Rambling Mom has tagged me for this – I think she made up this meme, which is pretty cool all by itself, no?
The rules are – think of 12 “great gifts” – for yourself, a significant other, child or “anyone”. She suggests you “think of gifts that reflect your priorities and/or values, or the priorities and/or values of the people receiving the gifts.”
OK, you’re on.
I’m going to try to think of gifts that are, in my opinion, timeless. Let’s see if I can actually come up with 12.
1. BOOKS. You simply cannot go wrong with a book thoughtfully chosen for any recipient. Be sure to inscribe it, and include the year you gave it, please!
2. PAJAMAS. This is a Christmas Eve tradition in our family, started by my mother one year when she realized from looking at Christmas morning photos of my sister and me that we looked pretty ratty. I’ve continued it with my kids, and they look forward to going to bed on Christmas Eve in their new PJ’s each year.
3. ORNAMENT. If you’re a parent, it’s nice to give even your young child an ornament each year. That way when they move out someday, they have a good base of decorations, complete with memories, to get them started in their own home.
4. PHOTOS. Family members love getting gifts of photos of your kids, but even a friend would love a specially chosen photo of the two of you. When Krystal was young I started making photo books using Shutterfly to document the previous year. This has been a big hit with the grandparents, and of course I always make one for us to keep.
5. ANYTHING HOMEMADE. Even if you aren’t particularly talented, if you take the time and trouble to make a gift it will always be appreciated. One year in college I made gifts for all my family members (due to budget issues) and I think I was the biggest recipient that year as it was so satisfying to create something for the people I loved
6. ANYTHING ELECTRONIC. OK, I’m running out of “timeless” ideas, but in this day and age most of the people I know are jonesing for one sort of electronic gadget or another. Unless you are buying for a Luddite, or a Bluddite, this is probably a good choice. And if you are buying for me, I can assure you it will be very much appreciated.
7. MONEY. It’s not every original, but it is always appreciated. The only downfall is it’s sort of the easy way out. Make sure you’re not just being lazy, OK people? The old adage “it’s the thought that counts” has roots in truth.
8. GIFT CARDS. This is a close cousin to actual money, and I personally only use it for people I need to buy gifts for, but don’t know particularly well, such as my kids’ teachers. As Rambling Mom points out, if you’re giving gift cards make sure the establishment will be around long enough for your recipient to use them, especially in these economic times.
9. TOOTHBRUSH. Scraping the bottom of the barrel here, but my kids always get a cool new toothbrush in their stocking. Because everyone needs new toothbrushes, and it’s a nice stocking-sized gift, that’s why. However, I don’t recommend this gift for a significant other, unless it was specifically requested.
10. ANYTHING FROM YOUR HEART. If you give from your heart, with your recipient in mind, you have truly given a gift, regardless of what it may actually be, or whether it came from a store, on sale, was regifted, or was not ever purchased at all.
And so I end at ten, because it’s a nice round number, and anything else I added to this list would be filler. (I’m also willing to give up the 8 maids-a-milking and 9 ladies dancing if you want to get down to it.)