second best present.

I didn’t have many [any] suggestions when my family asked me what I wanted for Christmas so I had no idea what to expect when I unwrapped gifts from them on Christmas morning. But I was pleasantly surprised.

I got a spiral vegetable cutter. I kind of wanted one of those. Interested to see if it works well… I have dreams of a swirly cucumber salad. I also got a giant replica take-out coffee cup to use as a kitchen tool holder or a flower pot. Or, I suppose, to use as an actual coffee cup, but I’m pretty sure my coffee would be damn cold by the time I reached the end of that giant cup.

My favorite gift was from John… but that’s a topic for another post. Maybe.

But the second best present came from Mom. I suppose I could have been offended that Mom thinks I’m moody, but I can’t justify that – I am moody. And this gift was great.


There are many moods from which to choose. Pretty sure I’m never going to use ‘bouncy‘ or ‘chipper‘ but plenty of others will do.

And maybe it’ll make me laugh the next time I’m flipping over to ‘neglected‘ or ‘listless‘.

*I am in no way affiliated with Fred & Friends. I just love their stuff. 


About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Hawaii where she could learn to surf. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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8 Responses to second best present.

  1. Tiegan says:

    It’s nice to be surprised. My Mum gets a little sad each Christmas because what she does get, she bought for herself. She has two friends who get her presents every year, though.

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    • It is kind of sad when all of my gifts are directly from a list I made or even self-purchased. I totally understand that! It makes me miss all the surprise and wonder of my childhood Christmases. And it’s why I hate giving anyone a list! I don’t want to get a bunch of stuff I can’t use or have no space for (space is limited), but I also don’t want every gift to be obvious to me before I’ve even unwrapped it!

      I will admit — I knew what the ‘favorite’ one from John was before I opened it… but in that particular case, it didn’t matter… 🙂

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  2. Deb says:

    They sound like epic gifts. We don’t have a gift giving tradition in my family-or my country in general. I am thinking of doing a gift giving Christmas next year and surprise everyone. #dreams

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  3. Love it, just been online to buy one for my desk, will be a real laugh in the office 🙂


  4. I hear you on the list-making. I think I just want someone who knows me SO well that they can find the PERFECT gifts for me. But I think that someone is super hard to find…and I’m not sure I could BE that someone for anyone else….? In my family we make lists and we buy from the lists and we get exactly what we want…so it could be worse 🙂 But I totally get it.

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  5. stephieann8 says:

    When people ask me what I want I never make a list. I just can’t. I feel like I am demanding things when they don’t have to buy me a thing. With that said I was happy with everything people gave me. It is the thought the counts and I don’t want to tell no one what to buy! Just my weird ways.

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