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    The Perfect Gift

    December 1, 2006 by Brandy Vencel

    I’m not a huge gift person. At least, I am not a gift person in the way that other people I know seem to be gift people. In fact, I’ve been known to tell people that I would rather them come visit me than buy me a gift, or I’d rather go out for coffee and spend way too much money on a mocha than be given a trinket. Maybe that makes me more of a quality time person.

    Regardless, I like the gifts I give to show, as much as possible, that I am paying attention. This is part of my frustration at having Si’s family live so far away. I find it impossible to buy the perfect gift because I need to have more of an every-day-life sort of interaction with them to gain some inspiration.

    Over the years, I have learned to let go of expecting every gift to be the perfect gift. Though I refuse to buy trinkets and novelties {What was that Lewis said? “…gaudy and useless gadgets, ‘novelties’ because no one was ever fool enough to make their like before”}, sometimes I have to give up trying to find that gift perfectly suited to its recipient. Especially this year, with the whole labor-and-delivery-thing weighing on me.

    But I did strike gold a couple times this season, and that is always delightful. Some of my extended family reads this blog, so I can’t go into all the details, but there are others I can mention. Take E., for instance. He just asked the other day if we would explain what pirates really are {he only has a vague notion right now}. I gave him a short answer because he is receiving a copy of Treasure Island that I promise to read to him. It will answer all his questions and introduce him to all the original pirate lore, such as Long John Silver and the Jolly Roger. He also informed us he needs a weapon.

    Si’s grandma is another great story. Grandmas are so difficult to buy for. They are so content and rarely mention their own needs. But last year we gave her Grandmother’s Memories To Her Grandchild. She filled it out over the course of the year and sent it back to us a few weeks ago. Buried in all the details of her life was the fact that her favorite books as a child were the Elsie Dinsmore books. She was poor, so she had never owned them, but rather borrowed them from a woman at her church. We bought her her very own copy of the original Elsie Dinsmore book that started it all. We are hoping she will love it for the sake of nostalgia, if nothing else. It had that perfect feeling.

    Anyone else find someone special that perfect gift?


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  • Reply Rebecca December 1, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    I am like you. I would rather get something that I know is unexpected but shows that I truly know a person.

    I am excited about a couple of gifts that I bought this year… one is for my mom (a Cuisinart). I am so excited because hers has been broken for about 5 years and she uses it anyhow. I know she is going to love having a machine she doesn’t have to fight with anymore.

    Other gifts I bought are more practicle. I know that they are needed and will be used, but I just can’t get all that excited about them (WARM clothes for my neice and nephew).

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