Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Quasi-Heartbreak of Giving Great Gifts

Leather Man Key rings ready to be wrapped

There is that familiar moment that occurs in early December.  The presents that you have ordered  arrive, ready to be wrapped.  And for that day, you can see them all together, and they look fabulous.

One is struck for just a moment with that thought, "What if I just kept them all?  I could hoard them in my middle drawer. No one would know. And every day I could look at them."

The moment then passes.  And it is back to wrapping,  looking up addresses and writing cards.


James said...

They do look great.I'm proud of you for fighting temptation.Remember virtue is its own reward..... OK keep telling yourself that!

Sam said...

Do a Costanza and in lieu of a gift, pretend to donate to a fictional charity.

Raulston said...


I must candidly assert that you have one of the most boisterous and thought provoking styles of writing I have ever had the pleasure to experience. I hope that you continue your wonderful vibrant and jovial scribings. I admire the mere and unencumbered fact that you can keep current with postings and update your articles as often as you do. I find it rather arduous to do so even as a Gent of the University. Keep up the fabulous work and happy holidays-the recipients of your gifts will be delighted with your choice.

Lollyg said...

Dear Muffy,
Your original post on the keychains inspired me to order these for two outdoorsmen (husband and brother) on my Christmas shopping list....I have been wishing I ordered one for myself as I understand your moral dilemma...
Love your blog,

Muffy Aldrich said...

@Raulston- First, thank you so much for your very kind mention on your blog, and your appreciated comments here. Second, there just may be times when my family wishes I was ever-so-slightly less boisterous in my opinions!

@Lollyg - We may both need a second delivery.

Wharf Rat said...

Those key thingys are a huge hit here, and discovered through TDP. The customizing feature is really neat.

For example,the Rector gets one that is black; to go with his clerical garb, but the green golfing motif, to signify his recreational passion.

Hoarding these is always a problem, as Mrs A mentions. One way to avoid the guilt trip is--- one as a gift, one for me, etc etc.

That was you still end up with a drawer full, but sans the guilt trip of keeping all of the ones you bought for gifts, for yourself. Just a thought.

Susan said...

I absolutely love those key fobs. I think I will have to borrow your idea and get the pink one with the whale. It reminds me of Vineyard Vines. Pink and navy blue along with kelly green and navy blue are my favorite color combinations. I don't have a problem with temptation during gift giving because if I see something that I know someone else will like, I buy one for myself. I'm just bad that way.

Muffy Aldrich said...

@Wharf Rat - What a marvelous idea! I feel as though I have been a path to absolution.

@Susan - I think I will have to borrow my idea as well. I completely agree with you - those are my favorite color combinations as well. I have been buying that perfect whale from Leather Man since I was a teenager.

Elizabeth Hammond Pyle said...

And they look so nice in the photo! I will definitely be checking those out.