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post #1 of 75
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Ok, so it's a little early to post this thread, but i just got one of my presents early, and i had to tell you guys.

my sister and her husband gave me their firewire iBook!!!! :eek: :eek:

w00t!

turns out they were thinking about getting a G4 Powerbook anyway, and knew how much i've wanted a mac to work on, so they decided to give me their iBook. it's only a few months old at this point. i'm so happy i could fly!!! woo hooooo. i've wanted my own mac for forever now, but since i have no money, it's been a bit of a problem.

well, no matter what else happens tomorrow, this has got to be the best present ever!
post #2 of 75
Wow!! Congrats!! Great gift, major props to your sister and hubby!! I'm going to wait until tomorrow morning to open gifts. Truth be told, the things I really want in life are not material, so there really isn't much that someone could give me that would get me excited, so I'm not expecting much, but we'll see what happens
post #3 of 75
A full set of Avid Disc brakes for my bike
some biking shinguards
ski pants
and some boots (dont know where that came from)
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post #4 of 75
CASH!

yummy

ps.They now all saved toward to my MP3 player "foundation"

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post #5 of 75
My wife got an iBook-DVD too.

I got three DVDs. Blade Runner. Taxi Driver and Fargo. Fight Club was sold out. I got a mini-TV, clothes, night mask thing (lots o' light here in the city when you're trying to sleep) money, clothes, No Spin Zone book , something in the mail from my mother which hasn't come yet and I'm sure will be post marked the 27th, ummmm? clothes.

Plus my father in law gets about $200 in Outback gift certificates that he just sends over to us along with about 20 pounds of Starbucks coffee.
post #6 of 75
I got clothes and "Obi Wan" for XBox. I also got a small gift card to the Apple Store in Salem, NH.
post #7 of 75
my parents refuse to give me computer gifts so I got: front seat leather, a hood ornament, front bumper, and floor mats all for my XJS. Oh ya, and a sweater.
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post #8 of 75
A camera bag and money. Enough money to buy an iPod and more, but I'm waiting to see what comes out at MacWorld.
post #9 of 75
I actually had a very nice Christmas. Simple, but stuff I'll actually use...which is a first!

- coolest gift of all: the Godfather trilogy DVD collection! I didn't ASK for it, I didn't even know it EXISTED and NOBODY in my family knows how much I love those movies. My mom just said "just seemed like something you'd like...I know you like Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino"
How cool is that? All three films, plus two DVDs worth of commentary, extra footage, interviews, behind-the-scenes, etc. I'm so happy! My mom got me a gift "I couldn't refuse"!

- A cool hat with the UPS logo and #88, my favorite NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett (UPS is his primary sponsor). It actually looks very cool: brown/cream with gold trim/piping. UPS/88 logo on front, small NASCAR logo on back. Low profile, adjustable, thick weathered material, etc. A really nice hat. Been wearing it all day!

- My ex got me a really cool jacket. Kinda simple, thick weathered windbreaker kind of thing with pockets on the inside. One of those "would never think to buy it for myself but I love it!" gifts. Coolest of all? It's this cool dark green color. I've never owned anything green, so this will be a nice change and something different to wear. All the clothes I buy for myself are black, gray, orange or blue.

- Target gift card. Yahoooo! I'll spend it all tomorrow by 10am! I LOVE Target!!!

- $300 total from various family members. Deposited it into my "new iMac fund" this afternoon. That now puts me at $1450, all earmarked for a new Mac! I'll be adding more paycheck after next.

That's it. Not a stinker in the bunch. I BEGGED everyone to PLEASE not do what they usually do and just buy stuff because I'm far away and they think it "helps". I usually get so much stuff I'll never use or wear that it drives me nuts. This year, it looks like they actually listened to my pleas and I only got a few things, but every one of them I'll use and enjoy!

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post #10 of 75
-Couple of DVDs (America: tribute to heroes, Steely Dan: Two Against Nature, U2: Elevation Tour, Moon and Boeing documentaries)
- Couple of CDs ( DTS Sheryl Crow Globe Sessions, Gov't Mule, Bob Dylan- Love and Theft)
- Couple of model buildings for my trainset.
- A Dremmel
-Couple of baseball books
- Fly II, IBM Viavoice OS X, All-Star Baseball 2002 (GC)
- A Woody pull string doll

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post #11 of 75
Nothing and problems with my girlfriend........


