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December 26, 2007

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Laurie

This Christmas has been especially hectic, but I promised my mom I would make her Christmas cards. My dad passed away 2 years ago and Mom always says she has "plenty of time to spare" so instead of doing her cards for her, I brought them over to her house and we stamped them together! She's received some nice compliments on the cards and is very proud of her accomplishment. So the best gift, in my mind, was sharing the time while making the cards.

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Anne

I think the best gift I ever gave was the time my friends mother was going through chemo. I made her a card every day that she had to go in for treatment She is no longer with us but I know that the cards made her smile. thanks for the chance to win the clear stamps. You truly are a giving person.

Kristin in OH

Well..I would have to say the best gift I ever gave to someone was about 18 months ago when I gave my sister one of my kidneys. It may seem a little strange to some, but that is truly what it was...my gift to her. She has lupus and was in need of a kidney transplant. I was a perfect match & was more than willing to give one of my kidneys to her. She is doing great now. We are so thankful & blessed. Thanks for the chance to win & Happy Birthday by the way!

Jodi Galland

DH said the best gifts are the ones you get and didn't even realize you wanted. He named an air compressor and various other guy things. But I think the best gift was a book I made him all about his life with our two boys (2 1/2 and 11 months). He took it to work to show it off the very next day. :)

Sheri Coleman

I think the best gift I have ever given was the chance for a friend of mine, who had become temporarily homeless, to be able to stay in a place with his dog. There were lots of places he could go, and lots of places his dog could go, but nobody would take them both and they were all each other had. I moved heaven and earth to keep them together.

bluemoon

I think giving any gift is good for your heart & soul, at least to me! I love to surprise people, even if just little tokens for no reason, or I just thought of them. Id rather give than open a gift for myself. It's wayy more fun to watch.

I think the best gift was several very big projects I undertook for my parents 50th anniversary. I worked for 6 months, sent out 80 letters to very close family & friends. I secured all the greeting cards to my address, had people send in old pictures which I had photocopied for scrapbooks, managed to steer them in booking a cruise with a company near to me (not them), sold cruise dollars for small amounts, drew badly outlined cruise ships, (no monetary value known except to me), and individually coloured each with donators name on the haul, included all of this, cards, something old, new, borrowed & blue satin nitewear, gifts for them (from me with a huge love letter), with $500 US money wired to the ship, ordered champagne, wrote the captain of the ship, and more and snuck all of this into my moms bag in a treasure chest sea themed box! I sold the cruise dollars because I knew family would buy her things and she is not into clutter or collecting. They enjoyed many shows, massages, bingo, wine, pictures and souvenirs all on us! To top it off, and unplanned at last moment the week after their return, I planned a surprise re-union of their whole wedding party (plus her children), for a formal fancy brunch, with the same flowers and candles upon the table, and mini wedding cake. The 6 couples - 4 sisters, cousin, god parents & spouses all well and present, all posed 50 years later for picture taking in the same order they did 50 years earlier. How will I ever do 60??? I collapsed after this anniversary month LOL. ;)))

bluemoon

I think giving any gift is good for your heart & soul, at least to me! I love to surprise people, even if just little tokens for no reason, or I just thought of them. Id rather give than open a gift for myself. It's wayy more fun to watch.

I think the best gift was several very big projects I undertook for my parents 50th anniversary. I worked for 6 months, sent out 80 letters to very close family & friends. I secured all the greeting cards to my address, had people send in old pictures which I had photocopied for scrapbooks, managed to steer them in booking a cruise with a company near to me (not them), sold cruise dollars for small amounts, drew badly outlined cruise ships, (no monetary value known except to me), and individually coloured each with donators name on the haul, included all of this, cards, something old, new, borrowed & blue satin nitewear, gifts for them (from me with a huge love letter), with $500 US money wired to the ship, ordered champagne, wrote the captain of the ship, and more and snuck all of this into my moms bag in a treasure chest sea themed box! I sold the cruise dollars because I knew family would buy her things and she is not into clutter or collecting. They enjoyed many shows, massages, bingo, wine, pictures and souvenirs all on us! To top it off, and unplanned at last moment the week after their return, I planned a surprise re-union of their whole wedding party (plus her children), for a formal fancy brunch, with the same flowers and candles upon the table, and mini wedding cake. The 6 couples - 4 sisters, cousin, god parents & spouses all well and present, all posed 50 years later for picture taking in the same order they did 50 years earlier. How will I ever do 60??? I collapsed after this anniversary month LOL. ;)))

Robb_eeie

Hey Erika~~ Love these clear stamps and I would most certainly make good use of them. *wink* I've been trying to pick my brain as to what would be the most memorable gift I've given someone. My pick would have to be this .....
Back in November '07, when my Mom turned 80 years young, wehad a family party for her, which consisted of dinner, gifts and cake, etc. She really had a nice time but I still had something up my sleeve to really SUPER-DUPER surprise her. *evil grin* Afterall, it was her 80th birthday!

