Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Unusual Christmas Gift

By Nuche Villaneuva

Christmas, as the song goes, is the most wonderful time of the year. There's just something about the season that makes almost everyone in high spirits. It's the time to choose and decorate the perfect Christmas tree, buy Christmas presents and Christmas hampers, and visit family and friends. It is also the time of sharing, giving, and letting people know how special they are for us. Since this is the time of the year where we are into shopping for gifts and presents, some of us are very particular with the gifts that we are giving to others.

But long lines in the malls and shopping stores can make buying Christmas presents frustrating. Plus there's the mind boggling process of choosing what to give.Shopping malls and thrift stores offer almost all kinds of gifts there is. Christmas gifts online stores can also give you a list of gifts you can give your family and friends. From personalized gifts, gadgets, vintage finds to gift certificates; from basic everyday items to unusual stuff. While some people will just randomly pick a gift, there are those who consider buying presents an art.

A Christmas card is thoughtful but it wouldn't hurt to be more creative. If your dad loves Reader's Digest, a year's subscription of the magazine would make his entire year. Or you can probably book your parents for a dinner in a fancy restaurant. Are you on a tight budget? Buy a book, a compact disk or a personalized coffee mug. If you like to cook, bake some cookies and put in jar. You can also let your creative side show by decorating the jar.

Unusual Christmas gifts do not necessarily cost a fortune. You can even design or think of your own gift. What is important about the gift is it should come from the heart. It is not about the material things that are being given to someone every Christmas, it is the thought that counts remember?
No matter how big or small the present is, even if it is a simple things, as long as it is given wholeheartedly, the gift is worth for keeps. It is the essence of the season, and the thoughtfulness of the person that matters.

Gifts do not have to come with a pricy tag. My friend Elle's favourite memento is an old photo of her and her dad who passed on years ago. The corners of the picture are torn and the image is grainy with age. Last Christmas, her husband had the picture digitally restored. Not really unusual but nevertheless meaningful.

Simple things mean a lot to some.

You might think it is worthless, but they think its precious. It is up to you on how they will make your present worth for keeps. But no matter what you give, no matter how affordable, what's important is it comes from the heart. What is important is somewhere, somehow, there is a special season that made you remember of their existence, that is the Christmas season.

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