The question? In the spirit of the season of giving, what in the world would you give to the people you love most if price or practicality weren't part of the equation?
For my wonderful husband, I'd love to wrap up a hall pass that would give him license to shrug off responsibility and take his much dreamed of "Ski Bum Tour," skiing his favorite mountains up and down the spine of the Rockies - and of course, I'd throw in some heli-skiing here and there...
For one of my dearest girlfriends, who is about to start a major remodel on her gorgeous Norman-style tudor home, I'd take her to France for a Brocante Tour led by Sharon Santoni from My French Country Home. We'd scour country fairs and brocantes in Normandy and the flea markets of Paris. We'd fill up a container of antiques and vintage finds for her project. We'd meet the famous Gibson and Ghetto and I'd ask the person who organized my Giverny painting excursion to pull some strings so that my friend and I could paint in Monet's garden while it was closed to the public.
Of course, we'd have to stay in Paris a few extra days (I'm sure her husband wouldn't mind). We'd rent a big enough apartment so that the friends of her choice could join us, too!
And speaking of Paris... my Mom and I used to talk about taking a mother-daughter trip there someday. One of my biggest regrets in life is that we never had that adventure. Unfortunately, I think the chance to do so has passed because of my Mom's health, but if anything was possible this Christmas, I would turn back the clock a bit and off we would go! A dream come true...
So if there was no limit to the gifts you could give, what would be on your list for friends and family?
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