The Greatest Gift ever given was Jesus. I just had to say that out loud, I guess (’tis the season and all that jazz.)
But all religious differences aside, let’s talk about the greatest gift you’ve ever given (or received.) We know it’s the season for gift-giving (and let’s face it – receiving), gift-guides abound (like coupons.com gift guides for budget-friendly gifts, gifts for enthusiasts or hostess gifts) and spending hopefully spurs on the economy. I love giving gifts, and let’s be honest – who doesn’t love receiving them?
I have fallen in love with the art of gift-giving. It takes thought and appreciation to really master giving the people you care about gifts that won’t be <wink> re-gifted. I love getting creative; when we give money, we try to get it to the person/people in a memorable way. We gave a wedding gift in a pizza box once. I think they were disappointed that it wasn’t actually pizza, lol!
A world-travel-themed wedding couple received money wrapped around a wooden stick (which was supposed to conveniently float into the room a lá UP,) but money is heavier than the amount of helium I used and……it didn’t work. It was liking throwing a piece of mulch at the young couple. oops.
I won’t even post a picture of the diaper filled with cash that my baby-expecting cousin was ready to throw away without even opening (not my best idea ever, apparently.) The most memorable gift I received was the second year we were married, I walked out to my cold car to find a dozen roses and a Ralph Lauren cable-knit sweater in the perfect red. I still have it. The sweater, not the roses. I was so surprised! I had no idea The Mr was even remotely that romantic. It may have changed our relationship forever. lol
Life has brought us much different circumstances, and now The Mr likes to “surprise” me with not-quite-so-surprising gifts. And he combines them all into one – one big Mother’s-Anniversary-Birthday-Christmas gift that I really super-duper love and am grateful for. But can I just say this out loud for everyone? What makes a day so special is the special gift given that day. I’d rather have four well-thought-out gifts surprising me on four special days rather than the
usual “agreed-upon” sums of large money to purchase something expensive annual combined gift. I try to keep that in mind when I buy gifts for others – everyone wants to feel special on their special day.
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