Christmas Gift

Gift Ideas- Some years I have it all planned out what I am going to get my wife for Christmas and yet other years I struggle.  This year I really didn’t have a great idea going for me when she suggest that we can the idea of getting each other gifts.  She suggested that instead of spending a few hundred on each other for this year lets grab a couple tags off of donation tree’s and spend that same money on this instead.  Well it was an interesting idea I decided so I went along with it.

We went down to the city Christmas tree where the local women’s shelter and food bank post tags with different wish lists for families.  We ended up grabbing 4 tags I think.  One of the tags was for a boy who wants cloths (size 8-10), a school backpack with school supplies, and a hoola-hoop.  Instantly it broke my heart to picture a kid going to school in 3rd grade without a backpack or the correct school supplies. 

I remember being in 3rd grade when my father got laid off and was unemployed for the better part of a year.  (He was never totally unemployed, he always worked what ever job he could find but it never was much pay during that year) I also remember going to the bus stop with my buddies and they where making fun of me because I was wearing the K-mart blue light special shirt while they where in the cool Nike shirt or what ever the name brand was that week.

So my wife and I started to go shopping for this boy the other day.  We went to the large Wally-came-apart story and started looking at the cloths.  Yes for about $25 dollars it seemed like we could get about 113 pieces of clothing.  But to me it seemed to close to what I was going through at 3rd grade.  I finally said enough and we left our cart and ran away.  I explained my issue with buying these second rate cloths for kids.  I know it is extremely materialistic of me but damn it 3rd graders are ruff.

We went to a different store where $25 got us 2 shirts but they had the “correct names on them”.  I ended up not buying 113 pieces of clothing but I did throw the limits out the window and tried to get close to 113. 

I have to say I had more fun then I ever did shopping for my wife.  She got to shop for the little girl that she doesn’t have.   

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Published in: on December 6, 2006 at 3:46 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. You did a good thing man. I remember when I was a kid, growing up in a pretty shitty area of Boston. I had clothes on my back, but since my family didn’t have much money they were always no-name brands… or brands that were cool two years ago. People made fun of me all the time & it got me in a lot of fights. Kids are harsh.

    The difference, though, is back then there might be a fight about someone picking on your clothes… this day and age, the kid will shoot up the school and everyone in it. All over what? Some bullshit.

  2. I am not the greatest Christmas lover but what you guys have done is pretty terrific and what this holiday season should be about. I can imagine this little boy going to school with his head held high and a smile on his face. Very inspiring!!!

  3. As I sit here in my wrangler jeans and “Joe’s Bait Shop” T-shirt, I must say that what you guys did is great. My wife and I do the same–albeit, we take the Walmart route, not because of the cheap prices or the “off” brands, but because my wife insists. You see she is a Manager at Wally World…and well it might hurt her profit sharing if we didn’t buy from there….
    Just something to ponder. haha.

  4. I can only echo what the others are saying. It is a fine thing you did for the boy. It embodies the spirirt of Christmas.

  5. Naturalist- I totally understand your logic. I have a buddy that is a manger of a Target here in town and you can’t even use words that start with the letter ‘w’ ‘a’ ‘l’ at the beginning with out there being a price to pay for it.


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