You’ve all seen that movie – there are at least a dozen of them, and that doesn’t count whatever they’ve got on TV these days. The set up: it’s Christmas morning around the tree or Christmas eve in a stolen private moment between the couple of the budding romance and he says, “I got you something.” And it’s a box and she opens the box and in the box is… wait for it… a snow globe. And she is delighted. This is somehow the best present she has ever received and she is deeply moved.
These scenes are ubiquitous and really, we’re talking about irresponsible movie making here. I’m sure there’s this whole legion of guys out there with new romances thinking, “Oh, what should I get her? It’s early days, so I shouldn’t scare her off with anything big. I know! I’ll get her a snow globe! That always goes down really well with girls in the movies.”
And I notice that the shops are perfectly willing to keep this fallacy going. Our friendly local bookstore mega-chain is selling white ones with moose or squirrels or hockey players under a big red sign that says, “The Perfect Gift.”
It’s an appalling conspiracy.
Because let’s face the cold, hard truth here, folks – snow globes suck. They are tacky dust-collectors and they aren’t even interesting ones at that. You shake them. The “snow” (or worse – glitter!) falls. And we’re done.
Seriously, I can see this being exciting to a child under four who has somehow never been exposed to video games. But a grown woman who presumably does not have a bed covered in stuffed animals? I’m sorry, but no.
This is not a perfect gift. This is not a thoughtful gift either, unless the message you are trying to send is, “I see you as an infant, or possibly a gullible tourist. Here, open this other present. It’s a t-shirt from the Hard Rock Cafe.”
Don’t do it guys. Just don’t. Please.