, Salem, MA


October 25, 2012

Column: In search of a perfect gift


Consider my favorite gift, a laminated masterpiece I received from my son when he was 9. Prompted by his thoughtful teacher, it is titled, “The Top 10 Things I Love About my Mom.” Among the highlights: “She buys me things,” “She does stuff normal mommies wouldn’t do” and my favorite: “She loves me no matter what.” Priceless!

So this year instead of fretting over gift buying, I’m going to tackle the holiday shopping list early and come up with some thoughtful and creative ideas. On the other hand, maybe I’ll follow my usual pattern: worry about it until the third week of December and then pick up some gift cards.


Mary Alice Cookson is a Beverly-based columnist. She welcomes comments (and gift ideas) at

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