. My parents were always against animals but one Christmas they surprised me with a dog bowl. I instantly cried and got my dog the next week! Longest week of my life!

    theamazingshrinkinggirl@hotmail.com

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  117. My best friend made me a book called "Everyone should have a Jennifer Gordon"....filled with all the reasons why she loved me and why I made a good friend, complete with pictures and drawings and silliness. Anytime I need a boost, I just read that and smile. :)

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  118. My penpal sketched a picture of me and it was so beautifully done. It looks EXACTLY like me. I love it and appreciate her for doing that so much.

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  119. lip gloss from my cousin. It was the first time someone gave me something I actually love!

    hockiemack at hotmail.com

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  120. I was twelve years old. My dad had just died in November after a long illness and the mood was bleak around my house with just my mother and I around. But my mom pulled herself away from the grief long enough to make sure I had a xmas tree. And it was BIG. She said no matter what happens having a BIG xmas tree will make everything better, and it was!

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  121. It was when I was 8 years old. We had a tough Christmas, only one gift each and I got a Sleeping Beauty Barbie doll. She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and went everywhere with me.

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  122. Two years ago I got a snake for Christmas. :) I know a lot of people are creeped out by reptiles but I love them.

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  123. my tattoo. my sis paid for it. I have that gift with me for the rest of my life.

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  124. My parents Landscaped our new house for Christmas. It is so special to see the plants bloom each year knowing they put it all in.
    veniceangel@hotmail.com

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  125. One of the best gifts was when my sister gave me a Faux Fur fleece blanket. It's super cold and drafty in my house, but this blanket is so warm and cozy. I LOVE IT!

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  126. Two awesome black and white prints that my daughter made in photography class

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  127. Best gift I ever received was a pearl necklace from my grandmother that was hers before and she asked me to wear it in my wedding. It is beautiful and my most prized possession!

    mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

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  128. Two years ago, I got an amazing cookbook for Christmas. I use it all the time for cookie gifts and dinner parties, so it's been a really wonderful gift for everyone

    gsyed1120@gmail.com

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  129. This year it will be my Baby Boy - due on 12/25!

    clampco@wavecable.com

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  130. The best present I ever received was from my hubby and it was the three diamond necklace, it was beautiful and it showed how much he loves me and what I mean to him.
    angelofmine1974@yahoo.com

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  131. I'm a fan on Facebook

    Kathy 'Litch' Salek
    angelofmine1974@yahoo.com

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  132. I subscribed to your email.

    angelofmine1974@yahoo.com

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  133. The year my son and daughter-in-law gave me a gift-wrapped bib that said "I love Grandma," announcing the anticipated arrival of my first grandchild. Followed closely by the next Christmas,when my 4 month old grandson was Baby Jesus in the Christmas cantata at church. You think you're old... how'd you feel if you were Jesus's grandmother? :) I love you, Jamie!

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  134. I am a horrible cook, so one year, my BFF video taped herself cooking some of my favorite dishes and showed me exactly what I should be looking for in my cabinets. AWESOME gift!!

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  135. Oh, my e-mail is believe_n_f8@sbcglobal.net.
    From Erin (above) :)

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  136. My husband gave me the sewing machine I really wanted 3 years ago.
    Thanks!

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  137. My mom is coming to visit me this year for her present to me and I'm excited. I can't afford to go home so she's going to be the only family I see this year, but it's much better than being alone at Christmas!

    kalliportfolio@yahoo.com

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  138. My best gift was finding out we were having a new nephew on christmas.

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  139. ohh, my favorite gift was sky miles! I love to travel and the gift of miles was amazing!

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  140. I got an easy bake over one year and even though it didn't really cook anything the way it said it was supposed to, it was still pretty neat!

    dlogston at gmail dot com

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  141. The best gift I was given was not on Christmas day, but six days before. It was an engagement ring from my soon-to-be husband who I have now been married to for (almost) 3 years!

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  142. Last year my daughter wrapped up some of her toys for me . . . she was just so excited to give! She was only three. That's what its about!

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  143. One of the best gifts was a surprise holiday visit from my sister.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  144. Facebook Fan - Janet Fri

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  145. My best gift in recent memory was last year when we got two round-trip tickets to fly home from Turkey to California to celebrate Christmas with my family.

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  146. Unknown to me, my husband had the lost diamond in my engagement ring replaced and gave it to me for Christmas!

    kg4rmt at arrl dot net

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  147. My dollhouse was the best Christmas gift I ever received. This year that takes on greater meaning as I recondition it to give to my daughter for Christmas.

    karen (underline) katin (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  148. I'm got a SLR camera I'd been wanting this year as an early gift. BEST PRESENT EVER. :)

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  149. One of the best presents I ever received, oddly enough was a GPS. My Father in Law got one for my husband and I so that we don't get lost when we travel. That's huge, since my husband hates to read a map but doesn't seem to mind the voice of the lady on the Garmin ;)

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  150. I subscribed by email!
    angelica (dot) craig (at) yahoo.com

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  151. my favoriate present was a trip to a cabin with my family

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  152. My fav presents are books!

