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    Christmas Presents 1887
    #1
    I always love when this thread comes around every year, so I've taken it upon myself to start it for 1887! So now I'm asking: What are your characters getting their friends/family/significant others for Christmas this year?


    #2
    Prue has a tiered gift giving system which basically ensures no one she knows gets left out and she handily avoids any potential embarrassment because so and so's cousin didn't get anything from her.

    Fourth Tier: Acquaintances/friends of friends, who get generic greetings and well wishes for the holiday season.

    Third Tier: Basically anyone she knows well enough to call a friend, but isn't particularly close to gets a nice holiday greeting card and a package of extremely fancy chocolate/candy or something like that.

    Second Tier: Close friends (who I haven't plotted because I suck? so this is generally speaking) get personal letters and gifts based on what they've indicated interest in throughout the year. She spares no expense here and often gets things imported so her gift is that much more impressive. 

    First Tier: Family! Her father and stepmother get a new set of silverware or a nice statue or portrait or something along those lines. Her younger siblings get whatever they want, honestly. If they've owled her with a specific request she'll get it for them. If not, then they get something ~cool~ and age appropriate. She absolutely spoils her own children with dozens of toys and what basically amounts to an entirely new wardrobe. 

    @'Mina Anwar' would probably get something unique because they're ~special friends.

    Household staff also get holiday bonuses!
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    #3
    Roberto got @'Ophelia Dippet' a family heirloom necklace and earring set as suiting for her position as his fiancee.
    He got @'Armando Dippet' a bottle of excellent, high class booze. Get drunk and get your worries off your granddaughters shenanigans. :P
    He also got @'Thom Pettigrew' and the other league sponsors and bottle of fine Firewhiskey.
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    #4
    Alfred actually bought @'Paul Pince' a present because he saw a painting in a Muggle shop somewhere in London that reminded him of the "Christmas festivities" they had as castaways.

    Everyone else, he forgot he was obliged to do things until the last minute. @'Evander Darrow' got a random history book he probably already has, @'Laura Darrow' got a bottle of wine because... uh... hostessing?

    Uncle Hamish and male cousins got a cigar and a personalized quill. Cousin Tessa got some sort of small accessory that smells nice (like a floral brooch or something?) and cousin Penelope got some new Quidditch gloves.

    He would've bought @'Herbert Fudge' a bottle of scotch if he could drink things. :P As is he felt awkward about not knowing the protocol for this sort of thing and then eventually decided not to worry about it.
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    #5
    Percy is incredibly happy to spoil his family. Here’s his gift list:
    Catherine - a mink muff
    Felicity - a fashionable new hat with a small veil and purple roses
    Felicity’s Beau - a new mystery novel
    His father - a pocket watch
    Constance - a porcelain doll that is enchanted to speak and move and a book of fairy tales
    Alfred - a child’s training broom (even though he thinks no one in their right mind would fly, but Fred just begged and begged for it and Percy couldn’t resist) and a book of tales about the new world
    Mason - a new book on magical plants found in South America on the latest expeditions
    Quincey - playing cards enchanted to make the person win (more of a joke gift)

    Mary’s list is as follows:
    Percival - A collection of history books written on the rise of wizards during the dark ages & a scarf she knitted
    Paul - A new winter coat, a scarf she knitted, a tin of his favorite cookies, and new dress robes (because he’s her only child and she’s allowed to spoil him - plus he needs to look his best to re-enter society)
    She also is donating toys for children who don’t have anything, among these are magiked toy soldiers and enchanted baby dolls.
    And for Alfred, because of his friendship with Paul, she also knitted him a scarf and she made him a tin of cookies that Paul said he would like.


    And finally Miss Sisse’s list
    Sisse doesn’t have a ton of spending money so she made her friends all Christmas cards before they left for the holiday.
    She and her brothers joined their money to get their father a new pocket watch engraved with the Hogwarts crest and their mother a small emerald pendant necklace.
    She purchased chocolate frogs for Michael to have new cards for his collection and for Henry she got him toy soldiers that march in formations so he will have something to play with while she is at school
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    #6
    Elsie had such a damn long list, damn large families.

