The big holidays are behind us now, but that doesn’t mean our present responsibilities are over. If you’ve got a Capricorn or Aquarius in your life——not to mention a Valentine——your hardest gifting season may have just begun. As always, we can empathize. We now pass it off to our own Emiliano for the final installment of the series.
I was guilty of being a re-gifter throughout my childhood. Every year on Christmas Eve I would search through my room for “presents,” sometimes finding a book someone might like. Other times I’d make something with any materials lying about. Maybe it was all those years of being a lousy gift giver that led me to this moment. It was the first Christmas away from my family and I’d successfully checked off everyone on the list——except for my sister.
Name: Paloma Lowe
Location: Bellingham, WA
Occasion: Christmas 2009
Paloma is the middle child and the peacekeeper in the family. She is also tough, intelligent, and extremely smart. She once broke a girl’s leg playing soccer and whenever I was bullied in school, she would immediately find that bully and put him in his place. With all that in mind I wanted to get her something special that she could keep in her room: something simple that would remind her of me, because for the first time in our lives we were so far apart.
After scouring the Internet I found this great little grow your own glow in the dark cactus kit. I didn’t know if she would like it, but it definitely fit the bill in the intrigue department, so I went with my gut. About a month later, after the cactus grew and began to glow in the dark, she told me it was one of the coolest gifts she had ever received.
Quarterly Curators I Could Have Used: Joshua Foer & Alexis Ohanian
Although my sister was all grown up, to me she’d always be the geeky girl I grew up with, watching Lion King, playing with toys, and overall just being a dork. Joshua Foer has a knack for unearthing some of the most interesting things that everyone should know about, but nobody does; my sister would love his interesting finds. And Alexis Ohanian has that same geeky intelligence and lovable charm as my sister. The contents of his boxes reflect this, as he includes geeky novelties and generally awesome things he comes across in his travels.
Emiliano is a Curator Talent Manager at Quarterly.