Best Gifts Ever
by Piper Vaughn
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Over the years it’s gotten to the point where my family defaults to giving me an Amazon gift card for just about every special occasion. Not that I’m complaining—I do love Amazon and my Kindle—but it occurs to me that it’s been ages since I got a personal gift from someone that both surprised me and really fit me as an individual. Recently, as hedgehogs have become one of my obsessions over the last few years, I’ve gotten a few hedgehog themed gifts, and occasionally, I’ll get a cute pair of socks from those who know about my sock fetish.
But I think one of the best gifts I ever got came from my parents about a decade or so ago. I was visiting from Alaska for Christmas. They surprised me with a pair of second-row tickets to see the “Hairspray” musical. Why did this make such a great gift? Well, I’ve been obsessed with the John Waters’ movie since childhood. I would watch “Hairspray” constantly. I loved the dancing, the actors, the music. Just everything about it—and at the time, I didn’t even know the “Hairspray” musical existed. It was a surprise in numerous ways, and still stands out in my mind as one of the best gift-opening moments ever.
In The Working Elf Blues, Garnet gives Wes a very special Christmas gift. It’s one he doubts throughout the story, worrying it might seem silly or childish, but it’s highly personal, and when he finally works up the courage to give Wes the gift, well, it’s one of my favorite moments in the story. If you read it, you’ll see why. 🙂
So, what was the best gift you ever received for the holidays? One that really fit you and your personality? I’d love to hear about it. And if you’re interested in winning a copy of The Working Elf Blues, along with an adorable pair of elf-themed holiday socks, check out my blog post. The giveaway is open until December 21st.
Happy holidays to those of you who celebrate. Keep safe and warm! 🙂
About The Working Elf Blues
Garnet Evergreen has never heard of an elf abandoning the North Pole for a human, but he yearns to be the first. Ever since he saw Wes, the boy with sorrowful eyes, Garnet felt an undeniable kinship. Over the years, he’s watched that boy grow into a man, and now he’s determined to give Wes a Christmas he’ll never forget. If only Garnet had thought to test his father’s sleigh before leaving…
Orphaned as a child, Wes spends every Christmas alone at his cabin. When he’s woken by a suspicious boom and finds a wrecked sleigh and an unconscious elf, he doesn’t know how to react. Wes isn’t fanciful. He doesn’t give much credence to the stories about Santa Claus and flying reindeer. But a part of him wants desperately to believe when Garnet promises forever, even if life has taught him that no one ever stays…
About Piper Vaughn
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.