I love presents! I love shopping for presents, making presents, wrapping presents, giving presents, opening presents, watching people open presents. I’ve decided the trick for shopping for presents is that you have to let go of the idea that you’re going to find the perfect present. The recipient will appreciate the present because it came from you, their beloved friend or family member.
And then, I don’t mind if you return it or sell it or re-gift it to someone else. If you can’t use what I gave you, or you already have one, or whatever, please do use it however you can, to get something else or to pass a thoughtful gift forward. Tell me or don’t, it’s up to you. This present, this thing, is my gift to you. But the gift is whatever you make it. Please, take my present and enjoy it. My gift to you is the enjoyment that you might receive from this present. Or, please, return it to the store. Exchange it for something else. In that case, the gift is the opportunity to go shopping for something you would enjoy. Or, save it until you think of someone who might enjoy it, and then wrap it up and give it to them. In that instance, my gift to you is the joy of giving a gift to someone else you love. Just, whatever you do, take my present, and turn it into a gift from me.