The Ideal Gift

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    Nov 26, 2007 12:41 PM GMT
    OK, Christmas is approaching wildly fast, and I, in a scary change from most years, find myself poor. I need brilliant, thoughtful gifts, but I don't have time to shop around and find them. Has anyone bought anything wildly thoughtful and endearing that I can copy? Shameless, I know, but there it is
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 26, 2007 12:52 PM GMT
    Well you are asking the question many should probably ask, whether they have a lack of money or not. The problem is, your question is a little ambigious. Who are you buying for? How much do you have to spend? What flexiblity do you have in shopping? Is the internet an option? Are you willing to put some personal effort in making it?

    My suggestion is that you buy something that would mean something to the recipient. My bf's mother buys me a Christmas KU (University of Kansas) ornament as a birthday gift each year and probably not incredibly expensive (but I really love em). The effort you make
    in personalizing your gift will make all the difference to the person who receives it.
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    Nov 26, 2007 12:54 PM GMT
    I want something that says I put thought into it without having to put too much thought into it. I have about 80 people to buy for, and a budget of about $20-30 a head. It's something of a drag.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 26, 2007 1:02 PM GMT
    You have to buy for 80 people????? OMG! How do you keep it all straight?? I think almost anyone on here would want to keep expenditures to $20.00.. thats still an expenditure of $1,600.00!

    Buy Hallmark ornaments...LOL
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    Nov 26, 2007 1:28 PM GMT
    Do any of the eighty people have hobbies, like collecting things? That could be a place to focus.

    For example, I collect boxes: all shapes, sizes, textures, price ranges, etc. Twenty bucks thoughtfully spent could buy a great item for one's collection.

    Good luck.
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    Nov 26, 2007 1:51 PM GMT
    You can see why it's tricky. I have a huge family (Irish, don't you know) and also a heap of friends and things that have somehow managed to get to the gift-getting stage. Normally, I'm a little less strapped for cash, so I buy everyone nice things with no thought (Wine, chocolates, that sort of thing) but this year, I'm just as time poor as awlays, but a lot less cash rich. It's very bothersome. The hobby idea isn't bad. I'm also giving some of my paintings to people.
  • Laurence

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    Nov 26, 2007 1:57 PM GMT
    Colm. Why not source some nice little picture frames. You can get some great ones from Paperchase and then put a nice picture of you and the persoreceiving the gift in it. It'll take some time to source the pictures from your achives, but it's a very personal gift.

    Lozx
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    Nov 26, 2007 2:19 PM GMT
    Hmmm... not bad, Lawrence. A little saccharine for my family, but it would work for some of the friends
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    Nov 26, 2007 2:28 PM GMT
    80 $20 gift vouchers
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    Nov 26, 2007 2:28 PM GMT
    Coal is very inexpensive these days..... have any of them been *rather* bad this year? :-)
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    Nov 26, 2007 2:29 PM GMT
    ::shrugs:: My best friend has two kids with CF. So i ordered a statue of St. Bernadette from Italy to give to them for the holiday. They are Catholic and she is the patron of healing. Couldn't afford to purchase them a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 26, 2007 2:54 PM GMT
    Gift vouchers probably aren't a good idea because the exact cash value is too obvious. Religious iconography might work, and the coal plan is good too, though I do worry about the message fossil fuels would send
  • jc_online

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    Nov 26, 2007 8:35 PM GMT
    One year I painted 99 cent flower pots that I got at the Dollar Tree and gave them as presents. Nothing says love like a living plant in a personally decorated pot.

    Another year I baked and baked and baked and baked and gave Christmas cookies to everyone. It was inexpensive, and I love baking cookies, but rarely eat them anymore. I packed tham in tins I got at the thrift stores in town.

    You could consider trimming your gift list down - everyone's doing it! I only give 5 gifts now for the winter solstice , and I don't spend more than $100 total. Less is the new more. Just say NO to the Cashmas season!
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    Nov 26, 2007 9:09 PM GMT
    I too have to give a large number of gifts every year - to my employees.

    What I generally do is divide them into catagories...

    Secrataries, Techs, Professionals, Managers, Sr. Officers etc.

    Then I select a single present for each GROUP...

    Secretaries might receive a gift basket of a special coffee mug, some biscotti, and a couple lbs of gourmet coffee for example.

    Techs might receive a big gift basket of Mrs Fields Cookies.

    Professionals might get a gift box of 3 bottles of a good wine.

    etc.

    That way I only have to select about a half dozen different gifts to give to hundreds of people.

    My Attorney, Accountant, and Sr Officers do get something personal; but there is no way I have the time to buy individual presents for everyone.

    For my personal staff I give them B class round trip tickets home for 10 days, or the cash equivalent on a Visa card.

    The other benefit of this approach is DISCOUNTS. IF you contact a vendor and tell them you want 20 to 50 of a single item, the price can generally be discounted big time - frequently 30-50%.

    This approach also avoids charges of favoritism or squabling about who got what.

    Try deviding your list... Aunts, Uncles, Children under 10, Teenagers, etc...

    Makes it a lot simpler.

    R

  • Aznraven84

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    Nov 26, 2007 9:39 PM GMT
    Well if you read this today, there is this thing called "Black Monday," where you order items online for discounted prices. You could scroll around big stores online today to pick up some things for certin people. Try to go for kids first, they are kind of hard to please.lol
    For the rest... just pick up presents along the way to stores for the rest of the month. When you don't have enough gifts, paint the rest.

    But yeah... If you find yourself in a rut of too many people to shop for, go with the idea of shopping at a wholesale place where you could get a discount for one particular item already stated.

    Also, if you are a crafty person as you are artisy, why don't you build your gifts for the adults?
    Create a box of five equal sides, the sixth one, make it smaller to fit it diagonally inside from the inner lining of one side to the other. On that diagonal slab, post a small poem on it. Then decorate/paint the outside of the five sided cube.
    ___________________________________
    |
    |
    |
    | <--Insert slap and poem
    | (Paste poem on slab
    | with some type of
    | stylish border)
    |
    |
    |___________________________________
    *edit note: I cant get the back slashes to show but from the top left to the bottom right of the box should be a slab of wood.*

    It helps a lot if you have a embordering kit to carve out the wood.
    I did something similar of a carved embordering of his and my name type-of-deal on a cork basket as a random gift for my boyfriend at the time.
    Hope it helped on a tight budget lol.
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    Nov 27, 2007 12:12 AM GMT
    Give a friend or relative a personal gift card from you for:


    1) you'll come to their house and cook and serve them dinner
    2) you'll clean their house
    3) you'll do their laundry
    4) you'll do their grocery shopping
    5) whatever you can offer


    It always gets a smirk, but when the time comes, it's always really appreciated.
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    Dec 05, 2007 11:03 AM GMT
    yes, you're probably right about the gift vouchers. how about shares in northern rock, they're quite cheap at the moment?
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    Dec 05, 2007 11:11 AM GMT
    One year I was extremely cash poor, but had a lot of left over Pine Lumber from a construction job I had done.

    I drew scenes on several of the boards to look like wilderness lakes with pine trees etc. Then I drilled a hole, and used a jig saw to cut out the scenes in the middle of the boards.

    I sanded the edges all down, stained them.

    Then went to a Glass Co and bought mirrors to back the boards.

    Turned the into beautiful wall hangings some of my relatives still admire.

    Be crafty - be creative.