Buy something very age and gender specific, perhaps something that a lady your age would like. Demonstrate civil disobedience towards this dumb gift exchange idea.
I was gonna say Snuggie but chewie beat me to it. I think that’s the kind of thing that people will exclaim when they open and threaten to regift, but will secretly open and use at home. You know there’s the Snuggie Sutra now? That would make a really fun/funny gift.
Those Acorn sock-slippers with the leather bottoms work for everybody.
I’m seriously thinking about getting Robbie a big gift card to whatever his yogurt shop du jour is. It’s where a lot of his pocket money goes anyway. Starbucks/Coffee Bean cards . . things people will buy for themselves but can do smarter things with their own money if they’ve got it available otherwise.
If you have a favorite schmancy condiment . . I’ve started to keep a couple extra jars of that Foster’s seven-pepper jelly that I like so much around in case I need a last minute gift. I’ve also bought extras of candles I like, that sort of thing.
Why I don’t know what to say. [8)]
What a perfect list of gifts! [:0]
Shortchef: Interesting idea, but I don’t think I could depend on our postal system.
Greymo: I can’t give Lottery Tickets because they are what I received last year. Wish I could tell you that they supported me for the rest of the year, but alas… not a penny.
Chewingthefat’s list of gifts were also all received last year. I thought the kids would like those Chia Pets! [;)]
Michael Hoffman: [lol] I’d have to travel all the way to Santa Monica for the closest Hooters and parking there is a thing of displeasure. I also wouldn’t want all of the party goers leaving the party depressed wishing it was them (?) who had unwrapped the Hooter’s Girl.
Bill Voss: See’s Candy is ALWAYS the perfect gift. They wrap for Chanukkah? Hannuka? Hanooooka?
I think that the Hooter’s Girl might be a little less money. [:)]
I’m thinking a couple of bottles of hot sauce might work for the guys.
Keep those ideas coming!
see’s candy, of course.
For the 12 year old boy I’d recommend a 23 year old Hooters waitress. For the 85 year old man I’d recommend a 23 year old Hooters waitress. And of course, it’s possible that might be just the gift for a woman, as well.
Twenty bucks might be a little short, though.
Seriously, a Harry and David’s, Pear, gift basket
I don’t know if they are in national distribution, but around here Kraft has marshmallows in flavors of strawberry, caramel swirl, vanilla (miniature snowmen), and gingerbread, any of which might be added to your gift package.
I know the perfect gift……………………..LOTTERY TICKETS
Amazon and others are carrying a minature supermarket shopping cart that is absolutely adorable and would appeal to all ages. Order one and fill it with candy, pens and pencils, whatever, I’m putting homemade chutney in mine. With shipping they come to about $15 so you can afford to fill them. Just Google “miniature shopping cart.” Hope this helps; everybody uses shopping carts.
Our Chanukkah/Christmas combo party is December 11th.
I don’t go by the rules and buy small gifts for everyone. I’ll come to that problem later.
This year they’re doing the dumbest exchange ever! Well one part is great, but the other?
First the problem gift:
We are supposed to purchase and wrap one $20 approximate gift that is gender neutral and age inclusive. This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!
Here is where I need the most help because I have an aversion to gift cards unless I’m sending them out of state. (I hate spending more on postage than I do on the gift)
What can I buy that will make a 13 year old boy as happy as an 85 year old man that a woman or girl would also like? Stupid, I tell you!
The good part is we’re also to bring an unwrapped gift to be donated to unfortunate children.
I’ve usually purchased all of my gifts by this time and I thought I had. Somehow I didn’t buy any “guy” gifts.
I need ideas, folks! Through the years I’ve already given many flashlights, pocket knives, coffee mugs, radios, tools, wine and things like that. Small gifts that are useful.
Any ideas out there? I need them fast!
Thank you in advance!
Now that sounds so good I might have to buy it for myself.
I find hot chocolate comforting.
Those sound good Mar. I was going to suggest Godiva Hot Chocolate. It’s Wintery, most people of all ages, genders and religous backgrounds like it. Toss in some peppermint candy(ies) (not a candycane, but those peppermint things) and you’ll have a $20 gift.
But, I’m a little late to the Ball. I think the universal charger and the popcorn popper are good ideas for your situation.
Here you go:
Mar52 – I spent half a summer the year before looking for those pink flamingoes, when lo and behold, I found them in a Vermont Country Store catalog, and even gave a set to my sister-in-law last year for Christmas. It’s the perfect gift for us baby boomers who remember them, along with the original gazing balls, which I’d love to have as well.
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