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I almost made my mom cry this Christmas. How'd you do?

I have a hard time giving gifts. I love to do it, but only if I can really get a handle on what the person wants. I like to make an emotional impact on them, and give them something that makes them truly happy.

I think I did pretty well with my dad's and sister's gifts this Christmas. My sister got Chameonaire Jamberry Nail Wraps (I've recently discovered Jamberry and am positively in LOVE with them! Check out my Instagram for my "Jamicures" over the last few weeks!). I honestly thought my sister knew, because when I had a Jamberry party a few weeks back, I was trying to figure out what my Hostess wraps would be, and I knew I wanted to get my sister something, since her party didn't do so well. I called her into the living room, and asked her what she liked when she was looking, so I could get ideas (There are a lot of wraps. It's mind-boggling!). She was surprised this morning, and told me she honestly had no idea. We did our nails this afternoon.

(L-R) Icy Boysenberry Polka Dot, Blue Quatrefoil,
Sheet Music, Bird on Fire, IBPD
I got my dad a new lapdesk for his computer. He's been using my grandmother's old writing desk that's warped, and about 2/3 of the size of his computer. The new one has a wrist guard, and is big enough for his gargantuan computer. It was what he'd asked for, and he seems to like it. I know he'll get a lot of use out of it. I even heard him mention today that his computer isn't overheating like it was, so score! I did have a hard time hiding it from him. He's a bus driver, and had lots of downtime since school's on break right now, so he was always home. I finally had to make him cover his eyes so I could bring it into the house. It had been camping out in my back seat since Monday!

My mom was the hardest for me to buy for. I honestly had no idea what to get her. I was going to get her a hat and scarf set to go with her new coat, but before I had the chance to go out and look, we had a dish-related casualty at our house.

To kind of set this up, my parents had been planning to move for about the last five years. They tried back when I was in college, but nothing. One thing they'd been told is to pack up the things you don't use very regularly, so they packed up a LOT of coffee mugs. One of these mugs was a Snow White and the Seven Dwarves mug my mom had gotten at Disney World back in 1981, which was her first trip there.

When we moved into this house, we were sorting the boxes of mugs, and I pulled out the Snow White mug. Snow White was my favorite movie when I was a kid, so I used it a LOT. It got put into the new mug rotation, and I used it all the time.

One afternoon, however, it slipped from its hook, falling to the tile floor, and shattering into hundreds of teeny pieces. My mom played it cool, saying that things aren't forever, but I could tell she was bummed. I hopped on eBay to see if they had it. And let me tell you...


I made mom open mine first this morning, because I've been keeping this a secret for about a month now. I just wanted her to see it. She was absolutely stunned, and touched, and couldn't believe that I'd been able to find it. I'm pretty sure I got a couple tears out of her, too. I wanted to find her something she loved.

Mission: Accomplished.

It was a great Christmas. It was low-key, and I stayed in my PJ's all day, and was just the breather I needed before I go head first into overtime at work.

Merry Christmas from The Modern Jane Austen, and have a Happy New Year!


  1. Aww! Gifts with extra special meaning, no matter how simple, are always the best ones. You did an awesome job.

    1. I almost cried at her reaction. I'm beyond thrilled that she loves it so much. :-)


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