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Old 12-07-2014, 06:04 PM   #21
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A garbage can, an ironing board, Dawn dishwasher soap, Clorox, a vacuum cleaner...

When I got them for Christmas my Junior/Senior year of college I thought it was very odd. But after graduating and starting out on my own, it was great not having to spend my first few paychecks on basic cleaning supplies
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:33 PM   #22
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My husband gave me a large vise and tree stump for forming metal one Christmas. He knows what I like!
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:38 PM   #23
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DD and DS decided to give me "unusual food" for my birthday this year, I think in homage to my addiction to the TV show "Chopped".

DS ordered an emu egg from a ranch in New Mexico. He liked the look of the shell.
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DD sent me a package of black (fermented) garlic.

So I found a recipe for emu egg quiche and added black garlic to the onion / leek / mushroom filling. It was quite tasty!
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I still have quite a bit of the black garlic to use.


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Old 12-07-2014, 11:27 PM   #24
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True, but I got more bang for the buck
Seems to me your buck got banged.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:19 AM   #25
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but didn't cost too much doe..
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:23 AM   #27
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We're giving DS a new large tool box with lots of tools, both new and used. Most if them were my dad's and are in excellent shape. DS is finishing college this year, so will be starting out on his own soon. I'm thinking of adding duct tape, glue, and other things to the box. Any suggestions?


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Old 12-08-2014, 09:09 AM   #28
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We're giving DS a new large tool box with lots of tools, both new and used. Most if them were my dad's and are in excellent shape. DS is finishing college this year, so will be starting out on his own soon. I'm thinking of adding duct tape, glue, and other things to the box. Any suggestions?


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Old 12-08-2014, 09:23 AM   #29
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After a tornado dropped some (decaying) trees in her yard, MIL sent me a large box of "firewood" via UPS.

I opened it (not knowing what it was) and found a big pile of wet, crumbly wood, complete with bugs! Out to the dumpster!

It seems I'm always the Charlie Brown type who gets coal in his bag instead of candy.
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As judged by the givers (my children). the best and most unusual are also the most utilized and longest lasting. One, image unavailable, is a small statue with feet, a face on one side and a butt on the other. It's a butthead, and it was their gift on my 40th birthday. I displayed it proudly at work.

The other (also the kids) is a repeat here, a combination shoe horn and back scratcher. Far and away the most useful and appreciated gift I've ever received.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:21 AM   #31
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In my old office we used to make a big deal out of 50th birthdays and the usual modus operendi was to decorate the office/cube with streamers and balloons and stock it with stuff like Dentu-creme, Depends undergarments, reading glasses, heating pads, weekly pill planners, pens that said Namenda, key chains that said Cialis, etc. (we sponsored a health fair every year and we used to hoard giveaway items from pharmaceutical reps and home health agencies). Fortunately for my 50th they did a wine and cheese party at lunch: sparkling apple cider in plastic champagne glasses and a cheese board. I was also given the Encyclopedia of Cheese (they knew I liked wine and cheese).
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DS is finishing college this year, so will be starting out on his own soon. I'm thinking of adding duct tape, glue, and other things to the box. Any suggestions?
Hand cranked can opener - will work in power outage. Even better if he has a gas stove/oven.

Set of tableware and dishes, pots and pans.

Towels and washcloths, sheets.

I was amazed at all the little stuff I had to get to set up my first apartment just to live there.
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We're giving DS a new large tool box with lots of tools, both new and used. Most if them were my dad's and are in excellent shape. DS is finishing college this year, so will be starting out on his own soon. I'm thinking of adding duct tape, glue, and other things to the box. Any suggestions?


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Did he say he's moving out when he graduates or are you hoping or did you give ultimatum?
For his tool box or life supplies in general? I second a flashlight, besides the one on his smart phone. I had started buying things a little at a time when I knew I was moving out. I had all my furniture, bedding, towels, pots/pans/glassware/flatware. My parents gave me a kitchen trash can filled with trash can bags, flashlight, Parmalat milk, 5 lb. bag of sugar, oatmeal, ground cinnamon, 6 pack of Ruby Red, peanut butter, canned soup & crackers, canned tuna, hot/cold cups, paper plates & bowls, plastic ware, hand operated can opener, small coffee pot & ground coffee. There were other things (bag of Tootsie rolls just came to mind) but these are the things I remember. My sisters gave me a small trash can that had salt, pepper and other spices. I still buy Parmalat milk for my emergency supplies and you can make a quick/emergency meals out of some of the other things.
Just remembered a roll of quarters and laundry detergent for the laundry machine.
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One of the best gifts I received was a set of Knucklelights. They are LED lights that fit on your hand --they are great for running after dark. They would also be good for dog walkers.


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A small handmade ceramic tile wall hanging given to me by my late husband, on his last Christmas with us. It holds a special memory since he purchased it, in secret, with my daughter, while we were visiting a small artsy town for the day. That was also his last little excursion. We all had so much fun that day...good memories.


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A book made up of photographs of my first granddaughter. Every time that I open it up, I start smiling!
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:51 AM   #37
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We're giving DS a new large tool box with lots of tools, both new and used. Most if them were my dad's and are in excellent shape. DS is finishing college this year, so will be starting out on his own soon. I'm thinking of adding duct tape, glue, and other things to the box. Any suggestions?...
Depending on how much you want to spend I have found the cordless drill, jigsaw, trimsaw etc that DW gave me many years ago to be very useful. The set also came with a cordless vacuum and fluorescent light which I use just occasionally. I later bought a cordless 18 ga brad nailer and two new lithium-ion that has proven to be very useful as well. Mine are Craftsman, but there are other good brands out there too.
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The most unusual gift I've received was a birthday cake made totally of buttercream icing. I love the icing in the flowers on birthday cakes and I often ask people for their flowers, if they aren't going to eat them. So my ex-husband had them make the entire cake of icing. We invited friends over that night. When I cut into it and realized it was solid icing, I was really surprised and laughed so much. Our guests didn't want to try a piece! Haha.
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