How's that for a complicated post title?
Your input on measuring cups and colored pencils and manga-drawing books was SO HELPFUL! I bought Paul the Williams-Sonoma measuring cups and spoons set (if it's a success, I'll buy him the odd-size cups/spoons set next year), and also an adjustable measuring cup for measuring stuff like peanut butter. For Rob I bought the Prismacolor colored pencil set especially for Manga and the book Draw Your Own Manga: All the Basics. (CRAP, he looked over my shoulder while I was linking to that and said "Oh, yay!" Sigh.) Everything cost more than I'd planned to spend---but that's what I like about input: it gives me the confidence to spend more to get The Right Thing.
I have thought of another thing I need advice on. On my mom's wish list is "moisturizer for aging skin." She says that moisturizers that used to be too moisturizing in her 30s/40s now soak in like drops of water into a sponge, so what I'm looking for here is either:
• what YOU love, if you are in your 60s or so
• and/or what your MOM or GRANDMA loves, if your mom/grandma is 60s+
• but NOT what you love if you are in your 20s or 30s or 40s (MAYYYYYbe if you're in your 50s), because that is what I want to know for ME, but not for NOW
This is a category where you should not be shy about mentioning things that are very expensive. Yes, it's true I am a fan of inexpensive stuff; and yes, I spend $9 on Oil of Olay only because my $7 Dove was discontinued. But for a gift, and for when I am myself older, I am planning to SPEND, baby. So tell me what's BEST, not what's CHEAPEST. Even if it's out of range, I'll file the info away for when I suddenly inherit money from an elderly great-uncle I never knew I had.
And while you are in the mood to offer help and advice, may I direct you to tonight's post on the baby name blog, which is for twins due in February but born yesterday, and in need of names unexpectedly soon?
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...