Another little update on my gift-giving challenge, here’s what I did for gifts # 9 through 14:
Gift #9: a mix tape (well, CD) for a friend,
#10: a small plant (babies from a plant of my own) for Carina, who I got to meet in London for the first time last week! She’s lovely. :) The plant I shared was originally given to me by a friend of mine, then it grew up and grew these little babies on the leaves, which I shared in turn. It’s like a chain letter made of plants.
#11: I wrote a really old-fashioned little note to one of my oldest friends:
I hope she’s received it by now! Gifts like these are sort of a stretch of the word ‘gift’, but I have to keep reminding myself that the point is to think of other people and what might bring a smile to their day. I imagined my friend collecting the mail and I hoped a very fancy letter – even if doesn’t say anything particularly exciting – might do that. I hope so.
#12: tiny chocolate bars in each of my family members’ favorite varieties,
#13: This was a tough one. I had NO ideas, wasn’t seeing anyone unusual that day, and it took until well past my bedtime to find another Kickstarter project I wanted to donate to. I don’t want to repeat Kickstarter / PledgeMusic donations constantly, but I do think this sort of individual project-funding is a wonderful development and I’m eager to support it. It’s like bringing back the barter system, and gives *everybody* the chance to pitch an idea and bring a project / product / album to life without relying on the few massive companies / labels that have come to almost exclusively determine what’s available. I love that small individual donations can help spread unique ideas and support the people that care enough to work on them.
#14: I started a little postcard swap with some online friends – again, a little bit of a broad interpretation of ‘gift’ but those guys are my friends and even if I don’t see them in person, I still wanted to do something for and with them. I still have to send out my postcards once I have everyone’s addresses, but they will count as #14.
And today will be Gift #15. I have an idea of what I want to do, but haven’t yet, so we’ll see how the day goes!