Up till now, most of the man gift suggestions I have brought up on here have been of the type that a man probably wouldn’t buy for himself but, would enjoy having. This has a hint of the same idea but, takes it in a different direction. It came out of a conversation I had with a good friend a few months back. In this age of e-mail, texting, smart phones, and skype the idea of writing a letter by hand or having hard copies of photos almost seems barbaric but, think back to the last time you received a letter or postcard in the mail from some one. There’s still something special about the effort that goes into it. Anyone can send out an email or facebook message on your birthday but, a physical letter is exciting.
Its one of the simplest gifts one can give but, it can also mean the world. Throughout the 20th century GI’s have carried pictures of their best girl for luck, going as far as to name their planes after them and painting likenesses of them on the side. People carry pictures in their wallets and have framed pictures on their desks. A picture or a note can make a hostile place more comfortable on those inevitable hard days. Plus we are by nature a prideful bunch and love to show off. What better way then with a picture of the beautiful girl back home.
War is an extreme example but, the same applies to long days in the office or hiking trips. Bear Grylls listed in the ten things he never leaves home without a picture of his wife and kids with a note that he keeps in his boot. When it comes down to it we are very resilient as long as we keep our head in whatever we are doing and sometimes a picture and a few simple words can remind us why we’re there.
One last thing. When I say a picture I don’t mean a printed version of a shot from some party you put on facebook. The key is it’s special. It’s not for everyone, it’s for that special person. In that way anything can be meaningful. The Art of Manliness, which partially inspired this post, has given a new years challenge to its readers, 52 love letters in 52 weeks. Follow the link for more info but, if you have that special someone in your life I challenge you to participate. Whats the worst that could happen?