I love a surprise, but only when it’s not something that’s totally not-me. Like the Thomas Kinkaid puzzle. First, I don’t really do puzzles. Second, I ABHOR the “painter of trite”. Or if it’s something that took very little thought. At least surprise me with something you saw and thought “Oh, I bet 'Kat would like that!”
Best surprise gift was when Mums gave me an amber heart necklace for Christmas. Way back that summer, I had gone into the Russian shop to check if they had an amber necklace I liked (they didn’t, as usual). Mums wondered why I’d gone in, I told her and that I’ve been wanting an amber necklace. She saw this amber heart necklace on an ad included with a bill and remembered what I’d said months earlier and got it. Needless to say it’s my very favourite necklace and always reminds me of her love.
@SylvreKat Twenty years back, while digging through the loose amber at a gem show, I came across a piece which, if held in the right orientation, looked like it had a dragon’s head in it. I showed it to my partner (who was into making jewelry) and she bought it immediately. (It was cheap; this was a wholesale by-the-gram seller.) When we got home, she whipped up a quick pendant bail for it, strung in on a sterling silver chain, and emailed a photo to a friend of hers. That was the fastest conversion of raw material to sold product she ever had.