Merry f*cking Christmas

The nothing part doesn't surprise me since I never get anything.
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post #12 of 75
who cares about the good stuff, I much prefer to hear about the really bad stuff people get for x-mas. My Aunts and Uncles on my dad's side of the family always manage to give some particularly bizarre presents. The fact is, they only see me once a year, and don't really know me that well, so, honestly, I appreciate the fact they try to pick something out for me, instead of just giving me a card with cash. Though every year they manage to get something very much off the mark.

I'm used to the merely mediocre gifts, but last year they were all extraordinarily off the mark. One got me a football, another got me a ny mets jersey, size XXXL, and yet another got me a die cast replica of jeff gordon's nascar.

These are interesting since I'm a faggy little art student who has always made my disinterest in sporting activities well known to everyone, and the jersey is particularly amusing since the largest size shirt I wear is a gap medium (and gap tends to run pretty big). The nascar came completely out of nowhere.

The jersey was rather nice, and an uncle on my mom's side of the family happened to like the mets and wore a XXL, so I gave it to him. I forget what happened to the football and the nascar. The rest wasn't so bad that year, mostly cash and some candy.

This year, my favorites were a card with four lotto tickets, and another card with $15 in McDonalds gift certificates. The rational for the McD's, the aunt explained, was that "they would work in any state." And I said "oh, thank you," and thought, 'well yeah, so would cash, or a gift certificate for the gap, barnes & noble, or best buy, **** I'd have settled for walmart.'

I gave both the lotto tix and McD's to my sister. I try to accept everything as graciously as possible, but often find myself at a loss for words. The funniest thing is that everyone on this side of the family is doing rather well financially, despite the current economic downturn. I just tend to get the table scraps because no one really knows me that well, or cares to take the five minutes to call my mom to ask what I might like (or, you know, what size shirt I take).

I try not to be ungrateful, I generally insist that they don't even bother with me and just focus on my sister and nephews, so I just have to wonder why they try?

any other really good bad presents? and socks don't count!

ciao,

michael
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post #13 of 75
Logitech wireless mouse (i didn't ask for wireless, but i think i'll stick with it, its not really hindering anything, and i'm far too lazy 2 take it back)

ski boots

256megs of ram (i'm up to 384 now)

a few shirts and lots of money, although i don't know what to buy, i wish i could buy an ipod, but my rev D imac lacks firewire
post #14 of 75
my brother got some pretty cool stuff as well.

I'm quite jealous of his MacAlly iShock 2 controller

although there aren't many mac games shock compatible and there is no OS X support yet
post #15 of 75
I got:
 Nikon 3.x megapixel digital camera
ÂÂ*iPod
 GameCube w/Rogue Leader, Waverace, and SSX Tricky, an extra controller and memory card
 DVDs: "South Park, Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" and "Scary Movie 2"
 CDs: Puddle of Mudd - Come Clean, and AFI - The Art of Drowning

Brother got:
 550MHz TiBook
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post #16 of 75
<a href="http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~ceugene/photos/yoogcube.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~ceugene/photos/yoogcube.jpg</a>



Okay...the Cube wasn't a gift, and it came with Luigi's Mansion, Madden, Rogue Squadron II, a controller and memory card. I bought a second memory card and then Super Monkey Ball and Tony Hawk 3.

The other games were gifts. The 'spice' controllers were gifts from friends.

Everything else = clothes

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post #17 of 75
Oh man. You really cashed in man.

I got a lot of cool stuff from my parents...all that I asked for. I'm really psyched.

A pair of Grado SR80 headphones, that I decided I wanted after seeing how ugly Sennheisers are. They're in the mail and arriving (hopefully) tomorrow. My other big present was an additional desk...they don't know what to get exactly, but my current desk is kinda crowded with all of my stuff on it and there's no room for homework (but who cares about homework?).

Other stuff I got were two pairs of pants, $150 from grandparents that I think will go to the Logitech Cordless Freedom Optical and a copy of Civ 3 or Myth 3, Steven Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell, a $15 gift certificate to the pharmacy since my parents are too lazy to buy stocking stuffers, a 4 port USB hub (Belkin), a huge baseball book which I will return in exchange for comic books, and a T-Shirt. Woohoo!

