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Wanted to share something with you all, then see if any of you have ever had something like this happen to you.

First of all, back in Maryland I had a yellow lab named Max. He was my best friend, unfortunately when I moved to Texas, I couldn't bring him with me. Well about a year ago, he got sick and my mom had to put him down. She called me while we were out shopping to tell me, and I stood in the store crying.

Well this past Christmas, my step-daughter, Tiffany, bought an ornament of a yellow lab, and gave it to me as a Christmas present. It wasn't expensive at all, maybe a couple of dollars, but it meant the world to me. I actually teared up a bit when I opened it, and she thought she upset me, but I told her that it was one of the most wonderful and thoughtful gifts I ever got. I have it sitting right in front of me on my computer desk all the time, that one small gesture actually brought me and Tiffany closer together, I love her like she was my own daughter. I always felt that way, but that just showed me how much she thinks of me. It kinda brought home to me whan people say it is the thought, not the gift that counts.

So are there any small gifts that you got that meant more because of the thought behind it? Whether it is bought or handmade, and it doesn't even have to be Christmas related, it can be anything.
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I can't specifically think of one I received, but I gave my mum (just as a gift - not for an occasion) and a purse with a picture of our cat on it who died who she loved so much and I know that made her day... it's something she uses on a daily basis and whenever seeing the purse she is reminded of him
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Wanted to share something with you all, then see if any of you have ever had something like this happen to you.

First of all, back in Maryland I had a yellow lab named Max. He was my best friend, unfortunately when I moved to Texas, I couldn't bring him with me. Well about a year ago, he got sick and my mom had to put him down. She called me while we were out shopping to tell me, and I stood in the store crying.

Well this past Christmas, my step-daughter, Tiffany, bought an ornament of a yellow lab, and gave it to me as a Christmas present. It wasn't expensive at all, maybe a couple of dollars, but it meant the world to me. I actually teared up a bit when I opened it, and she thought she upset me, but I told her that it was one of the most wonderful and thoughtful gifts I ever got. I have it sitting right in front of me on my computer desk all the time, that one small gesture actually brought me and Tiffany closer together, I love her like she was my own daughter. I always felt that way, but that just showed me how much she thinks of me. It kinda brought home to me whan people say it is the thought, not the gift that counts.

So are there any small gifts that you got that meant more because of the thought behind it? Whether it is bought or handmade, and it doesn't even have to be Christmas related, it can be anything.
We would have loved to have Max come down to Texas but he belong to the whole family and his mom and dad really didn't want to let Max go. Max had a great loving family until he passed on. R.I.P. Max.

I got a little emotional as well when you opened that gift. It was a surprise to me as well.
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Well I have 2 stories. The first one happened to me at my old work place. I was in a really down kind of a mood, crying and not being myself. I was going through a break up with my boyfriend and some people didn't really know what was going on but they knew that I was upset. I am always the fun, smiling, laughing girl at work that likes to joke around so when I wasn't acting like myself people noticed right away. Well one morning when I came in I found a pack of Eat 'N Park Smiley cookies on my desk. This older guy (he was in his late 50's I'd say, I was about 22) came up to me and said that he didn't know what was going on with me but he noticed that I was having a bad week so he bought me some smiley cookies to cheer me up! He said I looked like I could use a smile. That made my day and I was in a better mood after that. So sweet of him!

The other story has to do with a gift that I bought for my mom. She had just been laid off from her job after 11 years with them. It was right after Christmas and she got the call while she was home sick from work. She was nervous about starting over being that she was in her late 50's. She was so upset, crying all day, worrying about finding a job, money and she was bored out of her mind with nothing to do all day. So I went out and bought her an addresss book/greeting card organizer so that she could get her addresses in order and I got her some cards to put in it so that she could put them in her new organizer and have them ready for upcoming birthdays. It was something that she said she always wanted to do but never had the time to sit down and do it. I also bought her some spa items like body wash, lotion, a gift certificate to get her nails done and some other items like candles and a card. I made up a basket and took it to her and told her that I hope it helped her to feel better. I also took her an application for the company that I worked for and I set up an interview for her. She's been there for 5 going on 6 years now! She was thrilled! She said it really helped her and she appreciated the gesture. She was relieved that she was only out of a job for a few months too.
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We would have loved to have Max come down to Texas but he belong to the whole family and his mom and dad really didn't want to let Max go. Max had a great loving family until he passed on. R.I.P. Max.

I got a little emotional as well when you opened that gift. It was a surprise to me as well.

