Update: So Christmas was sorted with cards from Oxfam and I’ve struck gold this Valentines Day too.
I am giving my husband some chickens and my son a piglet. They may not smell as nice as roses, but piglets are a far more generous gift especially to families overseas in need.
Oxfam have released these cards for Valentines Day and I think they are a little bit perfect to give as a gesture of love
The cards are available until February 14 at www.oxfamunwrapped.com.au or at Oxfam shops around the country.
I have a reputation in my family as being a really good gift buyer. I don’t think that I’m that good at actually selecting gifts, it’s just that I have radar ears and I listen very carefully. Okay sometimes I also eavesdrop but it’s all for a good cause because come birthday time I remember what they forgot they actually wanted. It’s handy and it makes me very popular.
For instance I gave my husband 20 classics for our 20th wedding anniversary because he is constantly looking for a classic to read. I gave my sister a slow cooker when she had been complaining that she never had time to make dinner in the evening and I gave my mother an e-book reader when she worried that she didn’t have space to store all her books.
But Christmas time is hard- not just because I’m Jewish and don’t celebrate Christmas ergo no gifts for me. It’s hard because I have a lot of friends that I buy presents for and there’s a lot of other people in my life that I want to acknowledge at Christmas and a LOT of people that I want to thank for all their care during the year and a gift at Christmas is the perfect opportunity. I’m thinking of all my son’s teachers, the tae kwondo instructor, the cricket coach, the woman that walks my dog when I can’t get home in time, the neighbor that always takes my bins in. The list is endless.
Now as good as my ears are, and believe me they are, I cannot possibly overhear all their conversations. But I do know one thing – there is nobody that I am buying for that doesn’t have enough “stuff”. There is nobody that I am buying for that really needs anything that I can buy for them. There is also no one that I am buying for that wouldn’t want to make a difference