Saturday, December 13, 2008

Gift Recommendations

I have one, and I need one. If you have the answer, and need another, leave a comment!

Have: The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora ($11 on Amazon). This retelling of the story has an African Prince in search of his Princess from among the North African nations. Selam! Jambo, Habari! Iska Waran! Dd and her preschool class love the illustrations, and the fact that they have a couple more ways to say "Hello" to visitors. A great gift for your little girl.

Need: Another idea for a soldier recently deployed to Iraq. We're putting a carepackage together on Christmas day for my cousin. We've gotten him the Mobile Foodie kit from flight101. It includes minitins of spices, a little wasabi, and a tiny tabasco. What else? When our loved one in the Navy was deployed, we sent her PowerBars (which the Post Office misunderstood not as "food" but as electronics, delaying delivery. Complete your declaration carefully . . .) We've heard others requested socks and pajama pants. But I hear that there is a Wal-Mart near base. Is that true? Should that affect what goes in a carepackage?


ELS said...

Does he like coffee? We just sent my brother a mug from Starbucks that has a Fench press built right in and added a pound of "good" coffee that he could make just for himself. Definitely beats the cafeteria coffee!

abebech said...

Oh, that's a great idea. And it helps decide what to send in carepackages later (more good coffee!) I'll have to check it out.
(Are you done with all your shopping?)

Julia said...

We sent wet wipes and reading material like recent newspapers and magazines and books. Chaptstick is good and so is hard candy (nothing that melts), although our friend didn't WANT to admit it, he did love the many back issues of People magazine I sent.

Anonymous said...

Ok, How about something to read : I really enjoyed Tony Dungy's Book-- a little Football, a little inspiration-- a little family...

Or will magazines ship overseas? (a subscription perhaps)

If there is a walmart near the base:
The other option: Wal-mart Gift card???