Friday, 13 December 2013

Christmas Spectacular: The Best Christmas Gift Ever

I can't believe it's really the last day of the blogging challenge of the Christmas Spectacular! Once again, thank you so much to everyone who's participated. I've really enjoyed reading your posts and your comments. In case you missed the previous post, the giveaway itself has been extended for another 2 days for those that missed out on their additional 10 points for the past couple of days. So if you've just come across this blog, click here to to be in to win $60 in either Paypal cash or a voucher from Amazon or Modcloth.

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Now, on with today's topic!

I'll be completely honest with you. I simply cannot think of what the best Christmas gift I ever received was. I feel pretty special, being unable to answer my own topic! If we talk in terms of general gifts, the best one I have ever received was a surprise.

I was dating a German boy a few years back, and he had to go back to Germany to finish his degree. We did the whole long distance thing for 6 months. Just a few weeks before he was due to return to New Zealand, he rang me with the flight details. I was so excited! I was going to see him in less than 3 weeks!

Two days later at work, I was putting some clothing away and I looked up and smiled at a customer, and turned away. Something immediately niggled at my mind as I looked away. I knew that person from somewhere. So I looked up again. Then I allegedly (I still refuse to believe that this happened, but 2 people insisted it was the case) gave the loudest yell of, "SHIT!" threw a bunch of clothes on the floor and ran to my (then) boyfriend, who was clutching a bunch of flowers in his hand.

I think that's what makes the best presents. It's not just the items themselves, but also the time and thought put behind the gift. 

Oh, I'm not going to be a hypocrite and say the gifts themselves don't matter. I'm far too materialistic to ever attain that way of thinking. It just think it's so lovely to receive tokens of affection that makes me know I mean something to someone.

And that being said, I hope Santa puts a lot of thought behind your presents this year. ;)

Speaking of Santa, I asked Susannah at Simple Moments Stick what she would wish for if Santa could grant her just one wish. Her answer melted my heart a little.

I'm crossing my fingers for you Susannah!

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Christmas Spectacular

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  1. Amanda Papenfus Eatherly14 December 2013 at 14:15

    Aww that's a sweet gift. I couldn't think of just one "best ever" gift either, so I just talked about the presents my husband has gotten me the last couple of years which were pretty cool.

  2. What a surprise! I agree the thought is important but fun to get gifts either way :)

  3. I'll go for the materialistic answer too - an old boyfriend gave me a Rosetta Stone for Christmas one year. Not super romantic, but I was shocked he'd remembered a conversation we'd had months earlier about how I really meant to learn Tagalog (I had a lot of Filipinos working for me). So it was sweet he got me something I really wanted and managed to completely surprise me. I love surprises!

    I found you through your Grow Your Blog link-up. Great idea!!

  4. Oh my gosh, I would have loved to see that happen!!! That is so wonderful :'D

  5. Hullo! Sorry for the late reply (I seem to be typing that out a lot lately, not good). I took a bit of a blogging break for the past couple of days and immersed myself in a fluffy young adult book.

    Wonder what your husband will get you this year! :)

  6. Hi Kate, yeah it was one heck of a surprise :) And yes, getting gifts is always fun too ;)

  7. Oh my gosh! I got your package today! Love everything in it, thank you :D I'll post about it this week, I think.

    Yeah I was a little stumped on what to put in your package, since I remembered reading your post on downsizing/decluttering. Hopefully the card and the bookmark that I had to mail separately arrives soon >_<

    Photo A Day going ok! Still very jealous that you're in Disneyland! And yes, I shall visit! Maybe you can play tour guide =)

  8. Aww that's pretty sweet that he got you something you mentioned months ago. Nothing beats knowing the boyfriend listens aye. :) How's the Tagalog going? Mabuti ba? =)

  9. Glad you liked everything! Although you can tell me if you didn't like something so I know for the future. For real! :)

    Yeah, I can definitely do that.. as long as it's within the next year. Not sure how long we will stay out on the west coast. Well, we're definitely moving from LA this feb.. but we plan on visiting since we'll be in Vegas (only 4 hours away).

  10. Amanda Papenfus Eatherly19 December 2013 at 11:01

    No problem. Never bad idea :)

    Up until last week he said it was going to be a desktop. But I said that I want to travel more so now he said he might take me on a couple trips instead. So we'll see which it is. Although I don't not want a computer, I have a laptop that works perfectly well and we haven't gone anything in months so I am leaning toward hoping for trips.

  11. Ooooh how exciting! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you :)

    And aren't I supposed to boot you off for being online? Or have you finished exams and papers already?

  12. Amanda Papenfus Eatherly19 December 2013 at 21:01


    Haha thanks for remembering, but nope I've been done since the wee hours of Monday morning. Fortunately my school's system runs on Eastern Standard Time because I definitely wasn't done by midnight Sunday my time.