|Queen of the backdoor brag: Jenna Maroney
I promise this isn’t a backdoor brag (see Urban Dictionary for further explanation and yes, it’s another 30 Rock reference). I don’t really like getting presents. It’s just too much pressure. As a people pleaser who wears her heart on her sleeve and is a horrendous liar, it’s really just a lot to open something and deliver for the other person. I’ve gotten some wonderful gifts over the years, but I MUCH prefer giving gifts. In fact I LOVE giving gifts. I love thinking of that perfect thing that you didn’t even know you wanted.
Although, my mom and partner conspired and gave me the best gift ever this week. I thought he was supposed to come up NEXT Friday for NYE, but he came up YESTERDAY for Christmas and is staying the week. Pretty sure that is my favorite gift to date. On a related note, my partner’s gift is probably one of my favorites that I’ve given, but I can’t say what it is because he hasn’t opened it yet (and he is sitting next to me):) Here are the remaining three favorites:
- Gift: Red Christmas sweater
- Reason: I gave it to her freshman year of college (2003). She still has it and wears it for as long as she can every year.
- Gift: Journal
Reason: In January he will be studying abroad. Someone gave me a journal before I studied abroad and though I’ve never journaled before (or since), I was so glad to have it to record my thoughts and feelings. I’m not sure he’ll use it, I hope he will.
- Gift: College “supplies”
Reason: I gave this friend a backpack full of the “necessary” supplies he would need for college the following year in response to a gag gift he had given me for my birthday. Most of the supplies were not so appropriate and I gave it to him in front of his parents. Needless to say, he was waving his white flag and conceded the gag gift off. Don’t mess with the thoughtful.