What have you been thinking about after receiving gifts? The meaning behind, value, or shape? Put the idea of the value and shape away, whether you like the gift or not, what's prescious is the meaning behind. The most impressive gift I've received is a wood-made giraffe. Not the kind that is carved on a piece of wood, my giraffe is beaded by several strings of bead. It maybe just a normal handicraft, but actually what lie behind it is an inoffensive joke to my birthday.
Because of the long, thin neck, long, thin chin and long, thin body shape I had in my childhood, I was called "giraffe" as my nickname. Kids didn't mean to hurt someone or making fun of somebody, it's only a little embarassing nickname. However, after frequently being called, it was quite disturbing. My friends gave a gratifying explanation to my appearance. They said that the long, thin chin was what we call an oval face in Chinese; the long, thin neck is a visual mistake make by my thin shoulder. They also said that "giraffe" is a cute nickname, and they like it a lot. From then on, I gradually accepted being called as giraffe. One of my friend sent a wood-beaded giraffe as a gift on my birthday. It's a sweet, cute gift with a lot of friendship inside.
It's not easy to set an ideal present since we are now chasing the changing future. Too much unknown makes us covetous and desire to own everything we like. As long as one day we are before and can control the future, the ideal gift will be clear because we can have more than before. Now except the material life, I wish somethings can happen as a birthday gift, like a group of friends shouting"happy Birthday" and promising that they will go n a trip with you to anywhere. It's a showing of forever friendship.
I don't grade the gifts others give me. Receivers never realize how much efforts the givers pay into them.