Two years ago, I wrote this post about what I'd do if I had a thousand dollars (besides sing Barenaked Ladies' songs incorrectly). To recap, I hate to shop for myself, but I love buying things for other people.
Giving gifts for no reason is not easy. Well, the physical act itself is easy, but often the exchange turns out to be more awkward than fun. Many people instantly feel a need to reciprocate, for example.
Sometimes, though, I just see something that I think will make someone smile and therefore want to buy it for them or make it for them. No strings. No need to reciprocate. In fact, reciprocation is grounds for, well, something.
So, I'm jumping on this 29 Gifts bandwagon. I'm not signing up. And I'm not going to follow the model to a T, but I am vowing to share 29 gifts over the next, well, however long it takes me. I'm not going to force myself to do this in 29 days, as I'm afraid that'll take away some of the genuineness of the project. I also haven't decided yet if I'm going to be anonymous or not. Obviously, this isn't a secret, but I might just leave things here and there and not physically hand them to people so as to avoid that awkwardness associated with random gifts. Maybe I'll mix it up. Either way, I'll try to chronicle my experience here.
For information on the actual movement, click here.