Thursday, October 4, 2012

Birthday Gifts and Birthday Wishes

I went shopping for a birthday gift for a 7 year old boy recently and came home empty handed. I found myself overwhelmed with the choices and in disbelief of the high prices for toys. $30-$50 bucks for something they’ll play with once or twice? For something they’ll probably break or lose? Sheez. I just can’t bring myself to spend that much on toys, because frankly, I don’t think many of them add much value to a child’s life. In fact, I believe some toys limit creativity and imagination during playtime. After my disappointing hunt for the perfect gift in the toy section, I wandered over to the clothes section, but seriously, when have you seen a kid get excited over clothes? Sigh…the hunt continues.
The truth is, I look at things much differently now. Most people I know already have everything they need and more. In my opinion, if you acquire something you don’t need, it becomes clutter, and I hate clutter – with passion! I don’t want to own it and I don’t want to gift it. See my dilemma?
Despite my discontent with clutter and culture’s obsession with acquiring an excessive amount of unnecessary material possessions, I think of myself as a very generous person. I give to different charities on a regular basis and I like to surprise my loved ones with special treats every now and then, especially on random days instead of the days our culture has designated for gift-giving. I also like to put a lot of thought into it; I don’t mind spending a decent amount of money on a gift, if it fulfills a need or if it will be of value in someone’s life.
My above mentioned dilemma got me thinking about my own birthday wishes for this year. With it being about a week away, I can honestly say that all I want on that day (and every day of my life) is a good, filling, flavorful meal and the continued love and support from my family and friends.

But what would make my day EXTRA special? A bit of your time.
Yes, time. Time to:
  • Become workout buddies
  • Have breakfast at Elmer’s (I LOVE their pancakes)
  • Go hiking together
  • Take a Zumba master class together
  • Sign up to run a 5k or 10k  together
  • Paint pottery
  • Treat ourselves to manis and pedis
  • Enjoy a weekend getaway, somewhere neither of us has been before
  • Enjoy a Grey’s Anatomy Netflix marathon, complete with pizza, snacks and drinks
  • Hanging out at a coffee shop chatting the night away
The most valuable gift one can ever receive are memories made with YOU. Kids are too young to understand it, but I’m glad I do. And in time, they will too.

Cheers! To the wonderful holiday season ahead and another year of life to make more memories.
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