To me, gift giving is largely a source of anxiety. Just another way I awkwardly fail to express my appreciation. I keep putting it off because I don't know what to get that says the right thing. There was a long time in my 20's when I was so bad at it, and also had no job because I was in school, that I proclaimed taking long trips across the country to visit people was my gift to them. It was generally a large amount of work and greatly appreciated so it worked out pretty well. Man, I wish I could still do that. Unfortunately my mobility is at an all-time low.
But every once in a while, I can be inspire with a gift. It rarely happens when it's supposed to (socially acceptable holidays) which is so annoying. But when I do come up with that one perfect thing they didn't even know they wanted/needed; that's so inspired it doesn't even have to be expensive to be great; that's just so fitting they know you're thinking of them and that you know them so well that you could pick it out. They know they are loved. Or at least that's how I hope it comes across.
So I guess it's really just the ridged gift-giving schedule (birthdays! anniversaries! christmas! it never ends!) that I have trouble with- because I can't count on my little spits of inspiration and I'm left with the crapy choice of wasting money on something uninspired or feeling like someone important doesn't know how much I appreciate them.
But maybe this holiday season is an exception. Well, I guess it's still not on schedule because I already told him about it :) but I decided to make David an online photography portfolio. It was basically free except for $12 for the domain- yay open source software- and my time but it was super fun to learn some new things. I think it's really fitting- something he needs and hopefully wants. There are a lot of things I'd like to add/finish up and it's by no means revolutionary but I'm pretty proud of myself and think it'll get the job done. I hope he likes it.
And if clicking the link is too much investment, here are a few teasers.
On the extreme off chance that someone is interested: I used a static site generator built on top of Node.js called Wintersmith and it's hosted on Amazon Web Services. You can see the code here.