Actually there was some discussion about Max coming with me, since he and I really bonded a bit more then he did with anyone else. But the whole situation was a bit uncertain at the time, as far as me moving here, so we decided to let him stay with my mom and step-father. But that's ok, I know he was loved and cared for, now I got new doggies and kitties to love.
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Mine was a gift my son, (he was 7 at the time) when he gave it to me. We have 3 wonderful children that we adopted. We adopted our first son when he was 2 and he is now 9. We adopted our other son when he was 7, now 10, and our daughter when she was 2 (now 6).

The kids all made me gifts from school so when I opened the gift from my oldest son I was expecting a homemade gift. What I didn't expect is what it was. The kids had to write what the best gift they ever got was and my son wrote "My new family is my best gift". I will always treasure that gift.
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my son wrote "My new family is my best gift". I will always treasure that gift.
As an adoptive mom myself, that brought tears to my eyes. How sweet! People often say about our children, "They are so lucky to have you." and I always have to reply that I am the one that is lucky to have them. They are gifts straight from God!

Anyway......continuing on with this thread.

My daughter is very crafty and a couple of years ago (she was probably about 7), she made me a homemade Christmas gift. She knows I love camping and she made me a 3d camping scene out of paper, cardboard, q-tips, etc....anything she could find. There was a tent with a couple sleeping bags in it, a camp fire (made from red/orange pipe cleaners), logs for paper people to sit on, etc. It was sooo cute and so creative. I LOVED that gift because she did it with me in mind. She spent her time and effort into making something purely based on something I love.
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I hope you don't mind that I resurrected this thread.

In July of 2005 I bought my first digital camera (which I recently had to replace b/c I couldn't find anymore memory cards for it!) and used various family members as "guinea pigs." Between Halloween and Thanksgiving I thought, I shouldn't be hogging these... and came up with an idea.

I made MANY copies of various pictures and bought A LOT of frames. Each person (Mom, Dad, 2 sisters, 3 cousins, Aunt, Uncle, and Nana) each got 3 pictures. My uncle's father got one BIG frame with many photos.

After we'd done our Not-So-Secret Santa exchange, I told everyone I had something to give them and I asked then 8 year old, Harry, to help me get the bags. I handed them out and waited for their reactions. As you would imagine, they all cried.

That's probably my favorite gift that I ever gave.
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Oh...what a lovely thread!

I have two...

The first one was many years ago. First I need to tell you...when my Grammie passed away when I was 13, the day she went to Heaven I wrote a poem in honour of her entitled, "My Grandmother Meant the World to Me". She was so very special to me - and to this day when I think of her I feel soooooooo much love and tears come to my eyes.

Fast forward a few years to when I was 18...I had two beautiful baby boys (Matthew was 1 at the time and Michael was 4 months old). It was Christmas morning and I opened a gift from my Mom. She had the poem I wrote engraved on a plaque with a note from my Mom saying this: "Your Grammie always thought that you were the one that's going to make it in life"! Well...I'm crying right now just thinking about that!

The second most heart-felt gift I received was, again, from my Mom just a couple of years ago. On Christmas Day when the family was all together, I openened one of the gifts from my Mom and it was a photo album of when my boys were babies!!! Well...I sat there a bawled my eyes out!!! I didn't have a camera back then so I didn't have any pictures of my dear sweet boys!

It goes to show you that the best things in life do not have a big price tag...and the BEST things in life are FREE!!! Like hugs.
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Isn't it amazing, the things we don't always know if our kids get, and then they do something like that and it hits us like a ton of bricks, they were really listening! Makes us thank God for them and count those blessings he sends us, especially in our kids!!!

Remember.... Everyday is Christmas, when you have Jesus in your life!

Thank him for that step daughter... What a gift she is!


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Wanted to share something with you all, then see if any of you have ever had something like this happen to you.

First of all, back in Maryland I had a yellow lab named Max. He was my best friend, unfortunately when I moved to Texas, I couldn't bring him with me. Well about a year ago, he got sick and my mom had to put him down. She called me while we were out shopping to tell me, and I stood in the store crying.

Well this past Christmas, my step-daughter, Tiffany, bought an ornament of a yellow lab, and gave it to me as a Christmas present. It wasn't expensive at all, maybe a couple of dollars, but it meant the world to me. I actually teared up a bit when I opened it, and she thought she upset me, but I told her that it was one of the most wonderful and thoughtful gifts I ever got. I have it sitting right in front of me on my computer desk all the time, that one small gesture actually brought me and Tiffany closer together, I love her like she was my own daughter. I always felt that way, but that just showed me how much she thinks of me. It kinda brought home to me whan people say it is the thought, not the gift that counts.

So are there any small gifts that you got that meant more because of the thought behind it? Whether it is bought or handmade, and it doesn't even have to be Christmas related, it can be anything.
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