November 2, 2013

Elements of a Gift

I'd been struggling to come up with a gag gift for my brother-in-law, Dale's, 50th birthday. You know, gag gifts can be a tricky undertaking. But when considering any gift for a particular recipient, I try to touch on at least two of these four elements...the gift should be:
  1. Practical
  2. Appealing to recipient's interests, style or taste
  3. Fun
  4. Nostalgic*
So...let's see, Dale likes to tend bar. In fact, as a side job, he trained for and became a bartender...and he's good at it. He's also usually up for a good time and I presume he's always been this way. I decided to play on the gift theme of fine wine paired with crystal glasses mashed up with memories from his youth.

I think my gift hits three of my four necessary gift elements; #2, 3 & 4 to be exact:
If your "glory days" were in the '70's or early '80's  (as Dale's were), 
you'd most likely recall these economic party essentials.
(I was shocked to find they still make this stuff!)

And, as I learned from my mom, 

presentation is just as important as the gift:
The red Solo cups really cap it off, don't they?
All held together with some cellophane and a bow!
Hope he likes it...
Happy 50th Dale.

*As defined by Don Draper from Mad Men, Season 1, Episode 13, The Wheel: Nostalgia - it's delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, "nostalgia" literally means "the pain from an old wound." It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn't a spaceship, it's a time machine. It goes backwards, and takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It's not called the wheel, it's called the carousel. It let's us travel the way a child travels - around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved.

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