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What are you buying your loved ones this Christmas? We're looking for inspiration and reckon a big share-a-thon of ideas will help everyone buy better gifts this year.

BTW: If your family reads B3ta and you're worried about giving the game away then tell us what you bought last Christmas.

(, Thu 26 Nov 2009, 12:34)
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supposedly my best gift ever
or so my mum says. it's not exactly your average gift, but she still talks about it.

one year, when i was about 11 years old, mum came home from the shops in tears. she'd just been out to buy the christmas food, but somebody else had obviously been looking for a bargain and had mugged her and stolen her purse. she reported it to the police, who were, of course, no help whatsoever.
seeing my poor mum so distraught, i had a bit of a brainwave: i'd go carol singing! the few posher streets in our area were always good for a few quid, so i donned my parka and set off, towing mum's shopping trolley with me. fortunately, she didn't notice me taking it.
through the freezing wind and slushy snow i trudged, peddling my dodgy vocal talents from house to house. after 2 hours, i decided i'd had enough and called it a day. when i counted up my takings, the total was a little over 50. i was delighted! scurrying as quickly as i could, i made my way to the local supermarket, where i filled the trolley with festive treats, including a fairly decent sized turkey. every last penny went on shopping, from bread and milk to toilet rolls, everything i thought we'd need. feeling very pleased with myself, i towed the trolley home in the growing dusk.
i arrived home to see mum still red-eyed, worrying about how she'd cope without the food money. i showed her the trolley full of goodies and explained what i'd done.
i didn't expect the waterworks that followed! mum absolutely sobbed her eyes out. in my tiny kiddy brain, i thought i'd done something wrong.
she gave me the biggest hug imaginable and kept right on crying.
we had a great christmas that year.
that was 25 years ago, but she still talks about it.
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 21:33, closed)
**cries**
..that just made my day.
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 21:51, closed)
glad you liked it :)

(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 21:58, closed)
*dabs tears from eyes*
Utterly inadequate for such a lovely story but *clicks until fingers fall off!*
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 21:51, closed)
thanks :)

(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 21:58, closed)
wow
that is what Christmas should be about... love of family
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 21:57, closed)
exactly!

(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 21:59, closed)
^ this
Got it one, exactly what xmas is about. In return, have a xmas cracker that goes *click*.
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 23:32, closed)
thank you!
is there a hat in it?
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 23:31, closed)
You sod
Ive just blown my non girly gene credentials by blubbing like a .....well er a girly

blubs and clicks

FTW surely!
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 22:00, closed)
thanks :)
FIGHT THE PINK GENE!
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 22:02, closed)
*click*

(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 22:48, closed)
thanks :)

(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 23:08, closed)
Ah, blimey
That's the best story I've heard for years. That's what Christmas should be about - love and family.

Clicky click.
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 22:57, closed)
my point exactly
went to spain for christmas once, never again.
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 23:09, closed)
This should win
Best present ever, seriously can't click hard enough.

*click* FTW
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 23:32, closed)
thanks :)
she's getting a jumper this year!
(, Fri 27 Nov 2009, 23:52, closed)
aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwww
Lully.
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 0:54, closed)
thanks :)

(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 1:06, closed)
That was lovely.
.
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 2:30, closed)
thank you :)

(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 11:14, closed)

Top marks.
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 6:38, closed)
top thanks :)

(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 11:15, closed)
Aw! what a wonderful story.
I feel like a crap daughter to my mum now : (
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 7:45, closed)
don't!
things like this seem perfectly reasonable when you're eleven!
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 11:15, closed)
Damn you
You made my eyes leak.

Click.
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 8:05, closed)
heheh

(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 11:16, closed)
'she gave me the biggest hug imaginable and kept right on crying.'
You got me right there.

*clicks, and blinks really quickly in an attempt to man the fuck up before the wife walks in and realises he has a sensitive side..*
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 9:21, closed)
you've got a sensitive side?
don't worry, that's what the ointment is for
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 11:16, closed)
Tears here too
I'm a 44 yo bloke.

Well done!

You get my only click of the week. Consider it an early xmas present from all of us at MBD towers
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 11:43, closed)
i shall
and thanks :)
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 11:55, closed)
This is a lovely story.
Mums are always bowled over by gestures like this rather than big expensive presents. Good on you :)
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 12:31, closed)
she's still a bugger to buy for!

(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 16:08, closed)
If this doesn't get to the top of the list
...I will visit everyone who didn't click it and CUNT THEM IN THE FUCK!
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 12:40, closed)
hahaha!
thanks :)
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 16:09, closed)
actual tears in my eyes!
that's lovely *click*
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 13:42, closed)
thanks :)

(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 16:09, closed)
Time for a new QotW
Because ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 15:37, closed)
aaawwww
*blushes*
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 16:09, closed)
[Click]
Now sod-off while I have a manly weep.
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 15:48, closed)
real men aren't afraid to cry ;)

(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 16:10, closed)
Stop the qotw, this wins.
If this was the plot of a film it'd be sickmakingly twee, but as a real story it's wonderful.
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 16:18, closed)
this week, on true movies...
heheheh
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 17:46, closed)
pure quality
*clicks*
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 18:15, closed)
thanks :)

(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 19:57, closed)
* doesnt blub like a girl at all
so as not to invalidate my reputation as E4's premier hard man * ;)

thats truly lovely. I hope your christmas this year is as nice - and indeed everyone else's here is.
(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 19:21, closed)
same to you :)

(, Sat 28 Nov 2009, 19:57, closed)
As a mum
I bawled my own eyes out. What a sweetheart-that is a lovely story from a lovely person.


