Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.
Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it. Once a wish has been granted, it will be crossed off my list.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.
1. A netbook. Yeah, this is a big pricey thing. But. It need not be a new netbook. I absolutely need a new laptop, but the netbook would be for things like every other Monday, where I have a few-hour gap between work and BARCC peer supe meetings - not enough time to justify going home, but plenty of time to work on a story or do MIT open courseware. Due to chronic pain issues, lugging a full-size laptop for a few hours and a few miles a few times a week is not a great idea. Netbook would be perfect. So if you've replaced your old netbook and are looking for a home for it, I will love it and squeeze it and call it George. Or probably Minerva Jr.
Getting one from djhath
2. Help recovering my living room chairs. I'm sure I could figure this out on my own, given time, but I know some of y'all are crafty like that.
3. Pretty yarns. Did you try knitting and give up on it? Do you have a dust-gathering stash of vibrant color and softness? Do not let that yarn go to waste!
4. Something you made. My office is full of wonderful things made by my friends, and every time I see one of those things, I smile.
5. Things to dress up my hair while it recovers. Yeah, I'm very
sensitive about my hair right now. Thankfully, fabulously ostentatious headbands
seem to be in vogue. Feathers! Tulle! Sparkles! Help me look like me!
6. Over the past few years of jobless self-denial (with exceptions for shiny things and BPAL decant circles), I have worn through many a pair of socks. NEED MOAR SOCKS
7. Going to be at Arisia? Occasional coffee-and-GF-snack-minion services would be awesome. I'm running a track, doing eight hours of programming, supervising at least one teenager, possibly putting in time at the Broad Universe table, and generally running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Also, on that note, kidnapping me to make sure I eat an actual meal is also welcome.
8. Be excellent to each other. Find a way to make the world a better place. Do it. Then tell me what you did!
9. Gift certificates to Amazon.com and Thinkgeek.com (where I have wishlists), WyrdingStudios.com, Sihaya Designs, Anthropologie. Especially Anthropologie. My clothes don't fit me anymore.
10. Gluten-free recipes. Help me figure out how to feed myself!
This is hard! I have scattered stuff I want in various Etsy stores and around town, but I tried to range wider than "this thing right here".
Plus a lot of what I want is stuff like "to be healthy". #10
should help with that, at least.