Given my exit out of the country just a few weeks shy of Father's Day, I had to get my gift-giving act together sooner than usual. But after getting rid of 90% of everything I own, I have mixed feelings about giving "stuff", unless it's something I'm sure is wanted, or a consumable that will be enjoyed + used up within a short time.
Because let's face it: almost all of us have WAY too much stuff. So much stuff that we forget about half the stuff we own. Then when we find it again years later, we somehow convince ourselves that we need to keep it..."because it was a gift". Or, "because I'll use it someday". It's crazy to me. And yet I've lived that way for 25 years...and am just realizing it now!
So, over the past two months, I've been giving gifts of cash/gift cards toward an experience I know the individual would enjoy. Not just a tacky wad of cash in a drug store birthday card...but a well-thought out, heartfully created, intentional gift. Something that clearly shows time + care were taken to choose something personal, and yet won't sit around collecting dust.
Gifts for my mom and sister have been easy-peasy. But dads? Dads are so hard to shop for.
Then I remembered how much my Dad loves the Chicago Cubs and recently told me he hasn't visited Wrigley Field since he was a boy. It just so happens that I'll be home in late September, and my fam planned a weekend in Chicago for a family wedding. And there's a Cub's game scheduled. There were plenty of seats available for the game...I tracked down the best my wallet could afford....and BOOM. I booked those tickets faster than anything.
And then began the hunt for a way to not lamely hand my dad two freshly printed Stub Hub tickets. After searching through my packed-up apartment, I unearthed a basket, and jazzed it up with spare ribbon + a striped piece of wax paper. A quick trip to the store to pick up root beer bottles, Kettle Corn bags and peanuts filled the basket to the brim. The tickets were slid into in a manila envelope, then covered with more red + white stripes, and cut out photos of Wrigley Field. Finally, I doodled a little baseball stitching along the corners of his card and called it a day.
All told, I think he really loved it. And turning what would have been a card + two tickets into a cute little basket only cost a few more dollars and a trip to the grocery store. :)
What's your gift-giving style? Do you ask what an individual would like or just guess? Go the safe route with cash or gift card?