I’m guessing a lot of you received a present or two recently. Some of you probably got quite a few. I’m wondering, though, did you get what you wanted?
Gift giving can be such a chore. For the most part, we seldom know what to buy for someone else. For several years, my kids hounded me about what I wanted for Christmas. I never really knew what to tell them, because I didn’t really need anything.
Finally, I got the bright idea to search the web for unique gifts for men. When I found a few that I thought might be worth having, I created a list and emailed it to them (links and all). I did that for a few years, and lo and behold, I received some unique gifts. Now, I not only have everything I need, I have some extras as well.
Not Just Any Underwear
This year, I turned a new leaf. I didn’t make a list. Well, I take that back. I made a list, but it only had one thing on it—underwear. This was not just any underwear, mind you. This underwear is the cream of the crop—the top of the line—the best of the best. While Dad’s dainties are a rather unusual (and maybe awkward) gift to pass along to your Father, I knew this would be the gift that keeps on giving (at least until they wear out).
You may think this whole thing is a bit odd, but I’m really happy. I got what I wanted this year. It’s something I can use, it’s REALLY comfortable, and it won’t simply sit in a drawer all next year, unthought of and untried.
Right now, some of you who initially laughed at my underwear request are beginning to become jealous. The envy is rising in your psyche because you got another tie and a pack of golf tees (or something else you neither needed nor wanted). My underwear idea wasn’t so bad after all, was it? No returns for me this year.
Next Year’s List
I suggest you start thinking now about your list for next year. If you’re really successful (like me), you might end up with exactly what you want. It takes a bit of talent, but I’m sure you’re up to the task.
If you need a few suggestions, I can point you in the right direction. I ran across this gem recently that would make you the talk of your neighborhood. It’s the commemorative Pope Toaster. Every morning, your toast would pop out with the image of His Holiness right on it (the opposite side says, “Spread the love”). How cool is that? It’s not as good as expensive underwear, but it’s unique as all get out. You can get almost anything on Amazon—even a “Jesus shaves disappearing coffee mug” (seriously).
A few unique gifts like that and you’ll be ready for underwear. Not everyone gets gold, frankincense, and myrrh the first time around. Of course, not many of us have wise gift givers either.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]