Laural, Kristen - I hear you. My mother-in-law took the reverse tack. The first year Hubs and I were together I asked for longjohns, because we going skiing in Quebec for New Year's and I hate to be cold. I told her I didn't care what brand, but I needed size L. When I opened my gift on Christmas Eve it was a really nice pair of Hot Chilly's longjohns, size M. I figured she'd forgotten my size, and I could easily exchange them, so I just smiled and thanked her sincerely. She looked me up and down and said "I opened up the size large, but I didn't think anyone could possibly be that huge." Nice.
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Veronica over at Sleepless Nights has started a forum. If you've never read her blog you should check it out, it's smart and funny. She's a young mom in Tasmania, (her daughter Amy is just a bit older than Bad). I love comparing notes with another mom, but even more I love the glimpses into her life in rural Australia, a country I've never been. Actually, it would have been the perfect spot for all of this gifting discussion, but I didn't think of that until now.