The Joy of Giv­ing

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - FRONT PAGE - In the spirit of giv­ing, Mary Tag­gart, ED­I­TOR IN CHIEF

Iam a gift giver! Ev­ery­one who knows me can at­test to this and many have likely reaped the ben­e­fits of my gen­eros­ity – some­times awk­wardly so – as I have been known to pick up a gift for some­one just be­cause . . . And, be­ing a shop­per as well, this gift-giv­ing fancy strikes of­ten!

Even my chil­dren have told me to tone down the giv­ing this Christ­mas, so my goal this year is to find each of my fam­ily mem­bers one spe­cial present. It’s a chal­lenge, es­pe­cially when work took me into ma­jor malls and lo­cal bou­tiques — all in the name of re­search — for our hol­i­day shop­ping is­sue.

With this is­sue, we seek to in­spire the spirit of gen­eros­ity with ideas for ev­ery­one on your list. Our food sec­tion looks at gifts for the cook, the beauty scene takes things more per­son­ally, and I tackle ideas for var­i­ous fam­ily mem­bers.

I have al­ways felt that gift-giv­ing is fun and it can some­times be friv­o­lous, but re­cently I was struck by a deeper mean­ing to the term of gift. Our publisher Michael Cur­ran and his wife Ca­t­rina lost their el­dest child to tragedy this past sum­mer. Emerson Cur­ran was a 20-year-old phi­los­o­phy stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Ottawa when he passed away. His thought­ful ap­proach to life led him to ex­press his de­sire to his mother for his or­gans to be do­nated. Dur­ing their pain, Ca­t­rina and Michael shared the gift of their son’s or­gans with oth­ers, telling their story to Cather­ine Clark in her Giv­ing Back fea­ture.

Again this year, Ottawa at Home is proud to be the mag­a­zine spon­sor for the Homes for the Hol­i­days tour, in sup­port of Hospice Care Ottawa. A short while ago, a close friend of mine found her­self in hospice care and I was able to see first-hand the in­cred­i­ble gift of bring­ing peace into a per­son’s fi­nal days. It teaches us a valu­able life les­son on what a gift re­ally means. We salute the fam­i­lies for open­ing their homes to a pa­rade of visi­tors drink­ing in the fes­tive dé­cor and the dec­o­ra­tors who share their tal­ents. You can read more about them in our Homes for the Hol­i­days sec­tion.

May you all find time this sea­son to pick up a mean­ing­ful gift or two for some­one spe­cial, be­cause I know it brings such joy to see the glint in the eye of a per­son who has re­ceived a gift that was meant just for them. We hope you’ll find in­spi­ra­tion on our pages to make your hol­i­day shop­ping a lit­tle less stress­ful. And may you also be en­light­ened by the var­i­ous as­pects of gen­eros­ity and gift-giv­ing, so that the true spirit of the sea­son doesn’t get lost amidst the fes­tive fri­vol­ity.


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