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The Art of Gift Giving

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, December 18th, 2017 at 6:49 pm

Over the years we’ve seen gift trends come and go. Each year there’s a hot item that is a must have on everyone’s Christmas list. In the 90’s it was Game Boy Color, Tamagotchi, Pokemon cards, Pogs and who doesn’t remember the Tickle Me Elmo CRAZE. In the 2000’s it was Bratz Dollz, Robosapien, PS3, Apple iPod, Wii and Xbox. In the later 2000’s, it’s safe to say that electronics and the latest and greatest video game consoles have taken the lead in adolescence as well as adults. Coming in as a close 2nd to electronics are the accessories for them, such as extra battery packs, expandable memory, extra controllers and the latest little genius invention is called the Popsocket. It clings to the back of your phone, iPod or for larger devices you can use two; one on each end. It acts as a kickstand for your phone when watching videos or a way of anchoring it to your hand when placing it between your fingers making it easier to use one hand to operate your device. They’ve got fun colors and patterns and are priced around $9.99. AND are on most youth’s Christmas list last year and now this year as well. If you are a black Friday shopper, it makes it a little easier to find these items and more at pretty amazing prices but of course with a price to pay. Waking up early, fighting crowds, waiting in lines that can sometimes circle the store and people trying your patience in those unworldly hours of the morning. But hey, in the end you’ll pay about $75 less for that new Xbox your kids are dying for or $5 less for that $10 fuzzy throw blanket that Grandma might like. And if you’re anything like me, you leave with way more than intended, mostly impulse buys because when are you going to see it that cheap again?! Ok, back to the art of gift giving… I try and stick to what’s on the Christmas list but it’s always fun to throw in the element of surprise and give something that even they didn’t expect but will absolutely love. It’s also an art to keep the reason behind the season, gift giving and receiving. The best feeling is genuine appreciation and love spread with a simple gift. The time spent with family and friends with memories being made and traditions upheld and new ones being created are all priceless. With that being said, expensive or not, it’s the love behind it. We take the time to think of the perfect gift for the person, set out to purchase and wrap it up for presentation. The thought and time behind gifts often mean more than the gift itself. When my kids were small they improvised and had handmade crafts wrapped up tight with a half roll of tape and 2 rolls of paper! It may have taken half the morning to unwrap such a small and delicate gift but in the end was so worth it. These are still some of the most cherished gifts tucked away in my jewelry box. The looks on their face when their gifts were received was priceless. Just as if they were the ones receiving it, they were full of excitement and joy. It’s by far my favorite time of the year as it takes time to prepare and plan out the gifts and festivities. It seems to help make the holiday season last longer.

 

May you and you family have a very Merry Christmas from our family here at Steve Hahn’s!