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Our Greatest Gift Hits of Christmas, 2011

By Katie Allison Granju |

The 4 year old cousins trying out their new bikes from Santa

Now that we’re a few days past Christmas, and the wrapping paper is mostly all cleaned up, and the boxes have been sent away to the recycling place, I’m getting a sense for what gifts may be the biggest hits in our family this year.

Some years Santa really hits it out of the park, and I think this may have been one of those years. Everyone got some supercool gifts that they seem to really love, so I thought I’d share a few.

You will notice that I didn’t include any gifts for Jon in this little gifty roundup, and that’s because he asked that I not buy him anything this year for Christmas or for his birthday, which falls on January 10, and instead let him choose and buy a new Android tablet for himself. You see, he had a really cute 7 inch tablet that he loved…until a few weeks ago when Danger Baby sweetly toddled up to her Daddy,  grabbed Jon’s tablet off his lap, and in the blink of an eye, slung it across the room, shattering it. Jon was not amused, and he is now shopping the best price on a replacement.

Maybe I’ll add a photo of Jon with his new gadget when he gets it :-)

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Our Greatest Gift Hits of Christmas, 2011

How cool is this??!!

This is what my mother's beau, Jim surprised her with on Christmas morning. Isn't that a cool gift? It's vintage, and Jim had it refurbished and managed to get it into the house without her knowing so she could be surprised.


So now I want to hear from all of you. What is the most special gift that anyone in your family gave or received this year? Which gift has your kids most entertained for the past few days? Tell me about your own holiday surprises in the comments below.





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Katie Allison Granju

Katie Allison Granju is the married mother of five children, ranging in age from toddler to teenager. In addition to blogging for Babble Voices, she also publishes her own blog, Big Good Thing. Katie also enjoys working in her flower garden, riding her bike, and feeding the chickens she keeps in the backyard of her family's large Victorian house. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katie Allison's latest posts →

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10 thoughts on “Our Greatest Gift Hits of Christmas, 2011

  1. Georgia says:

    C will love her Goody Goody slippers. They’re gorgeous and are long lasting. I carried this line in my shop and know it well. They also making matching Mommy size slippers as well a pretty cosmetic bags.

  2. A.K. says:

    Well, I love coffee. I got a coffee maker that I can set so that the coffee’s ready in the morning. I also have a new sewing machine that I am going to try out today! Yippee!!! Who says girls don’t like gifts with electrical cords?

  3. leah says:

    Wow! We got socks and a new snow shovel, the kids got socks and a couple books, our two month old got a cloth dolly and a star teething blanket from learning curve. We don’t really do a huge “gift” thing on Christmas.

  4. misha says:

    I received a huge box of old, vintage, family photos! All of which I didn’t know existed. (and neither did my father until recently) None are older than 1930! I am the history keeper in our family and this gift was awesome!
    I adore the little bench! I think Mom’s beau is a keeper :)
    xo, misha

  5. AmyK says:

    First – my daughter has the same slippers (for her birthday!). She loooves them.

    Anyhow, for Christmas this year, we are in Puerto Vallarta. Best present ever. We gave the kids small presents and bought a piece of Oaxacan art for ourselves. Our past few holidays have been tragic and exhausting (deaths, injuries, illness, trauma), so getting away with just my husband and kids has been amazing.

    PS: The bench is beautiful.

  6. 2hounds says:

    Our biggest gift was definitely the plane tickets home to my parents. Well worth it even for only 5 days, my son and them just couldn’t get enough of each other and it was jsut great to see them Other things? I loved the new laptop, son lovet the new bike and helmet, etc., but I jsut as much loved the coffees with my mom, going shopping alone with my husband (I mean no child along) and we even got to go out one night, which we never do usually we have no babysitter. :) Was GREAT Xmas for all these little things.

  7. Kristina says:

    Zoe, my 11 yr old was surprised with a kyrios tablet from Grandma. We got her the owl puppets she really really wanted (she loves owls), and the Spyro Skylanders videogame for the xbox. It is sooooo cool! lol. Vincent, my 3 yr old got his 1st bike from Santa, but I think his favorite gift was his Smokey the Firetruck. He loves shooting the water balls at “fires”. He also got a green and yellow john deere childs recliner from grandma. Pretty good Christmas all together I think:)

  8. SNSinNC says:

    I think our two-year-old would be scared of the dancing Elmo…

    Anyway, C, our two-year-old got way too much stuff (play kitchen, pop-up tunnel, table and chairs and a bunch of trucks and tractors) but by far his favorite gift is the guitar we bought him. He’s obviously too little, but he is obsessed with guitars and we found a cheap child-sized one. Bummer that neither DH nor I can play or even tune the thing, but I can’t believe how good C is getting at it – or how gentle he is with it. He makes it make actual, musical sounds – he doesn’t just hit it over and over, which is what I guessed would happen. Definitely some music lessons in that kid’s future. So now we have this two year old minstrel wandering around our house…

  9. Beth says:

    My sister gave me a vintage version of the game Mystery Date. However, my husband and two sons refuse to play with me! Bummer…

  10. Mama/Nanny says:

    So glad baby girl likes dancing Elmo!

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