Gift-cards vs actual ‘tangible’ gifts.
What do you say? I am having a hard time committing to either.My mother taught me that giving money is thoughtless. “You didn’t think enough of that person to find them something that they would like.” (being a Libra) I can see both sides.
I don’t know if anyone can TRULY know what a person wants for Christmas and get it for them. I like money and gift cards, but I also like to have something to open on Christmas, and sometimes what I get is such a surprise…
(this is going to take a while) I've got a story for you: (if you’re still reading this, Thank you! and if you answer the age old gift card vs gift question... YOU are an amazing and beautiful person and will be lucky for the next 23 hours! and to top things off you will not have to shave your legs for another month, or two)
My x-mother-in-law was schizophrenic. She was the sweetest women alive and would (and often did) give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. But she was crazy. (oh and don’t EVER call her crazy to her face that would REALLY set her off… poor Ashley, granddaughter, had to bare the brunt of her attacks – Ashley as a pre-teen got mad and called her crazy!)
As weird as it sounds, we always looked forward to her gifts because they were really, REALLY … uh… different.
*When my two girls were little, grandma gave them each a package of boys underwear, I think it was teenage mutant ninja turtle ... stating that it didn’t matter if it was for boys, it was underwear.
*One year we each got something from the ‘Popeye’ line. There was a mitt hot pad, a wash cloth, a soap dispenser and the best of all was a large Popeye beach towel!
*Another year we got 2 frames with other peoples kids in them.. not the ‘stock’ photos that come with the frame from the store, but actual 'specially' printed pictures with unknown kids in them.
*A funny one: the cousins received, for each person (boys and girl) a VERY short little towel/ after bath cover up thingie, have I mentioned SHORT!
*One year all her grown children and their spouses got coats. Women’s coats. Even the men. In the same size… yes all 8 of us got the same Mervyns, beige style women’s size 10 coat.
She loved to cook and would make her Thanksgiving turkey with peanut butter and clam stuffing.
Oh Grandma you were quite a gal!
so tell me, any of you out there a crazy grandma and give crazy gifts???