I love giving gifts. I love spending time thinking and researching and listening and making little notes about what I might give you. All through the year, I'm making these mental notes. When I hear you say, "I need a kitchen scale," I file it away and then I go research. And on Christmas morning, I love to see your face as you open that gift that I knew you wanted.
I like to make people feel special. I'm not always the best at telling people how much I value them so I do it by finding them something that makes them feel good or that shows them that I know them well and that I'm paying attention.
Because I fly home for Christmas, I almost always end up wrapping my gifts on Christmas eve. Checked bags cannot contain wrapped gifts so I wrap them upon arrival. This year, I went home a few days earlier. I decided the outsides of my gifts would be just as lovely as the contents. So I learned to tie a bow and bought some decent wrapping paper.
Adrian was a nay-sayer. He thought it wouldn't be worth it because who cares about the outside. "It will be worth," I said. "Here, watch this youtube video and help me figure out how to tie a decent bow." Adrian says I can be a bit bossy at times, but he almost always goes along with my ideas.
Oh, but it was so worth it. My grandmother was impressed. My sister complained about how much tape I used, but I know secretly she loved the bow. She even tied a few bows on the gifts she bought.
From here on out, I vow to (almost) always wrap my gifts with bows because I want you to feel special and loved and worthy of a bow because you are.