What gift to give a friend after they had a home disaster?

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    Mar 01, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    I have a friend who recently had water damage to his condo. It's been a stressful month for him so I'd like to get him something now that his place will be fixed this weekend and he can move back in.


    What are some good gift ideas?
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    Mar 01, 2014 7:55 PM GMT
    Get him whatever items were damaged.
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    Mar 01, 2014 11:37 PM GMT
    a rain coat
  • thadjock

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    Mar 01, 2014 11:40 PM GMT
    i got this for xmas, and it's been a welcome addition to my house:

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    Mar 01, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    Home Despot gift card.



    Or a spatula.
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    Mar 01, 2014 11:54 PM GMT
    I suffered a similar fate a few years ago. My ceilings collapsed to due to negligent roofers that did not tarp my house during a thunderstorm. Pricks did not accept liability for the damage.

    Give your friend a gift card for a hardware store. Trust me he'll need it.
  • Amelorn

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    Mar 02, 2014 12:05 AM GMT
    Alcohol.
  • real_diver2

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    Mar 02, 2014 12:25 AM GMT
    I vote with YourName above. Something like a nice dinner out or a massage or something relaxing...get your mind off of it type of stuff.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Mar 02, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    Your support and homo depot then all good
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    Mar 02, 2014 1:33 AM GMT
    I also vote on emotional support as the primary thing. Even being there listen to him vent can be therapeutic to him. Material items can be replaced over time.

    Everyone gave good ideas. If you have to get him some sort of tangible gift, consider a gift card/certificate at a store that he would actually use for the home. The night out/meal idea is also good so he gets a mental break.

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    Mar 02, 2014 1:58 AM GMT
    YourName2000 saidYou haven't said what your budget is, so hard to think of anything concrete.

    If it was me, I think I'd be waffling between wondering how I was going to replace all the bullshitty things that might have gotten damaged that can nickel-and-dime you to death, and just wanting to get the hell away from the chaos for a bit.

    So, I favor the Gift Certificate, too: either to a useful place like Home Depot, Ace, etc, or something more "get away" like a GC for a restaurant, movie, or even a spa...something to distract him from what's going on for a bit, so he can come back and face it 'fresh' with 'new eyes'.


    "so hard to think of anything concrete."

    well i don't think concrete is a good idea… icon_rolleyes.gif

    HAHAHAHAAH
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    Mar 02, 2014 2:09 AM GMT
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  • Montague

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    Mar 02, 2014 2:39 AM GMT
    A gift card, like a visa or master card, not one specific to a certain store! because most of the time home depot or etc. won't be the best place to shop for repair items.
  • mybud

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    Mar 02, 2014 2:52 AM GMT
    Make up a basket or pale filled with cleaning supplies and sponges..Put a ribbon on the handle...DONE.
  • Kalifornicati...

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    Mar 02, 2014 7:52 AM GMT
    mybud saidMake up a basket or pale filled with cleaning supplies and sponges..Put a ribbon on the handle...DONE.


    You're horrible!

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    Mar 02, 2014 8:22 AM GMT
    If you own a property with a seemingly endless supply of water, you should have one of these installed:

    http://www.watercop.com/

    This is small electric motor with a radio receiver, mounted on a 1" dia valve that gets installed near the pressure regulator/water shutoff by the water heater...

    You have these wireless transmitters about the size of a deck of cards connected to a sensor. Powered by a pair of AAA batteries.

    When water is detected, they beep (helps you figure out which one tripped or is about to have dead batteries) and about a second later, the water supply is shut off for the entire house.


    It would have saved my only flood disaster if I hadn't tried replacing the faucets myself in a bathroom I never use, so I didn't put one of the wireless leak detector/radio transmitters in that bathroom.

    That was so much fun, seeing water cascading through the floor down to the garage below.

    Never again.
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    Mar 02, 2014 8:31 AM GMT
    An umbrella-ella-ella-e
  • thadjock

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    Mar 02, 2014 5:01 PM GMT
    Youngin06 saidI have a friend who recently had water damage to his condo.

    What are some good gift ideas?


    maybe a bigger tarp

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    watersports are fun but they can really ruin the hardwood floors.