questionswhat is the most expensive christmas/hannukah…

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@j5: A house for a holiday gift?

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a car, but it wasn't so much a gift, just something we happened to be getting and the time was right.

for an actual i'm-giving-this-to-you gift, i'd have to say a high end laptop for my wife to use in her solo law practice.

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@jsimsace: Effectively, yes.
Couldn't move in until February, but we bought each other a house for Christmas.

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Bought my wife a new laptop this year.

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Probably a big flat screen tv.

The one that meant the most though was the inexpensive Winnie the Pooh (who I absolutely adore) plaque I gave my Mom with the quote on it "If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you." The only gift I know that ever made her cry.

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A custom Winchester model 70 for my husband.

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@dpn0121: yah those are pretty high maintenance :P

Congrats, though! (even if it was in the past)

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A Macbook Pro, followed three days later by an engagement ring.

I don't think I'll ever figure out the final cost of the latter part of that gift.

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I bought myself a house for Christmas 27 years ago. It will be paid off in three years, at about the same time as I hit 30 years on my job and the age of 55, which is minimum retirement age for my employer. I frequently want to go back and shake my 25 year old self's hand for the hard work and scary decisions that went into affording me this comfortable retirement. I was earning only a little over $12K a year and it took a Herculean effort to find a real estate agent who would help me find a home I could qualify for and afford. After being laughed out of a half-dozen real estate offices, I found one who'd had her license for less than a week and I was her first client. She put in a huge amount of work helping me. I gave her card to everyone I knew. She's a big time broker now, and I have a house that's almost paid off.