It’s that time of year again. The ‘good for your heart, but bad for your wallet’ time. It’s the time of gifts.
It’s been a long long while since I had an entire day to myself. I intended yesterday to be busy, but the gloomy skies and my tired eyes said no. So I spent the majority of the day in bed and only rose to feed myself and make a grocery/gift run. I popped into World Market to get some festive bags and had a near-Disneyworld experience. Lines were weaving in and out of aisles and wrapping around corners. Mass-shopping experiences tend to freak me out (can you blame me with the annual Black Friday stories about people being trampled?), but everyone was incredibly courteous. Once home, I spread out my provisions on the couch and began assembling bags and writing cards. I adore giving gifts and while sometimes it is best to go the depth-over-breadth approach and invest more time in getting gifts for fewer people, this is not one of those years. There are so many new wonderful people in my life and I want them to know that they are appreciated. But then there is the issue of expense and how to balance giving with savings and….groceries. So what’s a girl to do?
The most important part of a gift is the feeling behind it. The gratitude, the thought. So a homemade cookie with a hand written card is, in my mind, perfect. And an easy way to gift a lot of people! Homemade baking/cooking can often take time and cost more than buying pre-made food…but a big batch of easy cookies doesn’t, especially not when combined with a value pack of blank cards from Target. Maybe also throw in a few squares of holiday chocolate because….well just because. I bought some bigger, more tailored gifts for my family and closest friends (but they actually read this, so I can’t give it away. Maybe after the holiday I’ll post something about it here, because they are cool gifts! At least I think so).
Every year, but especially this year, I find that there are fewer and fewer things I both want and need. I say especially this year because I am hyper aware with every purchase I make that I will not be in this apartment come next July. Honestly I have no idea where in the world I will be, but that is an existential crisis that can wait until after the holidays. The point is that I don’t want to accumulate things. Particularly things I can’t take with me wherever I go next. But that said, there are a few things on my list this year and I realized they all say somewhat similar things about me.
Argyle Sweater = Super-stereotypical-I-like-to-dress-like-a-librarian-nerd
Taylor Swift Perfume = Secretly-loves-Disney-channel-star-music-nerd
Les Mis = Desperately-dreams-of-broadway-but-only-sings-in-the-shower-nerd
Cute Cutting Board = Wannabe-cook-who-spends-too-many-weekend-nights-alone-in-her-kitchen-nerd
Books on books on books = I-skipped-recess-to-finish-stories-nerd
I’ve told people before that if they ever want to get me something, but don’t know what to get me, just buy (or find) a random book. It can be about anything. I think you can learn a lot about a person by what kind of book they give you and it is such a lovely idea to accumulate a life-long library, where each book can remind you of a specific person at a specific time.
Anyways, good luck with your shopping! I’m off to box, bake two cakes and some cookies, and then go help host a holiday dinner/dance! Goodbye lazy day in bed. It was nice while it lasted.