Monday, February 11, 2019

Your Perfect Gift

By Caro Lamont, from Sparkle Abbey's Pampered Pet Mysteries

With Valentine's Day coming up this week, it got me thinking about gifts. I usually do Valentine gifts for the people I love, but they vary widely because I think the perfect gift is all about really knowing those we care about.

Last Valentine's Day, Sam, my...well, I'm not sure exactly what we are, but let's save that discussion for another time.  Anyway, Sam got me one of the greatest gifts ever. He gave a big donation in my name to my favorite animal rescue group. Does he know me or what? He also threw in self-defense classes for my best friend, Diana, and me. Oh, and gorgeous emerald earrings. Like I said, does he know me or what?

See that's the thing. It doesn't have to be the traditional chocolate and flowers. Although those are great, too. It just needs to be something that is perfect for the person receiving the gift. I've already picked out the perfect gift for Diana. She loves to cook for her menagerie of pets and foster pets and I found the perfect cookbook, from Carrie Kennersky's Barkery & Biscuits Bakery. I've ordered my mama flowers. Mama Kat is a classic American Beauty roses kind of lady so that was easy. I'm still debating about what to give Sam, but I have a couple of ideas in mind.

So, let me ask you this. If someone who really knew you wanted to pick out the perfect Valentine's Day gift for you, what would it be?

Sparkle Abbey is actually two people, Mary Lee Woods aka Mary Lee Ashford and Anita Carter, who write the national best-selling Pampered Pets cozy mystery series. They are pictured below with the real Sparkle and the real Abbey - their two rescue pets. They are friends as well as neighbors so they often get together and plot ways to commit murder. (But don't tell their other neighbors.)

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  1. At my age, I don't need "stuff". Remember my Mom use to say, don't give me anything that needs dusting. I now know what she meant. :) I love the "just because" roses that hubby brings me through the year when he knows I need a pick me up or just wants to say I love you. They mean more to me than flowers bought on a holiday that it's a given. To me the most thoughtful give and one that doesn't cost anything is time. I love to be surprised by visits of loved ones so I can bake and pamper them. Nothing gives me more joy. Or if they are local, it's still time but maybe a little talent or elbow grease thrown in for good measure. At our age, it's getting harder to do things we once did and took for granted. A little help with a much put off chore would be more than greatly appreciated. I think the best things in life don't have to cost an arm and a leg but rather be things from the heart.
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  2. Amazon gift cards.