50 days remain until December 25th.
I’ve been told by some that I’m unbelievably hard to shop for since I honestly don’t like a lot of “things” or “stuff” laying around. Besides, Christmas/Yule/Hannukah aren’t supposed to be about material things anyway, though they often seem to be.
However, they are supposed to be about giving, and tangible objects do lend themselves well to that. I stick with things I know will be useful, whenever possible, though it’s great if they can be fun as well.
Now, I’m biased here, for obvious reasons, but ‘Out There – A Small Guide to a Big Universe’ is both.
It’s also easy to find (www.outtherethebook.com) and is even affordable to pretty much anyone (under $5.00), not to mention you don’t have to deal with the mobs in the stores to get it. You don’t even need to get dressed; you can order it in your pajamas – go ahead, we don’t mind!
And as gifts go, it’s a pretty amazing little book that anyone can enjoy and learn from. It doesn’t explain absolutely everything the Universe has to offer, but it’s a good start.
Besides, he doesn’t want another tie, trust me, and I’d be willing to bet she isn’t interested in yet another pair of earrings.
You could give gift cards, but a present doesn’t get much more impersonal than that (“I wanted to get you something nice but couldn’t think of anything, so here you go.”).
So you can give your friends and family the usual mundane junk, or you can give them a glimpse of the Universe.
In the end, nothing beats giving someone a dream.