Waaaah!
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 7:07, closed)
thanks :)
she's not well right now, just left hers after tidying up and making her a cuppa
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 18:21, closed)
Sat in the living room, read this.....
desperately tried to hide the welling eyes from the kids!

Ace story though.

*Clicks HARD!
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 10:23, closed)
hahaha!
if they see you, they'll tease you relentlessly!
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 18:22, closed)
managed
to cover it up.
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 13:11, closed)
well done you
#smiles#
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 13:53, closed)
thanks :)

(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 18:22, closed)
win, win!
...but you'll never manage to top that :)
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 14:32, closed)
i know!
and that's the problem!
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 18:22, closed)
Nice story
is it true though?
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 14:53, closed)
it is indeed true
i've just got home from mum's. i asked her if she remembered it. she smiled, squeezed my hand and said "of course i remember".
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 18:24, closed)
Blimey
You are/were an angel.
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 6:30, closed)
not really
just the only one of 4 kids who's not too busy with kids and partners to help out
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 13:17, closed)
I think you just won the internet with this one

(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 19:08, closed)
yes, but
what do i do with it now i've got it?
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 19:11, closed)
Lovely story :)

(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 21:53, closed)
thank you :)
i am now drunk.
(, Sun 29 Nov 2009, 23:10, closed)
Sell it on eBay of course.

(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 16:26, closed)
of course!
and with the money, i can buy many shiny baubles!
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 16:45, closed)
a heartwarming story AND taking the time to reply to everyone individually
You, sir, are a the rarest of things: a true gentlemen.
wait until i've wiped the tears from my eyes please :D
you deserve to win this one...

*click*
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 8:25, closed)
thank you :)
although i am, in fact, female.
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 12:38, closed)
Consider that clicked.
Brilliant story.
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 11:52, closed)
thanks :)

(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 12:39, closed)
I want to read that story to the missus...
but i've got a lump in my throat.

I don't even cry at funerals - what have you done to me you heartless bastard?
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 12:04, closed)
i want to be heartless
but i've got this debilitating nice side that just won't let me!
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 12:39, closed)
Great story
This QOTW is a bit rubbish but this response is a sure fire winner.
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 12:20, closed)
thanks :)

(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 12:40, closed)
Oooops
My Boss has just asked why Im crying and if I would like to go home.....everyones a winner!
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 14:28, closed)
brilliant!
a kind and sensitive boss? that really is a christmas miracle! :D
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 14:47, closed)
It's not often that I smile these days but...
...that is a lovely story, very touching indeed. I hate it when parents cry too.
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 18:56, closed)
thanks :)
doesn't it make you feel uncomfortable and squirmy when they cry?
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 20:02, closed)
Yeah...
...like I'm not supposed to see it. Taboo...
(, Tue 1 Dec 2009, 15:59, closed)
it's like finding the joy of sex under their mattress
just plain wrong
(, Tue 1 Dec 2009, 16:10, closed)

This makes me want to weep like a bitch.

Win.
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 19:24, closed)
go on, do it
we all like a little weep now and again!
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 20:03, closed)
*sob*
Wow. that's lovely.
(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 20:11, closed)
thanks :)

(, Mon 30 Nov 2009, 21:46, closed)
Absolutley
beautiful story. Well done Ma'am *clicks a lot*
(, Tue 1 Dec 2009, 0:27, closed)
thanks :)
i'm starting to get a big head here!
(, Tue 1 Dec 2009, 0:43, closed)
EXCELLENT !!!
Wonderful stuff... Absolutely WONDERFUL. Love it.
(, Tue 1 Dec 2009, 11:43, closed)
praise from caesar ;)

(, Tue 1 Dec 2009, 15:53, closed)
damn you
Now I've teared up!
Ah well, I'll be able to blame on making the chilli if any of my housemates come home early.
(, Tue 1 Dec 2009, 17:25, closed)
quick, chop some onions!
:)
(, Tue 1 Dec 2009, 18:48, closed)
Well Done
I raise my glass to you Ma'am and wish you many good christmasses to come.
(, Tue 1 Dec 2009, 17:34, closed)
and the same to you and yours
:)
(, Tue 1 Dec 2009, 18:49, closed)

Bag o shite
(, Wed 2 Dec 2009, 12:46, closed)
yes of course
and i'm sure your family just adore your gifts
(, Wed 2 Dec 2009, 15:37, closed)
hahahaha

(, Wed 2 Dec 2009, 22:08, closed)

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