Holiday gift-giving. Three little words.
How often two little words of response come to mind!
It’s funny how gifts (meant to be things of grace) can become more like things of measurement.
And when measuring begins, in comes arithmetic.
‘Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with,’ the Mock Turtle replied, ‘and the different branches of Arithmetic – Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.’
Nevertheless, like lemmings, we must persevere. The path must be followed! ~ the race is on and hopefully it will not lead over the cliff.
Here are some ideas for things to put in boxes under the tree. They just may bring delight. It’s even possible they might end up being the lucky gifts not destined for the Dreaded Closet of the To Be Re-Gifted.
Mathematically, from the most expensive to the least:
1. A pair of MBT shoes. Happy feet make happy cooks. There is no shoe on earth that makes happier feet. Granted, one has to plan one’s other clothes around these shoes rather than trying to fit them in with most any usual outfit one would want to wear or risk looking like Yertle the Turtle, but it is worth it. The shoe for kitchen people, without question.
2. A huge electric griddle with warmer pots attached along the sides to melt fondue-y things. There is one on Amazon which is designed for eight people. Just imagine the elbow-bumping, cheese drips, sibling bickering, and friendly angling for the best spot on the griddle for one’s personal skewer this electronic marvel could inspire!
3. A stacked insulated bento thingie to bring lunch into work. Fashion-forward foodie, YEAH! Plus very practical and wonderful.
4. The Nanny Ogg cookbook. I’m sure I don’t have to explain this.
5. A collection of various misos, wrapped in a basket. Smart and useful, inspiration-oriented.
6. Pismaniye (Floss Halvah). Heaven.
7. Edible Gold Leaf. Nice stocking stuffer.
If none of them work, the only other thing I can think of is to put together a Sauerbraten Kit.
I bet they wouldn’t dare re-gift that.