New hand mixer. Now I can make ice cream again. But maybe I should have asked Santa for a new microwave. Mine is possessed. It only runs when the door is open. Yes open. I’m pretty sure it’s violating some safety protocol somewhere. I have a video but it won’t let me upload it.
@un4gvn1 I helped my son build a charcoal forge out of an old gas grill and a vacuum cleaner back when he was a teenager. We did a brief test run and it seemed to work (more or less - what do I know?), but he lost interest before he actually used it to forge anything, so his dream of crafting his own Excalibur was not to be. Probably for the best.
@macromeh More budding blacksmiths fall by the wayside than actually get proficient. My plan is to start small, the first thing I make will be “noise”. Followed eventually by decorative items, gifts and smalls (drawer pulls, coat hooks, etc).
I may eventually get good enough to attempt bladesmithing, but that’s really a craft all it’s own.
I had a video chat with family living all over the USA and it was AWESOME! I hadn’t seen some of them in years! Dad’s stuck in Florida, me in the hospital, moms home quarentening alone (after just being exposed to the virus ) and it was STILL a great Christmas with LOTS OF LOVE and memories made. In these crazy days of 2020/Covid WHO could ask for more than THAT!!
I got a DJI Mavic Mini 2 with the flymore package and the super important, “I tried to teach my drone to swim (and failed) or the I flew my drone into a wall at 25kph (successfully)” insurance replacement bundle. My wife totally rocks!
my partner and my parents (the only people who buy gifts for me anymore - which is perfect) always get me great gifts, and i was most happy this year in particular that i was able to return the favor. (i always get nice stuff for them but this year i was able to track down some hard to find, sentimental stuff thanks to the kindness of strangers!)
the best thing i received this year was probably my bearaby weighted blanket from my partner. i never ask for expensive things like that, but this is something i researched and have wanted for awhile now. i have hardly come out from under it since i opened it!
Like most years, my honest reaction when reflecting over the gifts I received is a) I appreciate the sentiment, but what a waste of money, I’m not going to use any of this stuff and b) I wonder if I am as horrible at picking out gifts for other people as they are at picking them out for me
My BEEKMAN 1802 VARIETY BOX of pure goat milk lotions, soaps and face wipes. Its THE BEST stuff on earth for my crazy dry skin! I’m allergic to everything and they are unscented. They sell a bunch of scented ones but I like the Pure Goat Milk. I cannot stop using the lotion stick! Woohoo
Nippon moriage satsuma dragon tea set, 15 pound weighted blanket, and all 10 of us siblings plus mom and dad, and a few of the nieces/nephews in a very loud and confusing zoom chat. The best presents, though, were not only the calls I got from my boys, but the fact that they called all of their grandparents, too.