Archive for December, 2011
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
Ahh Christmas! The decorations! The music! The cheer! The presents! And it’s true, it IS better to give than receive! But buying gifts can be hard. Will they like it? Will it fit? Am I spending too much? Or too little? We’ve all been there, we have a ‘dollar amount’ in our heads that we are going to spend on people. Parents get the most, followed by siblings, friends, then hopefully there is something left over for your 90 year old aunt. ( But she always just asks for a hug anyway) punch in HUG for 1000 reward points. Oh yeah, and we can’t forget the boss, the co-worker, the babysitter, the butcher, the baker the candle stick maker. You get the point. What do we GET all of these people? We can’t possibly know what they really want or need. So what happens? We end up having to buy useless and generic Christmas gifts that may or may not be liked or appreciated, some of which will be re-gifted or rot in their desk at work along with that old apple they brought for lunch when they went on that ‘cleanse’ 3 months ago.
Gift cards are great. But they are the ULTIMATE ‘ I gave up’ present. The, ‘I dunno, YOU PICK’, gift. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting them, I just don’t like GIVING them. They are sometimes better though, especially from that person who always gives you that weird gift. You know what I mean. Growing up, there’s always that one friend or relative that can never seem to get it right. They ask you what you like! You tell them. You say, ‘Well aunt Genie, I am really into the smurfs. I love anything smurfs. I really want smurf stuff!’ So what does she get you? She gets you the homemade, knitted SMURF sweater from the church bizzarre. The sweater with a giant smurf face on it. But not REALLY a smurf, because, you know, there was no pattern, they kind of just guessed. ‘THANKS! I LOVE IT!! WOW!’
We’ve ALL had to do THAT one. The fake, ‘I LOVE IT!’ The fake, ‘thank you so much, I’ll wear it everyday’, hug. And then you have to put it on, do a fashion show type thing and then pictures….oh, yeah. We’ve all been there. But the point is, it’s hard to please everyone. Young or old, gifting can be tricky. I’ll get all Christmassy on you now. At the end of the day, it’s about friends and family and laughing. But you know that. Oh yeah. And gift cards, or just cash. Cash is good. No one scoffs at cash. So yeah, give ‘em money. They won’t complain. You know I’m kidding! or am I?
Cheers friends! Love to you from Me, Francois and Alexdandra! xoxox