Parents, man. Whatever they do, they traumatize you.
That’s just something we like to say in hard times. But parenting is obviously a job best characterized by improvisation, one constantly learned and never really mastered. Around the holidays, it’s natural for parents to feel wracked by self-doubt.
In honor of the people doing their best to make functional adults, Minute Maid has launched “The Holiday Store with Nothing to Sell.” At this paradoxical little pop-up, crammed with sparkly snowflakes and light-drenched Christmas trees, kids walk in and write letters to their parents while sipping on orange juice. (Hemingway would cringe.)
The letters are boxed up and wrapped in pale green paper. In the video below, watch five kids reflect on their letters, and the parents’ reactions upon opening the gifts.
“She’s gonna probably have a confused kinda look,” one daughter predicts. “She’s gonna think it’s maybe, like, a ring, or a bracelet…?”
But no, it will be none of those things!
Brand: Minute Maid/The Coca-Cola Company
Created by agency Doner, the execution is part of Minute Maid’s #doingood campaign, developed to help parents combat their internal struggles while trying to balance work, life and progeny. “Sometimes the best gifts can’t be bought,” the video suggests, and incites others to tell their parents they’re #doingood, too.
It ends with the campaign tagline, “Put good in. Get good out”—something that works as well for juice as it does for the holiday season, when everyone feels pressure to highlight the value of another person … usually by spending money.
While it isn’t clear whether this’ll sell more Minute Maid, it doesn’t hurt to remind us that the best gifts we can give are the sometimes-muted truths about how we feel.
Because how often do we do that?