Cydney Baron

The Christmas shopping frenzy is in full swing. Between Black Friday sales that happen on Thanksgiving day, actual Black Friday, and Cyber Monday everyone is hunting for bargains.

People are shopping for the best deal, the flashiest gifts and the most bang for their buck.

Tis the season for excess.

I love a good deal as much as the next person—but I wonder how many of these gifts are worth the effort.

Have you ever asked someone about the best gift they’ve ever received?

I’m willing to bet it wasn’t a gadget or trinket picked up in a shopping frenzy.

I’ll bet it was an experience, a memory.

A shared experience or something personal, from the heart, makes a more lasting impression.

Creating a memory together.

Something that shows you really listen.

Gifts sparked by inside jokes.

These are the gifts people remember for years to come.

Cydney Baron is the editor of the Claremore Daily Progress.