Ask Readers: What Gift Do You Want Most This Holiday Season?

By Ashley Jacobs on 11 December 2012 (Updated 18 December 2012) 88 comments
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Editors Note: Congratulations to Lani C, Kelli, and Kris for winning this week's contest!

The holiday season is upon us! Chances are you've thought about what gifts you'd love to receive during the holidays. Whether your wish list is made up of fun splurges or more practical items, there is probably one item on your list that you want more than all the others!

What gift do you want the most this holiday season? The new iPad Mini? A gift certificate to your favorite restaurant? A day at the spa? A membership to a wholesale warehouse? Or something more practical like a gift card to your favorite supermarket?

Tell us what gift you want the most this holiday season and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards

We're doing three giveaways — here's how you can win!

Mandatory Entry: 

  • Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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    • Contest ends Monday, December 17th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after December 17th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.
    • You can enter all three drawings — once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.
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    • You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.

Also, don't miss our Best Deals giveaway! Every Sunday for the next five weeks, we will be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card, two copies of our book 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, and a Wise Bread tote! We will also be giving away a $100 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner who fills out our Best Deals survey. For details, click here!

Good Luck!

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Jessica

I'm hoping santa will bring me a sewing machine this year.

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Mary Happymommy

I'd like a new laptop.

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Leonard Ingram

Nexus 7 tablet.

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Joyce Clark

What I want more than anything is a second bathroom! We ran out of money before finishing the second floor of our house, so the upstairs bathroom has plumbing and electricity run to it...but otherwise is just an empty room. I've asked my husband to simply install the tile floor. Then we can work on adding the sink and toilet!

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Brenda Faulkner

A peaceful, fun-filled holiday season!

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Nancy

I would love to receive a food processor. I am doing so much more cooking than I used to do. And I am preparing meals in batches for the freezer so that we are less tempted to eat out when we get busy or when "there's nothing in the house" to eat. A food processor would make short work of the large-scale chopping of onions, carrots, etc. I'm also trying out new dishes, and many interesting recipes call for some prep in a food processor. I've been watching sales, but haven't pulled the trigger to buy one myself. It's an expensive item for a gift, but I can dream.

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Guest

I want shelves for my dining room most of all!

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Nancy B from Many LA

I would like to go visit my son and his beautiful wife, but no $.

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Catherine Robinson

I would love to receive a tablet--an iPad, a Nexus 7, or even a Kindle Fire. But I will be happy with money from my parents, which we will put in our savings account!

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claressa

I want a smart strip! to cut down on energy use.

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Elisha

Hello! I would like an iPhone 5 for Christmas.

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lostAnnfound

A weekend away to the beach with my husband.

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Guest

I love baking and I would most like the lime green artisan Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

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Elena

I want an iPhone

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Jeannine Ryman

I would love a gift certificate for a massage. Nothing like a great massage at the end of the year to help relieve some of that stress. Or I would even enjoy a handmade coupon from a friend or family member to spend the day with them - go out to lunch, get coffee, see a movie, anything along those lines. People get so busy throughout the year, it's nice to make sure you spend time with them and catch up once in a while. :)

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Alex Jones

Google Nexus 7!

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Christie

I always love gift cards to my favorite restaurant and coffee house. It allows for treats all year long! :)

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Valerie

I just want my first baby and pregnancy to be happy and healthy!

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Natalie

I'm so picky, which my family knows. A gift card would be great - either a practical one for Target or my local grocery store, or if they really want to spoil me, one for Zappos (I'm in the market for new shoes!).

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Mel

I want either a great stand and keyboard for my tablet or a new stand mixer. Both would be put to good use!

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HeatherM

The gift I want most this holiday season is a down alternative comforter that was made in the U.S.

Since my husband's family does presents for adults, nearly all of my list has useful items for the home. This will allow me to turn down the heat while sleeping. Also, there is the bonus of giving fellow Americans some patronage!

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Lani C

A tablet!!!

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Matt

I'd really like a 3D printer, but I'm pretty sure it's not under the tree.

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Melissa Gardner

I'd like a pamper session at a spa - facial, manicure, pedicure and massage with lunch included!

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I love gift certificates to local restaurants (no applebee's please. that nearly killed us).

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Christie

Commented on Facebook too! :) Love gift cards!

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Kate

I feel silly about this, but I would love an iPad. I started grad school this fall, and lugging binders full of articles around is getting to be a bit much. Plus, you know, they're fun.

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Betty

I would love new pajamas for Christmas. It's something I never buy for myself. I hate spending money on something to sleep in, but I love my pjs!

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steph

id love a new sectional!

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kathy wallace

Money is my choice this year.

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emily

i would love it if my family members would each teach me something new! I think it would be so fun to learn what they care about.

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Catherine

I wish for safe and uneventful travels in the very busy skies

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Um, a $20 Amazon card. ;)

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Guest

I'd love an iPad 2 wifi

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Lynda Pratscher

My sons can give me anything and I'll be happy. I just want us all to be together.

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sherry b

a laptop or PC that works!

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Jimmy

A Nexus 10 tablet

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Lisa

chocolates

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Becca

A really GOOD pair of kickin' boots that goes with everything and give me some attitude. =)

Becca

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A visit to see my daughter in Phoenix. I'd forgotten how expensive it is to fly ANYWHERE from Anchorage.

