Three decades later, I got him a beautiful ceramic nail to commemorate all the good years since.
I'd bookmarked several nice nail options over the year, but when I found the ceramic nail shown above by Pigeon Toe Ceramics (currently unavailable), I knew it was perfect. I guess I didn't read the description carefully, because I was pleasantly surprised by how large it was — about 8-inches, I think, so it has a nice presence. My dad does hang it on the tree during the holidays, but the rest of the year it hangs prominently in my parents' white kitchen. I have to say, I was pretty proud of this gift — he was so touched! Have you ever given your parents an updated or even luxurious version of a gift you gave them as a child? I'm pretty hooked on the concept, and would love to do something similar again someday..
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