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Not that I’m panhandling for either. But this strikes me as the difference between “having a gift” and “giving a gift”.
Lot’s of very well-meaning loving relatives give me gifts. But do they really understand that it’s not necessary.
Holidays are a bad time. For a lot of people.
For me it begins in childhood when ANY holiday (didn’t matter; Saint Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July, Columbus Day) was for another occurrence of parents fighting. Usually with alcohol involved. So for as “happy a time” as it’s supposed to be, it’ll never be for me.
So call me Ebenezer, but I ain’t gonna be your typical “holiday person”.
It’s interesting thought that the techie trend for email gift cards and wish lists can make gifts STRANGELY more personal.
I always thought it was funny when her relatives gave Frau Reinke Barnes & Noble or Borders gift cards. ROFL! Actually I made out cause she give them to me. For safe keeping. (She lost everything.) Eventually, when I’d drag her kicking and screaming into a bookstore, usually for a “books on tape” (She never called them “on disc”?), I get something for me.
So here we have the technology solution to how to know what your recipient really really wants.
And, there’s a good search function for by name and town.
If your at loss, you can always email me a gift card. I’m an ITSJ (Yeah, I know it’s ISTJ, but as an IT guy, I like ITSJ. And no it’s not too profane.) And, I don’t like people much anyway. I’ll email you a TY. (TY = a quick Thank You; I can’t be bothered to type it all out.)
So is this “service” good or bad?
Time will tell.
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