December 6 06

every year, at Chrismukah, we do secret santa with my siblings. instead of trying to come up with a gift for everyone (and spending way too much money) we each only buy for one person. it’s never quite secret, though, since its only December 6th and i already know who has who. this year i have my sister and she has me. perfect. she definitely buys the best gifts and she’s the most fun to buy for. she gets me. i get her.

this year, however, there’s a twist. usually, it’s a $50 limit. this year, because my brother and his wife bought a new house, they’ve lowered the limit to $25. what the hell? you can’t buy anything good for $25!!! three drinks at starbucks? half of a sweater?

**** big-ass update!! i spoke to said sister and we decided that $25 is far too little to spend on a sister…so we are bumping each other up to $50. yay. so, this should make it a little easier to find something for her! i still need advice, though.

this is where i call upon you, my dear internets, to help me. On my quest to find great and cheap gifts for my sister, i found a whole bunch of great and cheap gifts for me.

the original movie poster. would be great for her if she collected old movie posters…

Nick and Nora pajamas….insanely on sale. would be great if she didn’t have 5,000 pairs of pajamas.

No One Cares What you Had for Lunch book. would be great if she were a blogger.

Grey’s Anatomy season one. would be great if she didn’t already have it.

Daughtry. mmm….Chris Daughtry. would be great if she liked American Idol.

mmmm..Chris Daughtry.

which brings us back to my sister. Now that i may have given her a few ideas…i still have got nothing for her. nothing.

help!! i beg of you! what would YOU get for MY sister? need a little information about her? she lives in Tribeca. She works on Long Island for a school system there. has a PhD is some sort of Psychology (abnormal?). She’s petite. she loves yoga. and coffee. and clothes. she’s the non-blogger version of me. only smarter and trendier and busier and clearly harder to shop for.

  1. They have a slew of items in the new Bloomies catalog for under $25. She sounds like a Bloomies kind of girl. Check it out if you can!


    Comment by bella ~ Liz on December 6, 2006
  2. Hi there! First time here – nice site you have here! Your recent post hit me squarely on the head, since we do the same secret santa thing with my in-laws every year. Good thing is, our limit is up to $150. (American). Let me think of some good gift ideas for you today, although $25. is a tough one. I’ll be back! Have a great Wednesday!


    Comment by MamaLee on December 6, 2006
  3. I don’t know yet .. but I just had to say that my sister also lives in Tribeca, has a phychology degree, loves yoga, is petite and love clothes – freaky almost!

    ok. Thinking.

    Hmm..Yoga mat (although no doubt, she already has this)? Silk hangers for her clothes (my sister .. your sister’s twin lol) loves these for her precious blouses. Coffee basket (you know, with assorted stuff, plus maybe Starbucks gift certificate?)
    Good luck .. $25 is a pretty low limit…


    Comment by Sarah on December 6, 2006
  4. Too bad I can’t spell Psychology right lol (math degree lol)


    Comment by Sarah on December 6, 2006
  5. My absolute favourite place to shop for unique gifts is Red Envelope. Especially great for us Canadians shopping for Americans, since you just order online and they ship directly. Your sister sounds really unique and I am sure you will find something wonderful. Oh, BTW, is that $25 Canadian or American………..

    Or maybe you can just teach her to blog…….


    Comment by Rissy on December 6, 2006
  6. Get her a Starbucks giftcard…then tell me which one she goes to so I can bump into her (long islander here) and say…hay, I know your sister and I told her to get you that gift…Now, wanna share??/ tee hee hee…


    If she likes Yoga. Get her a video, or a mat or a free lesson.

    If she likes to read get her some cool audio books so she can listen to them and relax while she commutes to work.

    Coffee: Starbucks anything or a basket of coffee goodies.

    Clothes: Lands End has some cool sales for winter…

    Hope I helped a little…


    Comment by Janet a.k.a Wonder Mom on December 6, 2006
  7. How ’bout GA season TWO? You could just give her half of it or something to stay under the limit. ;)

    Have you looked at

    Or maybe some smelly candles or yoga pants?


