It’s that exciting week before Thanksgiving where scores of people have a 3-day work week!  Yippee!  Happy Monday!

I’m back in the saddle today and hoping to jump back on the Momdot blog party after falling off the posting wagon for a bit last week.  I just didn’t feel in the “party” mood, but I’m feeling re-energized with this new week.

Appropriately, since this is one of the biggest shopping weeks, today’s questions are, What is the most unusual gift you’ve received?  What was one of your favorite gifts?  Is regifting ok?

I can’t say I’ve ever really received a crappy gift per se, but I have received a few unusual ones.  Like for instance, a few years after we got married, I kept asking Jeff for a Food Saver–you know, the plastic packaging contraption for freezing and saving food?  I asked and asked, thinking we’d go to Target and pick it up one day.  Well, I got what I asked for:  my husband, the practical gift-giver, lovingly bought one for me for Christmas.

Apparently, there’s this unwritten rulebook where husbands give sparkly, fun gifts to wives and wives give fabulous top of the line electronics/sports-themed/insert-his obsession-here-sort of gifts.

Husband does not subscribe to said rulebook, so I get exactly what I desired, a Food Saver.

Because nothing says I love you like neatly packaged frozen leftovers.

I’m such a brat, I know, but I wanted baubles and sparkly stuff, like the olden days.  Let’s put my spoiled brattyness aside for a moment here.  For what it’s worth, Jeff IS a very thoughtful gift-giver and makes it a point to pay attention to details.  It just so happened that that year, the lines of practicality and thoughtfulness were blurred–never a bad thing unless you marry a buzzkill.

I pouted, and I’m pretty sure we exchanged it for something totally frivolous.

Every time we see a Food Saver, I get hell–and I totally deserve it.

Regifting.  In one way or another, I feel like we all do it.  It is recycling and a green-way of thinking, isn’t it?  :) In my opinion, I think it’s perfectly fine, as long as it’s done subtly and does not hurt anyone’s feelings.  Our friends had the best idea last year, though.  They held an after-holiday regifting party.  Best idea ever!  I have never laughed so much over crystal figurines and tacky sunglasses.  We played hide the tacky crystal figurine amongst ourselves and I unknowingly ended up with it.  We swore that we’d gift it BACK to one of them.  Friends, let this be your warning:  I’ve been waiting all year for this.

As for one of the best gifts ever, fast forward to last year, I received exactly what I never expected: a simple, understated sapphire ring (the kid’s birthstone) in honor of my first Christmas as a mama.

THE best gift, however, was not the ring, but the gift-givers–Jacky baby and Jeff.

Best gifts ever

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