This, from John Scalzi's journal:
Your Monday Photo Shoot: Take a picture of a gift that has sentimental value to you. If you like, explain the sentimental attachment. The gift can be anything that's important to you, from any time in your life, from a stuffed animal to a new car to a simple card that just means a lot. You pick the gift.
Cliff isn't really big on buying gifts. If I mention something I want, he'll say, "Get it." But as far as going out and choosing a present, it's hard for him. He does try, on birthdays and Christmas; but he'd really rather give me the money and let me get it myself.
The gifts that mean the most to me are those that come unexpectedly, with no occasion warranting them. So when Cliff and a couple of his brothers went to Wisconsin to visit their sister a couple of years back (I didn't go, I had to work), imagine my surprise when he brought this cowboy home with him. It's something that would have caught my eye had I been with them, and I guess he knew it. But what makes it really meaningful is that there was no occasion, no pressure on him to buy me a gift. He did it simply because he was thinking of me.