Archive for the ‘Quotes about gifts’ Category

A gift shower – for yourself

June 4, 2010

Long before thirtysomething Sex In The City character Carrie Bradshaw threw herself a shower, another single New York writer, Helene Hanff, did the same (except it happened for real – Helene was penniless and about to move into a humble unfurnished studio apartment), as follows:

“What you need,” she [Helene’s friend Maxine] said finally, “is a kitchen shower.”

“I’m not getting married,” I said.

“You’re marrying New York,” said Maxine.  “You’ll have to write a cute invitation.  We’ll have the shower at my house.  A luncheon.  A Saturday luncheon.”

“I couldn’t!”  I said.  “I can’t send out invitations asking people to furnish my kitchen!”

“You’re not sending the invitations.  I’m sending them.  You don’t know anything about the luncheon,” said Maxine.  “It’s a surprise.  Showers are always surprises.  You’re just coming to my house for lunch.  When you get there, be surprised.”

[A list is drawn up and invitations duly despatched.]

And so on the appointed Saturday I wandered into Maxine’s parents’ apartment for lunch – and there was my sister-in-law come all the way from Garden City and a simple host of friends.  And sitting in the middle of the floor in a large wicker basket, each item brightly wrapped and tied with flossy ribbon, were frying pans and double boilers and mixing bowls and kitchen knives and pot holders and dish towels and a roasting pan and a Revere Ware teakettle that sang.

Helene Hanff, Underfoot in Show Business, 1961, Andre Deutsch Ltd


Gift quote

April 13, 2010

“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”

Old proverb – pointing out that it’s rude to look for defects (such as the signs of age revealed by a horse’s teeth) in a gift you’ve received.

The gift you can both give AND keep

March 5, 2010

This sounds like a riddle from one of those mythical beasts like the Sphinx:

What’s a gift you can give, yet still keep?


Your word.

Gift quote

February 13, 2010

“He gives twice who gives quickly.”

Joaquin Miller
1841(?) – 1913, American poet and essayist

(In other words, a reluctant giver is not much of a giver at all.  Good point.)

Gift quote

January 31, 2010

“For it is in giving that we receive.”

St. Francis of Assisi
1181-1226, founder of the Franciscan order

Sign here

August 30, 2009

Another gift idea I’m keen on is scoring an autograph of somebody the gift recipient admires.  A sportsperson?  Actor?  Politician?  The list goes on.

Helen Gurley Brown writes:

The best present I ever gave David was a handmade birthday card with glossy photos and personal messages from each of twelve women he once told me he thought sexiest in the world.  The messages took some doing because several of the women didn’t know David, but I started early sending photos and asking for personal messages from them; all came through.

Having It All, Helen Gurley Brown, 1982, Simon & Schuster

Okay, not all of us are Cosmopolitan magazine editors like Helen, but with a bit of beavering away, usually you can obtain something, although it may take months.

I had the happy accident of meeting Australian race driver Peter Brock while he was in town guest speaking at a conference.  Right there in the hotel corridor I explained about how my friend Bruce was his biggest fan, and was currently battling cancer (Peter was a cancer survivor), and would Peter please write a message of support?  He did, right there on the spot on a piece of memo paper, even though the incident must have been a pain in the neck for him and his busy schedule. 

By the way – Bruce beat his cancer too, and loved the autograph/message from his hero.

Quote of the week

July 12, 2009

The greatest comfort of my old age, and that which gives me the highest satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance of the many benefits and friendly offices I have done to others.

Marcus Cato (95-46BC)
Roman statesman and philosopher

For “benefits and friendly offices”, you could also read “gifts” – especially as gifts sometimes take the form of kindly services rather than objects.  This quote really resonates with me – I have to agree that good giving makes for good memories.

Quote of the week

June 28, 2009

To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving. 

Max Beerbohm
(1872 – 1956)

Too true.  Good giving is a delight, not a drudge.

Quote of the week

June 14, 2009

We should give as we would receive: cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation, for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. 

(Roman philosopher)

Quote of the week

May 31, 2009

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. 
Author Unknown