Christmas Gift Awards for 2010

We’ve had our Christmas gifts for a couple of weeks now, so I thought it might be time I share with you some of my favorites.** I mentioned in the last post that we are absolutely spoiled so don’t get all up in arms that my family so totally rocks more than yours, you’ve been warned.

Without further ado, my top ten list of gifts and their awards for Christmas 2010:

I really love to cook and bake. One of the gifts I was most excited about
from our wedding showers was my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. Unfortunately,
it’s a hassle when you want to make cupcakes AND icing (or other recipes
requiring you to mix multiple parts) because you have to wash the bowl in
between. My lovely step-mom was nice enough to buy me an extra bowl
for my stand mixer so I wouldn’t have to do dishes while baking! 🙂
Over Thanksgiving Vacation I witnessed my sister-in-law make the
most round, tasty homemade pancakes I had ever seen. I asked her
what her secret was, considering my pancakes typically turn out like some
sort of half-raw-scrambled-pancake-gunk, and she told me if you use one
of these skillets that pancake-making is super easy. Being the smart &
totally rocking family that they are, my dad, step-mom and sister (Morgan)
bought us this small electric skillet. Guess I’ll make them some pancakes
next time they are in town! Seriously the 1st round pancake I’ve ever made.
Plastic doctor’s kit? Um hell’s yeah! Okay, so things are not always
what they appear. My wonderful mother, in her infinite nurse-mom wisdom,
knew I had been wanting to practice suturing. So, she had her friends up in the OR
(she’s an L&D nurse) start saving all the expired suturing tools & supplies so
she could wrap them up for me in this little doctor’s kit for Christmas!
Gift card for a deep tissue massage from my amazing catch of a husband.
Need I say more?
My 15-year old sister, Morgan, seriously came up with
the coolest freaking gift idea ever. She made us our own
personalized Jones’ Soda Bottles. Now, I’m sure this would
be a super cool gift for anyone, but come on….our last name is
JONES! These drinks were made for us! Freakin’ Sweet! 
This is seriously the cutest, most functional purse
I have ever owned. A gift from my mom, her husband
and my little sister (Madison)
 that I’m lucky my mom
didn’t steal while I was recovering from an egg-nog stupor.
She got it from BagDuJour, a freakin’ sweet Etsy seller,
so it’s hand made! Plus, being a (low-key) Etsy seller myself, I
always like to support the small businesses over there! 
Even though my handsome husband really hates writing notes, he
knows how happy they make me. As I mentioned before, Christmas Cards
are one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. So, I’m always ecstatic
to see what card he picks out and to read the note he writes in it. 
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a super sweet
gift relating to our alma mater, Texas A&M! My wonderful
Aunt & Uncle got us this A&M jar and filled it to the very
top with pistachios! YUM! They got us lots of other wonderful
gifts, too. They single handedly spoil us more than any
aunt and uncle should….and I love it! 🙂
I wanted to name this one the “How’d We Survive This
Long Without It” award, but it wouldn’t fit on my ribbon.
My handy-man Dad got us this Shop Vac so we could vacuum
up the messes I (and HE!) make in our garage a little more easily.
It also functions extremely well to vacuum up the fur coats
our dogs leave behind after riding in our cars.
Seriously, they shed enough to kill an entire Allergy Office.
How does a shirt win the “Melt My Heart Award,” you ask? Well, allow
me to explain. My little sister, Madison, is 16 and has recently gotten
her first job (as a waitress….where I waited tables….as my first job)! She
chose to use her hard-earned pay check to go out and buy ME, her big sister,
a Christmas gift. Not just any Christmas gift, but a really adorable shirt.
I mean really, what 16 year old do you know that spends
their money on someone besides themselves?

So, there you have it folks. The Christmas Gift round-up for 2010. There were so many amazing things given to us, it was really difficult to narrow it down to just 10!! I am so thankful that my life has been blessed with such wonderful people. I seriously would not be the person I am today without the love and support of my rocking family.

Which of your gifts would get an award?
Do you have a favorite gift that you gave or received this year?

**NOTE: If you are reading this and you gave me a gift that is not included it does NOT mean I didn’t like it. This is just a quick run down of some of the great things I got this year. There are so many more that I didn’t have pictures of or couldn’t include in this post for the sake of length. Do not come to me complaining or asking why I didn’t like your gift. I did like it. I’m probably wearing or using it right now, actually.