For Those Impossible-to-Buy-For People on Your List… the Perfect Gift

Over my morning coffee and a bowl of bran flakes I pondered Presents to please everyone on your shopping list in The Seattle Times the week before ThanksgivingNo need to panic, the article assured me, there were gifts to please everyone on my list.  And to her credit, the author came up with all sorts of ideas I wouldn’t have thought of on my own.

For example, it never would have occurred to me to buy the Menu Baggy Winecoat ($62 at Amazon.com) that would let my friend to BHOB in a classy bag designed to look like a standard (if somewhat large) black purse.  It carries three liters of wine that pours discreetly out of the spout at the bottom, and there’s room at the top for wine glasses.

And for the men on my list—I never would have thought of this one either–there’s a stainless-steel hip flask, the Trixie and Milo Gentleman Octopus Flask ($27-$29) that’s sure to hit the spot.

I don’t have any tweens on my list this year, but if I did, I could buy a fake cat.  The Careful It Bites Catball plush cat sells for $45.  It’s handmade in Seattle (a place that definitely doesn’t take kindly to real fur) and available in faux-fur colors ranging from the realistic (white and brown) to the surreal (neon pink and electric blue).

And for those who love selfies—even President Obama loves selfies (though he’s not on my list this year)—there are smart phones ranging from cheap (the Nokia Lumia 530 for only $69) to not-so-cheap (Huawei Ascend Mate 7 for $890).

So you see, shopping is simple.  Unless you’re looking for something that matters.

I have friends and acquaintances who are hurting.  They’re lonely or depressed or are carrying around a bushel of guilt.  They have needs that a flask or a fake cat can’t satisfy.  For them I have a better idea.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

A one-size-fits-all gift that’s free for the taking.  What a novel idea.

©Sharon Sheppard, 2014