"Suddenly, through birthing a daughter, a woman finds herself face to face not only with an infant, a little girl, a woman-to-be, but also with her own unresolved conflicts from the past and her hopes and dreams for the future.... As though experiencing an earthquake, mothers of daughters may find their lives shifted, their deep feelings unearthed, the balance struck in all relationships once again off kilter."
- Elizabeth Debold and Idelisse Malave
Journal: Family Recipes
Buy a beautiful journal, some high-quality pens and fill the first few pages with your favorite family recipes. Think about the dishes you most enjoyed as a child or those your children love the most. Leave plenty of blank pages for her to add her own treasures to the collection of family recipes, kitchen tips and wisdoms.
Electronics: Web Cam
Is a loved one moving away, or indeed, are you moving away? Why not give Ka web cam so you can keep in touch? With high-speed internet connections being available almost anywhere in the world, it is easy enough to keep in touch.
A lovely gift for those about to move away is a home-made movie. Get your family and / or friends together to tape messages of best wishes, shared memories and funny stories. Put on a DVD, this gift has the potential to be the most treasured of all times!
It is also a great holiday gift for those who already live far away: if you can't spend the holidays together, the video will bring you a little closer.
Wooden gingerbread house advent calendar
My mother loves getting her children the one thing they want the most. Well at 35 it was pretty hard to tell her what one gift I wanted more than anything else. Knowing my love of gingerbread decorations, she found this giant, wooden gingerbread house advent calendar that's windows and door open to be filled with candy. I had seen other advent calendars before but none that had openings on all four sides. It is amazing and took me completely by surprise. I love filling it every year.
I have always been very artistic, yet have never been able to afford good, high quality art products. My Mom and I are best friends, and she would often hear me speaking about Prismacolor Markers, and how wonderful they are. For Christmas, she presented them to me, and I almost cried. She always knew to get me the perfect gift, and this gift really made me so excited and I finally felt fulfilled, knowing that I could finally create beautiful artwork. I love my Mom so much, and I will never forget the Christmas she gave me the best gift in the world.
Huge photo album with a family history
The gift was not only a gorgeous album - made of leather and engraved with my name and the date stamped on the front in gold - but it was full of photos of me and my family from my birth up to my marriage. The sentimental value made it such an amazing gift.
Hot pink, oversized rayon t-shirt with a harlequin on the front done in sequins and glitter
Apart from the fact that the shirt was absolutely hideous, it was SO not my style. I'm into very quiet, natural clothing, with soft earthy colors and a minimum of embellishment and it was obviously something I'd never actually wear. My father and I don't have a great relationship and I think the shirt was actually chosen to be offensive rather than to be a gift I'd like.
I'm a girl and I really wanted a lovely doll, not a gun. My parents should have known this.
Huge, hot pink, homemade sweater vest
There is no way I'd ever wear anything like that vest. I tend to prefer darker colors and clothing that makes me seem slimmer. This vest was so loud and so huge that it made me look enormous. It was immediately relegated to the back of my closet, and it's never been worn. She meant well, but...
A daughter is a gift of love.
There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.
To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.