    Her father - a leather bound ledger for work (from all the siblings)
    Her mother - a new box to keep coookie recipes in
    Adella - an embroidered scarf
    Harvey - a new quill set for work
    Owen - sweets and book on quidditch
    Charlotte - sweets and a new journal

    Mary - teacups
    Tyb - homemade cookies and knitted scarf with matching mittens in the appropriate team colors
    Meri - stationary and a new quill
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    #7
    @'Mason Skeeter' will be receiving a bottle of Ogdens finest, new cloak, a new pair of outdoor boots, a snazzy cloak that she will absolutely charm to look orange just to see his face but is actually a stylish charcoal, and some socks, along with a stocking filled with sundry goodies.

    @'Gemma Simpson's is getting a more feminine but still practical pair of outdoor boots. #gardeningcrew

    Louisa is getting books - something Morwenna is reading too so they can mock it together - and an invitation to Christmas lunch chez Skeeter.

    Other underlings get cards and good will.

    Mr Williams gets a jumper she most emphatically did not knit but hopes keeps him warm.

    Other Skeeters get various booze because auntie Morwenna is cool.
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    As of May 1887 Morwenna walks with a limp and a cane. Acquaintances and family might have also noticed that gurl is looking unwell af.
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    #8
    Germander brought @'Holly Scrimgeour' a bracelet because he felt obliged cause being betrothed. Any bonus points he would have gotten were canceled out by the fact a maid picked it - not that she would know that. @'SENECA LESTRANGE' would have gotten a necklace, but this one he actually picked out himself. He got his mother, @'MARIANA MACNAIR' some obscure plant potions book he found on a Hogsmeade trip - solely due to her past jobs. @'Yarrow Macnair' and @'Sage Macnair' got brother appropriate gifts that they would be interested in.

    Calla is going to gift @'Tatianna Brownhill' a stuffed animal mooncalf. @'Salone Bixby' gets a set of Quidditch player trading cards. @'DAFFODIL POTTS' got a book on plant care spells and chocolates.

    Demelza gifted mostly beauty supplies or clothing accessories. Ruby and Topaz did receive gifts because after six months Dezzie is realizing she was being a butt and wants to indirectly apologize. @'Topaz Urquart' got a book and @'Ruby Urquart' receives a set of hair potions and ribbons.

    Everyone else did give gifts but aren't played enough for them to have connections enough for me to know what they'd gift people.
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    #9
    Only listing the important ones because her family is ridiculously large. xD

    Family

    Mac - A new Exploding Snap set.
    Izzie - A big book of fairytales; when read, the illustrations are supposed to play itself out in holographic form.
    The twins - Are getting their first toy broomsticks, and Immie is so excited.
    Brendan - Toy blocks magically enhanced to sing the alphabet.
    Her mother - Nobody still knows where she is, but Immie sent her Christmas card anyway in the hopes that she'll eventually come home.
    The twin sisters - A bracelet each and some candy from Honeydukes.
    Roni - A new quill set from Scrivenshaft's.
    In-laws - Family portrait Christmas cards (probably taken hastily and a kid was likely crying, but it got done! xD).

    Friends

    Rue - A throw blanket in red (a nod to their shared house), a bottle of wine, and a sweets for the children.
    Grace - A throw blanket in Puff yellow, a bottle of wine, and sweets for the children.
    Amelia - A shawl in red, a tin of her favorite tea, and a bottle of wine for her aunt and uncle.
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    #10
    Handsome is getting Cupcake a new recipe book for things to bake (mostly because what he finds what she currently bakes to be downright awful).

    @'Sweetie Whitledge' is getting a beautiful pouch that has a lump of coal in it. Handsome is still salty.

    @'Darling Whitledge' is getting a diary with her initials and everything.

    @'Honey Whitledge' is getting a dueling spellbook that visualizes all the required wand movements and some candies.

    @'Knight Whitledge' is getting a book of poetry.

    @'Madeleine Backus' is getting a promise ring ring. The stone changes color to indicate whether he'd in her physical vicinity. It starts out a pale blue, and it gets darker as he gets closer.

