tuesday thoughts: favorite holiday gifts

My goals this year included spending some more time with this little blog of mine, so linking up for Tuesday Thoughts with KookyRunner and Zenaida seemed like just the way to keep things moving!

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This Tuesday, we are talking about our favorite holiday gifts.

I love gifts, both giving and receiving. There’s just something so wonderful about giving someone a present to light up their day, and being on the receiving end of a similar surprise is so great. This year, I was really excited about gifts I was giving to family members, but really didn’t ask for anything for myself.

We had just purchased a really big and beautiful handmade farmhouse table for our dining area, an expense for which we had neither planned nor budgeted. With that came an overhaul of painting and some new chairs and decor.

I told Mr PugRunner to let that be my gift for the year, and we could pick up some new lighting later. I also said I needed new running socks.


Imagine my surprise on Christmas morning, when I found that the boys had gotten me some of the most amazing gifts ever.

Yes, there were running socks, which were fabulous.

The boys also hooked me up with a race entry to the Daytona Beach Lap the Track 5K. The boy missed out on this one last year, and they both love it, so we are going to run as a family. Sweet!

I also loved this beautiful necklace that Mr PugRunner had made for me. He doesn’t really “get” my whole running obsession, and the fact that he went out of his way to give me a keepsake for this goal I set for myself was incredibly touching and thoughtful.

They also surprised me with a gorgeous luggage set. My old luggage has held up beautifully, but it’s almost 20 years old and the age is starting to show. It’s heavy, the wheels are breaking and it’s showing a great deal of wear. Now, I have some new, super light pieces and I can’t wait for our next trip! Plus, I love the color! My last suitcases were red, so this is something bright and different!

Last, but certainly not least, I got the gift of time with my incredible family. With our crazy schedules, it’s hard to sometimes just sit down and enjoy each other, and I was super grateful for the chance to do so over the holidays.

So what fun gifts did you receive over the holidays? Any big surprises?

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