I bought a bunch of soda machines for Christmas gifts this year, you know, the Soda Stream, it’s called. I always liked them and wanted one myself, so I got them for people as gifts with all the works – extra CO2 cylinders and flavors and bottles and stuff.
I also like air fryers and thought they would be a cool thing to have, so last year I bought a bunch of those for people.
Funny thing is, I don’t have either for myself even thought I would like them.
But the other day I was watching tv and someone said that the soda maker is the stupidest gift. They said, why not just go out and buy a bottle of soda if you want one? What’s the point of going through all the trouble of making a glass of soda. And now the whole idea doesn’t seem so great.
On top of that, they are big and heavy and last year the air fryers were big and heavy and both a pain to transport around to give to people. For many years I would deliberately buy small things, you know, nice gifts, but small gifts, that I could easily carry around and hand out. I’m not sure why I got the air fryers last year and the soda machines this year, but they are freaking heavy. And hard to wrap.
But after hearing that they are a stupid gift, I can’t get that out of my head. I’m thinking of returning them. I probably won’t, but I can’t get the idea out of my head that you can easily go and buy a bottle or six pack or liter or whatever, of soda any time you want it, you don’t need to make it.
Point taken. But they did love the air fryers last year, so let’s see how this goes with the Soda Stream.
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I use my air fryer at least once a week, sometimes more! Your gifts are always great, Tommy. Don’t doubt yourself.
Good to hear, but now I ruined the surprise!
I got myself a SodaStream a couple months back. There are still things about it I am working out, and anxiety about exchanging the gas cylinders, but all in all it is such a relief to not always have every shopping trip burdened with the challenge of carrying up a bunch of cans or bottles of seltzer or pop.
I remember when we were kids seltzer bottles made a comeback, a throwback from the 1930s or something – they had small cartridges that went in the handle. Those cartridges ended up all over the house. Luckily none blew up!