“What is the gift of nothing? It’s a gift of love and time shared. More than presents, it’s presence. And it’s about creating heartfelt memories while making the gift and in gifting it. It’s a wonderful, fun way to celebrate the true meaning of the holidays, and to bring out the child in all of us. I’m glad Mooch thought of it.”
— Patrick McDonnell
Patrick’s beloved picture book The Gift of Nothing was released in October 2005 and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. In 2014, it was adapted as a musical for the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where it won a Helen Hayes Award. Then in 2016, it was adapted into a board book (great for preschool-age readers) called The Little Gift of Nothing.
The book also inspired The Gift of Nothing Day, a holiday that was first celebrated in December 2017 and is recognized yearly, around the world, on or around December 15.
About the Book
In the story, Mooch the cat attempts to find the perfect holiday gift for his best friend Earl the dog. But what do you get someone who already has everything? Mooch goes shopping, where he looks “up and down every aisle.” He finds many things — “The latest this, the newest that." But ultimately, he presents Earl with the perfect gift, something far more valuable than anything displayed on a store shelf: Nothing. “Nothing,” says Mooch, “... but me and you.”
About the Holiday
How to Celebrate
Decorate a box or gift bag with paint, stickers, or other art supplies. Then, add a from-the-heart gift. It can be a note, a photo, or a coupon to spend time with the gift recipient. You can even blow a kiss into the package or leave it completely “empty.” You can be creative in getting your message across. The goal is to share the gift of yourself with a loved one. We invite you to create your gift on or around December 15 and present it to your loved one on the holiday of your choice (such as Christmas or Hanukkah).
This simple, critically acclaimed story follows Mooch the cat as he seeks the perfect gift for his friend Earl the dog. Ultimately, Mooch presents Earl with something far more special than anything for sale at a store — the gift of nothing. Fetch a copy of the signed hardcover or The Little Gift of Nothing board book (great for preschool-age readers)!
What do you get for someone who has everything? Nothing! (Nothing, that is, except the gift of time and love.) This keepsake box is made with eco-friendly materials and decorated with images from The Gift of Nothing book.