Month: December 2009

The Greatest Gift of All

…is piles of anime and manga.

Just kidding. That’s not what this post is about.

Like many other people right now, I’m broke. I shouldn’t be spending money on anything but necessities. I’ve really been trying to be good and financially responsible and all that boring grown-up stuff. But as Christmas crept closer, I gave in. I said, “Screw it!” and pulled the last bit out of my savings to pay down my credit card down enough that I could buy nice presents for my family.

I won’t lie; I love presents. But Christmas for me isn’t about what presents are under the tree with my name on them. The best present I “get” is watching people open something I bought them, watching their faces light up as they realize they’re unwrapping something they wanted but never thought they’d get.

In years past, I spent about $200 a year sending presents to my girlfriends. Little lip gloss sets from Sephora, Victoria’s Secret $25 or $30 gift cards, Amazon gift cards, whatever. Just something cute and (relatively) inexpensive to brighten their holidays. Since a) they never reciprocate; b) we don’t really stay in touch; and c) I’m broke, I figured it made sense to skip the girlfriend presents this year.

Instead, I sent a gift card to a stuffed rabbit and a cat.

You heard me.

The gift cards weren’t for any large sum of money (though the rabbit was able to buy a sweet Harley with it) but that bunny and cat were more excited, appreciative, and wonderful than my human “girlfriends” have ever been. Their exuberance at my gifts was overwhelming and ultimately a better gift to me than I could have ever imagined.