As we start the holiday season and I look forward to playing flute at the Festival of Trees, the symphony’s holiday concert, and our friend’s yearly Advent cantata, I’m wondering what gifts to get my nearest and dearest.
In the early days we had more time than money. So folks got thoughtful (but cheap) presents. Handmade calendars with family events printed and family photos. Hand knit dishcloths.
Later, we had more money than time or energy, and went with nice dollar amounts of Half-Price Books and Barnes and Noble gift cards. Maybe not as thoughtful, but definitely appreciated, from the feedback we’ve gotten. And the recipients can pick exactly what they want, from J.K. Rowling to Margaret Atwood to Jim Butcher.
But nowadays…now, I’d like to be able to do both. For example, we’re thinking of getting Mother (*hi Mom don’t read this*) some season tix to her local opera house. Maybe handknit scarves for the older crew, along with fancy spice boxes. But we probably will get the kids gift cards, because who knows what they want, lol.
What about you? Do you go with personal gifts, expensive gifts, or something else?