I decided I didn’t want to do a Gift Guide for the Holidays because I was inundated with spammy publicist requests to promote wacky things I’d never heard of. Then I’d walk around my house and say to myself, “this is perfect for a gift guide”.
I told my friends at Singley + Mackie that I was planning a good gift guide and asked them if they’d like to sponsor it. I asked them to please provide one of the suggested items for one of my readers and a Gucci Fiat for me.
Clearly there was a misunderstanding because I’m not getting a car but one of you is getting an XBox Kinect Bundle. Below the gift guide you’ll get entry instructions.
I have an old Gucci wallet. I’d say it’s about eight or ten years old, and it looks like it’s brand new. It looks new because the quality of craftsmanship is superior, and it looks new because I use it infrequently. I don’t enjoy the wallet, it’s too small. I felt terrible about not enjoying the wallet, as it was not inexpensive.
Yesterday I was at Target with the kids and I saw a wallet that I loved. It was $15, and I wanted to own it, but I felt bad about buying it for myself because I have a perfectly good wallet. This wallet, this fifteen dollar Liberty wallet is covered in flowers. I want flowers on my wallet. I want plasticy coverings too. I want space. I wanted this wallet that I didn’t need, and that didn’t have the value of my Gucci wallet.
Jane perked right up and said, “Mom I love the green wallet.”
So now this belongs to Jane.
And this belongs to me.
Though my eleven year old daughter doesn’t understand or appreciate a Gucci wallet, neither do I.