John Marsden Writing Topic #586

Write a letter to someone, thanking them for a bizarre gift**

Dear Mary,

I wanted to write to you to thank you for the unique Christmas gift that you gave me at our get-together last week.

To tell you the truth when I first saw it, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. At first glance it just looked like a random rock in a leather pocket that a tailor seemed to forget to sew onto a jacket. I wasn’t sure what I could possibly use it for. A paperweight maybe? An art piece or decor?

But when I thought about it, I had realised that year after year I am constantly at a loss for an answer to the question that everyone asks me–“what would like/do you want for Christmas?” I always say, “I don’t know” or “you don’t have to get me anything, but if you want to, a gift voucher will do.” I’m appreciative of everyone’s efforts and I try to make it easy on them, however I think everyone is getting bored or giving up on giving me gifts and, in regards to thinking of something, so am I. Sometimes it is nice to actually have a present to unwrap.

No-one else but you would have thought of a stone wrapped in leather, I’m sure over time I’ll think of some use for it and that it will develop character over time, and your suggestions for it as a doorstop as a paperweight or were helpful. So for giving me the joy of having an actual present to unwrap on Christmas day and a unique no-one-else-would-have-thought-of-it gift, I thank you.

I can’t wait to see you again at our Easter get-together…I hope you enjoy the gift voucher I gave you.


Lots of Love.

Sarah xxoo


+My response to this writing topic was inspired by the online reaction to Nordstrom selling a “Medium Leather Wrapped Stone”. My response is a fictional character, Sarah, thanking her friend, Mary, for giving her the stone for Christmas.

A news article on the online reaction to the stone can be found here:

Details on the stone itself can be found here:




The “Medium Leather Wrapped Stone” (Source:



**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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