People have a way of remembering both particularly good and bad presents, and scarcely in between. Here are some reasons that pottery always seems to work.
The Perfect Gift For In-Laws, Co-Workers, and the Other Miscellaneous
People In Your Life
by: Lauren Cabanel
Here it is again... the bittersweet holiday season. So….the age old question
remains, dare I say, pokes its nagging head into our thoughts: oh no! What do I
get for him/her???? They are not your friends and loved ones. Indirectly and
unabashedly, they are the peripheral set of miscellaneous people in your life,
that have in most cases, been acquired without choice or thought. They have been
fated into your life by a husband, a shared office, or a friend’s friend. They
are your in-laws, your co-workers, and others that you just know will get you a
present. No matter how these miscellaneous and peripheral people have situated
themselves into your life, whether on a daily or once-a-a-year basis; they are
there and expecting a present, a token, a sentiment in return for whatever they
are panicking to give to you this upcoming holiday season. Whether it’s fair or
not, the fact remains, that you have to get them something.
So after many years of anguish and holiday panic over just what to buy for these
“other” people that sneak up upon my Christmas/holiday list, I have decided upon
the perfect gift, to both lower my annual blood pressure as well as keep all
mutual webbed relationships at peace. And that is: ceramics, pottery, stoneware.
Now, you may be thinking that giving these same people pottery every year, that
you will become THAT person, talked about at water coolers and family
newsletters; however, consider this… If the miscellaneous giftee of your piece
of handmade pottery, finds the low-to-moderately-priced sentiment a welcome
surprise, a thoughtful household addition, then not only will you score that
year’s holiday, but for years to come. People have a way of remembering both
particularly good and bad presents, and scarcely in between. Here are some
reasons that pottery always seems to work, if not delight these almost sort-of
loved ones, no matter how hard you think they are to buy for:
• Pottery is handmade and
boasts a creative and artistic expression. People always think this is
thoughtful even if you yourself did not create it.
• Pottery comes in a variety of forms, from
clocks, ornaments, etc to
dinnerware and planters.
• Certain potteries specialize in stoneware cookware and dinnerware pieces that
are microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.
• Stoneware pottery has been
said to be better for you to cook/bake/store in, than plastic, metal, or glass;
as it is an all-natural material:
Ceramic pottery can be personalized to add that special touch; whether you
add their name, a brief ode, or a decoration that they would like. (For example,
my mother-in-law likes dragonflies…)
• Pottery comes in so many pieces and forms, that if receiver either really
enjoys the piece or just are very good at pretending they do; every year you can
buy a new and different piece to build their collection.
• Pottery can seem very expensive, but can price reasonable. Handmade anything
seems expensive, but ceramic pottery would surprise you. I’ve found a number of
shops that boast beautiful handmade, hand glazed, and hand decorated pieces of
pottery that should be a fortune, but to my chagrin are between $10-$60 per
• Pottery pieces are one of a kind, so the chances of the person you are buying
for either already having this piece or being given this piece is extremely
rare…let’s face it, for most potteries, there will be able hands making the gift
and not well-oiled machines bent on overproduction.