Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Goats of Christmas Present

When it comes to Christmas shopping, there's nothing worse than asking friends and family what they want and getting the reply 'oh, nothing. Don't worry about me!' It's the sort of thing people say without really considering the impact because they think it will make life easier for you. In reality, it actually means more effort as you struggle to think of a suitable gift. After all, how would they feel if you really DIDN'T bother? I'll admit there's been plenty of times I've been tempted to find out.

When I was healthy, I would spend my time traipsing miserably through the meleĆ©, aimlessly wandering into shops in the hope of finding the perfect gift. For obvious reason, that is no longer an option. The Internet isn't much more helpful - hours spent trawling website to see the same selection of 'humourous' overpriced tat is wearing on even the brightest of brains. Again, for obvious reasons, my poorly brain can't handle the strain of online browsing for very long. 

So to all those who think they are doing me a favour by saying 'don't get me anything', I would like to declare the following:

I know you THINK you are being thoughtful and nice, saving me the effort of shopping for you, but you are wrong. There's no way on earth that I would not get you anything at all. As someone I deem worthy of a gift, I actively WANT to get you something, no matter how small. And because I care about you, I would actually like to get you something you actually want! Funds are limited, my time and energy are severely limited. How nice it would be for you to just tell me exactly what to get you!

All this pretence of not wanting any bother really gets my goat. So much so that, thanks to a brilliant (if flippant) suggestion on Twitter, I have come up with the perfect solution.........

I asked my followers for ideas and jokingly, one of them replied 'a goat!' So that's what I've done. Not a REAL goat, obviously! I'm not completely crackers..... yet. I simply went to the Oxfam Unwrapped website and ordered some goats to be sent out to families in other countries where a goat really does make a difference to their daily lives. You get to choose a card design and enter in a personalised message so that there is still something to open on Christmas morning, as well as the warm fuzzy glow of knowing you are doing something lovely to help people you have never met have a better life (and a goat.) For last-minute shoppers, you can even send your chosen item as an e-card. The best news is that at the time of writing this, goats are half price! That means you can buy twice the amount of goats for that special someone!

The perfect gift for those stubborn goats who refuse to tell you what they want.

Personally, I think this is a great solution to my problem. I'm not so sure the recipients will be so enthused but then it's better than nothing, right? I'm hoping that after a few Christmases of this, they might get the message and actually tell me what to buy them. Until then, they'll keep on getting my goat!

You can buy your own goat, as well as many other great gifts to help those less fortunate, at Oxfam Unwrapped. Other charities may offer similar services.


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