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I like activity gifts. Things that you could all do together or something that he could do with someone. These ideas might not be attractive to him, but some ideas are, concert or play tickets (small local venues are often very affordable)-amusement parks-skating rinks-water parks-girls like spas-a shave a haircut from a real barber with the warm foam and everything...its more personal and unique. Fun too.

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12/14/10 11:20 A

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I like JayJay's idea. Head off to Old Navy and get him a fleece. They're like $10-$15 and every guy I've ever known loves a good 1/4 zip fleece.

The photo frame is a great idea too and you could do that super cheap. Nothing spectacular just a decent frame with a nice picture or a note saying "picture to come" and take a snapshot of them together for it.

I would steer clean of "invitation books" or over done photo albums... in my experience guys tend to appreciate them much less than women do and if he's a young guy having more touchy feely stuff might be even less appreciated.

Gift cards work but feel very impersonal in my opinion. You might as well give him cash rather than pick and choose which store he may or may not like. I personally DISPISE WalMart, some people LOVE it and how would you know if we just met?!

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12/10/10 4:36 P

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Gift cards are the obvious & easy choice, but if he is going to be a part of your daughter’s family how about something more personal. A small photo album depicting important events in your daughter’s life so he can get to know her better. Maybe a CD mix of her favorite music to share.

How about a coupon book with invitations to important events for the next year (things you would like to include him in)?

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Well,in my experience there IS one thing that ALL Jamaican young ones like...Kindbud!!!! LOL Other than that...the baked foods from Jamaica would probably be awesome too.

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Having been married to a Jamaican man for the past 15 years and having his relatives visit us from time to time in New York, I've noticed that they are never dressed quite warm enough for our cold winters!

Aren't you in Canada, where it gets quite cold? If he's only been there for 2 years, believe me he does not quite know how to dress properly for the weather.

The sweater, in my opinion, is an excellent gift. It doesn't have to be "cheesy" and you can pair it with a nice warm wool scarf, gloves and/or hat. Trust me, he will love it and get a lot of use out of it.

The picture/frame thing is nice but I would do a little more than that. That's more like a grab bag gift for someone at the office! He's family and if he's like the Jamaican men in my family, he can cook too and unless you have an authentic Jamaican cook book that lists the proper ingredients, I'd leave that alone for now. The one I swear by is "It's About Thyme" by Mary Rocko.

God bless you and your family for including him in your celebration of the holidays. That's what it's all about!

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11/25/10 5:09 A

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I love some of the ideas...thanks!
I dont wanna do a gift card, I want it to be more personal than that...but love the photo idea!

KAREN- love the baked goods too, that is a great idea, and I bet he doesnt get any of that since he left his mother in Jamaica....perhaps I can even make something he used to get back home....

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11/24/10 3:52 P

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Gift cards sound good, and I love the photo album idea! That sounds lovely.

Homemade treats probably would not go unappreciated, so long as you know his basic allergy/preference information. Very few young men his age make treats for themselves, and those might help give the impression that you're personally spoiling him. At a time like this, he probably could use that.

Do you have any family traditions he might like to take part in, in preparing for Christmas or on Christmas itself? That might be a nice way to keep him busy and let casual conversation flow between all of you.

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11/24/10 10:43 A

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I agree. For right now a gift card may be your best bet.

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You can not go wrong with a Wal Mart gift card either.

I know that last year we got them for Mike's family and they loved them. Before my dad died, I got a gift card for my bday and loved it.

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Maybe movie theater gift cards? I know guys like food and things that blow up so....?

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I think that you could get him a picture frame that says little sister and put her picture in it or even a frame that you can put a picture of both them in if you have any. To let him know that he always have family.

Most guys like music and video games or movies. The hard part there is witch kind. If he is fit he might work out so something along those lines.

I really think a picture of her even if to just put in his wallet being the fact his other sister doesn't know yet.So if he ever feels alone he can look at it and know he has somewhere to go.

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My instinctive gift if I don't know someone that well, is the Visa gift card or if you know they have an IPOD, an itunes gift card.

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Maybe a small photo album with pictures of his sister,your daughter and if you have any photos of his father , make copies and includ them.


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I have had an 'interesting' last few weeks to say the least....and have had someone new come into our lives...little background story.....

My daughters natural father died two weeks ago, I did not really know him well, only meeting him once or twice over the years, but obviously, I took her to the funeral....he was married, and his wife had not told any of her family (or his for that matter) about my daughter. My daughters natural mother and him did not really talk either, and she did not get along with the wife.... Anyway, she has two half siblings on her fathers side, one younger one, whom does not know about her yet, and one older brother, who got to know her a bit at the funeral, and came to our house for dinner this past Sunday. The older brother is from Jamaica and has only been in the country for a couple of years. He is 23, and has no close family here now that his father has passed (and does NOT get along with the wife...she is not the friendliest person from what I have seen and heard)....point being, at this point, we are assuming he is going to be coming to our place for Christmas, and are very willing to welcome him, and obviously feel we should get him a gift or two, but have NO idea what to get him. I thought about it, and thought about it, but just dont know. We really dont know anything about his likes or dislikes. I dont wanna get him a cheesy sweater or something like that, and also dont have a lot of money either, esp with Christmas.....

Any ideas what to buy for a 23 year old man when you have no idea what he likes or not? I want him to feel welcome. I want us to get to know him better, but that is not going to happen before Christmas enough and in time, to be able to buy him something suited to him personally.....any help at all would be great...
Thanks....

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