These are the things I would be tickled to receive for Christmas and/or my birthday:
1) (the long shot) Plane tickets for the whole family to go to Minnesota over Christmas break.
2) A leather coat, black or very dark brown (because I shed, and I am tired of trying to pick all the hairs off my wool coat).
3) A nice digital camera and someone who can teach me how to post pictures here, on this site.
4) A new showerhead for our bathroom, one that comes off the wall and sprays where you want it to spray (e.g. when you are cleaning the tile).
5) Something pretty--probably a necklace. Not too big, not too funky. Good colors for stones would be red, black or dark brown.
6) Rubber scrapers
7) Pot holders
8) BBC movies of British books (David Copperfield? Middlemarch? James Herriot?)
9) Our Mutual Friend, the book by Dickens.
10) A pair of really beefy kitchen shears, the kind you can use to cut through poultry joints.
I could use some clothes, too, but I probably need to pick them out myself. Ugh.
By the way, please forgive me for being so self-centered. But I can't list what I plan to get for other people, for obvious reasons.