Dec 15, 2010

The Best Gift You Ever Gave

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For every download of the app between now and Dec. 31, 2010, SWAGG will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) , up to $125,000.

Clever Girls Collective and SWAGG are sending a pair of movie fans to the Sundance Film Festival! Download the SWAGG app and then visit the ; Ultimate SWAGG Getaway Sweepstakes site to enter to win a trip for two to the Sundance Film Festival*. Entry deadline is January 3, 2011, 11:59pm, PST.

SWAGG and Clever Girls Collective asked me to consider the best gift I have ever given.  I consider myself a pretty thoughtful gift giver and like to think I've given many great gifts over the years.  I love giving great gifts because I LOVE seeing the smiles a great gift brings. 
This is why I think the best gift I ever gave, wasn't all that expensive, but it brought that smile long past the holiday on which it was given.  Back in 2008, I got all of my moms grand-kids together and took a photo of them.  That's 9 kids.  At the time they were approximately 4 months old, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 13.  To my complete shock, it was not that difficult to get what, for a group that large and that young, had to be considered a perfect photo.   Nine adorable little grand-kids all in white shirts and jeans, all (mostly) smiling and looking at the camera!  I was like a Christmas miracle.  Except it was a gorgeous spring day and this was actually a Mother's Day gift.
I got the photo printed and found the perfect frame, that I knew my mother would love.  And she did.  She loved the photo of what were already her most precious gifts.  The photo was never actually hung up.  As this was given to her during what would be her final battle with cancer, she left the photo propped up, on the back of the love seat that sat near her chair.  This left the photo perfectly at her eye level to enjoy for all the many hours she spent in that chair.  She regularly commented on how all those smiling faces looking back at her kept her going.  Unfortunately the treatments and eventually the disease kept her from spending much of that last year and a half with her grand-kids, but it brings great joy to my heart that my gift of that photo kept them close to her in at least a small way.  

*Trip for Two to the Sundance Film Festival to include:
  • 2 night/3 day stay at Yarrow Hotel in Park City Utah (Jan 21 - Jan 23, 2011)
  • Ground transportation to and from hotel to airport in Park City, Utah
  • Dinner for two at Tao Lounge, including 2 nightclub passes
  • All access to The House of SWAGG Gifting Suite
  • 2 tickets to a movie premiere on Saturday, January 22nd -- movie tbd
  • $4,000 value

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