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Although it was fun to buy for my children when they were young, it has become tough.

Thanks everyone for the ideas.

The quoted portion above was the problem I think - in previous years I've just had so much FUN finding them things and this year, I just didn't. Which sucks for me, but has nothing to do with them.

SO ANYWAY, I ended up with:

Oldest: some fitness stuff (because he's a gym rat), coordinated belt/shoes/watch since when he's not in gym shorts he likes to dress well (and this stuff costs WAY more for a human wearing men's clothing than it does for a human wearing little boy clothing), a few smaller items, and a new comforter/sheets that are manly and neutral enough (in a twin XL) he should be able to take it to college with him, if I ever get his stubborn butt to turn in homework and he has a decent enough GPA (test scores are through the roof dang kid) to get in to a good school BUT LET'S WORRY ABOUT THAT LATER SHALL WE?

Her Bootiness: hair dryer/brush doodad she wanted, art supplies, a lamp she was coveting while we shopped for Niece, bunch of small things since she likes quantity at Gifting Events. The lamp is going to delight her, she was really eyeballing it.

We (T and I) still had a really good time shopping for Leroy Jethro, which is why I think I was still struggling with not having fun with the older kids' shopping.

Also of note: T got me two things, but couldn't wait until Xmas for me to open them - he literally ran into the room with the Amazon box, opened it, said these are your Xmas gifts aren't they cool?! One was a dinosaur garden figure that's eating garden gnomes, and one was a quarter keeper for my Aldi's quarter.

And that folks, is how you know you have settled into a comfortable marriage.

done shopping
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