Maureen: It’s that time of year again. We spend agonizing hours scouring the stores and/or the internet for the perfect gift for that special someone. Unfortunately, there are some people left for last. Only because they seem to have everything. It feels as if there is no gift that will adequately display how much you care for them.
Especially if that someone happens to be a witch, warlock or other paranormal creature that can already bend the rules of the universe and doesn’t place the same value on material things.
A few months before the holiday season began, I was wrapping up the draft of book 3 of The Enchantlings (Hope Less). The story ends with the Christmas season. I realized I needed to find the perfect gift for Hope to give her man. So, what does she give to a man who has enough magic, money and power to get whatever he wants already?
This took some thought, and I’m not going to give away the ending of Hope Less by sharing just what gift she ended up choosing, but I will share some ideas for you.
Avoid the Chore of The Store
As an introvert by nature, and reluctant to consider potential jail time for losing my patience over long lines, and short tempers—no matter how many shopping days are left, I try to avoid the hustle and bustle.
Maybe You Already Have that Last- Minute Gift & Don’t Even Realize It.
· Do something they’ve always wanted to do as your gift. Maybe they love sports/symphony/museums and you don’t—offer to go without complaint. Tell them you’re happy to go because it makes them happy.
· Fulfill a promise: Quit smoking, plan how to lose weight for your health, de-clutter your home by giving some of your things to someone who will appreciate them.
· Give something heartfelt- a homemade card, a long overdue apology, write a poem, write a story about when you first met- the list is endless.
· If you’re a crafty person, there are a plethora of ideas on Pinterest for DIY gifts. Never fear my family & friends- I wouldn’t dare try to pass off my horrific crafting attempts on you.
· The gift of time. Do a task they detest, or something you excel at, make them a meal to freeze, or give of your time for a family movie or game night. FYI: I’m still waiting for my girls or hubby to fulfill my request of cleaning the house as a gift= the gift of more writing time.
· Give something that holds a sentimental value for you and that they may have admired.
· Donate your time (or money) to a charity in their name
· A special memory captured in a photograph. Frame one or make an album of the two of you. Organize their big box of old photos. Idea: My hubby loves to cook, for Father’s Day, my girls took a binder and organized all his, and their, favorite recipes and made a photo collage for the cover.
What Do You Get for the Writer in Your Life?
Here’s a few gift ideas for writers you can check out: http://www.sophiakimble.com/blog/2014/10/14/maureen-bonatch-writing-tip
What’s the best gift you ever got, or gave?
Here’s a little about my first book in The Enchantlings Series- Destiny Calling
When the woman who raised Hope is murdered by something not human, Hope loses the only family she knows and discovers one she might wish she never met. With a touch that can make the desperate hopeful, Hope is the answer. The only question is if she can deal with sibling rivalry, accept that entities feeding off despair exist, and determine if Griffith is the man of her dreams, or not at all what he seems.
Maureen writes stories in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania that boast laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world. She writes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy.
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