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Typically, when we think of Christmas as kids we are daydreaming about tons of toys. I remember using them a few times, then tossing most of them to the side and never touching them again. Each year there seemed to be two or three gifts that just stuck out as the clear winners - the ones I kept going back to again and again.


As an adult, I don't quite want the same insane levels of stuff and I'm finding the gifts I go back to are the useful ones. Fluffy zebra socks are my jam. The planner/organizer I got this year is working wonders for my productivity (even if I have to set alarms in my phone to remind myself to check it.) 2 Christmases ago, I got my partner a dog - and we're committed to that big ole cuddle-buffalo for as long as he's alive.

One Reddit user asked:

What gift from Christmas are you still actually loving and using?

Turns out the things people tend to love most are as different as people themselves are - but there's definitely a pattern emerging. Food. People freakin' LOVE gifts that help them get their grub on. Here are some of the more popular responses. Some have been edited for clarity and/or language... 'cause it's really, really cold in Norway.


Home

My wife and I are separating and sharing custody of our daughter. The kiddo bought me a cheesy sign for Christmas that says 'Home is wherever I'm with you'. I put it up in the new place before anything else right by the front door and when I leave for work I see it, I feel better about how sh*tty everything is.

- bupdup

Sister Sister

I'm difficult to shop for because I always buy myself exactly what I want all year round. One year, my sister bought me a magnetic dish (for small screws and such) and a set of ramps for my car. That dish has saved me from losing so many screws. The walls in my room have a steel fold on the corners, so the dish hangs perfectly on them. It's literally never out of reach. I thought about getting the ramps myself, but I always preferred using jack stands when I did my oil changes. Now, I just drive my car up and get to work. Game changer.

My other sister always buys me neck ties. Every NYE party, I'm always looking extra fresh.

I love my sisters.

- freakingwilly

Kaldt Som Faen

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My mother knit a pair of mittens for me which has a pattern that spells "Cold as f**k", but not in English. Norway is cold as f**k. I use them almost every day and I keep getting a lot of compliments when I do.

- HC_Supreme_Idiot

The Best Blanket

My little brother passed 2 years ago, and my mom took his old shirts and made a blanket out of it. It's a very simple gift, but my favorite gift I've ever received.

- Fraser1974

Wings Are Life

My wife got me an air fryer. It makes chicken wings really well. I use it just about every week.

- soda_cookie

Cat

My mom commissioned these personalized cat figurines. They are painted to match the 3 cats that we have. One of them even has a missing paw just like my cat Nemo. They're really something that I think I'll treasure forever and was a perfect gift.

- AtlasStumbled

Instant Fans

My Instant Pot. I am using he hell out of that thing. I am constantly looking for new pressure cooker recipes to try.

- Irishpanda1971


The Instant Pot slaps hard as f*ck.

I didn't know the chicken I was making my entire life resembled my grandpa's leather shoe filled with sand until eating the moist dankness of Instant Pot chicken.

- Guy_Fieri_69


I got myself the instant pot and the instant pot recipe book. It is my favorite thing! I tried the honey sriracha chicken. (i used bone in instead of boneless) but me and my fiance love it so much I now make it once a week. It is absolutely delightful!

- jkally

Fifteen Years Ago

My late grandmother gave me a Timberland tuque (beanie) for Christmas when I was in grade 11, 15 years ago. Sitting here and wearing it as I type this.

- Hank_Scorpioo

Hey Hubby

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My marriage 🤗 we got married in the back yard on Christmas night. I still love him and he's very useful.

- Fefinator

Nana Knows Best

My Nana has a history of giving practical gifts that I kind of side-eyed at the time but learned to love and use every day.

Once as a teenager I made an offhanded comment one day about my bedroom being cold. So for Christmas she got me a space heater. I had to do the "forced-gratefulness" smile when I opened it. I was a teenager, I was hoping for music or electronics or other such things. But when I plugged it in that first night and it warmed up the whole damn room, the first thing I did the next day was call Nana to tell her and thank her. I still have and use that space heater almost twenty years later, and I periodically make sure she knows that.

Similar stories for the collapsible laundry bag and the memory foam mattress topper. Kind of side-eyed at the time, but my lord they have been godsends over the years.

This year she gave me a vibrating lumbar support pillow, and I gave her the most enthusiastic thank-you I could thank of and immediately slipped it behind my back while the rest of the family opened presents. I know better now than I did when I was younger, I'll be getting good use out of her present for years to come.

- Strawberrycocoa

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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