Just like everyone else, I am crammed with the holidays! I had to travel the past two days for work, which added to everything else and I haven’t had a plethora of time for WoW. I’ve done a small bit of raiding, and continuing my hopes of getting my priest a hilt. I’ve also been working out strategies for the next 3 encounters opening up in Ice Crown! Phew!
I have all my Christmas shopping done, and even managed to snag Brade a few things that I think he will enjoy. Like most men, he is impossible to shop for and offers very little direction about what he’d like! I had to threaten him with opening up a snuggie on christmas day to get anything out of him. I wrapped gifts over the weekend, and was immensely pleased with myself for how well the gift wrap, ribbons and bows turned out :) It is safe to say that I am now ready for the holidays! I am looking forward to sitting at home tomorrow night with a glass of wine next to the fire place with the tree lit and just enjoying everything (and convincing Brade that my family tradition of opening one present on christmas eve is worth continuing!).
On the note of gift giving, I’d like to offer a tip! Sometimes when you have a friend or family member that has it all, and plays WoW, a virtual gift is just as good, if not better, than something that will sit on a shelf collecting dust. As an example, last year I had a friend who has just about everything he wants, or the means to get anything he wants outside of the game, but was very gold short in the game. He plays quite casually, and is an avid “explorer” sometimes taking hours to just run about seeing the “world”. So, I thought on it and decided that I would give him a gift I knew he would not only use, but quite enjoy: Epic Flight.
Brade and I took him out to Shadowmoon Valley and handed over the gold for training, and then gave him extra gold to buy the special “DK” only flying mount. And he loved it. He zoomed around for hours that night, and even weeks after our gift we would get tells about how fantastic his new mount was. He liked it so much that his gift list this year included a “virtual gifts” category asking for epic flight for the warlock that he’s been leveling.
I guess the morale of this story is that sometimes the gifts that cost you the least can mean the most. So, if you are stuck in your last minute shopping this year, remember think outside of the box! Sometimes those non-conventional gifts will be the ones that people will remember years down the road.
I’d like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday! May everyone dream of sugar plums and may santa fit down all your chimneys!