October 23, 2003





What is the most thoughtful gift you have ever been given?

A set of fortunate circumstances that have allowed me to maneuver through life without too much pain thus far.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

The same one it was a month ago, when this question was first posted: the bookshelves my father built me.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA


Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

God's love

Melodi, 19
Gahanna, OH USA

I inherited a reliable sense of humor.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

I don't know. There are some things you could call "gifts" that aren't anything you could wrap. As far as things you could wrap go. . .I'm sure there are tons of thoughtful things that I've been given, especially by my family and friends. But the first thing that comes to mind is the book my husband gave me for Christmas one time. We hadn't even gotten together yet--he was still going out with someone else--and he got me this book of Jeep trails in Colorado. I love books, Jeeps, Colorado, and my husband, so I about died of ecstacy when I opened the package. I've gotten just a lot of great things, though. My mom got me my special stuffed Simba when I was sick
one time, and my friend Jamie got me a locket when we were teenagers--I'd always wanted a locket. Jamie also made me a bracelet, and my friend Maarja made me a necklace that almost matched the bracelet when I was in high school (and she'd never seen the bracelet! these things must just be my style). My brother took me to a concert that no college student in his right mind would be caught at; my other brother had the party where I met the man I was going to marry. . .I could go on for just ages and ages about great things I've been given. Their omission here does not make them less significant.

Karen , 24
Ames, IA USA

We just had this question about a month ago!

Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

My brother gave me a piece of jewellery for my 16th and it was the only gift he ever gave me that he put any thought into whatsoever. It wasn't especially nice, but he's didn't buy me anything which required as much thought or effort on his part before.

Aly, 17
Cardiff UK

My husband promising to take out the trash without complaining for a whole year.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

I feel fortunate to be able to say that this changes all the time. Last year, at Christmas, one of my best friends - a 35-year-old guy - made me a Christmas card with construction paper, verse and everything. Another friend of mine has painted things for me. I tend to like gifts from the heart that have been made by hand. However, I truly loved my birthday present from my husband - a diamond anniversary-style band to go with my wedding set. Then he took me on an air tour of the Valley.

Cindy, 41

When I was sick, people from my church made us dinner for a week. That was nice and much appreciated.

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

Yesterday / Tomorrow