Monday, December 28, 2009

Perfect Presents

Did you ever open a gift that, if it could vocalize, would scream your name?

Sometimes there's something you didn't even know existed, you'd never seen anything like, but the second you open it, you know it was meant to be yours.



My sister gave me this box for Christmas. It's heavy with a beautiful bronze finish, felted interior (ideal for stashing, oh, I don't know... chocolate?), a pile of pens on top, and is engraved with the quote THE WRITER MUST WRITE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY, NOT SPEAK IT. - Ernest Hemingway

I'm still speechless. And it looks perfect at its place of honor in my writing space.


What did you receive that couldn't have been more perfect?

29 comments:

Deb Shucka said...

What a perfect gift! Your sister knows you well. My best gift was a letter from my brother so full of love and understanding it takes my breath away.

P said...

That box is absolutely beautiful!!! My most perfect gift this year was a spa gift certificate from my boyfriend. I think it would be a perfect gift for any mom! lol

septembermom said...

That is an amazing gift! Perfect for you. It really is beautiful.

One year I received a lovely print of one of my favorite paintings. It always give me joy to see it.

Nadine said...

What an awesome gift!! I'm sure your sister was thrilled the moment she saw it in the shop! How cool!!

The gift I loved this year was a chef's hat. It's perfect!

Melissa Marsh said...

LOVE that box. Wow! I got a shirt that says, "Be careful or you'll end up in my novel!" Perfect!

Kaylie said...

I got gift cards from Barnes and Noble. It's worth many, many happy hours.

Tamika: said...

Janna, that is absolutely beautiful and so befitting!

My husband has lavished me this year with every writing tool I could ever dream of. Valentine's Day he presented me with a luxurious laptop! Now for Christmas a precious netbook for easy travel when I don't feel up to lugging my laptop! He makes all my dreams come true!

thedomesticfringe said...

It does look like the perfect gift for you! She must know you well.

-FringeGirl

Susan R. Mills said...

That is awesome! Your sister did good. My mom gave me my deceased grandmother's watch this year. I keep looking at it and picturing it on her wrist. Now I must find a way to live up to the woman she was. It was a perfect gift me.

Jill said...

What a beautiful gift! How wonderful when someone knows you so well.

lakeviewer said...

Wow! I'm speechless!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

AH! I LOVE it! SO COOL!!! Yay for you, Janna!

Hmm... this year my parents found a chair that I've wanted for years. It'll sit in my first apartment. I was so happy I sat in it for 20 minutes and my mom made me get up so she could sit in it!

Karen said...

Wow, that's is beautiful. Your sister was so thoughtful in her giving! Anything handmade by my kids or grandkids moves me.

Need More Words said...

The box is so very, very special. I am sure each time you look at it you smile.
My favorite gift this year, Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus. It is a tool that I have started using already and it is going to improve my writing immensely.
Diane

Slamdunk said...

Yea for sis! That is a thoughtful gift.

I usually just happy playing with the kids and their gifts.

Katie Ganshert said...

What a cool gift! How thoughtful of your sis!

JLC said...

What a great and personal gift! Very cool!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Janna -

What a lovely gift! I know it will gladden your heart every time you look at it.

My favorite gift this year involved the affection of dear friends, who always include us in their family gatherings.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Yolanda said...

I love this gift and it fits you perfectly.

Debbie said...

That is such an incredible gift. Just perfect. I always wish I could give a gift that great. They are rare.

LAURA LEE GROVES said...

Oh, having all four sons home at once was a gift beyond measure.

And we all had such a good time.

What a blessing!

Capri K said...

I got chai from Honey and my brother's family!!!!
I was COMPLETELY out!
Can you hear me clapping my hands?

WendyCinNYC said...

Very cool, Janna. I got a Kindle and I'm liking it a lot more than I thought I would!

Sharla said...

Love that box!!!! That is beautiful and true testiment that your family knows who and what you are. That's awesome.

Anything my kids have made me have been the best.

Outside of that, the best gift I ever received was small but meant everything to me. It wasn't for Christmas, it was Mother's day, my first one. Just a custom mouse pad with my baby's picture. That was 15 years ago and I'm still using it right this second.

Other than that, the next best one was when my husband and I had just met, a teddy bear sprayed with my husband's cologne that he broke into my house to leave in my room so that when I got home--from his house---it would be there. That took some ingenuity...and courage!

Carol J. Garvin said...

What a thoughtful gift for a writer! Kudos to your sister.

I've been given several lovely gifts but I think what brought me the greatest joy this Christmas was just being able to spend time with our daughter and her family... to watch the grandchildren interact as they built gingerbread houses, played board games, read, or just sat around with us grownups and joined the conversation. It's so seldom that we can be all together that it was a precious week.

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Oh, how beautiful! Well, I got a fence for Xmas. That's what I wanted, and that's what I got!
Brenda

Melanie Avila said...

How cool!

My perfect gift was a netbook from my parents. I still don't like that it's a PC, but I can deal.

M.S.R said...

That gift is perfect. Do you have any clue where she got it? I would love to purchase that for a close friend of mine!

Janna Qualman said...

Hi, M.S.R.! Thanks for commenting. :) I don't know, but maybe you'd have some luck if you Googled it? Good luck!