Now I'm just gonna wait until my CDRW drive arrives and I will be ready to make my iTunes playlist happily portable. If I just had an iPod...

For all of you who recieved new Macs and wads of cash, I envy you. pscates, way to save up for an iMac. $50 to go!
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post #18 of 75
I got an external 60GB HD, a Keyspan digital remote, and a few games. I also got a lot of money. The best part (ever though it wasn't actually a present) was that my grandma gave me $200 to spend on whatever I want. I'll probably wait and save $200 more and get an iPod.
post #19 of 75
A nice set of travel cases from Magellan's was a nice surprise...and I also got a new Hewlett Packard printer from someone who heard me complaining about how my old Deskjet 850 was on its last legs. So now I have this new USB printer and an *ancient* beige G3, also on its last legs, which of course is *not* USB equipped....so I have now decided to buy myself a slightly belated Christmas present of whatever Mr Jobs presents early in January for we Mac people! G4, G5, whatever it is, I'm ordering one!
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post #20 of 75
Hey pscates...another DJ fan here
I am hoping to make it over to the Texas Motor Speedway sometime to see a race.

Anyway, I got NOTHING...but I haven't had a "normal" Christmas for a long time. I get a lot of stuff on my own. I am getting a bunch of DVDs in the coming weeks like Buffy Season 1, The Fast and the Furious, Tron remasterd, Stargate SG1 season 1, and maybe a few more.
I already have like 400 of the damn things. :cool:
post #21 of 75
[quote]Originally posted by scadboy:
<strong>who cares about the good stuff, I much prefer to hear about the really bad stuff people get for x-mas. </strong><hr></blockquote>

Oh okay. For my birthday last month some friends got me a t-shirt with a large picture of my wife on it. ****ing hilarious! They didn't mean it as a joke either.

[quote]Originally posted by scadboy:
<strong>These are interesting since I'm a faggy little art student who has always made my disinterest in sporting activities well known to everyone</strong><hr></blockquote>


Maybe they know that and are trying to "help". They're saying, "come back to our team"
post #22 of 75
Thread Starter 
the worst i've ever seen was my cousin's grandparents. they're loaded. so what do the grandkids get for christmas?

a used ugly as sin sweater.

with the 25 cent price tag still on from the garage sale.

ouch.
post #23 of 75
Well then they "meant" that.

I hate to say it (maybe I don't) but one part I like is that my inlaws spend way more on me than my mother does. I was rolling off the long list of stuff they got me and my mother's gift hasn't even gotten here yet. :cool: I'm going to hell <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
post #24 of 75
Reading this thread makes me realise how spoiled many people are.
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post #25 of 75
My girlfriend got me a sweater that is by far the nicest item of clothing I own (to say nothing of the only sweater...) It was mostly cash from everyone else, although nowhere near the amounts other people here are talking about... :eek: I'm just glad not to have the stupid never-going-to-get-used gifts again this year.

You said it, G4Dude.
post #26 of 75
Well I'm not spoiled...I work for everything I have.

My family and best, closest friends are all 3,000 miles away on the other side of the country and I spent Christmas pretty much by myself today, with the exception of breakfast/gift exchanging/hanging out with my ex this morning (yes, we're still good friends, blah, blah, blah...).



Whatever gifts I received today were genuine surprises and shockers, based on previous patterns/history. But I asked for - nor expected - ANY of them. My mom sent me a box via UPS that's been sitting here for a few days. I didn't want to open it prior to today so it would feel "right" doing it Christmas morning.

And I'm genuniely thankful and appreciative of them and made sure the people who gave them to me knew that. I spent HUGE chunks of the day on the phone to friends and family back home making sure of that.

Not looking forward to my next phone bill...

