“Presents are the best way to show someone you care. It is like this tangible thing that you can point to and say, ‘Hey man, I love you this many dollars worth.'”

From: The Office

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Michael Scott

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from US version of The Office. Based on the BBC comedy, this version of show takes place in the offices of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, featuring a host of wacky characters with their own idiosyncrasies.

This week’s quote comes the episode entitled “Christmas Party.” The entire office holds a Secret Santa gift giving party. Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell) decides to give his Secret Santa a video iPod, which is worth much more than the $20 limit. Michael Scott, in a talking head, explains his decision.

Geek wisdom:  While there is a saying that “it’s the thought that counts” and it does hold true, that also doesn’t mean you should not put any money into your gifts as well. Maybe the gift doesn’t have to be expensive… but it also doesn’t have to be worthless as well.

“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”

From: The Office (US)

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Andy Bernard

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the US version of The Office, which ran from 2005 to 2013. It was adapted from the BBC comedy show of the same name. The Office is essentially a mockumentary that takes place in the Scranton branch of the fictional company called Dunder Mifflin, a paper supply company.

The quote comes from the finale of the show. The entire staff is brought together after the documentary has aired and everyone reminisces about their time working at Dunder Mifflin. One such person, Andy Bernard (played by Ed Helms), has moved on and now works at Cornell University. Even so, he still thinks of his time at “the office” as some of the best years of his life.

Geek wisdom:  We all have good memories of our past. Even though they may have been filled with hardship, we can still remember the good times and feel melancholic about not appreciating those times when we actually are experiencing them at that moment. Always cherish the now.