Christmas certainly involves receiving presents, but it's always important to remember the joy of giving, too. In many cases, it really is better to give than receive, and that's something that Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy found out first-hand some years ago. Asked to name the best Christmas gift he ever gave someone, Travie instead recalled the experience of giving a birthday gift to someone very special: his dad.
"When we first started making a little bit of money, you know, as the band kinda progressed, I remember going to visit my father and it was his birthday," Travie tells ABC News Radio. "[I] said, 'Happy birthday,' gave him a card or whatever, and as I was leaving I left ten grand on the table and I didn't say anything to him."
Travie remembers that after his dad found the money, "he gave me a call, like, crying -- it was the first time I ever heard my dad cry, and it was the most intense thing ever. So, that's one that I'll never forget."
Explaining why that particular gift was so special, Travie tells ABC News Radio, "My dad's a hard-working guy. Like, he wakes up at four, four a.m. every morning, goes jogging and then leaves for work at five. So to be able to do something like that for my dad, it just left like, this glowing orb in my stomach. It made me feel really good for a little while." Travie says he'll likely spend Christmas with his dad this year, since he spent Thanksgiving with his mom.
As far as Christmas gifts go, Travie says he's usually a last-minute shopper, running around trying to find gifts on Christmas Eve, but he says he'll try to avoid that this year so he doesn't have to deal with the stress. Always on his gift list, though, are his two dogs , Stitch and Scrump, who he calls "the most spoiled little animals in New York City." "They got clothes, they got costumes for Halloween....those dogs are maybe a little too spoiled," he laughs.
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