I found this little chap in my box of Christmas tree decorations. He was given to me last thanksgiving by a friend I have not seen for a while. This lady is very good at giving presents She also agave me very handy roll away bag that comes in handy on lots of occasions…….and matches my capsule wardrobe! LOL!
The effect is that I think of her often, even though she is far away.
I have been very uncomfortable both giving and receiving presents for a long time. So I opted out. I asked people not to buy me gifts. As I get older I find there is less and less that I need, so whenever someone gives me a gift, I feel embarrassed because I would rather they spend the money on themselves. Which is not to deny the pleasure people get giving gifts and I appreciate the thought, but I would really they did not…. and actually most people say it is a relief not to have to think of something for me.
I also feel that when I give a gift it is sometimes received in this way, so the result is I long ago asked people not to give me gifts and I prefer to buy gifts when I am inspired and see something I think would be suitable for the person at the time, just for the sake of it. Like a cookery book for my DIL, or some posh coffee for my son, a novel for my step daughter or some earrings for my other step daughter.
Hence I dislike the practice of “obligation gifts” like Christmas and birthdays, which give people such a headache and cause stress they and I can do without……and I dislike even more the practise of exchanging gifts…. Only buying for someone because they buy you something. Not because of the pleasure of giving.
Now I know this all sounds is rather odd, but my family and friends accept it and we agreed that we would all just buy for the grandchildren at Christmas some time ago. Children are easy, there is always some toy that they want.
But now I am a born again Christmas lover, and ex bah humbug person, I am actually thinking about giving presents. Which is even nicer because nobody will expect it , they will truly be a surprise and I will get true pleasure from giving. Nothing expensive, nothing to embarrass people with
So what to get? This morning I had a brainwave as I put some hand warmers in my gloves to cycle to work. All the girls and some of the boys ( daughters, daughters in law) do the school run so I will get them those
and now I just have to find something for the boys. Wine and biscuits seem so boring but I can’t think of anything else.
..and what do I buy for the man who can suddenly do no wrong.
Who actually has everything he needs?