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The 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
The Gift of Nothing Day is recognized annually on or around December 15. The exact date is up to you. It’s an occasion to gift someone — a friend, a family member, or a group of classmates or neighbors — the experience of spending quality time together.
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.