(These chocolate dipped strawberries make a great gift!)
I have been pondering the whole idea of gift giving. My conclusion is that I will not give anyone any more money.
The desire for money as gifts is crass. I give you $50.00 and you give me $100.00. Will you feel cheated because you gave me $50.00 more than I gave you? Or suppose I give you $20.00 and you give me $20.00. What a wasted gesture!
So, no more monetary gifts whatsoever.
I prefer to buy or make my gifts. My sister-in-law in Boston sends us homemade cookies. In return, I send her Maui Caramacs, which she can’t get in Boston. How wonderful it is to give and receive food as presents!
Macadamia nuts are healthy to eat. I have been known to give those to my guests at my Christmas parties.
When I traveled to India in 2012, I returned to Hawaii, bearing gifts of silk scarves and neck ties and other Indian souvenirs for my family and friends. That was a special gift for special people.
One thing I must not do is give a set of wine glasses to Mormons, as they do not drink alcohol. There are some Mormons in my family. No joke!
And restaurant gift cards and movie passes aren’t that great, either. Many times, those gift cards and passes remain on people’s desks unused. What a waste!
So, instead of money, I will give objects – things to eat, things to wear, things to put in your home, and things to play with.
Hope you all agree that the desire for money as gifts is crass.