I received several excellent bottles of booze (which I requested) and one that was a surprise: Red Breast 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey. Also, one of my friends got me a bottle of Alibi Gin (which is not really available in our part of NJ-- he ordered it through his restaurant). It is big in Atlantic City.
As for food gadgets, I got the BF a Cuisinart wafflemaker and my mom wanted a mini ice cream maker (it really is tiny-- think it makes a pint). She also gifted us a large set of Calphalon pans since I am always raving about the one we use for damn near everything.
As a joke gift, I gave the two of them a “Spicy Shelf” spice cabinet organizer. It is one of those hokey as-seen-on-TV items. Since they are always complaining about the spice cabinet, with nothing ever being put back properly, I figured for $20 it was worth the laugh.
Where are we keeping these items, as the already dwindling free space in our humble abode fades away? No idea! But I contributed to the problem since the wafflemaker is quite large!