Think back to a time when you received a gift better than anything you’ve ever received before. How did it make you feel to know someone FINALLY got it right? Think about the emotions you went through while opening your best surprise gift. I still get the same warm and fuzzy feeling when I think back to the time my then boyfriend, now husband, surprised me with concert tickets to my favorite artist during the ceremony for my college graduation. Yes, you read that right. I’m not sure how he did it but he managed to give me my gift while the ceremony was taking place. It was one of the best surprises I’ve ever experienced.The power of a great surprise gift is incredible.
A story about a little girl went viral over the weekend. The girl, who was celebrating her 3rd birthday, was given a giant birthday gift. Now, let’s pause here for a minute and think back to when you were 3 years old. What, if anything, do you remember from that time? Very few memories, right? I guarantee that this little girl will most certainly remember this birthday party apart from all others. The father of the little girl went on to surprise his daughter, in what I can only describe as one of the most thoughtful and inspiring gifts I’ve seen this year. The father, recently back home from Afghanistan, decided he would surprise his daughter by disguising himself as a giant present. Of course, the entire thing was recorded and you can watch the girls adorable reaction here. No amount of money can buy or replicate the 3 year old’s reaction. The family executed the perfect surprise and provided their little girl with a priceless gift, her father.
I loved reading about this story and watching the video that came along with it. It should be a lesson to all of us that the cost of the gift really doesn’t matter. It’s what’s inside that counts. I’ve been guilty of trying to find the best, most expensive item on a gift registry. Only to end up frustrated and broke.