Posted by: chlost | September 22, 2011

“It’s perfect! I love it!”

When holidays, birthdays and other special events are on the horizon, I begin to think of special gifts for family or friends. Now that we are at the end of September, I am starting to think of gifts for Christmas.

I am the type of person who wants to give a gift that is not expected, but that is perfect for the recipient. I always hope to find something so special, so memorable, that it will bring the person much happiness, as well as the knowledge that I understand what they like and that I really love them.

That’s not too much to expect of myself, right? No pressure.

Usually, however, I end up getting gifts at the last minute. I often have a terrible time thinking of what an appropriate gift would be, and end up giving a horrible gift. I hate shopping. I hate crowds. I DESPISE shopping in crowds. The past two Christmas holidays in particular, I have just not been up to the holiday at all. I have barely gotten the gifts wrapped, or a tree set up in the house. I know that I was depressed after my sister’s death.

So, this year, I am going to put in extra effort. I am really trying to give great gifts. This does not mean that they are expensive, just special.

I have a really spectacular gift I have been working on for my granddaughters. I am not even going to say anything more than that, because I am not sure if their mom reads the blog. I want it to be a surprise for their parents as well as for them.

Just recently I came up with a great idea for my husband as well. I have had to get someone else on board to put that gift together for him. I know he will be completely surprised. I know he will love it.

I have also found a gift for my daughter that is going to be very special for her. I already have that done and ready to send. It has been done for 3 weeks.  I think that this is the earliest that I have ever had a gift ready.

As these gifts progress, I feel more and more excited about them. It is going to be very hard to keep them secret. I have shared each gift with other people because I can’t keep from sharing, trying to see if other people in the family agree that they are great gifts. So far, all agree. I haven’t shared my husband’s gift with anyone yet. I can’t decide whether I will or not.

There are several people in the family for whom I still need to decide what to do for their gifts. I wonder whether it is even within the realm of possibility to find wonderful presents for everyone on my gift list. I am sure that the odds are against me. For some reason, though, this year I want to try my best.

Working on gifts for others has been a bright spot in my life recently. I know that my sister would be sharing my excitement over these gifts. She is someone who almost always had a great gift, and a spent a lot of time shopping for gifts, wrapping them beautifully and sending them off early. I’m not sure I can match that, but we’ll see how it goes.

The holidays may even be okay this year.

No pressure.




  1. The greatest way to bring joy to your life is to give joy to others…sounds like you are really enjoying the gifting. Proud of you.

  2. I’m so with you on despising the holiday shopping thing. The last 6 years or so I’ve done all my shopping online or done handmade gifts … much better for my sanity. 😉

    You will share the gifts here after Christmas, yes? You’ve got me all curious now! 🙂

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