Are unexpected gifts better than expected ones? Should we do away with one or the other?
Today my husband surprised me with a new sticker of my favorite football team to put on my car, to replace the very tattered and faded one currently on it. And because my car was super dirty, he even gave me money to take it to the car wash (he was on his way to go to work for the afternoon/night shift so he couldn’t do it himself). Why did he do this?…..just because! Because he loves me and likes to see me happy. It was a very simple but very sweet gesture from him to show me he was thinking of me and loves me. And that meant more to me than some planned or expected gift that you receive on a birthday, anniversary, holiday, etc. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think gifts are nice on those days/occasions as well, but if I really stop and think about it, I don’t think those hold quite the same meaning, because they are expected. I love when the gift-giver puts a lot of thought into those gifts, with sentimental reasons behind it, but deep down, those unexpected, little gifts out of the blue, catch you off guard and really make you appreciate them more.
What are your thoughts on gifts, expected versus unexpected ones? What was the most thoughtful gift you have given or received unexpectedly so far this year?