This is the description for our wish-list for our son, Drew, because the wish-list site doesn't leave a lot of room (250 characters) for the description! The wish list can be found here: http://www.thethingsiwant.com/kyrielle/list/things%20for%20our%20son/
First, if you are a relative, there is one gift I really deeply want from each of you, as long as you feel comfortable providing it. I'd like a note, drawing/art, well-wish, or the like, no larger than 8x10 and as small as allows you the space you need to express it. These should be addressed to our son by name (Drew, or Andrew) if addressed. There are a number of companies - one of which I'm planning to use - that will take these, scan them, print them on fabric, and turn the result into a quilt. Hopefully we'll also be able to put together a scrap book of them after they've been scanned for the quilt. (As small as allows you the space you need because there are so many of you - if it's one 8x10 sheet for every person in our family, this will be an area rug, not a quilt. *grins* But use as much space as you need or want. The 8x10 limit is based on the requirements of the company that does it, and not flexible, though; they prefer to reproduce at original size.) If we could get these (or a note that you intend to send one) by the end of the year, that would be great. (I won't have the quilt for him when he's first born, but I doubt he'll remember that anyway. *grins*)
1) Most importantly, this is not
a request to give us stuff. It's a suggestion that if
you want to give us stuff, here are things we could use, and here are notes about what others have given that we maybe don't need. Please, please do not buy because you think we're holding our hands out or need it - and if you have something you want to give and really love the idea, and it's not on the list, that works too. This is just an attempt to give ideas to people who aren't sure what we might want, and what we might already have, and to try to keep from getting (for example) 40 newborn onesies. (Although I must admit, the image of being buried in a blizzard of infant clothing is kind of funny.) You may want to check the "don't want" items at the bottom of the list if sending something off-list, though. (Thanks to the way the list is structured, they are at the very bottom of the last page marked with a priority of 5 - do not want - rather than on their own list.) While we'll appreciate the thought if you send those, we may not use them.
2) If the list links to a specific brand or type, unless the description on the list entry for that item says otherwise, we really want that particular item. Generic items can be whatever brand or type you like. You DO NOT need to buy specific items from the retailer we link to - it's just where we found and listed it. We're interested in the items, not which store sells them.
3) Please, if you do get something from the list, mark it as such so others know. (For entries that request multiple items, the site will let you say how many you got, so you don't have to get all the shirts we asked for just because you want to provide one, for example!)
4) Please don't get us anything that would represent a hardship to you. Seriously, see #1.
5) The larger needed items will likely be cleared from the list by mid-November if no one gets them. These are things we really have to get in advance, and are half on the list just to keep me thinking of them.
6) For clothes (and hats), please, no wool. I realize he's due in winter, but please avoid wool. It's too easily scratchy and, since I'm sensitive to lanolin, there may be an allergy component there.
7) I've been asked what our "theme" for the nursery is. Answer: we haven't picked one. I'm not sure we will. Themes strike me as cutesy and neat - and worse, hard to maintain in the face of actually caring for a child. That said, I am leaning toward a blue-green color in my mind, mostly because I figure we'll get blues whether we want them or not, and I prefer to avoid straight blue or (especially) straight pastel blue.
8) Since we're not asking for stuff unless there's something you want to give, I don't expect gift cards. But if you do, stores we have in the area that might be useful include Powell's (books), Target, Fred Meyer's, and Costco. We also have a Babies R Us that I find more overwhelming than helpful, but it is in the area and I'm sure we could find something. There's also a Walmart, and Woodburn Company stores has babies/kids' clothing though not much else, though those two are a bit more of a drive.
9) If you need our address and don't have it, you can contact myself or terram
here on LJ, or me via kyrielle at livejournal dot com (translated appropriately).
10) If you want to mark something on the list as having been bought, "view/buy this item" will let you do so while buying from the vendor linked, but "offline reservation" will let you say you bought it with no requirement as to where you bought it. Please do mark things that you buy, it helps others. (The exception being, as noted on that item, the books - because I didn't want to set a limit on books or specify individual books. There's too many wonderful choices, if you want to go that route.)Edited to add: comments to this post are (now) screened, so if you comment here with an email address or other form of contact to supply you with the address, it won't be public. Note that I won't reply to comments here with my address (since I'd have to leave those unscreened to be sure those without notifications got them).
[This post back-dated since it's mostly intended to be linked from the wish list.]