The Best Christmas Gift I Ever Received

The Best Christmas Gift I Ever Received

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we at SweetwaterNOW asked our employees to answer “What was the best Christmas gift you ever received?”

Once you’re done reading our short stories about our unforgettable Christmas gifts, please feel free to share yours with us in the comment section on our Facebook page.

The Cabbage Patch Kids doll– Stephanie Thompson

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I wish I could say that I had that one toy which led me to experience euphoria like Ralphie in the movie “A Christmas Story,” but I just didn’t have something that magical happen. At least, not yet.

However, there is one gift I received as a child that I still have to this day and it does bring me fond memories of my childhood.

I can’t recall how old I was, but all I wanted Santa to bring me for Christmas was my very own Cabbage Patch Kids doll. I didn’t just want any old Cabbage Patch Kids doll, I specifically wanted the one named Mary.

Needless to say, I received a Cabbage Patch Kids doll for Christmas, but it wasn’t Mary. Nope. My sister received her for Christmas, which only led me to believe that not only was she the family’s favorite child, but Santa’s too! Regardless of initial disappointment, I loved that doll and I still have her. In fact, the condition she is in today is only proof of how much time I spent carrying her with me everywhere.

My Best Friend – Kaylee Hughes

The best Christmas gift I’ve ever received is my dog Finn. He’s a wild man when he wants to be but also gives the best cuddles. I got Finn four years ago and it was perfect timing. We’ve made it through some pretty tough seasons together since then.

He’s been the most consistent companion I’ve ever had, not that he has much of a choice but still, I appreciate it haha. That little doggo has been one of the brightest parts of my life.

The Last Gift on the Tree – Brayden Flack

As a younger boy I remember I had asked Santa one year to bring me a brother for Christmas.

After unwrapping all my gifts on Christmas Day, I was a little disappointed that a little brother had not been a part of my Christmas. But to my surprise, I recall my dad finding a small stocking hanging on the tree with a note tucked inside. I opened the note which then revealed that I would be getting a brother in just a few months.

Although he’s grown up now, he’s still one of the best Christmas gifts I’ve ever received.

Bratz Salon and Spa – Olivia Kennah

I grew up during the rise of the Bratz dolls and let me tell you, I had them all. When they came out with the Bratz Stylin’ Beauty Salon and Spa, I knew I needed it so my favorite toys could get ready and relax in style. I asked Santa for the spa, expressing how badly I needed it for my pals Yasmin, Cloe, Jade, and Sasha. They had a Passion for Fashion, after all.

On Christmas Eve when my family opens the gifts we get for each other, I found that my parents had answered my plea. I still remember the excitement that rushed through me when opening the gift… ah, a simpler time. However, panic quickly replaced the excitement as I worried that Santa wouldn’t get the memo that my parents had already gotten me and my four besties the spa. I quickly wrote him another letter and left it by the cookies and milk, letting him know that I no longer needed the spa. My parents told me the letter wasn’t necessary, but I was adamant.

The pure joy of opening that gift is what makes it the best gift I ever received. And don’t worry, Santa did indeed get the memo. Funny how my parents knew he would.

30X Illuminated Microscope – Lindsay Yerkovich

I was in third grade, I believe, when we had a school assignment that required us to use a handheld microscope to solve a mystery. I think we used it to investigate fibers in a piece of clothing. Anyway, I thought it was the coolest thing ever and I had dreams of becoming a scientist at the time. This was before the days of google searches and screenshots, so I remember writing down every piece of information I could find on the thing down on a strip of paper. I hung it on the refrigerator the minute I got home that day and asked my parents to forward my request to the big guy.

I can’t remember the rest of the description, but I know I memorized it in the days leading up to Christmas that year. (I was an early believer in manifestation and thought if I focused on it and repeated the name enough, then Santa would for sure make it happen.)

The part I still remember to this day is that I would call it a “three-oh-ex” illuminated microscope. I would eventually find out that 30x indicated the magnification and I still laugh about it now.

Apparently, Santa was in-cahoots with Radio Shack in the 90’s because he/they came through for me that year and I got to inspect everything I could find with that three-oh-ex illuminated dream. 🙌

Replica Batmobile from the 1960s television series – Dave Arambel

From 1966 – 1968, ABC aired the Batman television series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin, the Boy Wonder. Back then I would have been too young to see the original series, but it must’ve run in syndication for several years into the 70s. I’m positive I’ve seen every episode at least a half dozen times.

Now Batman and Robin had many gadgets in their arsenal, but none more hi-tech and stylish than the Batmobile. Turbo speed and a convertible top made it easy for the Dynamic Duo to just hop right in over the doors, wasting no time getting after the bad guys (because honestly…how quick was Penguin?).

Well, Mattel Toys had the brilliant idea to create a replica version of that awesome sled complete with Batman and Robin figures that sat in the car. Every kid on the block had to have one, and I’m pretty sure that was the go-to gift for every boy on the block that Christmas.

It wasn’t equipped with turbo speed, and come to think of it, no real gadgets to speak of either. But it looked cool on the shelf in my bedroom.

I wonder if Mom has that stashed in a box somewhere?

To the Batmobile!

Adam West in every single episode of the Batman series