The Perfect Present
Maggie Conaway '15
As soon as you hear "It’s Beginning to look a lot Like Christmas," feel the weather change to a brisk cold, and see Christmas trees go up in every drugstore and mall, two feelings immediately hit: excitement for the upcoming season, and sheer and utter panic at the pressure to find the perfect Christmas present. I have definitely had a hard time shopping for presents, especially for my dad. I’ve tried everything from ties to personalized golf balls, but my dad has finally spoken the dreaded words: “A gift card would be fine.” I don’t see myself as a bad gift giver, but I’ll freely admit shopping for that perfect present can be difficult. Everyone appreciates the thought and effort, but I can offer a couple of tips that work for most people you will be shopping for:
1) Think about their interests. If your sister loves soccer, is there something worn out that you could replace or a new soccer ball or workout clothes she could use?2) Think if they’ve been continuously saying they need something. Does your mom keep saying how needs a new sweater? Go buy a sweater!
3) Try subtly hinting at possible presents when you’re out. If you’re out shopping with a friend, and you see something you think they’d love, ask if they’d ever wear it.
4) Pitch in with someone. If your sister knows exactly what your dad wants, ask if you could split the cost and make the present from both of you.
5) Flat out ask what people want (my usual). People are sure to get exactly what they want if you directly ask.
Overall, make sure whenever you give someone a present, it’s from the heart and you’ve put in a lot of thought and effort. Nick Solari ’16 said, “It has to be personal and thoughtful,” and Sarah McKeon ’15 agreed adding, “Make it meaningful.” Christmas isn’t a time to blindly spend money, but a time to show the people you love how much they mean to you.
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