This is the time of year when many people’s thoughts turn to gift-giving. My thoughts are no different. You know, except for the part where they turned to gift-giving months ago. Seriously. It’s a family thing. My mom and sister start buying gifts in August.
The gift-giving thoughts led to this contest. Which you should enter. I’ll wait and watch TV while you do so.
Man, NewsRadio was an underrated show.
Earlier today, Jenn wrote a post on gift-giving for people in new relationships. I know this because she told me about it with a “Leave a comment!!!”
She asked me if I had any ideas.
I gave her a few. (“Dress as Wonder Woman!”)
Then she told me, “You suck at this.”
I may ask Santa for more supportive friends.
But she kind of has a point. (Don’t tell her I said so.) I do suck at general gift ideas. I’m very much a specific gift ideas kinda guy.
I don’t want to pick out a gift that anyone would like. I want to pick out a gift that you will love.
I need to know you to come up with something good.
I need to care about you to come up with something even better.
I want to publish all your grandma’s recipes that you’ve been posting on a blog in a book, with a picture you sent me of you two cooking together on the cover.
I want to convince the guy from Backstreet Boys that was “ohmygodsocute!” to tweet to you.
I want to write a story about your childhood blanket, and have my friend do an illustration for it.
I want you to know that I listen.
I want you to know I put effort into it.
I need you to know how much I care.
So, yeah, being able to pick a present for someone you still don’t know very well is quite a skill.
But being able to give a present that makes someone special to you smile?
That’s just awesome.