2011 Superamazing Holiday Gift Guide

December 4th, 2011 § 5 comments

The GiftIt started a few Tuesdays ago, and I was totally unprepared.  I was sneaking SweetTarts from the kitchen Halloween basket, vulnerable and enveloped by the threat of exposure, when an unforeseen soulful sound swept in from the next room. And….

WHAM! it hit me.  Holiday music.  It is time.

It’s time to give something.  Something special.  Of course, there is much temptation to acquire this year’s hottest trends—Snuggie, self-stirring cocoa mug, fiber optic holiday sweater, night vision goggles, nose flute, giant inflatable emperor penguin—but, I would like to suggest a few cheery alternatives, or additions.

I’ll be the first to admit that my ubercraftiness has disentangled me from many a gift-giving snarl—the cookie-recipe kit, the DIY family cookbook, handmade soap-on-a-rope, the gigantic satchel of homemade granola—but, like most, our holiday budget is currently stretched, and I cannot hide the unfortunate truth that sometimes these gifts are not really so cost-effective.  As well, sadly these gifts are often not as treasured as store-bought astronaut ice cream might be.  And sometimes they are just not enough.

Now, parents are certainly not perfect, and like watchmakers, disk jockeys, fortune cookie writers, professional whistlers, and (unfortunately) beekeepers, parents can sometimes make mistakes.  So, in the spirit of the holiday season, I offer you this simple gift guide below as a resource.  Something to keep up your sleeve and keep you on track.

It’s time to give something of yourself.  To your kids.  For free.  A handwritten note, a compliment, an apology, a good bedtime story, a haircut, a juggling lesson, the best slice of pie, a visit with a small friend.  It’s time to be a hero to them—to stand up for what is right, to speak up but carefully listen, to laugh at yourself, to quit biting your nails, to stop arguing, to know your faults and ask for forgiveness, to acknowledge your love, to live each day with gratitude, and to inspire your kids and get to know them and accept them for who they are.

Because this is what it’s all about.



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§ 5 Responses to 2011 Superamazing Holiday Gift Guide"

  • sarah says:

    Lovely! Great reminder of how spending time with others is such a wonderful gift in itself.

  • Thanks for reminding us what the holiday season is all about. Those free gifts are the most treasured and can be passed on to others. Happy holidays to your beautiful family! I miss you all!

  • Sara Louise Hidgson says:

    Lovely sound advise we all forget the value of these simple but not always asy gifts of ourselves. You remind me of my time spent with my Grandma in the summer hols. I adored and loved her unconditionally, no xbox, no big music centre or sky HD TV, no blue ray or DVDs, and yet i treasure my time with her for her love and devotion to me. thank you xx

  • Tanya says:

    Dear Marcie,
    This post holds particular meaning for me right now, as you know. Thank you, as always, for sharing beautiful thoughts from which we can all benefit.

  • dee says:

    Dear Marcie,
    Thank you for the important reminder for the busy “doer” (me!)….
    Thinking of and missing you!

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