Diamond rings are memorable gifts
at any age
November 25, 2008 | It is finally Christmas time. Everyone
is busy buying those presents for those they love, and
maybe for those they don't, but still have to buy a
present for. Stores are having sales vying for people's
attention. Children are making out their long wish lists.
But what is it about Christmas that makes us spend our
life savings on useless gifts we buy just because they
are on sale? The bigger question is how many of those
useless gifts do you actually remember years later?
It was over 15 years ago around this time of year.
Our Christmas tree was up with bright white lights dancing
on the branches. Snow had fallen, but was starting to
melt and looked more brown than white. I was 4. I had
my older sister Elizabeth, more commonly known as Buff,
for Christmas this particular year. I knew exactly what
to get her.
"Mom," I said bouncing off the wall with excitement.
"I want to get Buff a diamond ring for Christmas!"
My mom looked at me with skepticism, but decided it
was best to not try to change my mind. "Well, we will
go look and see what we can find."
Our search began with the few stores in Mt. Pleasant,
but quickly ended. None of these stores had the perfect
ring. This ring needed to be pure gold with one big
sparkling diamond in the middle. What more could a fifteen-year-old
Since Mt. Pleasant didn't have the ring I wanted,
we looked in Provo on our next trip up. Finally, we
found it. "Mom this is it," I said with a smile from
ear to ear. "Can I get it?"
"It is $12.99," Mom said. "Are you sure you want to
spend that much?"
Mom knew Buff wouldn't wear it very often, so she
didn't want to spend that much money. I thought for
about 30 seconds, but I knew this is the ring I wanted.
I asked my mom how much money I had.
"Not quite that much," she replied. "If you want,
I can buy the ring for you and you can help me around
the house to pay for it."
"But mom," I said in annoyance.
"I guess you have to decide how bad you want it,"
my mom responded.
After thinking briefly, I decided it would be worth
"This is the perfect ring. Buff will love it," I said.
I was required to take my plate to the dishwasher,
make my bed, and pick up my toys already. Now, with
this deal, I wad required to clear the table after meals,
empty the cups from the dishwasher and help my dad take
out the trash.
I worked hard and completed my jobs as best as a four-year-old
was capable. I carefully wrapped the ring, with my mom
helping me on the corners.
"Now keep this a secret," my mom added. "You don't
want Buff to know what it is before Christmas."
I carefully placed the wrapped present under the tree.
It took all of my energy to not spill the beans and
tell her what was inside the tiny box.
Finally, after much anticipation, it was Christmas
morning. I was looking to see what Santa had left me,
but I stopped to give Buff the special gift from me.
"Open this one Buff, open this one," I said bouncing
up and down directly in front of her.
Buff carefully ripped off the paper. She gently shook
the box, then took of the white lid. There it was in
front of her. She looked down at the ring and then glanced
at Mom. Mom had previously told Buff how excited I was,
so to be happy when she opened it.
"I love it Di," she said with a forced smile, holding
back laughter. "It is the most beautiful ring I have
Buff put the ring on and proudly wore it the rest
of the day. She kept it for years and each of the few
times she wore it, she was reminded of the excitement
I had shown that Christmas for a silly cubic zirconium
Most of us can remember the Christmas presents we
receive, but can you remember something you gave? Giving
memorable gifts is what Christmas should be about. This
year when you are fighting insane crowds, look for gifts
that make you so excited you can't possibly wait until
that special someone opens that gift from you. Make
Christmas memorable and put some thought behind the
presents you give this year.