Magazine article Sunset

Gift of Surprise

Magazine article Sunset

Gift of Surprise

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It's gift-giving season, and I'm sure folks who have me on their list are groaning right about now. Jewelry? Not really a collector. Gift card? I lose them! A sweater? Meh. If asked what I want from Santa, I usually smile and say, "I have everything I possibly need." True for most of us, I suspect.

The best gifts are total surprises, of course, something out of the ordinary that the recipient would never dream of buying and may not even know they desire. Or a donation to a favorite cause, requiring no recycling of wrapping paper. Or an experience not yet attempted but dreamed of ...

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One year, my sister-in-law gave me an expensive pair of shoes. Talk about bold! Who buys shoes for someone else? But I had been borrowing her stylish pairs for years for special occasions, and she gifted me with ones that fit perfectly. I wore them until they literally fell apart. Another year, my mother gave me a photo album of my life, from my babyhood to when I had my own baby. …

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