:eek:



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post #27 of 75
- fuzzy slippers that look like bulldogs (very cool, will be used)
- big apple/cinammon candle (very cool, will be used)
- 3 groverat-style shirts (very cool, will be worn)
- 2 nice towels & 2 nice hand-towels (very cool, will be used)
- a sweet tobaggin I'll never wear because I get hot far too easy (very cool, will never be worn)

No one gets me electronic stuff, ever, even though they know damned well that I am obsessed with electronics.
Quoth my mother while handing me the gift the wrapped up slippers, "I saw something called a Dreamcast marked down to $25 at the store (East Texas-speak for Wal-Mart), but I thought maybe you already had one." :eek:

I am very appreciative, even if someone wraps pocket lint to give to me. I am a sparing gift-giver, you really have to have earned it to get one from me. I'm a little too lavish when I decide that someone deserves a gift, however, and looks like January will be a month of Ramen noodles for this college boy.
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post #28 of 75
667Mhz TiBook that im on right now with DVD 30GB 512MB of RAM!(read on you see why I am happy), but I earned this little son of a bitch working my ass of in school, plus I been using a Umax Supermac S900 (604e 233Mhz) with 32MB OF RAM! I feel I am on a supercomputer right now, oh wait, I am.
post #29 of 75
I had a merry little Christmas indeed. I got:

ÂÂ*A 550mhz TiBook with 512mb of ram (which I bought myself and am typing on right now).

ÂÂ*DVDs: Miracle on 34th Street (The original. I love that movie), The Simpsons: Season 1 & Boiler Room.

ÂÂ*Books: "Killing Pablo: The hunt for the world's greatest outlaw" a lovely Christmas tale (hehe) about the US's efforts to find Pablo Escobar the cocaine cartel leader.

"Cold Zero: Inside the FBI hostage rescue team" sounds interesting, haven't started reading it yet.

"World War 2 Extra: An around-the-world newspaper history from the treaty of Versailles to the Nuremberg trials" This book looks SO neat. It's the size of a newspaper and it contains full-size copies of hundreds of different newspapers from the WW2 era, very cool.

ÂÂ*CDs: A few classical/jazz CDs by Jean-Pierre Rampal.

 Magazines:
"Adbusters" I LOVE this magazine. A very intelligent look at consumerism, mass-market advertising and the whole rebellion against letting corporations treat us like cattle. It's a Canadian publication that is responsible for Buy Nothing Day. I don't know if you've heard of BND, but it's taking off all over the world. You can check out Adbusters spiffy site which includes tons of info on BND <a href="http://www.adbusters.org" target="_blank">here.</a>

"WiReD" It's the weirdest magazine I've seen yet. Written by and for technology freaks and geeks, yet it has Gucci and Gap ads and the typical reader apparently makes six figures. It's got cool articles and interesting web links. Much goodness within.

"MacAddict" Got the newest issue, can't wait to try out the CD. There's always something cool on there.

"Foreign Policy" An interesting global politics and economics magazine.

"Architectural Digest" Because I can't believe people actually live like that.

"Harpers" No, not the fashion magazine. This one is an interesting mix of international law, random cool articles and some weirdness thrown in. I'm reading the article on the CIA's experimentation with psychics in the 70's. Interesting read.

 Cash (yay)

I got more stuff, but I can't remember. All I know is that I'm quite pleased with what I did get.

Note: Yes, I realized I'm sickeningly spoiled by a family gone overboard in the gift-giving department. But I did reciprocate by purchasing not one but two DVD players for family members, a television for another and a necklace from my mom. Books for others. DVDs for all. Etc., etc.

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post #30 of 75
[quote]Originally posted by MacAddict:
<strong>A pair of Grado SR80 headphones, that I decided I wanted after seeing how ugly Sennheisers are. </strong><hr></blockquote>

You fool! Headphones are to listen to, not look at!

(listening to brand new Sennheiser HD580 mmmmmm)
post #31 of 75
This was an unusually big Christmas....

I got an XBox, Halo, Project Gotham, Air Force Delta Storm (SUCKS!), extra controller + S-Video cable (for use with my parents TV, you have not experienced an X-Box until you have used S-Video, 'nuff said)

I'm gonna take $20 out of the $40 in Christmas money I received (which happens to be the only money I have until I manage to get hired somewhere) and take a poor friend of mine shopping for a CD or something.
post #32 of 75
You don't like Airforce Delta Storm? :confused:

Can't lock onto the enemy fighters, eh?
post #33 of 75
my christmas was pretty domestic. the highlights were the ipod (they gave it to me weeks ago, but technically it was for christmas. they did wrap up the empty box ), a really cool michael graves design toaster, an ironing board, (both from my cousin alli - there's ten of us so we just draw names instead of buying everyone something) and some other stuff to help gussy up the ol' bachelor's pad. my little brother gave me his playstation, since he got a gamecube from my parents. my brother is getting much cooler as he exits puberty . My mom bought my dad a new bigass HDTV for the den, so I get the old 27", which i cannot wait to use in tandem with my old playstation.

