The season of gift giving is upon us. Long before the pumpkins were put away and the turkey cooled, ads in the daily news, internet and TV flashed before us the perfect toy or cologne for gift giving. I’ve often wondered if all the visual prompts for gift giving were stripped away and we gave something we already have – what would it be?
I, like you, have experienced the joy of gift giving with family and friends over the years. However, the years that stand out and are long remembered are the years where we ignored commercialism and gave something from the heart.
When my brothers and I were all newlyweds, our budgets were extremely tight. Some of us were still finishing college, starting families, switching to new teaching jobs and trying to purchase homes. The thought of extravagant gift giving was very much out of the question. Instead, we decided that our gift giving would be something we already owned. One gift in particular comes to mind. It was an old mast ship. You know the kind I’m talking about, often referred to as a “dusting nightmare.” The Ship however, was passed around for several years and each year the current owner added something new to its décor. One year it was fitted with new sails. Then there was the Astro Turf deck! New life boats appeared and sailors were added. This gift had turned into an annual event to see who would get it and what kind of improvements had taken place.
Humor goes a long way during the holidays too and such would be the case with another version of giving something you already owned. This user friendly gift item was a padded toilet seat. Oh no, this wasn’t just any toilet seat – it was a pink, paisley, padded toilet seat! It was a sight to behold and was guaranteed to clash with even the most liberal decorating ideas. I’m not sure what happened to that prized possession and am hoping if family members are reading this, it isn’t somehow resurrected!