This year, my son and daughter in law (Paul and Cady) bought me a fabulous garden cart to use in my lavender field. Cady saw me harvesting last summer- walking from the field to the barn with arms full of lavender bundles. She decided that I needed a wagon to lighten my load. I love it because it was a thoughtful gift. And I love it because it was a surprise. And I love it because it's a really strong, versatile, cool-looking garden cart that I will use for years.
But here's the best part. Take a look at the picture. My sons spent THEIR Christmas day (or a little of it) putting MY gift together. They were down on the floor.... putting MY toy together. (And no, I've never been able to get them to take their hats off inside the house. I give up.) I look at the picture and I see 2 grown men. But when I blink, I see 2 little boys playing with their new toys.
Our other son and his fiancee (Steve and Emily) gave us a BBQ for the outdoor kitchen we're building. What a surprise! We also got lots of other goodies. But my greatest gift was having my family together- my husband, our sons, the women in their lives, my niece, and a house full of dogs! We made memories.... good ones. I hope you did, too.