    Comment by Sadie on December 6, 2006
  8. How about a tiny little high end thingy, like a Tiffany’s key ring or cashmere socks?
    Or you can go my route and just get her a novel that you know she’ll love. Something older and soulful is always nice…


    Comment by Rebecca on December 6, 2006
  9. check out they have really unusual gifts that are fairly cheap. im always shopping there for my parents birthdays gifts!


    Comment by obabe on December 6, 2006
  10. Whew, that’s a little low, eh? Hmmmm….Um, yeah. I’m going to have to think for a bit on that one. Sorry I’m useless!


    Comment by Stacie on December 6, 2006
  11. I just bought a few books (easy read…good sex) in the Outlander series for a few friends. I also bought my new fave CD by English songstress Corinne Bailey Rae – very soulful, beautiful voice. Got it for under $10 at


    Comment by Jen on December 6, 2006
  12. I’m not a girl…and I suck at gift giving. Long story short, I’m not your ideal person for providing input ;-)


    Comment by Chris on December 6, 2006
  13. I’d be happy to sell you one of my deliciouly beautiful homemade (but doesn’t look homemade) necklaces. I usually sell them for much more but you have given me so many hours worth of laughter and enjoyment through your blog I’d be oh so happy to let one go to you for $25. Seriously, let me know.


    Comment by susan on December 6, 2006
  14. I recommend any piece of jewelry from Kiln……my favorite is the “skinny earring”, but their small circles are only $26, so that would work too.

    You could also go with a MAC gift certificate, if she like make-up. Or, you could get her a copy of her very favorite book from childhood?


    Comment by Irina on December 6, 2006
  15. Hmm. Pretty undies? Bath goods? Cheese of the week club? (They really have those you know..)


    Comment by Binkytown on December 6, 2006
  16. Buy her something from this site

    and if you go over $25? Just don’t tell anyone. Say it was on sale. Or that hand-made jewelry is not only supporting artists, but CHEAP!


    Comment by Toryssa on December 6, 2006
  17. Does she drink wine? My friend who works for the company that makes Oster products gave me an electrice wine opener. It is very cool. Retails at Target for $19.99. That along with a very nice bottle of wine and maybe some wine charms would be great…if you picked my name!!!


    Comment by Di on December 6, 2006
  18. Is she a reader? You could do book (s).
    I say Grey’s Season 2!!! I got it for my birthday, cannot wait to watch it.


    Comment by Amanda on December 6, 2006
  19. I have those EXACT pajamas! Even though she has 5,000 pair, get her those. They’re heavenly soft and SO chic.


    Comment by DDM on December 7, 2006
  20. Oh, and where were those pjs on sale? I love pjs. I have some with sock monkeys on them that are super cute. If she has them too, has sock monkey slippers that are cute.


    Comment by Sadie on December 7, 2006
  21. Are you a Canuck? If so then get her some Lululemon. It’s huge here amoung the hip/yoga people (who else can spend $90 on stretch pants??!!) and you can’t get it in the US.
    There are my 2 cents. I am having issues too, luckily my sister is very happy with cheesy “chic lit” or a trashy magazine. People with many kids are easy to treat ;-) (speaking from experience)
    I know you got the Starbucks card advice from every one BUT … it just seems so blah for your sister kwim?!
    You could get her some funcky jewelery by someone local? Glad you raised your $$ amount but still pretty low!
    Merry Christmas!
    ps great blog. it’s my first time here.


    Comment by Shay on December 7, 2006
  22. LULULEMON gift certificate for $50 — if she loves yoga, you can’t go wrong with that!?

    (I don’t know how I missed this post, by the way. I visit you on the daily!)


    Comment by haley-o on December 7, 2006
  23. And, is that blog book any good!? Never heard of it! And, I did just win a $25 gift certificate to…. (which is another good gift for your sis…).


    Comment by haley-o on December 7, 2006
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    Cheap flights to italy europe tripadvisor. Cheap flights to europe. Cheap europe flights….

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