Every year, big business and strategic marketing companies focus all of their efforts, resources and brain power on making you, the consumer, feel as though you need to spend a great deal to show your love. If you don’t buy this for that person, then you will feel like a failure, or they will feel like you don’t love them. I’m here to tell you that that’s bullocks and it’s untrue, and you should never let the wrong reasons dictate your life, no matter if it’s as small as choosing a present to be used as one of many stocking stuffers. If you can’t afford to give a million gifts, then give what you’ve got, yourself, your love, your time, your smile, your humor… Because those are the things that matter most, and they’re the treasures shared between two or more that end up turning into memories, even if in the moment you don’t see it.
Think of it this way… Does your loved one have everything they could ever need? Or do you see your loved one spinning their tires? Are they bored of life, or lonely, or depressed? Are they unhappy in their current situation? Have you shared in enough memories with them? If you notice any specific answers to those questions, and others, then do something more this holiday season. Instead of useful junk under the tree, plan a trip and be sure to book an extra seat, because the trip will only mean the most it can if you join your loved one. If you can’t afford to pay for an entire trip, then plan a camping trip, or find something that will do more for them than to provide a momentary break from reality, like if your loved one shares an affinity for the great outdoors, why not give them something that will better their experience. Either way, the key is that new experiences create memories when shared between two or more. So this year, I implore you to choose happy, to choose to laugh, hug, kiss, and play, because life is too damn short.
If you still want to see that smile on their face, then search out something that fits their interests, passions, and personality. If your loved one is an outdoor enthusiast, camper, hiker, or adventurer, perhaps the best thing you can give them is the best chance to survive. That’s why this year I looked to SOG Knives for high quality, yet affordable gifts for those around me who seemed to be spinning their tires and feeling as though life is becoming a constant suffocating schedule of day after day of work, chores and responsibilities. Sometimes the best gift is simply making it easier for your loved ones to get out of their funk and out into the real world of Nature. For me personally, when the world feels stale, I look to spend time in the natural world, with loved ones at my side, because it’s shared moments like that that turn into memories.
This year, I chose the SOG Strat Ops Auto, because it’s a tank of a knife that’s built to be carried anywhere at anytime because of its size, yet has the capability of carrying the grunt of the action. So if your loved one takes off into the wilderness, you can feel at ease because they have a powerful instrument that can provide the opportunity for survival when and if the forces of Mother Nature may turn. This 3.5” blade is made of S35VN steel at a hardness level of RC. 59-60, which means it’s built for battle. This automatic folding knife was made with military and law enforcement personnel in mind, which should offer you an additional sense of security. If you would like to learn more about SOG Knives, click here.