Best gift you ever got or gave?
The best gift I ever got was an Eddie Bauer backpack. It served me well for almost 40 years till the zippers finally broke this year. It’s been all over the world with me from Korea to France and many places in North America. I’ve lost it twice, but both times recovered it (once in Toronto during Queen’s Vanier Cup Championship, it took a couple of hours of drunkenly dragging my pissed off friends to every damn place we went/stumbled to find it.) Sure there were gifts that were more fun but sometimes it is the one that never fails you when you needed it.
I think the best gift I ever gave was cash, specifically tuition. I helped out my sister by giving her 1/3 of her first year tuition for the Masters program she enrolled in. It was the least I could do. Sure I could be a pain in the ass brother, but sometimes family needs a hand especially when she was at odds with parents who didn’t want to help her. It helped her launch her professional career.
BTW, Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to everyone.