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I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
11/30/12 4:34 P

I think people have it wrong when they say a gift card says there was no thought put into it. As many places that offer cards and some places that have a wall of cards there is thought still behind it. No one should get insulted over a gift card.

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11/30/12 1:10 P

I just had a look at the Sephora perfume deal....very cool idea! Thanks Cheetara!

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11/30/12 11:45 A

I ended up doing the perfume gift that Cheetara suggested (Thanks again Cheetara!).

I really really hate doing gift cards for people who didn't specifically ask for them. It basically says "Here's a gift card, I put absolutely no thought and effort into your gift" I get gift cards for business associates... not family. For BF's sister, since she specifically said "No lists, as long as the gift is fabulous and from the heart", I didn't think a gift card was at all appropriate.

The only time I do them is when someone specifically asks for them. Like, my brother and his GF just moved into a new house, so he specifically requested gift cards to places like Home Depot or Bed Bath and Beyond or Ikea. I'm going to get a gift card for them, but pair it with something small for their new house.

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
11/30/12 11:33 A

When in doubt do gift cards. I will admit I do not mind getting just a gift card for myself, but I hate just giving a gift card. My daughter and SIL want gift cards to their favorite clothing stores, I got them but I put his inside the picket of a shirt I bought him. Hers will be attached to the dress I bought her. I have several others small item gifts for them as well. A gift goes with all my gift cards. My sister usually gives me and my hubby a 50 dollar gift card to nice but not expensive restaurant and I love that ,we usually only end up having to pay a few dollars and a tip and that is fabulous! We use the cards in summer, a time we enjoy eating out more and staying out of the hot kitchen!

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
11/30/12 7:11 A

My favourite gift is cash!!!! ;)

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11/27/12 10:21 P

I love make up sets from Ulta, but I also enjoy gift certificates for a massage, or if she has a large mall nearby (Like a Simon Mall or Westfield) get her a mall gift card.

If you can find out what salon she frequents, you can get her a gift certificate there so she can get her hair done.

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They have beautiful engraved gifts. You could get her a pretty bracelet and have her first initial engraved on it, or a locket for her kids photos.

Good luck!

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11/27/12 8:23 P

I bought a few season passes at a local park to give out

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11/27/12 3:19 P

Ohhh I like that idea Cheetara! I'll look into it, thanks!

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CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (103,581)
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11/27/12 3:08 P

Usually this time of year Sephora sells a kit with 10 or so perfume samples. But it comes with a $50 Sephora GC to spend on perfume if you like any of the samples. I've given that as a gift before and people really love it. They get to sample all kinds of scents they wouldn't ordinarily buy and then they get to go back and purchase their favorite.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
11/27/12 1:22 P

That's why a Wallyworld gift card may be a good idea. I'm a mom, and I love when people think to do that...That way, if I want to, I can spend my gift on my kids. They're always growing and they ALWAYS need something. She may not be at a place where she trusts anyone besides her mom(if she's available) to watch her kids....Some moms(me) are like that.

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11/27/12 1:17 P

Yup I mentioned she's a single mom.

If I do the spa thing, should we also include a bit of cash to pay for someone to watch her kids? They're not old enough to watch themselves.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/27/12 1:11 P

didn't catch if she was a single mom or not. Maybe a gift certificate to a "lettuce entertain you" restaurant. I do that for my parents every year and they have about 12 restaurants they can choose from.

I also like the spa idea. Mani/pedis are always cool. maybe a facial too.

RICCILYNN Posts: 2,454
11/27/12 12:53 P

Gift certificate to a place for a mani/pedi along with a basket of stuff for her to pamper herself with. Or even a certificate to a spa for a massage would be really nice. Most of the single parents that I know never treat themselves, so something like that might be enjoyed.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
11/27/12 12:25 P

I go lazy with people like that. GIFT CARD! "Buy your own, on me." She can catch after-Christmas sales, too, so, BONUS. Maybe that with a coffee mug with various candies in it, too...via Walmart.

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11/27/12 12:22 P

So I'm in charge of picking out all the Christmas gifts this year, even for BF's family (he's paying for them). One of his sisters gave me lists for her, her husband, and her kids, so that was easy (although my brain hurts after Barbie shopping). His other sister, who has two boys, hasn't and will not be giving me a list. She said "no lists, we're happy with any gifts that are fabulous and from the heart". W T F. I can handle gifts for the boys, but she's stumping me. I don't really know her at all, and BF is not that close with her as she doesn't live nearby. She's in her late 20s, single mom. I thought maybe a nice cashmere sweater, but she lives in a very warm climate. I tried to think of what I'd want, but I basically always want cooking/kitchen stuff as I'm kind of picky about clothes and jewelry. I'm not sure if she really cooks and I've never been to her home to see what her decor style is. Last year he got her a gift card as she had a pair of shoes she wanted to buy.

So, anybody have any good gift ideas? Price isn't really an issue, but maybe keep it under $100.

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