Gifts

bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019 · 3 min read

What should we buy when we are on vacation? The answer is simple: gifts! Now, I don't know if this is mandatory for everyone but for my wife it's a mandatory activity on any vacation. I think this satisfies the craving to buy and the joy of giving! She is endowed with these lusts ...

I hope it is not understood that we have so much money to waste all kinds of objects. No, we don't, like most of us.

We have to strike a balance between our needs and the pleasure of thinking about friends and proving this when returning from vacation by giving them little attention, little gifts.

Thus, as a true follower of my wife, I will try to recount her search among the stables on the island of Thassos in Greece. Our little holiday paradise.

This year the vacation was shorter, only five days on the island and two days on the road. With the adventures that I will tell another time. For a proof of beauty, a few pictures from the island!

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As I said, most of the time I left the water, the sand and the sun and looked for places to buy gifts. The gifts, in order to be good, must fulfill several conditions: to please the buyer, to offer guarantees that they will like by those who receive them and not be too expensive. I mean, to be pretty cheap!

I mean, this will be a gift market. This market is everywhere in the villages and small towns on the island. It is a source of income for the inhabitants.

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Jewelry and other bright things are highly appreciated by women (in general). They have a big flaw, they are more expensive. If they were after me, a shell for each and I would get rid of it cheaply, only one euro a piece.

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Eventually, you can find a middle path between the two extremes. The Greeks know better to have a good offer for a few euros a piece ... the trade says that it is best to sell a lot at low prices. These little gifts saved us ...

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However, higher temptations cannot be skipped, especially if you are looking for a gift for the daughter-in-law. Hard to decide ...but still this would be the best choice!

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All the friends enjoyed the gifts received. Those little objects stored in them the air, the sun and the smell of the island. A memory and an invitation, maybe next year they will want to see everything live.

I cannot leave without having to see something of the island, so little vacation and summer are left in our souls.

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Finally, a flower. It's a habit left by our friend Denise!

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I must mention that I wrote this for #MarketFriday, the most exciting challenge proposed by @dswigle.



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I've only been to the other side of Greece, on Corfu. I remember getting keyholders, bottle openers, towels with some local symbols in the design, things like that. It's nice when you find something balanced between cute and stylish... Since most of the souvenirs everywhere are usually over the top.

I remember those natural sea sponge things :) Very cool but did not take any because of volume of luggage excuses... I think. Now I kind of regret that.


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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

Corfu I think is a good place to visit. I think you are from Bulgaria, because of the name. Thassos is much closer to you, I had to cross Bulgaria ...
However, Thassos is a more Balkan Greek, I think it differs from Corfu.


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That's right, I will have other opportunities to know Greece in years to come.


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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

Of course, Greece is still waiting for us.


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Vincent @quotes-havenSeptember 2019

Beautiful holiday destination.


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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

Yes, a bit difficult but worth the effort.


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quotes-haven
Vincent @quotes-havenSeptember 2019

👍 😊


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I think we feel obligated to buy gifts whenever we travel. Conditions by the culture maybe?


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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

Yes, and it is beautiful as it is. Maybe a little tiring, like any obligation ...


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It looks like a lovely place to holiday ! I am not a big fan of gift shopping, but it it gives pleasure that is great! 😍


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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

Yes, it is! It is a special place for me but it is a common place for the Greeks. I don't even kill myself to buy gifts.


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A fantastic vacation and scenery like these can never be forgotten. Here in our country gifts are also a thing when coming home from a vacation. We call them "Pasalubong."


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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

Thanks! I'm glad you have the same habit, I was expecting this.


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dswigle
dswigle @dswigleSeptember 2019

Very nice trumpet vine for your flower shot. I love them and they are truly prolific! Hard to get rid of once planted. That is why they are perfect for a beach landscape!

A small gift was always something included with the trip. Or that is the way I was brought up. Usually, people would stop by before you left on a trip to say goodbye and wish you well and then, a small token of remembrance would be given upon your return.

I thought that people still did that? When we were young people going on a trip, relatives would send cards with travel money -usually, a token amount to spend having fun or gas money. I still do it and it is a lovely gesture to wish people well on their trip or travels.

Thank you for showing off the lovely beauty of Greece, it is a delight to go back with you and see it. The beaches are glorious and you cannot show us this too much ever! It is gorgeous.

Do not worry! We will look each time you show it! And love it! It is always appreciated!

#MarketFriday loves you!

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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

Thank you, Denise! You're right, as always. Cards with travel money ... I did not know about this possibility, I think it is highly appreciated by those who receive. I'm glad you like the Greece I show here.
I wish you a pleasant week!


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dswigle
dswigle @dswigleSeptember 2019

Thank you! It is wonderful, as always!


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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

Very glad to hear that!


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I love this! Nothing more fun than finding gifts to take home :) I would love to visit Greece some day, it looks so beautiful. I'm sure your daughter-in-law loved that caftan, those colors are amazing. What a fun trip to end the summer @bluemoon!


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starjewel
starjewel @starjewelSeptember 2019

Souvenir business is what bring food on the table for the locals. I lived on an island and I know for sure. I always support their little hustles, especially those local “straw markets”. 😊


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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

This is true. I'm glad I contributed, more so my wife. I think it's nice to live on an island.


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Gifts are always beautiful whether it is for yourself or others it always leaves memories to your holiday enjoyed 👍


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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

That's right, we all like that.


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It does put a smile on people's faces 🌝


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bluemoon
bluemoon @bluemoonSeptember 2019

... and a kiss on the cheek of the giver!


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