Maybe we can inspire each other a little bit today.
What good gift stories do you have? I’m thinking of times when you or someone else absolutely nailed this whole present giving time of year thing.
Was it a thing bought or made? A tradition you made up? An original way to change the game?
I’ve got a few ideas which I’ll stick in the comments.
But YouTube did a 2022 summary thing of music I’d been listening to this year. And the thumbnail was a collage of the videos.
All Jake Morley…
Only new music I had been listening to it turns out.
You’re the man Jake.
When my son was about 8 and we were on holiday in Greece, he told his Mum he wanted to buy me a key ring. The expression on his face when he handed it over filled me with so much pride and love. I had it until a couple of years ago when it broke…….had it for 15 years and it always took me back to the moment he gave it to me. Will that do!
One year.. I was 'in-between jobs' and had the 'great' idea to make all my presents. Yes... ! I made a set of draughts for someone.. which was the genius idea of buying a broom handle.. sawing off a 'counter'.. move along.. saw again... Didn't need to paint the 'white' ones.. Yay! So that was a result. The folding three panel board was fun too I'll admit.
The GOOD thing, is you don't need to go Christmas Shopping. A lot of blisters were involved though.
Last one from me (for now).
Saw this the other day, made me laugh hard:
"You hand your Dad a gift on Christmas morning. He inspects the wrapping- it feels like a jumper or pair of trousers. But then he opens it- it’s a SKIP BAG. Bought & paid for, all he has to do is fill it and ring for collection. He finally gives you that hug you’ve always wanted."
This is genius and I for one would love to unwrap that.
The other one is designing a little fridge magnet every year, usually involving some private joke and the use of Photoshop. Sometimes in July I think 'ooh maybe that would make for a good fridge magnet this year'.
It started from designing fridge magnet merch which by the way I need to get back into.
The first year I met my wife I wrote her a song for Christmas, and the year after I did the same. A neat idea when you're young and in love!
7 songs later and I'll admit there has been a rare moment or two when it felt like more of an obligation handed down by my past self. Thanks buddy. But then I sit down at a piano and feel really grateful for it. I love watching them build up over the years.