1. How much are you looking to spend on holiday gifts this year?
I’m not sure how much I’ve spent so far, but I’m guessing over $500. I kept all of my receipts, so I’ll add it up at some point.
2. If you have a pet, will you be buying them anything?
My mom bought cat food for some of our relatives’ cats. We have three cats and a dog, but I didn’t buy them anything. Last year I did dress two of the cats up for Halloween, though… and they hated me for it.
3. What is the most expensive item on your holiday “wish list”?
This year? I don’t really have a holiday wish list, and I don’t think I’ve had one in a few years. I pretty much buy what I want throughout the year, so I don’t really expect a lot when Christmas and my birthday come along – which is about 10 days after Christmas on January 6th, what some consider to be the “original” Christmas.
Last year, I got a Marc Jacobs bag from Steve. We won it on eBay for about 65% off what the retail price was. Money is always nice to get, too.
4. Does you or your family have any special Christmas/holiday traditions that take place every year?
I bought an anniversary edition DVD of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original animated version) a few years ago. It’s mandatory for me to watch that at least once, maybe twice, during the holiday season. It’s my favorite Christmas movie, hands-down.
5. What was the best Christmas/holiday gift you ever received?
That’s hard to say. As a kid, my parents were always very good to me during the holidays. Actually, “very good” is an understatement; let’s just say I’m an only child and was very spoiled as a kid, so I received probably 90% of the things that I put down on my Christmas list for “Santa.”
Because I’m a little too old to be playing with the same toys, one of my favorite holiday gifts that I received as a kid and still use was from my grandparents (mom’s side): a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I started watching the Food TV Network (they drop the “TV” part of the title now) when I was about 5 years old. I loved every recipe that Emeril Lagasse made on the Essence of Emeril and essentially learned the basics of cooking by watching his show, wishing that I could replicate his recipes – some of which still seem complicated to me, 18 or so years later. One of the kitchen tools that all of the chefs had, even back then, was the Kitchen Aid stand mixer. My grandparents knew I wanted the mixer from watching Food Network 24/7 and told my mom to go to Macy’s to pick one up as my Christmas/birthday gift. I don’t remember how old I was that Christmas, maybe 7 or 8, but it was something I appreciated then and love even more now.