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{Or something like that.}

We have this problem pretty much every year, and each year it seems to get worse.

“This” is on the list of “permanent things that are constants in our lives”; in the “mystery” category.” Other things on the non-mystery section of this list include, but are not limited to, chickens, horses, cats, dogs, and farm anything. 😀

I don’t know if we are strange or not, but it really is difficult to go gift shopping for the kids, particularly at this time of year. Used to be, we’d do a bigger ticket item for them collectively; lately they’ve been pooling their monies to buy their own higher dollar items.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m not complaining.

For years, we’ve been overloaded with junk. Several years ago, I even had to put the kibosh on bringing everything, including new books into the house, because we were overloaded with stuff.

We did a lot of good weeding, but it’s amazing how much stuff stuck around with the move. We definitely have more space here, which is good.

The issue now has become, what to get the kids for Christmas?

Does this seem like a strange problem to have? I don’t know. Are we alone with this mystery?

Several years ago, I had taken to having the kids make lists, which they manage to fill. It goes without saying that I weed a lot of the junk off of the lists.

I’m looking at my oldest daughter’s list, and I kid you not, right before the Burt’s Bees lip stuff request is this gem:  “another horse.”  😆 😆 To be fair, on everyone’s list, including hers, is tack.

Shoot. I want tack, but can’t find what I want.  And now it’s a little late. We may have to wait for a tack show in the spring.

But I digress.

You’d think Christmas shopping would be easy, but it’s not. I can’t stand getting junk just to get stuff. We have a habit of buying things like, oh, socks, for example, and then saying, “This is part of your Christmas gift.” 😆 And, to be fair, they do LOVE  getting socks {especially goofy socks, like toe socks (and no, they didn’t steal mine!)}, so that’s all good.

I’m thinking we may try more of a “Throwback Christmas.” You know, like something we’ve done when they were littler.

There was the one year they all got their own roll of craft paper. They each had their own, and I didn’t care what they did with it.

Another year, they all got copy paper. Yep, they did. I got tired of mine disappearing when I needed to print, so they got their own brick and left mine alone for, oh, like a week or so.

So this year, I am thinking, we need to do some monogrammed or otherwise labeled stuff in that same vein.

At the top of my list are brooms and dustpans. Despite me buying numerous brooms and dustpan/small broom sets, we never seem to be able to find them when we need to do chores.

Along these lines, I’ve thought about giving them each a vacuum, but that’s a bit spendy. I may just bite the bullet and give them each a pack of vacuum belts, which we go through a significant number of.

To spread out the giving, we may do some early/late gifts for birthdays, and yard tools are always a huge hit around here; shovels and rakes in particular. This might be one of those early gifts so maximum usage can be had.

At the very top of my list, though, I’m thinking of utility necklaces personalized with their names on them. {I can’t use initials, because they all have the same initials; yes, all of them……} On these necklaces, we need to have something for keys. We can never find shed keys, so this is good.

We’ll need a dangly part for a paint can opener. We are still painting, and we can never seem to find an opener. If everyone has one hanging around their necks, surely someone can open the can.

And finally, the one “charm” that needs a retractable cord so it never comes off the necklace, is a pair of scissors.

Did you know that scissors are in short supply? Indeed, they are. There’s a missing colony of them, which seems to be not unexpected for this state. 😉 I am sure they are somewhere in a hidden location, laughing at the effort to locate them.

A necklace with a cord would make escape nearly impossible. I say “nearly,” because as you well know, there are likely undercover operatives in the house, that seek to shuttle them to their secret hiding spots. It’s an underground network, I am convinced. If we ever find it, we’ll find not just the missing scissors, but a good number of socks, too.

{And if you think I’m nuts, they actually do have such a thing that you can connect scissors to:  scissorsreel

Except I’d want the necklace form of the reel.}

So. That’s what I’m thinking. This year, we may just go past the expected socks and underwear and do the necklaces, brooms, vacuum belts, and pens! How could I forget the pens?

These can go on the necklaces, too, those little sharpie pens. They are fantastic utility items.sharpie Get one of those and hook the whole mess on one of those badge reel thingies, badgereel and we’re good to go!

I need to figure out a solution to make the tips of the scissors safe, so the kids don’t poke any eyes out or accidentally impale themselves. I’ll also need a paint lid opener tip cover, too, because those can be pokey and sharp as well.

Heck, while I’m at it, I should probably make myself a necklace too……

Looks like this year’s Christmas Mystery has been solved! I’d better get to it, because I’m running out of time. :mrgreen:

What are your favorite gifts for your older kids and teenagers?

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