Friday, December 17, 2010

What is the best gift you've ever given?

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So, are you like me and you've done some shopping but not everything and now it's the weekend before Xmas and you're like, Holy Moly. What am I going to do? There's so much pressure to get just the right thing for all the special people in your life. It gets even harder when you're on a tight budget.

What's the best gift you've ever given? Is there one thing that really stands out?


I can recall numerous great gifts that I've received. But only a few that I've given that I would categorize as a "best gift ever given".  Mainly because I am married to the BEST GIFT GIVER EVER. He is. Hands down. The best. Ask my family.

I try really hard to be a really thoughtful gift giver. But I'm always trumped by Don. He always manages to outdo me. Mainly because he spends more than I do so my gift comes across as less spectacular. So that doesn't seem fair. He always goes for it. I'm a conservative shopper. I always wimp out.
  • Our very first Christmas together (when we were dating) he gave me a Fendi purse and a super cool pair of leather boots. My parents were so impressed and we ALL decided he was a keeper.  I have no idea what I gave him. But I bet it was a sweater from Macy's.
  • For my 40th birthday he surprised me and rented a private home on Virgin Gorda for the week. I gave him a Gibson guitar for his 40th.
  • For his 50th birthday I treated him to a weekend at the Fairmont in Sonoma. It was great. Except that we got in a car accident the minute we left the resort. So it definitely put a damper on the weekend. Big time. (ok. THAT was not my fault.)
  • For Mother's Day in 2009 he treated the three three of us to see Wicked in SF and an overnight at the Ritz Carlton on the Concierge level. IT WAS AWESOME!!!! Elli and I still talk about it.
  • And this year for our anniversary he gave me (us) the cooking class at Cavallo Point. Loved it!
  • I could go on, and on, and on......
So what have I, Kris Mulkey, given to someone that they would say is THE BEST GIFT EVER? How do you define the "best gift ever given" anyway? How do you know what the recipient thinks is the best gift?

I'm pretty sure the best gift I've ever given was to Elli.

She had been begging, and begging, to get her ears pierced. I told her when she was 13 and more responsible we would do it. She thought this was completely unfair and way too long to wait.  She would beg every few months. And I would tell her "No. You're too young."  Most of her friends did not have their ears pierced. And I don't think they really cared too much about it. Elli was obsessed though. And did not like the thought of waiting until she was 13 - at all. So for her 9th birthday last year I surprised her and I let her get her ears pierced.

I will never forget the look on her face when she opened the little box and read the special certificate I made. She couldn't believe it. It was the best moment ever. For her, it was like a dream come true. It was the ultimate, unexpected surprise.

This certificate entitles you to get your ears pierced at Claire's. TODAY.
We made it a very special experience by taking our time at Claire's and then having lunch at the restaurant of her choice. It was one of those days neither of us will ever forget.

It's nice to be able to give someone something they REALLY want. Some people are easy (like Elli) she is very open with what she wants. Others are harder (like Don.) One of these days I'll give him a spectacular gift that will knock his socks off.  Probably won't be this Christmas. Unless I just happened to pick the right numbers on the Lottery Tickets. But maybe sometime soon. Wish me luck.

The end.

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  1. Loved the earrings shots-I never have the camera for those moments!
    I have a girlfriend who's husband proposed to her in one of those photo booths, where they take the 4 shots in a row. It is so cool to see the actual proposal & genuine surprise!

  2. I was expecting a big response so I had the camera ready!!!!

  3. Hey, we just had this exact conversation yesterday! How funny. I just thought of a really good gift that I orchestrated with Santa - the trampoline for the kids one Christmas. They literally "jumped" for joy =)


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