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As I get older, the number of people who ask for my wish list gets shorter and shorter. My parents and in-laws usually give us money toward larger gifts (this year it's professional family photos and plane tickets home for the holidays). But, I do usually get a few "What would you like?" questions around the holidays and even more before my birthday in March, so I try to keep a wish list of a few items I've had my eye on. Here are my top contenders this year:
After mentioning a few times recently that I wanted a cheese journal, a friend responded, "Oh Mandi, you and your cheese journal!" Not exactly sure what she meant by that but it is no secret that I am a huge cheese fan. I love picking up a new, exotic cheeses every time I go to the grocery store and I'd like to be able to rate each one and remember my favorites.
A wonderful, smart alternative to the mostly rubbish women's magazines on the market, Verily has been on my wish list for quite some time.
I will never turn down a massage, manicure, pedicure, or haircut. Never, ever.
This is definitely a gift on the functional side, but I love these various sockets and surge protectors that save energy around the home. Ten years ago, I would be scandalized that I would someday ask for these for gifts, but I wasn't paying utility bills then!
I like wearing chapel veils to Mass, but rarely do because (1) I always forget mine and (2) I feel like mine is constantly sliding off and I have to keep readjusting it, which distracts from Mass. I've heard great things about eternity veils from women who say they're great for keeping them on when little hands are tugging on them. Navy blue is my favorite color and I think this one is just so lovely.
If you want to send me a gift card, I'd love restaurant and movie theatre gift cards for date nights or craft store gift cards to help me get the sewing machine out of it's box for the first time. Also, if you wanted to get me a gift card to a cleaning service, I probably would not protest too much.
I've been looking for a great planner that included Church solemnities and feast days to make it easier for me to incorporate liturgical year celebrations into our daily life. Plus, I am in dire need of a planner, any planner, to keep our schedule straight.
I always have a long list of books on my wish list. At the top right now: The Handbook for Catholic Moms, God's Secret Agents, Maise Dobbs, Pope Awesome and Other Stories, and The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning.
Another really simple, practical item, but oh how I would love to not have to peel garlic by hand! I've been eying one of these since I saw my sister-in-law use one.
Since there is currently a Christmas gift-giving link up, I thought I would join. It's true that this is a wish list and not gift ideas for others, but I think most of these are some pretty swell ideas for the women in your life, although I would use some discretion with some of the above depending on whether those ladies you are buying for are not cheese lovers or garlic lovers or Catholic. Check there for other ideas and if you have a one-year-old to buy for, I have some ideas for one-year-olds here as well.