Who wouldn't want a fistful of gift cards? Though there are some limitations, they can be purchased almost anywhere to provide the recipient an opportunity to get just what they want or to properly size an item. Others would disagree indicating that the cards totally depersonalize the act of gift-giving. Obviously, they are marketed to the commercialization of our economy, but there are some who have taken the idea to create non-monetary gifts, i.e., worth 2 hours of cleaning out the attic or a picnic at the beach, etc.


We have gifts in our everyday ordinary lives that are often ignored or devalued. Unlike the adage, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth," we may not appreciate the importance of those treasures. Gifts can come in many forms - a genuine smile from a stranger, an energizing conversation with a friend, a beautiful sunrise, a stress-free commute. Looking for those gifts is a great motivator and satisfying reward. Daily time with the camera is just one gift I can anticipate - what's yours? Naples, FL

  • Kate Ter Haar 4y

    Camera time and Flickr time are daily gifts for me. I like to browse through all the photos, comment on some, and get inspiration. This gift may not have monetary value but certainly warms my heart, lifts my spirit and make me smile.
  • Tania Sheko 4y

    Sometimes, when we least expect it, we have a chance meeting or conversation that opens up either insight or heart - just what we needed at the time.
  • Sparkle Fade 4y

    When I smile at strangers I get stilettos thrown at my head. Why, colemama, why? :)

    This is a great picture. Love the dancing ipod one in front.
  • Marie Coleman 4y

    @sparklefade - with or without the beard? ;)
  • Sparkle Fade 4y

    Marie Coleman Oi! haha - low blow! :p
  • Carol VanHook 4y

    What fun conversation here! Yes, photography and the friendship of Flickr are truly gifts to the spirit.
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