This past weekend I celebrated my 34th year on this planet with a quiet night with my mom and Emily, sharing some good moments over at one of my favourite sushi spots here in LA. My mom totally surprised me with a HUGE gift which I recognized immediately, mostly because it wasn't wrapped. But it didn't have to be...it was the very same model back massager I got for her about a year ago for her own birthday. Yeah, it's not exactly the most beautiful designed item (the Human Touch model looks nicer, but doesn't do the deep tissue assault like the Homedics model), but I might have actually performed a cartwheel...a very careful cartwheel considering I've treaded into AARP territory....
Other gifts I received was a shitake mushroom log from my sister and a set of comfy PJ's from Emily (and another mystery gift on its way). I'm a fella of simple needs at this point, so I was really happy with everything I received (including a new Sears toolbox I gave myself to celebrate surviving 34 years without any notable disasters using the very tools now stored inside). At this point in life, being able to give gifts is more fun than receiving them.
When I consider the gifts I've given, the ones I remember most being appreciated were: 1) buying my father a digital satellite system, 2) my mom's first iMac (my sister has secretly purchased her a new Mac for her upcoming birthday), and 3) giving Emily a kitten whom we named Eero and terrorizes us each day with her rambunctious tomfoolery till this day. Yeah, so it's either tech or kittens with me, I guess.
How about yourselves? What are the gifts for the home you particularly remember receiving and giving? Anything you ended up being disappointed or surprised by?