During my childhood, my mom did most of the shopping for Christmas presents. She was a practical shopper, buying mostly clothes and necessary items. One mid-December day each year, however, my dad made the yearly excursion to shop for “his” gift.
Daddy’s presents weren’t practical. They were of the fun, frivolous, open-me-last variety. The anticipation began on the shopping day and built until the much-anticipated opening of the gift. Looking back, my sister and I both recall our favorite as the year of the boom boxes (CD player just doesn’t have the same flair as boom box, does it?).
It wasn’t just the presents that were memorable. Knowing that my dad took the time and effort to seek out something special each year—that one item destined to become my favorite—well, that was every bit as meaningful as the gift itself.
Actually, it’s that feeling of being loved and treasured that I remember most.
Now I like searching for gifts to make my daddy happy, like this mug in honor of my his prized Mustang convertible that I drove in high school.
What about you? What is the most treasured or memorable gift you’ve received or given?
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