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e all know that a great gift creates memories. That’s why we spend a lot of time finding the perfect gift even for the hard to shop for guy. We look at gift guides, read review posts of personalized jewelry, and so on. In this post, I tell the story about the best gift I received for Christmas as a teenager. Read my story as it might give you ideas to get the best gift ever for someone you deeply care about.

  1. A Great Holiday Season to All My Readers
  2. A Genius Gift Resonances with the Interests of the Gift Receiver
  3. Take-home Message from my Best Christmas Gift as a Teenager


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A Great Holiday Season to All My Readers

First, I want to wish you and yours a great holiday season! I hope you have a great relaxing time whatever you do on this day. Having a cup of Choco and sitting in front of the tree, watching the snow falling outside while munching cookies or eating stolen, or even watching the aurora dancing in the sky. Just have a great, peaceful, wonderful day with your loved ones.

I don’t know about your family’s traditions, but we tell stories about awesome, happy situations from the past. Thus, I will share one with you.


A Genius Gift Resonances with the Interests of the Gift Receiver

We never wrote gift lists back then. Typically my mom asked what we would like to have. We were allowed to pick one item. All other pieces were clothing or other “everyday” things that had to be replaced anyhow.

I don’t recall what I had chosen back then. It doesn’t play a role as the unexpected gift was the best Christmas gift I ever got from my parents when I was a teenager. It was a big box with different tongs, a pair of metal scissors, silver colored wire, beads and an instruction how to make fashion jewelry.

I immediately started being my own jewelry designer in my head. When we were allowed to leave the family table, I started immediately making my ideas reality. I was hooked. I loved making fashion jewelry so much that I ran out of material before the New Year started!


Where Did All the Childhood Things Go?

I would love to show you a piece I made back then. I hope that’s not as bad as the lack of water that killed the Christmas spirit. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the jewelry anymore. Like the dolls, stuffed animals, clothing, bags, watches and other things I had in my childhood, also the things I had as a teenager, the fashion jewelry pieces were just gone one day. Why is that? However, below is a sketch of the very first piece I made.

design of my first self-made necklace
Computer drawing of the design of the first necklace I made with my jewelry tool box as a teenager



What pieces of your childhood or that you had as a teenager do you remember and have no idea where they went? What was the best gift you got as a child, teenager, or lately? Just curious.

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Take-home Message from my Best Christmas Gift as a Teenager

Ask yourself what does this person love to do? What’s the hobby? And work from there. I hope this story inspired you. If not, you can always give an evergreen gift. And remember, jewelry is more than an old standby.

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Again, have a great, peaceful holiday season.


Photos: G. Kramm

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  1. What an awesome story! Happy New Year to you and yours.

  2. shelbeeontheedge1

    Nicole, I love this story! What a special gift! My best Christmas gift as a child was a green velvet comforter that my mother made for me. I have loved green velvet for as long as I can remember. In the months leading up to Christmas, my mother would sit at her sewing machine making the most beautiful blanket I had ever seen. It was a deep green velvet and the underside was gold satin. I was dying over this blanket and wanted it to so badly. But mom kept telling me it was a gift for someone else. Of course, I believed her because what was a 12 year old going to do with such luxurious bedding? But I was heartbroken nonetheless. Little did I know, the blanket was for me all the while. I was so surprised on Christmas morning when she presented it to me! I no longer have that blanket because I literally used it until it fell completely apart in shreds! Wishing you a very Happy New Year, my friend!


  3. That’s an awesome story. Congrats! I bet your grandmother would be so pleased and proud of you!

  4. Josephine

    My best “present” was a bequest. Unaccountably my grandmother left me her complete works of Shakespeare in her will. I was five. It was “my book” and I read the plays long before I could possibly have understood them. Many of the stories were familiar to me before Snow White and Cinderella. Life took over, but as I approached 60 I started studying Shakespeare formally. At 60 I got a BA, then an MA and I was awarded my PhD just before my 70th birthday. That book was definitely my best present.