A clever Scrooge realizes that to simply wrap a personal item or piece of clothing and present it as a holiday gift would be uncouth indeed. But to wrap that same item, metaphorically speaking, in a moving personal story might convert a mere Lands' End polo into a priceless artifact, a touching memento, a sentimental Shroud of Turin.
Who wouldn't be touched by the very gloves that saved Pamela Anderson from frostbite? And only a musical cretin would turn down an Oxford shirt bearing a burn hole from Keith Richards' cigarette.
But be on guard for the Sentimentalist's creativity. Three items that probably aren't truly touching collectibles:
- Jimi Hendrix's cellphone.
- A Faberge egg filled with chocolate.
- Santa's Pilates mat.