Earlier this week we had our secret santa gift exchange at work. Since we’re all pretty close to begin with, I was especially excited to see what gifts people got for each other. Just as I imagined, the gifts matched the, well, unique personalities here at Greatist HQ, ranging from a garlic press and ice-cream tattoo to a Nat Geo subscription and a dinosaur pop-up book.

(thanks for the photo Jordan Shakeshaft Shuffle!)

(thanks for the photo Jordan Shakeshaft Shuffle!)

Yet what we even cooler than the immediate “wow that’s a perfect present for that person!” was the thoughtfulness that went into each exchange. It’s hard to come up with a fun gift that’s under $15; it’s even harder to make that gift meaningful. 

What I received nearly brought me to tears (I waited till later) and is literally one of the most thoughtful things I’ve ever received….ever. The sneaky, beautiful, and best-person-ever Laura Culhane made me two prints — one of Africa with my tattoo: yebehyia bio and the other of New York with its translation: we will meet again.

yebehyia bio                     ny

I’ve written a few times about my tattoo (when I got it and what it truly means) so it’s no surprise that this whole things means a ton to me. (I mean, it is permanently etched on my skin.) And my experiences in Ghana are always on my mind — extremely faint on some days, and right-in-front-of-my-face on others. But as we ring in another New Year, I keep thinking how 2008 was so long ago, and I feel more disconnected from those experiences each day. I no longer “recently went to Africa.” I went there four years ago. 

But these pictures make me feel closer. Like it really wasn’t that long ago. And that I will go back.

And…. before I jet back to the Motherland (if only), this secret santa is equally a great reminder that I work with the best, most thoughtful people ever. Seeeeeriously. And thank you again LC….allofthelove and more. ❤ 

About Laura

marketing director at Possible. formerly at Greatist. Still running, finding zen, and searching for the perfect bloody mary.

Posted on December 19, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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