Thursday, July 19, 2007

Never Look a Gift Horse....

Gift giving is the easiest thing in the world. The grocery store now has a display by the check out with gift cards to dozens of popular stores. Simply pick one up, place it in the provided envelope, and pay for it with your groceries. The stamps can be bought there too and the customer service desk will pop it in the mail for you. It's no longer necessary to listen to what a person is interested in or pick up on the mention of something they wish for. Pay no attention to the catalogs left open on the bathroom counter with pictures circled. No need to go to the mall and shop for just the right item. No one has to be bothered with finding gorgeous gift wrap and trim that will please the recipient. A masterpiece illustrated card with appropriate quote for the occasion doesn't have to take any one's time anymore. Robert Louis Stevenson said,"I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered." It doesn't take much imagination to know what he would have thought of a Starbucks gift card.

1 comment:

Monday Morning Power said...

Interesting post.....it's go me thinking. It's too easy to give. I'm not sure exactly what to make of this. My first thought is that it means less than it used to because it is so easy. In a way it diminishes the whole concept of giving....it it probably the skepticism in me.