Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What I Got for Lootmas

Joshilyn Jackson, an author I love and adore, has dubbed the gift-giving portion of Christmas as Lootmas. I have gleefully adopted the phrase.

First, before I get started on my multitude of goodies received, I wanted to share what I got for my husband. Mostly because I'm super-proud of my purchases - NOTHING that I got was on his wishlist, which is terrifying and heady all at the same time. I got him:
  • black leather messenger bag (the canvas one he's been toting around for a few years has a broken handle and he's always complaining about it; leather is much nicer and doesn't break!)
  • 3 months of Audible.com membership (2 books per month - he listens to audio books like a fiend at work, and 2 per month won't even put a dent in what he listens to, but he normally gets free ones which are in the public domain, so this will let him listen to some more modern stuff)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wii (he said he wanted it but never put it on his wishlist; I obliged)
  • small chess set (he wanted something that would fit on his desk to practice with when he does chess puzzles and tutorials online, so he'll have something tactile to use to play out the scenarios before he "answers" on the computer)
  • iTunes gift card
  • candy and nuts

Now! On to me! I got lots and lots and lots of Lootmas gifts, and they're not all done yet - I have several friends with whom I haven't exchanged gifts yet! But these are the bulk, and I'll add to this post when I get more. But I have quite a haul listed here already!!


  • Mental Floss History of the World - the husband
  • Mental Floss magazine subscription - the parents
  • My So-Called Freelance Life - the parents-in-law
  • Tender Hooks (poetry) - the sis- and bro-in-law
  • Murder and Obssession (murder mystery story collection) - the sis- and bro-in-law
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Arthur, Yi Ru and family (friends)
  • People of the Book - Paul (friend) *added 1/1/2010
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Paul (friend) *added 1/1/2010
  • Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies... - Kristine (friend) *added 1/1/2010
  • Hungry Girl: 200 under 200 - Kristine (friend) *added 1/1/2010


  • EA Sports Active: More Workouts (for Wii) - the husband
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (for DS) - the parents-in-law
  • Rhythm Heaven (for DS) - Kristine (friend) *added 1/1/2010


  • Christmas in the Heart by Bob Dylan - the husband
  • Maybe This Christmas Tree - the sis- and bro-in-law


  • Crazy good high-quality dark chocolate bars - the husband
  • Assorted candy - the parents
  • Assorted candy - the parents-in-law
  • Assorted candy - Wanda and Mickey (aunt/uncle)
  • Whitman Sampler - Steve (uncle)
  • Homemade Gourmet mixes (assorted) - Janet (aunt-in-law)
  • Harry and David pears - Paul, Jackie and family (uncle/aunt-in-law)
  • Small box of assorted See's candy - Lynne (coworker)
  • Homemade gingersnaps - Peggy (coworker)
  • Homemade vanilla rum truffles - Erin (coworker)
  • Small bag of Jelly Belly jellybeans - Emily (coworker)
  • Merci chocolates - Kristine (friend) *added 1/1/2010


  • Wine fridge (to both of us) - the parents
  • KitchenAid food processor (to both of us) - the parents
  • Flamingo ornament - the parents
  • Black & Decker cordless screwdriver - the parents-in-law
  • Silk placemats and chopsticks for six - the parents-in-law
  • Snowman figurine - Mike and Patti (uncle/aunt)
  • Angel figurine and teddy bear ornament - Stephanie and family (cousin)
  • Snowman photo holders - Shannon and family (cousin)
  • Frog princess ornament - Barbara and Ricky (aunt/uncle)
  • Girly flask - Jean and David (aunt/uncle-in-law)
  • Martini glasses and mixers - Allison B (coworker)
  • Ribbon ornament - Barb (coworker)
  • Snowflake wine glass - Erin (coworker)
  • Cocktail party plates and wine glasses - Janet (aunt-in-law) *added 1/1/2010
  • Cheese board and cheese knife - Janet (aunt-in-law) *added 1/1/2010
  • Recycled wine bottle bread dipping/serving board - Janet (aunt-in-law) *added 1/1/2010

Money/Gift cards:

  • Cash - the parents
  • Real silver dollar - the parents-in-law
  • Check - the parents-in-law
  • LOFT gift card - the sis and niece
  • Target gift card - Mike and Patti (uncle/aunt)
  • Cash - Wanda and Mickey (aunt/uncle)
  • Donation to Feeding America - Josh, Lauren and family (friends)


  • My favorite foot lotion (from Earth Therapeutics, and ridiculously hard to find) - the husband
  • LL Bean flashlight that charges in your car cigarette lighter - the parents
  • Flip Ultra video camera - the parents-in-law
  • Sweater - the parents-in-law
  • Two necklace pendants - the parents-in-law
  • Calendar and small Maglite-style flashlight - Wanda and Mickey (aunt/uncle)
  • Handmade soap - Jean and David (aunt/uncle-in-law)
  • Chinese hair accessories - Arthur, Yi Ru and family (friends)
  • Earrings and frog toy - Allison T (coworker)
  • Fancy soap - Judi (coworker)
  • Funny post-it notes - Emily (coworker)
  • Sparkly bracelet - Arthur, Yi Ru and family (friends) *added 1/1/2010


  1. Jesus, girl. You raked it in! And excellent choices for Dave's gifts.

  2. Yeah, we both have very generous parents, and a boatload of other relatives and friends with whom we exchange gifts. Keep in mind that we buy all of these people gifts too, though!