The Best Gift I Gave This Year

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This past Christmas I gave many gifts. None of them were dramatically expensive, but my family really enjoys the gift exchange and I enjoy finding the perfect gifts for each person. The hunt is almost as much fun as the actual gift exchange. This year, though, one of my recipients stumped me. When I asked, “What do you want for Christmas?” he said, “I don’t want any stuff. I’ve got stuff coming out of my ears. I want you to find a worthy charity and give the money you’d spend on my gift to them.”

Well, hmmm, I thought. I asked what he had in mind but he said, “Nope. Surprise me.” He was giving me the chance to do what I love (hunt down t


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2 Responses to The Best Gift I Gave This Year

  1. Pauline says:

    I like the idea! Usually I just say “nothing” to relatives and they oblige. For people who have too many things, I make personalized calendars, with pictures of their family, the newborn grandson or the last family reunion showing on each page of the calendar is usually appreciated.

  2. Brian @ Luke1428 says:

    This is a really neat idea! Sounds like you put a lot of thinking into it. In the end I’m sure that made it really special for your family member.

    Every time I hear of someone doing this at Christmas time, I’m reminded of the Seinfeld episode where George gave Christmas donations in his co-worker’s names to “The Human Fund” – a bogus fund he created in his mind because he was too cheap to buy his co-workers a gift. Funny stuff!

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