J'Adore

Gifts have evolved into a prominent love language for me, [shockingly usurping Quality Time now, although Words of Affirmation is still my solid #1. (Discover yours! It was perhaps the most valuable part of our premarital counseling. :-))]

Gary Chapman exactly defines what thoughtful, perfect gifts mean to me:
Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love & thoughtfulness behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known and cared for. A hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous — so would the absence of everyday gestures.

I don't care about the price tag. [I'd rather have the perfect $3 thing that screamed "SUSIE!!!" in the check-out line over a pricey guess.] I care that it reflects either meaning between us or something I love. I am just as passionate when it comes to GIVING gifts - I *absolutely refuse* to just grab something. I couldn't bear to give a gift that didn't have some personal meaning, either b/t us or specifically to the giftee. (I think this plays into my personalization obsession.) I am a HUGE proponent of registries and wishlists, b/c I want my giftee to really want my gift. [My husband & I butt heads on this point: he wants everything to be a total surprise, but I don't want to waste our money on something I'm not sure he'd care for. Tell me a guaranteed winner - something that you love so much, you'll go out & buy it yourself, if you don't get it! :-)]

What are your favorite things? Here are a few of mine!

Number One for all-time: MONGOGRAMS! [little s, big B, little s ;-)] Need I say more here? I can't think of anything possible that I wouldn't want monogrammed... I monogrammed my tea pitcher and my big toes, for Pete's sake! :-D

[Consigned, S/size 2] Lilly Pulitzer anything! :-D

Venti 7-pump no-water chai! :-D I absolutely love meeting sweet friends out at Sbux to chat and hang out...w/o one of us feeling like their house isn't picked up enough to actually relax there. ;-)

Moroccanoil products have saved my Rapunzel hair from Texan hard water!