Saturday, December 6, 2014

Doing The Secret Santa Thing...

...this year and it is the first time I have ever partaken in it. I think there are eight of us who are joining in for it. We all agreed on a limit of $250 per person's gift but I think that was changed by some tightwad in the group to $200. That is too bad because some of the best gifts on my wish list go for about $300-$3450 (we all agreed that if the gift cost more than the amount we pledged, then the recipient is to pay the remainder of the balance). I also picked out and listed several lower priced items though and to tell the truth it probably would be nicer to get them instead of a single high priced item.

As for my list, here it is:

Glenn’s UPDATED Wish List

Moonshine Cherries (this might be the most fun of all to receive and use)

Gift Card for Zum Stammtisch (a great German restaurant in my old neighborhood)

Case® Christmas 2014 Trapper - Engraved "Holly" Bolsters

Cash or American Express Gift card to help me buy this crossbow: SA-Sports Empire Beowulf Crossbow

Cash or American Express gift card toward television plus COSTCO extended warranty. Vizio 32" Class (31.5" Diag.) 1080p Smart LED HDTV M322i-B1

Cash or American Express Gift card Toward SONY R380 HDTV or similar

Palmetto State Armory A2 Rifle Lower Build Kit
The above lower parts kit is an example, has to have an A2 stock.

250 to 500 rounds of this ammo: Fiocchi Shooting Dynamics .45ACP 230gr FMJ 50rds 45A. Needs to be purchased by this Friday for excellent price of $16.49 per box of 50. Expect $15.50 shipping for 250 rounds.

I gave my Secret Santa a lot of choices and he or she most certainly could gift me something other than what is on my list but the list will help give an idea of what I would like.

We were supposed to share this info with one another on Thanksgiving but that did not work out, so we did it last weekend at the combined birthday party for my son, daughter and son-in-law. Almost everyone was insisting that their Secret Santa give them cash and that kind of irked my son who was the one who had come up with the idea of doing the whole Secret Santa thing in the first place. That was everyone except for me and my son. I had my list made up in time for Thanksgiving and posted it on my daughter's fridge when we ate dinner there for the holiday. Everyone else, after being excoriated by my son (and reminded by me that if we were all giving each other $200-$250 bucks we may as well just not exchange gifts and keep our money because it would work out the same) finally came up with some ideas for gifts for their wish lists.

I shopped for my recipient's gift today. I cannot say for whom I got the present nor what I got, lest that person see here that I am his or her Secret Santa, but I will say that I bought the gifts today. Well, I bought the Secret Santa gift today and I also added a second one that was not on that person's wish list, just as a bonus over and above what we were supposed to spend. I know am almost certain that he or she will like them.

I also have bought a few other gifts and am probably all done Christmas shopping except for my mandatory Christmas Eve shopping frenzy. It is just not right if I do not shop on Christmas Eve. As for the other gifts I already purchased they include some fine ales and spirits among other things.

All the best,
Glenn B

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