I was gifted some old family photos for Christmas of 2012: my dad and my uncle as wee people, and my paternal grandparents on their wedding day. Both pictures (in frames) sit proudly on my window sill, facing all who enter my room – admittedly, typically myself and my girlfriend.
But it got me thinking about a side of gifting that is seldom seen anymore: gifts that actually mean something.
Don’t get me wrong: I’ve fallen deep into the “show your love with your money” side of things, because generally I get stuff that people want. Sometimes I take an educated guess at what they would like, other times I get a list and choose from it. More often than not, I get a list.
I am horrible at putting a list together, even when my mom asks me for specifics.
For once I have a few ideas, but when I say “few”, I literally mean “three”. True, this is outstandingly better than years previous, but one of the items is around $220 plus shipping, and I’m not 100% sure it’s actually in production yet.
Back to the picture thing, it inspired me to think that there may actually be people out there who would like and enjoy to have some framed pictures of some of my moments.
To that end, I put together several photos to be printed and bought some frames to mount them in. I have a picture of me on the medal podium as a fresh blue belt receiving my gold medal, there’s my girlfriend and I together with the sun shining through the trees, and there’s my coach awarding me my blue belt.
I chose those pictures because they’re the biggest moments of this year, and pretty close to all of my life. So far my parents, my brother and his family, and my paternal grandmother have received them. They’re just a little taste of what is to come in the near future.
Now I just have to think of ideas for Christmas …
–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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