    Charms & CoMC & DADA & Ghoul Studies & Transfiguration

    #11
    Arthur's Gifts
    @'reuben crouch' gets a bottle of Scottish firewhiskey with the Canadian flag painted onto it.
    @'fitzroy prewett' is receiving a book on birth control LOL
    @'desdemona pettigrew' is getting a new cloak and scarf and Arthur is continuing to contain how much he wants children
    The Lestranges and Pettigrews are receiving the most precious gift Arthur can give them: silence. (He's sending andromache a card and earrings tho.)
    Howlers teammates are getting generic enchanted Quidditch cards
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    #12
    @'Helena Macmillan' gets a handsome jewelry box and some earrings he thought looked classy.
    His father gets a book and a bottle of nice liquor.
    @'Katherina Selwyn' gets a  really nice sleek feather quill with an ink well that is also pretty but not garish.
    @'Edward Macmillan' gets a set of handkerchiefs that look nicely embroidered with his initials but when he looks away they turns into 'Enormous Buffoon Macmillan'.
    @'Elmer Macmillan' will get a really aggressive black swan that Charles hopes will terrorize the shit out of him after it's lulled him into thinking it's a cool gift.
    Nimue gets a leatherbound dictionary to encourage her to be a sensible female.
    Friends will be given books or nice stationary.
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    #13
    Calliope really likes shopping. Shopping for other people sucks all the fun out of it.

    Family:
    @'Aurelia Browne' gets a gift that Calliope genuinely picked out herself, some nice perfume and a fancy shawl.
    Her father, Sampson and Gideon get something entirely boring like shaving soap.
    @'Odira Potter' gets some (well-made but) ugly as fuck house slippers because Calliope assumes Odira rarely leaves the house when she's not at the library. And maybe a book.
    @'Loretta Browne' gets the re-gifted Honeydukes' sweet basket that Calliope won from Halloween, only she took out her favourites first and probably switched out the basket.
    ("They might be good Christmas gifts to pawn off on someone, though. It would certainly save her time. Perhaps for Loretta. Her chances of finding a husband were slim enough to start with; it would hardly matter if she got fat.")
    She means this with love.
    Prudence gets a parasol that she chose in the space of thirty seconds.
    Her step-daughters get clothes or stationery.
    Her daughter Viola gets spoiled, with way too many gifts.

    Friends:
    She'll have taken slightly more care choosing things here! xD Phoenix Society types will get some fancy trinkets like calling-card cases engraved with a phoenix insignia or little phoenix pins etc; they and everyone else will also get some sort of personalised set of scented soaps or otherwise pamper-y products.
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    #14
    Vic - secondhand matching comb and hair pin set and a book on basic practical charms.

    Lena - handmade wooden pull-along duck toy charmed to quack
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    #15
    Ben didn't bother getting his brothers anything until he was pressganged invited to Christmas at home at which point he decided it would be less work to buy something than to start a fight about it.

    @'Aldous Crouch' got a bottle of expensive booze (whatever his favorite liquor is), except Ben drank about 40% of it, added water to fill it up again, and then magically resealed the bottle. Roman similarly got a box of cigars but Ben absconded with half of them and replaced the missing ones with prank cigars that explode when they're lit. He'll insist on going home before either brother has a chance to actually try them.

    @'November Malfoy' got a not-awful fur hat from Canada because he actually still likes her.

    He brought back another miscellaneous claw/tooth/something thing from Canada which he had put on a string like a necklace for @'Una Walsh'.

    @'Arthur Pettigrew' got a Canadian husky. Not really because Dezzie wouldn't be amused by that. Art got a pair of snowshoes and a bottle of firewhiskey.

    @'Howell Merrick' gets a rifle from Canada because YAY DANGEROUS GIFTS. Also Ben had never shot a gun before this trip and now thinks he's an excellent marksman.

    @'Ellory Pendergast' got some flowers that were shrunken down and trapped in a snowglobe. It's thematic and cute.

    @'Angie Swan' gets a Christmas bourbon booty call after he escapes from his brothers' house.
    #16
    I realize that I never thoroughly went through these because of #12Days hustling.

    Bella is getting...
    @'Nerissa Stone' a new cauldron with miscellaneous ingredients from the Apothecary. She charmed the cauldron herself to change colors as the temperature rises, though it may be faulty despite her best efforts so beware!

    @'Ari Scrimgeour' a diary that has the first 10-15 pages filled with letters written in invisible ink. The content of the letters ranges from Bella documenting her life with the Stone family to Bella voicing her concern about the treatment Araminta may or may not be getting at home. Charmed not to open when their parents try to open it, or even when they're near.

    @'Terpsichore Van Helsing' some ~vintage~ books on dangerous hexes and curses that Bella found in the back corner of a shady magical book shop in London.

    @'January Lynch' a quidditch-themed charm bracelet!

    @'Gemma Simpson' flower-pressed bookmarks that Bella made herself and a new field journal!

    @'Clarissa Cosgrove' a snake-shaped hairpin because even if Bella is 100% #GryffindorPride she can still acknowledge that her friends may have house pride for their own houses.




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