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my christmas list

Every year I have a hard time coming up with a Christmas list. My mom always asks me for a few suggestions and I can never seem to find that perfect thing I wouldn't buy for myself. This year I tried something new. I've started a new folder on my computer desktop marked "wishlist" and whenever I see something I'd really like, I take a screenshot of it and throw it into my wishlist folder. When it's time for holiday shopping, or my birthday is coming up, I can easily click through the items in my wishlist folder and make a list of things I really would be thrilled to receive.

Even better, my husband knows about my wishlist folder, and he can hop on my computer anytime to see what I might like to see under the Christmas tree. I try and have lots of items in there so it's still quite a surprise to see what he might choose. I thought I'd share a few things that are in my folder this Christmas... I'm highly doubtful that a new couch will arrive in time for Christmas, but hey, it's called a wishlist for a reason!

Top row: this beautiful font, this lovely tote bag

2nd row: these sweet bento boxes, some of this beautiful fabric

3rd row: this couch, some Japanese masking tape

Bottom row: this breadmaking book, this coloring pad for the kids, this beauty from Paul Rand

For more gift suggestions, visit the bloggers wishlist over at design*sponge, I listed a few other things I'll be giving and receiving this year.

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Reader Comments (34)

I have the artisan bread book and love it. I've used it to make bread about a dozen times, and there are still so many different recipes I've yet to try. Definitely worth buying for yourself (if it remains on your wishlist)!

12.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

I did the same thing for my husband a few years ago, too! It's funny--we share a few items on our wishlists--bento boxes, couch, and artisan bread book!

12.8.2009 | Unregistered Commenterbecca l.

Oh I hope you get the bread book and tape, I have both and simply love it! The bread is easy and yummy and the tape is fun.

12.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

I have that tote bag in navy! It's the best beach bag ever. The straps are a little short so it's hard to carry it on your shoulder, that's the only downside.

12.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

i do the same thing. i bookmark posts or site through reader. it has been so much easier to come up with a list this year too!

12.8.2009 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

Great idea. I love to do this too. I use Wishpot on-line to do this exact thing. Have you heard of it. Give it a try http://www.wishpot.com. I love it!

12.8.2009 | Unregistered Commentermamaloves

I love the doodle coloring book! It's been on my Christmas list for the last couple years...I don't think anyone takes it seriously.

12.8.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

I have the bento box on the right, and LOVE it! it's the perfect lunch box and is great on the eye!

12.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMari

have you ever tried wists.com? it's another alternative to the wishlist folder on your desktop and it doesn't take up hard drive! i'm obsessed.

12.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I do the same thing, only my folder is called "Stuff I Want", lol. "Wishlist" sounds a little nicer.

12.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Great idea!
Love the bentos.
I've given the artisan book but don't have it!
The doodle book was given to us and its great.
And that couch looks just like my new Ikea couch (which might be more affordable!)
Its called Karlstad, I think.
Merry Xmas :-)

12.8.2009 | Unregistered Commenterflowerpress

I wish I was half as organized as you! I think I'm going to send my husband to your wish list as it seems to have all the things I love!

12.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

I love the colourful bento boxes. They kind of look like Indian tiffin lunch boxes. Double purpose!

12.8.2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah

thanks for the great idea! i always have trouble thinking what i would like for gifts too. i officially just started a "wishlist" folder on my desktop.

12.8.2009 | Unregistered Commenterk

Hi there! I'm a long-time reader of your blog : -) I love it!
I wanted to let you know, just in case you like the Hayden Harnett in white too, I work in a little boutique in Walla Walla, WA, and we have one which I believe is $60 ish dollars! I forget the actual sale price...sorry!! I just got off of work and my brain is feeling rather slow from the cold outside! Anyway, just thought I'd give you a heads up! We don't have the sale price listed online yet but I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem to give it to you for whatever we're selling it in the store for, if it ends up a real Christmas-gift item!

12.8.2009 | Unregistered Commentermeisha

Brooke, I checked out the Artisan Bread book from the library recently and LOVED it. Returned it to the library and put it on my Christmas wishlist as well.


I hope you have the chance to try the method--it's fabulous. I'm eager to make it a regular part of my weekly routine.

Also, we have the Doodles book & the children absolutely love it. You should check out Rosie Flo coloring books, too, if you haven't already. My daughter really enjoys them.

12.8.2009 | Unregistered Commenterabbie

That artisan bread book is the BEST. I have it and love it. I've only used the basic bread recipe and tried the pizza dough, and they are fantastic.

12.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

love the couch, the tape and the typeface. excellent selections.

12.9.2009 | Unregistered Commenterseesaw designs

I adore your blog!
I have a quick question. I want to learn how to quilt and I have all of January to do so but I really do not know where to begin. I have found some quilt making kits for beginners but most of them are just not that pretty. And unfortunately I do not know a quilter so a book or a kit will have to do.
I know this is a busy season so I completely understand if you cannot get to this question - but I figured it was worth a shot!

12.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

that's a great system with your husband — and more subtle than emailing a list when someone asks you what you're wishing for. might have to try that.

12.9.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen jafarzadeh

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