I got a vertical roaster from my sister ( http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Stainless-Vertical-Roaster-Infuser/dp/B00004UE6A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356555499&sr=8-1&keywords=norpro+vertical+roaster
). It had been one of the items on my wishlist so I am quite happy. Last night I looked through my Cook's Illustrated magazines until I found the recipe I remembered: Peruvian Garlic-Lime Chicken (from the March/April 2011 edition). I am going out tomorrow to pick up the ingredients I don't have and am looking forward to this!
I also liked the reactions on the gifts I gave almost better. In the discussion I started about ideas for wrapping gift cards I got some great ideas. So ... my sister (of the roaster gift) got hers, a gift card contribution for a bicycle she has wanted for a couple of years, had hers in a lovely gift bag filled with tissue paper that hid a snazzy bike helmet. Inside the helmet was a wrapped deck of used bicycle playing cards. Inside that I had hidden the gift card, snugly tucked in the center. It took her forever to follow my instructions to "keep digging" and "show us how to play solitaire" until she found it. She laughed and laughed and laughed, and later thanked me, telling me the wrappings and unwrappings were almost more fun than the gift.
My brother got his gift card inside a small salad spinner that was stuffed with tissue paper hiding the two limes and the card. The spinner was wrapped and also in another gift bag stuffed with more tissue paper. His instructions were to "keep digging." He also loved it.
My other sister was suffering pretty badly from depression over not having money and having run out of cigarettes the day before. While I despise smokers and smoking I took compassion on her and insisted she open her gift from me before others got there. She also got a gift card (a Visa) inside a make-up bag. She loved it! I drove her over to an open liquor store and she bought two packs of her favorite Marlboros, and between that and the microscope she got from my sister she had the best day ever.
So I feel good. I was dreading the day but my gifts, and their reactions, lifted me up immediately, more so than my gifts, all of which I really like.