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post #1 of 62 Old 11-19-2019, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Gift Ideas Thread

Not to jump to far ahead, but to give time. And because Black Friday is right after Thanksgiving, many places having them before that.

So a place to ask ideas for that hard to get person, office gift, gag gift etc. Maybe someone has an idea.

This is a new one this year, will see how it works.

Also for ideas for gifts that you have found.
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So one I found. For the Jack Daniels fan-
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post #3 of 62 Old 11-19-2019, 09:21 PM
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Some suggestions.... popcorn, the variety kind(higher end)... or a pasta basket that includes wine.. a bloody mary basket it usually has a few things.
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post #4 of 62 Old 11-20-2019, 01:18 AM
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I have difficulty in buying gifts.
I do have gifts for my nephew and b-l-l, my nieces are another thing! One will be in Australia until the new year so we will have a second Christmas when she returns in January. I usually give them money and my sister, knowing their taste, gets something for me!
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Me and my sibs now give donations to charities, in each other's names.

I like gifts of interesting flavored oils, or spices, or dried fruit stuff.

Some kind of beacon light for anyone that walks or rides at night. A several month subscription to Audible. com, so they can listen to books.

Movie gift cards with two boxes of Cracker Jacks.

paperwhite narcissus bulbs planted and ready to bloom in the kitchen window.
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I'm a minimalist when it comes to gift giving. Sorry, I'm not much help. But yeah, I like gifts like a really nice wine or liqueur for those people who have everything. No point in buying more stuff they won't use, best to give them something they can enjoy.

But this year, I am very interested in finding ways to wrap gifts that do not require using that shiny Xmas paper which cannot be recycled. So much waste... I found some good ideas! My favorite was to use plain brown recycled craft paper with covers from old Xmas cards. These are cute:
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post #7 of 62 Old 11-20-2019, 04:02 PM
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Office swaps where you don't know people well, I figure candy is usually a safe choice. If they won't eat it, they'll surely find someone who can. So are Starbucks or Dunkin (dependent on the audience) giftcards.

I send a lot of cards and/or postcards. Ridiculous, topical, just for fun, for holidays, whatever. I'm always getting postcards when I travel and then scribbling a note, a fact, or a drawing on them and mailing them off. I have a stash. I know when I've been lonely it's been really nice just to receive something (not a bill or junk) in the mail.

I've given my babysitting kids books for their holidays. Stories I've enjoyed, stories that remind me of them. I had a coworker whose bigger-kid-relatives had kindles and he'd give them credit to buy ebooks they wanted.

I gave my riding instructor a horse ornament from Target that I'd repainted to look like her horse. I also gave her socks, but those were because I found The Perfect Socks and they needed to be shared So practical gifts I think are often a solid choice - the little things that might be just slightly too expensive/nicer than usual for someone to buy for themselves

My dad spent most of 40 years giving my mother, every year, a bear Christmas ornament. Eventually some requirements needed to be set up so the tree did not collapse, but she was always a difficult person to buy for and this was the one gift it was basically guaranteed she'd like.
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Gift giving is stressful, in some ways there is so much hype leading up to the holiday, then the letdown of it being over and wondering what to do with all the stuff one doesn't need or want.

I used to spend thousands of $$$ and decorate every inch of the house. I would be in huge debt for 10 months because of all the over spending

My moto now is "Less is more" so I give only one simple gift each.

Gift cards to my manager and the staff on the floor except the other nurses. The nurses do a Dirty Santa each year.

My children get a gift or two and gift cards to their favorite restaurant. Grandbabies still get a few gifts; one big one and couple little things.

All other adults in my life, like friends, siblings and cousins; get a small gift of whatever theme I am in the mood for.

Last year was all handmade gifts (not made by me) like mittens from the local Alpaca farm, hand rubbed wooden bowl from local carvers, etc.

This year I am going for a fun and frivolous theme, so nothing costly but some that may get a good laugh!
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All the extended family gives each other gift cards. It’s a horrible system. I wish we drew a number and focused on one person instead of gifting everyone a $10 gift card that isn’t very useful.

We don’t buy much of anything during the year so we try to make Christmas special for each other and the kids.

My husband Is getting a watch engraved with a meaningful quote for my wedding. I’m also getting him some weights, paraphernalia from his favorite show, a DVD, a belt, and maybe one other small thing.

Every year I get my father-in-law in Ace hardware gift card and a sports shirt. My mother-in-law is getting a cookbook and earrings and the same photograph
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We have cut down a lot on our gift giving. Back in the day it was very these days I just buy for my parents and my 3 nephews. Once in a while b/f & I will exchange gifts but we don't do it every year as we are often saving up for something together (like a trip or a washing machine).

My parents are usually pretty easy to buy for - they enjoy reading and always have books I can get for them. I do stockings for them as well and include lots of toiletries that they would normally buy for themselves (like deoderant, nail polish, toothpaste, toothbrushes). My Dad used to be a mechanic and has also taken up fishing - so lures and tools are good for him.

It's my nephews I have the hardest with. There are 3 of them - oldest being 10 and youngest 4. They have SO many toys and don't usually need any clothes. Two of them do play hockey but by this time of the year they already have all the equipment they need. I was thinking of using @JCnGrace idea of putting money away each holiday for them. And when they are 18 they will get it. I think I will still get them each a book or puzzle or something just so they have something to open from me. These kids play too many video games and I will get anything that promotes them to do anything else!

We used to do a gift exchange at work, but i honestly despise those gift would often be a bottle of wine.
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