Sunday, December 6, 2009

I'm easy... buy for when it comes to gift-giving time. In spite of the fact that my April birthday means diamonds are my best friend, I would cringe if someone actually tried to give one of these gems to me. And unless they're organically and locally grown, I really don't want to receive a bouquet of flowers, regardless of the giver's intent. Golden bling don't do a thing for this gal, either -- aesthetically I prefer silver metal, even if it's not worth its weight in gold.

Flowers, Diamonds, and Gold: The Destructive Public Health, Human Rights, and Environmental Consequences of Symbols of Love explains, in part, why I feel the way I do about these particular tokens of affection. In addition to the environmental havoc and inhumane conditions under which such "gifts" are produced, however, I object to the idea that a mass-produced trinket or centerpiece can convey the depth of one's feelings for another.

And I'm not saying that it takes something extra special, like the keys to a Lexus under the tree, to light my fire! No, if there are any secret Santas out there wondering what to buy intelli for Christmas, remember that nothing warms my heart (and other organs) better than a nice bottle of single malt.

Free-range, organic dark chocolates are lovely, too.


  1. Single Malt, mmmm and dark chocolate both produced with the shared goodness organic and fair trade add to the richness that goes way beyond the rewards of the bottom line.

  2. Remind me never to try and buy a present for you - I'd screw it up somehow. Pop over to The Quiet Life when you get a sec - there's something there for you (promise it's not flowers). Sorry in advance.

  3. Life's too short to worry about where chocolate comes from, as long as it isn't the cheap stuff.

    Mining is mining, but I prefer silver over gold as well.

  4. I suppose this means I should take the stuff back to the Wal-Mart jewelry department?

  5. jc, I figure as long as I'm going to indulge in a few vices I don't need to feel guilty about the environmental or human rights consequences :-)

    Lou, I do accept any gift graciously. Thanks for the blog friend award - I'll work up a suitable acceptance here eventually.

    Doug, you're right about the mining is mining, but gold is more highly valued and so it seems that more egregious acts are considered permissible in its extraction.

    jaded, you could always take one of your spare fishing leaders, string a few sinkers and spinners on it, and voila-- Bubba Bling! (I will not be responsible for any consequences if you actually try to gift Mrs. J with such a bauble, however.)

  6. I hope you get something that says how wonderful you are, with out the accompanying guilt over the environment or human rights

  7. Merry Christmas intelli, and all - belatedly catching up on my humor quota. Not sure about the Ugg boots, though.

    Your advice to jaded could have unintended consequences: LTNZ advert

    Regards and best wishes, Brett


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