Speaking of unique gifts, one of my all-time favorite presents was this:
Yes, that's right--an old syrup dispenser. You might think I'm crazy but I loved this gift. Mitch got it for me one Christmas when we were dating. It was during my obsessive 50s kitchen craze, when I loved all things red and vintage.
Another thoughtful part about this gift was this note tucked inside.
And you know what was in the top of the barn? This kitchen table (now my desk in our basement.) (Btw, I would never make fun of your handwriting, Mitchell. Okay maybe once and from then on I never heard the end of it...sheesh)
So cute and thoughtful, right? The best presents ever! I just LOVE thoughtful gifts. When we got married, one of my friend's mom gave us a retro-inspired red radio for our kitchen. It was modern--played cds and whatnot but it fit right in with my 50s theme and that was one of my favorite wedding gifts. She saw that radio when she was out shopping and thought of me. Those kinds of gifts just make me smile.
But anyway, getting back to our Goodwill Christmas, so this year we're picking out gifts that are used. And I'm ALL over that since I love old things. Keep your holiday panties, Victoria Secret. I don't need another kitchen towel, Walmart. But rather what is welcome in my home is a cast-off whatever from Goodwill. Something that just reads me. Shoot, you can find some awesome treasures at thrift shops. Maybe you should make a pit stop at GW this holiday season. You never know--you just might find the sweetest little syrup dispenser there.