Last week we talked about smart gifting strategies for the holidays. I was curious about our own favorite gifts so I asked the bloggers to share the best gifts they've received.
For me, it was a childhood gift that still sticks out in my mind. My parents indulged my New Kids on the Block obsession with a Joey McIntyre doll. I loved that thing more than words could express!
The best gift I ever received arrived on my sister's birthday when we were little kids. Tone was a German shepherd puppy, who was our first family pet. I have loved dogs (all animals really) ever since.
When I was in second grade I got the complete box set of "Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I can still vividly remember opening it and seeing that bright yellow box. Like every other little girl in the 1970's I loved "Little House" getting all the books at once was the best!
My two kids!!
I'd like to say that the best gift I've received was something thoughtful, personal and creative, but I find that I more often appreciate the practical gifts. In college, I received a gift card to Whole Foods for my birthday, sent to me from my aunt. Though on the surface it was just a gift card, it allowed me to escape the miserable Indian food they served every Sunday at my dorm's dining hall and indulge in the glorious spread that is the Whole Foods salad bar. The card lasted me a whole quarter, and it made every Sunday night, usually the time when my family would gather and have a nice meal before the start of the week, like a little slice of home. Thanks Tata Badra!
My husband proposed to me at Christmas. He hung the engagement ring box like an ornament and put a sign on the tree asking me to marry him. Then we were married around the holidays the following year.
Hopefully you're getting ready or already are enjoying the gift of time with friends and family this winter break. At the end of the day that time is really one of greatest gifts you get in college—and before and after for that matter! Here's wishing you the gift of a great winter break.
Editor's note: We're planning to take a short break ourselves to enjoy time with friends and family. We'll see you in the New Year!