(Updated 29 July 2011)
I’m open to gifts any time. Really. Just-because gifts can be even more special than birthday gifts, or Yule gifts, or name-day gifts. There aren’t enough holidays to use as excuses to gift people, in my humble opinion.
Gift certificates are always a hit with me. I know people are touchy about the impersonal but-it-looks-like-I-copped-out-and-didn’t-even-try thing, but seriously, the best thing you can do is give me the gift of choosing exactly what I want to buy. Gift certificates to these places are always welcome:
If you’re determined to get me something specific, I do have some online wish lists. Most of my wish list goes out of date pretty quickly as things are added and dropped, so I’ll direct you to the mostly up-to-date lists:
* I read a lot. (People who know me can pause to laugh here.) I also love music. My specific book, CD, and DVD wishlist can be found under A. Murphy-Hiscock on Amazon.ca. Please use it primarily as a shopping reference; support independent shops as much as you can. They’ll be happy to special order something for you if they don’t carry it regularly.
* Yarn and spinning supplies are always welcome. Gift certificates to Acme Fibres, an online spinning supply shop, make me dizzy with joy because I can buy fibre or accessories for my spinning wheels.
* The cello is an expensive instrument and maintenance is an ongoing thing. My local luthier is Olivier Perot and I’m sure they’d do a gift certificate for you. Gift certificates to Cellos2go.com to help buy things like cello strings, music, and accessories are great as well.
* I have a Wist (a general wishlist of non-book and DVD items) that can be found here. This has fun and silly stuff as well as clothing and whatnot.
I’m not picky; second-hand things in decent shape are fine. A lot of the stuff I’m looking for isn’t available new any more anyway.
I love hand-made and home-made objects, too.
And in case you think I’m materialistic, and measure love by presents… you’re wrong. I just love getting mail, and opening packages. And reading books. So sue me.