Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Perfect Gift

For writer’s workshop this week, the topic was to write about my top five “must have” gifts that I am buying for loved ones.

I’ll be honest with you, I am such a uncreative gift giver. Since graduating from college and becoming an adult, I find it really hard to pick out gifts for others. Unlike kids, adults don’t usually ask for specific gifts. If they want something they buy it. At least that’s my take on it. Therefore I never know what to buy people. Do I get something they need? That’s not always very exciting. Do I get something I like? But they might not like it.

So what’s my “must have” gift?


A gift card!

Some might think they are impersonal, but I don’t think so. I love to get gift cards. So I just assume that others do too. Every so often I find something that seems like a neat gift, but then I worry that it’s not enough so I end up adding a gift card to it anyways.

Do you like to receive gift cards? What is the “must have” gift you are giving this year?



  1. I love getting gift cards! However, even better than gift cards to a specific store, I love getting pre-paid credit card gift cards, so I could spend the money anywhere!!!

    I suppose you then ask, why not just give cash, right? Well, for me, if I have cash, I spend it on everyday things like weekday lunches and chewing gum.

    Having it in card form means that I more likely to spend it on actually things I like, for instance musical DVDs or shoes or... well I can't think of anything else..

  2. Love gift card, can't go wrong with that. Visiting from Mama kat

  3. I love getting GCs, too! Seriously, esp. when they're for B&N or Sbx. Love it!! :) BTW: Great username, pumpkin delight sounds so fun. :)

  4. I don't like gift cards. It is not because they are not very nice and thoughtful :) it is just that I do not ever use them. And then I feel like a gigantic idiot when they expire.

    I can never think of anything I need at Christmas so it is hard for me to tell people what to ask for. You are so right. If there is something I want, I go and get it : )

  5. I love gift cards! The ultimate gift, I agree!

  6. I'm really hoping for a nice pair of yellow socks this year because my stupid golden retriever just chewed the toes out of mine!

    But other than that, I like the gift card, especially when it's a gift from students/parents. Last year I got a terrific one to a gourmet cupcake shop! Mmm . . .

    I also got a very nice one from REI last year, but I guess I'd have to go with Hula Hank on this one, those pre-paid Visa cards are sweet.

  7. I feel it my duty to inform Pumpkin's readers that she has a big fat stack of gift cards that she carries around in her purse. So, yes, she loves gift cards!

  8. I'm with you...adults buy what they want and need on their own. I love gift cards too

  9. I love getting gift cards. LOVE IT! I like holding on to them for when I want a treat.