January 07, 2010

Christmas Gifts 2009 Review

I am very lucky to have had a wonderful holiday season and have gotten some great gifts from my generous family.  Check out some of my favorite presents from this year:

Nintendo Wii:  Hubby totally surprised me this year and gave me a super fun Nintendo Wii system.  I’m usually not very good at video games and haven’t had a video game system since I was about 6 years old, but the Wii is totally up my alley.  It is tons of fun and is easy to play even for the most inexperienced gamers.  Plus it’s great for family get-togethers and a great way to spend time with my hubby.

Wii Fit:  For my new Wii, my sister gave us a Wii Fit system.  Video games aren’t for couch potatoes anymore, the Wii Fit actually gets us up and moving around.  It’s full of games and exercises and is totally fun!

Entertainers Dining Set:  My parents got me a set of 12 dinner plates, salad plates, and soup bowls.  Bed, Bath, and Beyond has an awesome deal on this dinnerware which is white porcelain with either gold or silver trim.  These dishes are an inexpensive (now just $10 a set on clearance!) and are a perfect addition to anyone who needs dinnerware for parties but doesn’t have the budget for pricey china place settings.

Camera Tripod:  I got this Targus camera tripod from my hubby’s parents and it has already improved my photography already.  It is great for group photos or when you need to keep the camera really steady, like if you’re taking photos in low-light or close-ups.  I used it to photograph my Christmas tree and was able to get beautiful photos of the tree in low-light for once! 

I also got some books, clothes, and other goodies from my family.  Like I said, I’m very lucky to have such a wonderful and generous family!

I'd like to think that I gave them some great goodies as well.  My favorite gift to give was perhaps the most unusual, but most rewarding.  I got my sister a flock of chickens.  Yes, chickens!  Let me explain, I made a donation in my sister’s name to the Heifer International charity.  This is a wonderful organization that helps empower people and fight hunger in the neediest parts of the world.  The chickens I donated in my sister’s name will be given to a family in an impoverished country.  The family will use the chicken’s eggs for nourishment and will sell any extra eggs as a source of income for themselves.  The gift will keep on giving, because once the family is able to they will pass on some of their chickens to another needy family in their village.  I encourage everyone to check out and learn about the wonderful work done by Heifer International.

Did you get  or give any great gifts this season?  Is there a charity you supported in 2009 or plan to get involved in this year?

1 comment:

Julia said...

Those are great gifts! You have a great relationship with your sister!