Gifting Etiquette?

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Gifting Etiquette?
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Tue, 11-29-2011 - 3:19pm

I was talking to a friend yesterday and she was a bit taken aback about a conversation with her MIL.

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Wed, 11-30-2011 - 6:22pm

Ok yes that's generally what my dh & I buy eachother--something we probably would have bought for ourselves.

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Wed, 11-30-2011 - 10:14pm
I've done some creative things before, like give someone gift certificates (before gift cards) to the movie rental place and give them some fancy popcorn and a big ceramic bowl.

My birthday is in August and my DD #1 was born at the end of October. When I was pregnant, into the third trimester, tired of my clothes, growing out of stuff, DH took me to a restaurant at the mall that we liked, then gave me a gift certificate to the department store. It was great because the money was already spent. If he'd just taken me shopping, I probably would not have gotten that much because I would have felt guilty about spending the money. This way, I spent it all and got several maternity outfits for work.
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Wed, 11-30-2011 - 10:15pm
I've done that for him too, bought him a gift card (large amount) to JC Pennys. He hates shopping because he is short and has to have things altered. At that time, Penny's still did alterations. He could go pick out what he wanted, get it altered, etc and didn't really worry about what he was spending.
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Wed, 11-30-2011 - 10:50pm
Yeah, last year, my sister and her DH were in the middle of a cross-country move. I got them a gift card for gas. lol
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Thu, 12-01-2011 - 7:57am

i think generally speaking, sending money can be tricky.

 

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Thu, 12-01-2011 - 8:10am
one of the gifts i bought my family this year is a large, porcelin popcorn bowl, i found it on clearance a while ago and just saved it in our attic, i'm going to place a box of popcorn in it before wrapping it. my sisters love coffee and last year we were all together so i got each of them a nice mug and placed a package of coffee in each one, it wasn't easy trying to wrap that!

i try to get creative with gift giving too.

 

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Thu, 12-01-2011 - 9:20am
For birthdays, my inlaws send the kids money. When the kids were little, they loved getting "green money". As they've gotten older, they actually count on it for whatever item they are saving for next. They receive the dollar amount of their age. Few things would delight my preschoolers like three, fresh, one dollar bills!

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