Chicken Soup for the Soul Gifts: A Special, Thoughtful Collection
It was the most special gift I can remember.
I was 12, it was Christmas, and I was curious about everything – girls, cars, the meaning of life – anything that would help me sort out the awkward tween years.
My parents, in their infinite wisdom, knew this. As we began our Christmas routine, I, being the oldest, was first to pick a gift. I picked the one that looked most like a book, unwrapped it, and exclaimed,
"A Chicken Soup for the Soul gift! Wow, thanks Mom and Dad!" I was truly elated.
Now it's been over 20 years since then, and this past year for Christmas at my parents' place I found myself feeling a little nostalgic and going through old home videos. I found the one from that Christmas, watched it, and remembered all the good advice the book had to give, and how much the gift meant to me.
Out of curiosity I pulled out my smart phone to see what was happening lately with Chicken Soup for the Soul. One of the first Google results that came up was GiftTree.com.
"Wow," I thought. "I didn't even know you could find these anymore, and look at this presentation! Chicken Soup for the Soul gift baskets – an impressive concept."
I looked up from my phone and happened to glance at a photo of my parents on the mantel. It was then that I remembered that their anniversary was just a few days after Christmas. I could get them something from GiftTree!
Excited, I went back to the site and scrolled through their selections with Chicken Soup for the Soul. Gift sets including a book about grieving with some beautiful engraved wind chimes, a book about stress reduction with a neck wrap, and one about the love of food with a nice gourmet basket.
But then I saw the one I knew I had to get: "Love Birds Gift Set with Chicken Soup for the Soul." Wonderful! A pair of handmade glass birds positioned to look like they're kissing and a book full of heartwarming love stories about marriage and relationships. Amazing.
But could it get there in three days? It was already the 26th and their anniversary was the 29th. As I went through the checkout process I saw five awesome shipping options. They could even guarantee its arrival by tomorrow if I wanted, and could easily get it there in three days.
Satisfied, I completed the smooth checkout process, added a personalized "Happy Anniversary" ribbon for just a few dollars more, and within minutes had a confirmation email that the order was being prepared for shipment that very day.
I had to leave my parents' house and get back to work before the package came, but then on the morning of the 29th my phone rang.
"John, you shouldn't have, you really shouldn't have!" rang the delighted voice of my mother. I could tell she was fighting back tears.
"These birds are just so beautiful, and you know how your dad and I like to sit together and read stories to each other. It's just the perfect gift and we feel so loved. Thank you so much."
The perfect gift – that's what I like to hear, and I was a little choked up myself. Leave it to GiftTree.com and their Chicken Soup for the Soul gifts to help create a lifelong memory and commemorate a beautiful relationship.