We’ve all heard the cliché before, that it is better to give than to receive, but I think it’s quite apt and true. Let me explain why. When you give someone the perfect gift, you get perfect reactions. You can watch their eyes light up and that smile spread like wildfire across their face. Or you could be like a certain friend of mine, who surprised me the other day with a gift that words cannot fully describe.
Picture a lazy Sunday, much like this past Sunday. The week was long, and to say it was exhausting is putting it nicely. So I wasn’t expecting a ninja-esque silent delivery at my doorstep. I’m going to pause for a second to state upfront that no, it wasn’t a baby. I, for one, would be horrified if someone left a child at my doorstep, for a multitude of reasons, not the least being, how long was he/she out here?!
Remember how I mentioned this was a ninja delivery? Well, my friend, Taylor, had expected some kind of reaction from me and waited by the phone for hours, but since it was a Sunday, and I had had such an intense week, I had no reason to go to the door, or get out of bed. Eventually she gave me a text to check my front door. Naturally I was a little afraid I would find some sort of a prank, but to my surprise, I discovered a canvas wrapped in cloth with two old records hidden inside.
The canvas was actually a collage art piece of rare photos of my favorite rock band, their logo done up with the Greek flag. Naturally for me, this was the greatest gift ever. A combination of rock and roll and my ancestral home pride… how could I not love that?!
As cool and interesting as it is to “ninja” a gift like this, I’m not sure if it’s better than the traditional hands-on approach to giving. I’d have certainly been much more surprised if I had randomly found it outside my door as my friend expected me to, but that’s the hazard of such a style. I think I’d miss out on watching them react, and yet at the same time, I have to aim my sights on ninja gifting Taylor back. Wa-pow!