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Lori P

I just would just enjoy spending time with my family this holiday season :)

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Stefanie

I want to have the money to be able to plan a trip to visit my family and niece across the country in 2013!

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Happy Love

I want items from my baby registry.

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Beatrice

I would love an iRobot Roomba 790!

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Shevonne

Go to Panama so all the family can be together for the holidays in over 20 years

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verygarza

Skullcandy Hesh 2 Headphones in Gridlock -- that's all I want...material-wise, anyway.

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Calah

I would love a snowblower!

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Heather

More than anything? Our remodeling projects to be finished. We have a second bathroom torn apart, half our house sided and a bedroom that needs a finished floor. I've been very difficult to shop for this year.

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Melissa Hansson

I most want things for our new house. We move in the first week of January!

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Diane

For physical gifts, practical things for the house ~ new bedroom dressers, or a rug for the family room. For fun~ A new camera or ipad mini!

But more than anything I want a happy, peaceful, healthy holiday with my family! And I think that's a good possibility, so I'm sure it will be a great Christmas!

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Hannah

I would love a stand mixer to be able to bake more often.

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NJJ

money and a new car!

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Lynda

can i say CASH? =P i honestly don't know yet.

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Mel

The nexus tablet.

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DeeDee

I want my husband to commit to taking a vacation next year.

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Joan

A week's paid vacation and some one at my job that will do all of my work while I am gone. Then I would be able to enjoy the time off.

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Guest

I want mY boyfriend to propose!

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I'd love cash, but I also wouldn't mind an iPad so I can travel with it, on the go!

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Patrick

A gift card for a new suit or two. My work wardrobe could use a refresh.

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Sheila

I'm wishing for a Prius, but thinking it will probably be a new coat. :)

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Lisa B.

I'd love another part-time job to replace the one that I recently lost. That would be a much better present than any object that could fit under the tree!

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Kathleen

I would like to spend a beautiful day snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Amanda

I really want a breadmaker because my breadmaking skills are so bad

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Jill

I would love to have a Le Creuset dutch oven.

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Stefanie

Gift cards, gift cards, gift cards!

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Phyllis

I would love to take my daughter to Seattle to visit the King Tut exhibit.

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Rachel

I would love a Dyson Vacuum. Cliche, I know.

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The Scoutmaster 134

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to take my kids to Disneyworld for Christmas! But I'll be happy with a Large plate of homemade cookies!!!

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Guest

Someone to come and clean my apartment!

The holidays are more enjoyable (for me) if my apartment is neat and tidy... and I'm not good at neat and tidy :(

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What I would really REALLY love thisChristmas is an Amazon gift card. I have a stack of eBooks on my Amazon wishlist that I never seem to get around to ordering, opting instead to check out free library eBooks. If you happen to speak to Santa, put in a good word for me!!

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Rebecca B. A. R.

I would love to get a subscription from Yes Magazine. It is nice to read stories that are hopeful.

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Guest

I always wish for the same thing: to be surrounded by my grown kids and grandson, my family. That hasn't happened for many years because they all live in distant states and we can't afford to bring them together. Sometimes we go for three or four years before we can see our one grandchild, who's now 12. The holidays are kind of depressing because of so much emphasis on buying stuff; it's a lot of stress on people. I wish people would value more just being satisfied with being together with family members. Every Christmas, I just try to keep in mind who's birthday it is.

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Lauren

A tape measure and stud finder.

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I really want an iPad. My best friend has one and I am jealous every time he uses it.

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I want a gift certificate for a professional organizer service

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Bethany

New rain boots

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H.B.

I want Santa to send me a Christmas rum fruitcake. :)

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kristina

I want a peppermill.

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Parvinder

I love to have an ipad or a kindle ebook reader. It's a must have for me as I spend a lot of time reading books. So I have to have something that I could carry away and read wherever I am.

I travel a lot so an ebook reader or tablet might help me a lot. .....

Ohhhh... I wish to have one of these items so much....

Let's see what happens.

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Kristine

I actually really want a tonneau cover for my truck.

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Guest

I want my Parents (who are visiting and staying with me this year) to not see how impoverished my fiance and I am. We are barely keeping our head above water financially; trying to provide the world for our 10 month old while battling our debts. My parents have helped quite a bit but I want them to leave with nothing but warm memories and worry free (as much as a parent can be)

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Sonja Adams

I would like to have an equestrian riding arena put in on my property for Christmas! Somewhere I can ride and enjoy my property without having to haul my horse off the farm.

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KelR1

Honestly, what I want most is a more intangible thing: good health! My husband and I have both been struggling with illness, and it's been rough. If I had to pick a more material gift I would say a gift card to a grocery store, gas station, or restaurant.

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I know this may sound stupid to most people, but the thing I want most for Christmas this year, is for my family to come with me to church the Sunday before Christmas. Everyone is a member, so I'm not asking them to go against their beliefs by joining me. It's been a couple of years now of going on my own, and although there are lots of great people around me, I still get lonely. I don't think it'll happen, but I still hope.

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maria h

A mini shopping spree for all the hard work I do that goes unnotice or underappreciated

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aylaeh

i would like one of two items... either a tablet OR a membership to audible.com.

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Carmen

We really want a new food processor - we've just about worn our little out and we use it all the time to save money by making our own food!

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Meg

I would like to get a massage!