What were your favorite gifts, both to receive and to give?
I can't remember any certain gifts that were favorite. When I was little, everything was special. I remember getting dolls and strollers and educational toys. I had dolls that talked, that wet when you fed them, and dolls that when you held their hand, would walk with you. I remember the last doll I had, I named her Carol after one of my aunt's by marriage. The last time I saw Carol was in our garage. I had moved away and had my own studio apartment and left my childhood toys at home. She was in the garage a long time, then she wasn't. I think mom needed to clean out old stuff and Carol was gone. Of course in hind-sight I was sorry I didn't take her to my little apartment. When I was about 13, I remember getting a pair of pierced stud earrings from my parents. I had those for a long time and thought of mom and dad each time I wore them.
The first year I was making my own money, I remember enjoying picking out gifts for my family all by myself. Everything was special and bought with a particular person in mind. Each person was quite surprised what I had picked out for them, that was really memorable for me. A few years later I bought a crochet ripple Afghan kit. I made the zig-zag pattern and gave the afghan to my boyfriend's mother for Christmas. She was really surprised and loved it. After that I made one for my grandma Jean. After she passed away, I got the afghan back, I think of her whenever I use it.