Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Buy her slippers!!"

Something you might not know about me is that I've never received a gift I didn't like. I'm super easy to buy for, even if others, like say, Matt, might not share in that opinion. It's still completely true. When it comes to gifts, I have zero expectations, except that I like to be surprised and even that expectation is fairly flexible. Even still, Matt has proven himself great at gifting. In fact, some of the best gifts I've ever received have come from Matt, which is awesome because I don't enjoy telling him what to buy me. I want him to work at it and surprise me.

That said, there's a running joke between us that the bar is too high now and that next year he's going to have to buy me something disappointing, like slippers, to reset it. Apparently, when he asked one of his co-workers what to buy me, his co-worker asked him what he has gotten me the last few years. When Matt told him, he said, "you set the bar too high, man, buy her slippers." When we ran into that particular co-worker at Black Friday at Wal-Mart, I asked Matt if he'd been the one tell him to buy me slippers. Matt just cackled and nodded.

Today, when he jokingly told me that next year it was definitely going to be slippers, I informed him that I actually quite liked slippers. My feet have a tendency get quite cold! Take that! But, after thinking on it for a while, I thought I might share with you some of the reasons his co-worker, Tyler, told him the bar was too high. Shall we?

  1. The Gold Box: The gold box is this year's gift. Pretty, isn't it? The tag on the bottom says "Swindles," which sort of gives it away. Also, I know exactly what's in the box, but you have to wait until after Christmas to see it!

  2. The Lithuanian Candle House: Matt got me this cute little house quite a few years ago. He bought it in a little trinket shop in Richland Mall in Waco, that isn't there anymore. The candle house is made of Lithuanian mud and is a part of a tradition of independence in Lithuania. There's a story about it, if you're interested. To this day, this is one of my all time favorite gifts. It's beautiful, functional, and has a history. He couldn't have done better.

  3. Heart Shaped Box: Okay, this one isn't a Christmas present, so I'm somewhat cheating here--particularly since I've nestled it in the Christmas tree for the picture. It's silver with a hinged lid and black velvet lining. The engraving on the top, which you can't see at all in that picture, says: "Just Because it's Thursday." That's right, an average Thursday happened to be the occasion for this lovely gift. Matt can be a romantic.

  4. Ani & Chewbi: Only one of them is a Christmas present--last year's present, in fact! We got Chewbacca around New Year, last year, but he was our Christmas gift. He's such a wonderful little guy. Anakin was my birthday present in 2005 and he's the best birthday gift, even if he's less cuddly and more finicky than Chewbi.

  5. Pride and Prejudice: This was a Christmas gift from 2010. This book was made by UStarNovels, a company that makes reprints of classics. The twist is that the reprints star whomever you want them to. That version of Pride and Prejudice, which is my favorite novel, stars me, rather than Elizabeth Bennett. The male lead is Matt, rather than Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. It's awesome! They're reasonably priced and beautifully bound, and they make a really wonderful gift. Or, at least it did for me!

So you see? Matt's a really, really good gifter. He has never failed to buy me exactly the right thing and I've never--with the exception of #4--told him what he should get me. This year is no exception, the gift inside that gold box is awesome in every possible way and is exactly the right thing. When he bought it, he proudly proclaimed that he "won Christmas this year," which was hilarious, but possibly true up to the point when I bought him an iPad2 (which I've already given him so he could get some use out of it). I think we actually tie this year, which is a victory for me because Matt's impossibly difficult to buy for. He never actually seems to like any of the gifts I give him, which is hard for me because gifting is one of my joys in life. I love to buy for others and am, generally, quite good at it. He likes the iPad, so score!

There's a pile of other gifts to open on Christmas morning, and though I know what's in all of them, too, I still can't wait to open them. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It's just so much fun! So, you'll probably be getting another of these collages when Christmas comes--assuming the world doesn't end on 12/21/12, bwahahaha!! I can almost feel your excitement at the prospect, of the collage, not dooms day, of course. ;)

So now tell me, what's the best gift you've ever gotten? I think mine might just be slippers, come this time next year!