Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I've had family members asking me to figure out the things I might want for Christmas. It's the updated version of "Tell Santa what you want."But, I always seem to have problems figuring out what to say in response to such queries. I'm at that "certain" age when one already has many of the things they truly want. Or, when I want something new, I tend to go get it myself.Most of the folks I buy gifts for are also in that age group. When I'm in their homes, I try to look around and figure out they might need; but, a week later, I see that they've already gone out and bought it themselves. Like me, they usually have neither the patience nor the faith in waiting to see what others will choose.As we get older, I think it gets harder to find something that will surprise us when it comes to gifts. In fact, we usually are a bit relieved to find gifts of socks, underwear and restaurant gift certificates inside our packages. They are safe, we know how we can use them, and there are very few style or color choices (for men, though not so for women) so that we feel fairly confident that we will not have to fib about how much we enjoy them.The restaurant gift certificates have always been a favorite, as I'm always in town and needing a meal at some time of the day. For at least a month or two after my birthday and Christmas, I preface my meal planning with a quick rifling through the gift certificates to see what my options are. Fortunately, Mason is blessed with a number of places to eat, so my friends and family don't have to worry about the selection.Gift certificates and gift cards are also popular choices come birthdays and Christmas. I have found that most businesses, even if they don't issue formal gift certificates, will accept a gift of credit toward a customer's account, allowing them to come in later and make purchases. There's something that's a lot of fun about walking into a store and knowing that you have more money than just what's in you pocket when you're picking out your gift.Last year, I used combinations of gift cards, along with my own cash, to make some purchases that I would have normally had to budget over a longer period of time. I ended up with a new laptop, and lucked into a store sale that allowed me to load it up with some neat extras.I know that a lot of folks would rather be surprised. They like having lots of big packages under the tree, and they like the suspense of trying to figure out what's inside those beautifully wrapped gifts. Those are the same people that don't like to give gift cards and certificates; but, would rather make their gifts personal. And, I do enjoy having a few of those gifts myself, as it brings out the child in me.It really comes down to the joy of giving and receiving. We all love the wonderful feeling that comes with presenting a gift to someone else, and in receiving something that we neither purchased nor earned. Truth be told, I don't know of many people who would turn down a gift, no matter what its form. As for me, those that make the decision to give me a gift of any kind can always rest assured that I appreciate it all, no matter how it comes to me.Let the gifting begin!!!!
It’s all just my opinion.