Friday Fun…Your Favorite Gift

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Friday Fun…Your Favorite Gift


Wandering around Cyberville I noticed that today is Give Something Away Day. It’s meant to encourage us to donate an item(s) that we no longer need to someone who may need or want it. 


Agents and stagers love it when our clients give something (plenty of somethings) away!


But for fun…let’s turn it around. What’s something you were given that even today when you think of it you get a sweet warm glow in your heart? 


It doesn’t have to be something new. 


Forty years later, one of my most treasured gifts was a plate of homemade Christmas cookies.



 I was in my first apartment…there was a knock at the door and when I opened it there was my friend’s mother with a big smile and an even bigger plate of homemade cookies. To this day, I love making all varieties of Christmas cookies and giving them to friends and family.

Gifts we give don’t have to be new or beautifully wrapped…they can cost a little, a lot, or nothing at all. 


What makes them so special is when they come from the heart. 


So let’s have some Friday Fun...What was a special gift you received???


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Comments (26)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Give something away today?  I will make a point to participate. bill 

Jul 15, 2022 06:33 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

It was definitely when our Grandchildren were very young and I wasn't feeling well. They asked their Mom to take them to the store to get the largest poster-board they could find. Each pasted a photo of themselves with me, each wrote the most loving message, and each drew a picture of wishing me to feel better!

Jul 15, 2022 06:36 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

My husband and I continue to donate to the local Goodwill.  My rule of thumb is if I haven't worn it in the last year, the next step is to donate.  Recently a friend broke her leg and my husband and I bought dinner for her and her husband.  We thought the husband needed a break.

Jul 15, 2022 06:56 AM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

A cheesecake from Juniors in Brooklyn arriving at my front door in Hollywood FL.

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty you are hilarious😎

Jul 15, 2022 07:08 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Many years ago, Mary Margaret gave me a "Big Bertha" driver for a present.  I never spent any money on golf clubs and would never have purchase one myself.  It was special and I still use it today.  Ironically, when I pull it out of the bag today, everyone thinks it is a three wood.  It is small compared to the clubs used today, but I can still keep up with the big boys with my special club. 

Jul 15, 2022 08:00 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

I love making food for my friends Kathy.  They and I both enjoy it.

Jul 15, 2022 09:10 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

After recently closing a home, we were given some Christmas decorations that are absolutely beautiful. This was so very special because I know how much they meant to them, Kathy!

I enjoy giving fresh fruits and vegetables from the back yard garden when they are in season. People appreciate them.

Jul 15, 2022 10:50 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I know this is not what you had in mind, but my all time most special gift, was the birth of my granddaughter.

Jul 15, 2022 03:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker I remember the story of your friend!  Those are such special gifts and I can understand why you've not wanted to buy a wreath for your door. 

Wayne Martin wow, that was really generous!!!!  Wish I'd been around...I love Greek food. 

Jul 15, 2022 04:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Roy Kelley I remember those!!! It's been years!!!  Enjoy!

Hannah Williams it takes a lot of thought to do that!!!! very special!

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty OMG...I'm laughing so hard. Here's what I do when I have a hard time parting with something...especially clothes. I remind myself that someone out there will truly appreciate and maybe even need what I have. If that doesn't work...try bribery!!!!

Jul 15, 2022 04:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie Dillard Austin TX that is so sweet!!!!  I'll bet that you love making them just for HH and BB. 

Bill Salvatore - East Valley yea!!! Thank you!

Jul 15, 2022 04:12 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 omg what a wonderful gift!!!!  Do you have them framed???

Leanne Smith that is so thoughtful of you!!!!  These are the gifts that matter so much. 

Jul 15, 2022 04:15 PM
Leanne Smith

My sense is what matters is one is showing one truly cares.

Jul 16, 2022 06:33 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Gary secretly went out shopping for the perfect purse for me which is so out of his league!  I was totally shocked on Christmas (quite a few years ago) of the lovely red purse he gave me. And he said to me that morning, I listened to what you said you wanted and I thought this one was exactly right.   And.........I still use it everyday to this day!

Jul 15, 2022 04:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Eileen Burns someone knew what you liked!!! Very thoughtful!!!!  I remember a friend sending me some Blue Bell Ice cream in FL. This was when you couldn't get it outside of Tecas. 

Ray Henson now that's special!!!   It took me a second to figure out what a big Bertha was. 

Jul 15, 2022 04:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Grant Schneider I'll bet they love it!!!!    During the early months of Covid when we were all distancing, we were all exchanging breads, cookies, etc just to have a chance to say "hi" from the driveway. 

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! the decorations are very special!!!  One of our neighbors many years ago gave me a beautiful Santa ornament and I still love it. And yes...produce from your garden would be a special treat. 

Jul 15, 2022 04:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto it's a true gift of love!!!  And one that keeps on giving. 

Jul 15, 2022 04:23 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy I will have to tell Diane what today was, we had no idea but she coordinated the Veteran's clothing pickup for today... and nagged me for days to make sure I contribute:) now with that said I love receiving Cookbooks and you know that already:)Endre

Jul 15, 2022 11:43 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

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Jul 16, 2022 05:55 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Kathy what a wonderful tale and yes, they do make me hungry. now where can I find some??? cheers cvc

Jul 16, 2022 10:15 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

You are so right.  Indeed the most precious gifts are unexpected and come from the heart. 

Jul 16, 2022 07:24 PM