When it comes to the perfect fit and comfort, a shopping trip is the way to go!
I tried, I really did, to pick out clothes to give my daughter for her 17th birthday. I noticed an outfit that caught her attention in a Penney’s ad and went to the store to get it, but something held me back. I’m glad I waited because she ended up passing that very outfit over in favor of something completely different.
While Ali was shopping and trying things on, I took Miranda to the other side of the store to find some jeans and to show her a light sweater that I thought she’d like. The sweater turned out to be a bust, but we did find jeans! This is huge! You have to understand how incredibly particular this girl is. Both of them are sooooo my daughters, it’s not even funny. If it pinches, binds, or is scratchy in any way, shape, or form, you can forget about it! This is another reason I’m so grateful for my work-from-home job and the oh-so-comfortable work attire that goes along with it.
I don’t know why I’ve always had it in my head that the perfect gift was the one carefully thought out and purchased for a person in hopes for a reaction of pure pleasure and excitement. When the movement towards giving gift certificates and gift cards first gained popularity, I had a hard time following because it seemed so impersonal. In these days of instant gratification, though, finding that perfect gift for someone is harder to do since they probably already have it. So I’ve changed my view on gift cards and cash as gifts. I recently received a Starbucks gift card, and I was very excited about that one!
So Ali ended up using birthday money on a pair of jeans, several tops, and some ankle boots. Bonus: We won’t have to return anything because it doesn’t fit! Birthday shopping trips rock!