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  153. Cozy socks. Every year, my husband gets me a few pairs of slipper socks. I enjoy them all year long!
    kristenw40

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  154. An engagement ring on December 20th, and a wedding a year later! :)

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  155. One of the best gifts I've ever been given would be cold, hard cash!

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  156. One of the best gifts I ever got was a swingset in the backyard when I was a little kid. I'll never forget finding a note under the tree and being super confused. Then my dad told me to look out back, and there it was, all built up for me and my brother. I guess he stayed up after we went to bed and built it.

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  157. My favorite gift for the holidays was a surprise visit from my cousin who I hadn't seen in ten years <33

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  158. One of the best gifts I ever got was The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. It meant so much, because it showed that my husband had really been paying attention, when he never seemed to notice much.

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  159. I'm a Facebook Fan

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  160. I subscribe by email

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  161. A necklace from my dad that he picked out himself with a really sweet letter.
    I'm a fan on facebook.
    I subscribe via email.
    amandarwest@gmail.com

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  162. One of the best gifts I was ever given was my grandma's emerald ring. She gave it to me just a year before she died, and every time I wear it I think of all of our memories together.

    writeme@heidimail.com

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  163. No violins please, I do not want to sound totally sappy, but I was very sick one year and my entire family pulled together and after one year I was in remission. That Christmas I was able to give my parents a daughter who was cancer free. To this day my mom talks about it...usually cries too. A good cry not a bad cry.
    amerskine at hotmail dot com

    Love the ADD comment, too funny!

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  164. I just got out of surgery ok, and that's the best gift I could get this year! I've had fertility treatments and a miscarriage this year, but I'm still grateful to have my health. Maybe next year I'll be typing that I have a baby for the holidays too!!

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  165. One year my Mom and I were at the mall shopping and I saw a sweater that I loved. I went back a few days later and they were sold out. I was really sad. But on Christmas morning my Mom had it all wrapped up for me. Turns out she had bought it that day when we were shopping and she somehow hid this from me! Such a great surprise!

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  166. I love books, so this would be great!

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  167. I have a daughter in college so this would be a great gift for her

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  168. My hot pink pager in 9th grade. I thought I was too cool for school sending coded messages to my boyfriend!

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  169. One of the best gifts I've ever been given is a cedar-lined closet. My then-fiancee worked very hard to do this when I wasn't around and he pulled it off without me knowing!

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  170. My cabbage patch kid that I got when I was 10. I stil have her to this day. She gave me hours fo entertainemnt and I would even make my own clothes for her. I intend to give her to my children so they can enjoy her too.

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  171. One of the best gifts I have ever received was a gift certificate for a half day at the spa from my hubs. Oh it was so wonderful!

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  172. My best Christmas gift ever? A library card to our closest library. We lived out of city limits, so it cost a lot. I had been wanting one for sooooo long, and I had tapped out our little school library. Yay! I always vote to expand access to our local libraries.

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  173. The year I got a precious moments from my husband, that year he had some extremely thoughtful gifts, this is the one I remember the most. Made me cry!

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  174. I remember a Christmas as a child when my mother found out about a large family that wasn't going to have Christmas because they had waited too long to sign up with the Salvation Army. My mother had me help pick out toys that I no longer played with and pulled some of her own jewely out of the jewelry box for the older girls. I awkwardly helped with the gift wrapping. I rode in the car on Christmas Eve to make the delivery. My mother had my brother and his friend who wore a uniform from his private school (Saint Anthony's) that had SA on the collar get out of the car to deliver the gifts. My mother said she hoped they thought the Salvation Army had come through for them after all. I still remember the parent's joy when they opened the door, giving me the best present of all--the true meaning of Christmas.

    Marilyn

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  175. When I was a freshman in college, my grandmother gave me some basic kitchen items that stood me in good stead for years! (I still have and love the electric hand mixer)

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  176. My husband and I have bought each other mountain bikes for Christmas this year. Nothing beats a gift of ever-lasting health that keeps on giving...we will use these bikes for years to come and when we look back on our first year of marriage as not-so-rich newlyweds, I know these bikes will hold lots of memories!

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  177. A doll house! My dad built me one when I was little and I got it for Christmas. He spend the whole day helping paint and wallpaper it. It even had the little lights that worked! It was very special :)
    picnut1512@yahoo.com

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  178. I loved the year,(6 years ago) when My husband and daughters handed me a littl 2lb white fuzzy doggy. He's bigger now but he has made me smile everyday. I love him and there will never be a better present ever.

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  179. My favorite gift was a set of tickets to see Renee Fleming sing in concert- I'm a singer, and she is a demi-goddess in my eyes. The fact that my boyfriend, who knows NOTHING about music, knew how much it would mean to me, meant the world to me. An evening out in his company was nice, as well!

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  180. The very best gift I've gotten was my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. My MIL is a great gift-picker.

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  181. Facebook fan: Cindy Greer Dyer

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  182. Charm bracelet from my mom... I am still adding charms 20 years later.

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  183. One of the best was cross-country skis.

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  184. Money to different charities in the recipient's honor (i.e. money for school supplies in Africa to my retired teacher MIL)

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  185. prize notification: shack dot holly at gmail dot com

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  186. My favorite gift was a large amount of cash so I could buy what I wanted :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

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