I prefer to give people on my shopping list--including my sister--luxury items: things that they desperately want but would never buy for themselves. Last year, I got my sister volumes 14-23 of the Babysitters' Club series; the year before, she found a sexy denim jumper under the tree. I thought about giving her the Christmas sweater this year, but she wouldn't appreciate it. At least not as much as Becca.
Last week, my sister politely asked me to steer clear of the clothing and book departments at my favorite stores. That was just as well, because I had already decided to move on to housewares. Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to happen upon a collection of rhinestone-encrusted goblets at Ross-Dress for Less. Each goblet cost a little bit more than I wanted to spend--$14.99--but the suggested retail price was $29.99, so I felt good knowing that I got a good deal.
For obvious reasons, it was really hard deciding between the cup that said "Gold Digga" and the one that said "Shorty." In the end, I chose the "Gold Digga" cup because it combines two of my favorite things: street slang and phonetic spelling.
Plus, my sister is single and the cup's inspirational message will help her to keep her priorities straight.