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December 08 2013 @ 10:00 am
25 Days of Christmas: The Best Presents  
8th Everyone loves presents. Well I suppose there are those who never get what they want but overall we love getting gifts. People who say they don't never seem to mean it, in my experience, and are instead disappointed to get nothing at all. Don't tell people you dislike receiving something. A good reason why is the people who LIKE to give even if they don't receive. I am one of them. I love buying something and knowing when the person opens it that they really like the gift. Thankfully I'm 99% sure I buy good gifts. There are a few out there I'm not sure about but overall I think I've been able to get good presents for those people I love. I think it is this need to show people we care and if buying them a gift we know they will enjoy.

Some of us gift giving people don't really want to see people open their gift but I'm just not one of those. I love seeing their reaction. In that moment, you know what they think. People don't really school their features so you can tell if they are intrigued but unsure, extremely happy, or just think you have absolutely no idea what they like.

My best friend is one of these people. You can tell immediately what she is thinking. So when I gave her a Mickey/Donald/Goofy blanket with all of them dressed like California Angels (baseball), I saw that spark. First, my best friend is always cold. When she's home or at my house she wants a blanket she can take with her all over the house because she's cold even in the summer. Secondly, she loves Disney and her third love is baseball which developed after she married. Her favorite team? Yes, California Angels. I realized later she'd texted her husband (also an Angels's fan) to tell him about it. *pat myself on the back* That is the pleasure of getting someone a gift they love. It makes them happy and you.

Am I tooting my own horn? Maybe. But the idea is getting to know a person well enough that when you see some obscure thing you'll know all the reason why it is a good gift for them.

We always hope the same is true in reverse.

So what is one of the best gifts you've ever received for Christmas?

Mine might not be because it is spectacular but because of the sheer enjoyment I got out of it after I opened it. I wanted to be a singer. I'll have you know while I can hold a tune I'm far from being a good singer, still as a kid it seemed like the best thing in the world so I wanted a microphone. One that worked. I do recall that year also wanted Hit Stix.
I spent hours jamming on these with my microphone (couldn't find a picture of the one I had). The microphone was supposed to work but it didn't seem to work well which was a little disappointing but I made due. You just needed a microphone to look like one to justify singing into it.

As for the Hit Stix, I enjoyed them right until the yellow part broke cleanly off a top making the whole thing rather worthless. Sad but fun beyond belief. And I'll tell you the happiness I got out of them was more than any other gift I can remember. I think that feeling is what is worth trying to recreate when giving.
 
 
 
Angel: American Gothic - Visualiseserenitysangel on December 9th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
I love buying gifts for people and it's especially wonderful when you get them something you can immediately see they love. Totally fun. I love getting gifts too, but I think I honestly prefer buying for others, just so much fun.

I think the best and most loved gift I ever got, and I still have, was a poster of Gary Cole (in character as Lucas Buck from American Gothic) that a friend got me and then Fiona paid to have mounted and framed professionally (once I was here in the UK). It was one of the very few possessions I brought with me from SA when I immigrated here. It now hangs in pride of place in my bedroom, where Lucas watches over me while I sleep (which is kinda creepy if you know the character) but yeah, still one the most awesome and loved gifts I ever got.
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Starz Symbolsireesanwar on December 9th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
That is really neat and despite knowing nothing about American Gothic, I knew who you were talking about even before I took a look at your icon.

And since I know something about you, I'm betting you were giddy with happiness at the lovely man to grace your wall. (Who wouldn't be?)

Good friend too. It is always nice to know someone knows you that well too. It's a good feeling.

I'm the same way. I love getting gifts but most of the time I'd rather just see people get gifts I give them.

I actually think one of the best gift reactions I've had from someone was my niece Savannah on her first birthday. This child loved shoes beyond belief and so for her first birthday I got her a cute pair of princess-y shoes and she'd freaked out. She was squealing and trying to hug them. I can honestly say no one has ever had such a reaction to any gift I've gotten them that was quite as memorable as that.