Sunday, November 18, 2007

Oh, the things that make ya go "Hmmm....."

…and speaking about being totally PC and all….I’m not going to be now.

As a matter of fact, I’m going to be downright ruthless…which is a funny word.. …
.....where does it come from? …………“ruthless “ If someone who is conniving is ruthless..are the good ones full of ruth….... ruthful??

…huh..I wonder….
…I loved the movie Ruthless People…it’s so silly!

“The world’s stupidest criminals..” hhahahahaha!

Anyway, what I am going to say here might not be for the weak.

Or the busy. Or the totally-organized-but-rather-non-feeling-so-warmly-at-Christmas-people….or persons.

OK, here it is…………………………………………………………..

I don't like gift cards. There, I've said it.

(....unless they’re in conjunction with another gift especially chosen for the recipient…)

But, how unimaginative?! It’s like the Holy Grail for slackers…..

I know, I know, ..they’re convenient. They’re quick. Everyone can use them..one-size-fits-all…and the advertiser's want you to think you're soo clever..





but seriously, which of the things in the ad would you rather have? The pretty wrapped gift with the beautiful ribbon?.....or the card..flat...unattractive...no personality?? (hey...that sounds like me in High School!)

Maybe that’s the problem.

"One size fits all"…you could give or get one for the mailman, never even knowing his name. Or her name.

Never taking the time to know anything about him…or her. What they like. What movies, music, books they read….

...if they can read…..............well......I guess they’d have to read if they deliver the mail….

Anyway, the point is, if I give you a $20 gift card and you give me a $20 gift card, why don’t we just keep our $20’s and call it even??

Yes, it takes some thought to buy something for someone- but isn’t that the whole idea???

To find just the “perfect” thing for someone? To be at a flea market or a used book store and spot that one thing you know they’ll just.....LOVE?

That’s when the giving gives the gift-giver as much of a gift as the gift-getter gets!!

I love to be somewhere, oh, like in the middle of July, and say ”Oh, Gerri would just love this!”

Or, that’d be PERFECT for Chris! Or, you know, I remember he/she collects these, I think I’ll get him/her one!”

(notice how PC I’m being here now….yeah, me!)

Hey....I crack me up…both “Chris” and “Gerri” could be a boy or a girl –hahhahahaha! –

.......no, wait… not in the “mixed-up-doesn’t-know-what-gender-they-are” sort of way…. The names, I mean…

Anyway, my point is that especially at Christmas, you should spend more than money on those gifts.

You should spend time.

And if you’re saying, “well I really don’t know that person all that well..”

…maybe you should re-think why getting them anything at all. Or maybe get to know them. ……

After all, if they’re not worth the effort, what IS the point??????????

Things that make ya go “Hmmm……”

-me

**** DISCLAIMER*** (..again....geesh! )

" The opinions of the writer in no way conveys the feelings of the Senior Management....."

-Randy

huumph..

4 comments:

Heather said...

I LOVE the disclaimer at the bottom! SO FUNNY! Although I am a total gift card girl but that is because I am very fickle! Christmas gifts are not meant for gift cards but weddings, birthdays (sometimes), anniversarys, They are meant for gift cards! Although you are a lot more thoughtful than my family! A sweater is personal and thoughful! Love you!

Teacher -n- Training said...

I agree. I hate gift cards at Christmas, it takes absolutely no thought. It's like getting cash. Oh, here's $20 and a card. Merry Christmas (my mother in law does that?). What's evenly bad - what do you want for Christmas. Why buy what I WANT - buy me what you think I might WANT.

Littlepenpen said...

Amen, sister! However, some gift cards are better than others.... I would much rather have one from a nice restaurant than one from a department store. At least that way, when I spend it, I feel like that person "took me out to dinner."

Charmingdesigns said...

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