The first day of our unconventional gift guide is all about giving, rather than receiving. It’s really a gift of yourself, your time, your patience. It’s the best gift you can give a young person, better than any toy or trinket. Give it to any youngster in your life – daughter or son, grandson or granddaughter, niece or nephew. Think of it as the ultimate stocking stuffer.
For most of us in the Northern latitudes, this gift will involve waiting, waiting for the seasons to change, for the fishing season to open. What to do? Open up your word processor and make up a gift certificate. It doesn’t need to be fancy. Just something that the recipient can hang on to for a warmer day in the future.
Then, when the gift certificate is presented, honor it fully. Drop everything. Call in sick. Run your errands another day. Turn off your cell phone. Head out to a local stream or lake and spend the day fishing, catching bugs, skipping stones, however the recipient wants to spend his or her time with you.
It’s a gift both of you will remember, long after the toys are broken and forgotten.