For quite a few years now, Mr Mostly and I haven’t really done big Christmas presents for each other. To be honest though, after twenty odd years I think you run out of big things to buy. Plus if there is anything big that either of us want or need, I don’t know, say a coat or fancy boots for example, we’re lucky enough just to buy them as and when we want them in the year. More than that though, we reached a point where we both agreed that it really is the thought that counts.
So the small and thoughtful thing came about and has (mostly) stuck around for a good few years. I quite like having to put more thought into presents though. It’s much easier to throw money at Christmas, well if you have it but you know what I mean. You can buy a big present with sometimes not much thought at all but it is the little things that are often the most thoughtful. It doesn’t matter how much something costs, it really is the thought behind it that means the most. I’m trying to think of some of my favourite presents from Mr Mostly over the last couple of years that I have loved and they are always the silly little things. Like the Cath Kidston mug or giant walnut whip. Or the heart shaped muffin tins that I use all of the time. They make me smile every time I see them mostly because I know that he would have been lost in the alien territory of a baking department somewhere and he would have spotted them, rolled his eyes and bought them knowing that I would love them.
I don’t know, maybe we’re both too easily pleased? But hey, it works for us! My friend is horrified by our small and thoughtful thing. She has an Amazon wishlist that she adds to throughout the year then her husband is allowed to choose anything on the list but he is not allowed to go off piste. At all. We are often reminded of that year that he dared to. Ouch. And then I have another friend who buys her own present and her partner gives her the money back. I think she’s terrible! But she just laughs at me and says at least she gets what she really wants. To be fair, she thinks it’s terrible that I am delighted to find heart shaped muffin tins waiting under the tree for me. She doesn’t want thoughtfulness, she wants a big bloody present. Ha!
I’ve been spotting little bits for Mr Mostly for a couple of months now and they are all wrapped up and squirrelled away. Oh I do hope he likes what I have got him this year as I have put a lot of thought into them. And one of them was an absolute bugger to find. Ahem. But one thing is for sure, I know I will love whatever he has bought for me, no matter how small.