Recognized annually on the first Saturday after Christmas, the day is inspired by Patrick McDonnell's bestselling children's book The Gift of Nothing. The book, which features characters from Patrick's beloved MUTTS comic strip, celebrates the true meaning of gift-giving. It's an expression of love.
In the story, Mooch the cat ponders what to give his friend, Earl the dog, for a very special occasion. Finally, he discovers the perfect gift — a box filled with nothing! Nothing, that is, except ...
his time and friendship.
On December 30, use the hashtag #TheGiftOfNothingDay to share your special moments with others around the world!
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Team MUTTS Thanks All Who Participated in the Gift of Nothing Day
December 31, 2017
On December 30, 2017, MUTTS lovers around the world celebrated the first annual Gift of Nothing Day — a holiday inspired by "The Gift of Nothing" book and play.
Ideas for Teachers: How to Celebrate ‘The Gift of Nothing Day’ at School
November 21, 2017
Excited about celebrating The Gift of Nothing Day on Dec. 30? Want to share it with your students? Here's some inspiration to help you get started.
We’re Celebrating ‘The Gift of Nothing Day’ on December 30!
November 05, 2017
On December 30, 2017 (and annually on the first Saturday after Christmas), we're celebrating The Gift of Nothing Day — a day to spend time with loved ones who already have "everything" or want "nothing" for the holidays.
New Book Release: The Little Gift of Nothing
October 06, 2016
Patrick McDonnell has released The Little Gift of Nothing, a board book adaptation of the critically acclaimed children's story The Gift of Nothing.