I wrote my Mom a note as part of her gift, saying on the following Wednesday I'd be picking her up around 2:00 p.m. and she wouldn't be home until about 1:00 a.m. and that she should wear comfortable shoes ~~~ I'd give her further "hints" as the days passed. I never told my Dad where I was taking my Mom, as I didn't want him slipping up the surprise. As the days passed, I'd give her subtle hints as to what we were going to be doing for the day and I think her finally guess was that we were going to go swimming for the afternoon (we both love to swim) and then out for dinner and a movie. Haaaa little did she know :)

I picked her up and as we started driving my Mom kept wanting to have more clues, as she was going nuts trying to figure out what the surprise was. Well of course for me, this was what was Soooo great about this gift, the Fact that she didn't know. I gave her a piece of paper that had a name on it; of course the letters were all scrambled, so she'd have to try and put them in order to make sense.

Fast forward through a two hour drive as we arrived at a Casino. Again, my Mom just assumed we'd be doing some slot playing, have a nice dinner, etc. Nope, not even close! I had managed to obtain through a dear friend, some great seats for a concert staring singer, Engelbert Humperdinck (the more *mature* readers will know this name haha). I finally had to tell my Mom the first name was "Engelbert", and with the next breath my Mom's head looked like it was going to explode off her shoulders! haaaa ! She grabbed my hand so tight saying how exciting it was and how did I ever plan this or think of it, how did I get tickets, how did I remember that she liked his singing and songs so much, etc. etc. That was all I needed to see and feel to KNOW this evening was the best gift I could have given my Mom.

And by the end of Engelbert's performance, my Mom was singing to all his old tunes and up dancing and wiggling around with a huge smile on her face the entire time. It was a wonderful show and Engelbert certainly has aged well *hubba hubba* and still has a lovely voice, not to mention a wonderful sense of humour.

As we were leaving the concert hall to head back home, my Mom held my arm and said, "This is silly but I feel rather sad that the show is over, as I had such a good time remembering all his songs and trying to recall what I was doing at that time in my life while hearing his music. And I'm also going to miss having this mystery date on my mind and trying to figure out where we were going and what we were going to do".

It was an **AMAZING** moment being able to see my Mom relive some of her younger days and be so enthralled with the songs and music that surrounded us. How much better could life get :0)

Kerry Fitzpatrick

A couple of Christmases ago...our family decided to give ourselves a week in a cabin for our "gift" to each other. So we loaded up the car and headed out of the city for a wonderful week of togetherness. It was the BEST gift we gave each other in a long time. We sat around the fireplace and played games and soaked in the hot tub on the porch with the snow all around us and slept better than any of us could remember. We all still talk about it.
THE BEST GIFT EVER!!!

Jack Loy

For a 50th anniversary for grandparents, I dug and searched until I found: their wedding picture, their children, the kids senior pictures and wedding pictures, grandkids, and just plain photos taken throughout their life. Put it all together in a very special memory book. They were so very thrilled.

Chiara

What a wonderful blog candy!!!!
I love all the stamps you picked!
I think the best gift I gave is a book to my grandfather.
It was a special book as it gathered all the letters my grandfather sent to my grandmother (in Italy) when he was in Russia fighting the 2° world war.
I made the book with the help of my cousin and I think it was really the most special gift I gave to someone...

Thanks for the chance,
Chiara

Layne

Wow, there are some great gift givers here! The best not sappy gift I've given I think was the mini motor bike we gave to my nephews two holidays ago - they were sooo excited and it is something we will likely never be able to afford to do again, so it was special. They live quite far away so we don't see them too often.

Happy HOlidays, just stumbled on your blog but will be checking back often!

tyrymom29

The Best gift I ever gave is for My Parents 30 th wedding anniversary last yr I gave them A scrapbooking album ....from their dating yrs to the grandchildren ....They both loved it !!!!!! My Dad even had tears !!!!! It was really Nice !

And of course 5 yrs ago I met my Dh on his bday So He got the best gift ever ...............ME!!!!!! LoL

PattyW

I think the best gift I've ever given would probably be one of just pure love... when I met my husband... I had no intention of ever getting married and I gave him my heart, my soul and my everlasting love! And now, to my children :)

Sequana

The best gift I ever gave was in tandem with my siblings. We gave our parents an airline ticket to Florida. They had never been there, nor even flown on a plane, I don't think. This was about 25yrs ago.

In any event, they liked it so much there, they started going down every winter and eventually retired there.

My mom is now gone, but my 91yo dad still lives in the very place they first rented, and then bought.
It was a great gift that lasted them for over 25yrs.

Sequana

The best gift I ever gave was in tandem with my siblings. We gave our parents an airline ticket to Florida. They had never been there, nor even flown on a plane, I don't think. This was about 25yrs ago.

In any event, they liked it so much there, they started going down every winter and eventually retired there.

My mom is now gone, but my 91yo dad still lives in the very place they first rented, and then bought.
It was a great gift that lasted them for over 25yrs.

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