I didn't really get any bad gifts this year. Most of my relatives with sub-par taste stuck with gift cards, although I got one gift card "pottery barn," which i've never even heard of until two days ago and am like over 500 miles from the nearest store. i guess i should see if they have an online store.

So I'll just have to go with the all-time worst gift. This one has a happy ending though. My uncle married this lady, Cheryl, they were together for ehh I guess 3 years. The rest of the family couldn't stand her. She gave the worst gifts. When I was 13, she gave me a sweatshirt that she made for me, with a huge iron-on transfer of a piano and musical notes, and gold puffy paint musical symbols and little wavy things. and it had a huge piano pin on it. My mother made me wear it around the house for the rest of the day. It never got near my body again after that. It was very...Liberachi. It was especially puzzling since we had told her the christmas before that I'd quit piano lessons. Maybe she was trying to entice me to go back.

Long story short, they divorced and she married some guy and they live in a castle in Jackson, Mississippi where they give tours and she wears a princess gown. My uncle has learned to love being a bachelor and now gives us very creatively disguised wads of cash for Christmas (this year I got a box of packing peanuts with 200 one dollar bills stuffed inside the peanuts)
post #34 of 75
UPDATE: instead of saving that $200 towards an iPod I ordered a 24x CD-RW drive this morining because I was sick of the slow speeds of my 4x USB burner.
post #35 of 75
From my Wife:
Gap Wool Jacket (Veryah Nice!)
a new Belt
a new Wallet
and a Palm m100

From my Brother:
Pikmin for Nintendo GC.

From my Dad:
Starwars Ep. 1 DVD
Final Fantasy Special Edition DVD
Drum Corps International Quarters, Semi's, and Finals Tickets on the 40 yard line upper deck!

From my Mom:
USB PDA connector (for the Palm)
House Shoes
a buncha stuff for the baby (due Jan 27th)
and best of all a Sony Digital Camcorder (did someone say Final Cut Pro?)

All in all it was a good Christmas for me.

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post #36 of 75
 Underwear Boxer Briefs
 Slippers too big
 Cool shoes that are too big
 Peppermint and Cinnamon Altoids
 Cool shirts
 $30 Gift card to the mall
 A desk set which I will never use
ÂÂ*A calendar
 Hair Gel "Mega Mega Hold number 9"
ÂÂ*These cool adhesive mustaches (joke from mom)
ÂÂ*soap from sister
ÂÂ*this calendar/phone gadget that I probably wont use
 A brenthoven carrying case for my iBook
post #37 of 75
What i got? well.
Age of Empires II Gold,
Star Trek Voyager Elite Force,
Star Trek Voyager video,
£20 of HMV Gift voucher.
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post #38 of 75
An iPod from my girlfriend (whoo-hoo!!!), that she ended up "borrowing." Sigh. Kind of figured it wasn't really "for me," anyway.

I did reciprocate by getting her a DVD player, which I fully intend to "borrow" by hosting my next kung fu movie night at her place, so I guess I can't complain that much
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post #39 of 75
BTW Corvette,

That's Brenthaven

Nice bags eh?

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post #40 of 75
Wow...some of you guys cashed in big-time. Tiger if you're being serious and not just whining, I'm sorry to hear that dude. Hopefully your woman problems will be resolved by New Year's....

As for me, through the miracle of well-marketed wish lists, I avoided the phenomenon whereby I get a bunch of fancy clothes that I rarely have occasion to wear (and no room for in my small closet anyway), and got some practical stuff such as:


Edmonton Alternate Jersey (needed another jersey to practice in)

A Cocoa Programming Book (want to learn the finest of all API's)

Office v.X Upgrade (self explanatory, and no CD Key troubles luckily)

and my woman surprised me with an ultra-comfy pair of pj's from Land's End. Will be hard pressed to change out of them every morning....

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