[Updated from the archives.]
My wife and I don’t do presents much. One year, though, back when I was still an associate at my law firm, I received a Christmas bonus. It wasn’t much as law firm bonuses go, because the economy hadn’t been doing well that year, but still it was enough to go shopping for something I thought my wife might like. I took another associate, Christine, along for advice because she knew my wife and she had good taste. So we went coat shopping.
Not just any coat, mind you. I wanted a wool overcoat for my wife. Black wool, heavy enough to handle the cold north winds that can blow through here in the winter. Christine was a trooper, going from store to store with me. We found a really nice one that blew the whole bonus.
It was perfect. I took it home and hid it away.
Christmas morning, I brought the package out. My wife was not expecting anything, so this was a surprise right off the bat. She opened it, and her surprise increased. Then she tried it on. It fit like … well, like an overcoat should. And it still does.
I am glad I spent the whole bonus on that coat. She still wears it all winter long and it looks as good now as it did the day I brought it home 20 years ago.
A merry Christmas memory indeed.
I am not a champion gift-giver by any stretch of the imagination but that one worked out. What is one of the more successful gifts you’ve ever given, Christmas or otherwise?