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Posted 12/4/2009 by mkatiej in NSBR Board
 

mkatiej
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Posted: 12/4/2009 10:49:26 AM
My siblings and in-laws are doing the dice game for Christmas this year. Price limit is around $25-30. All of us are in our 30's-40's. I'm thinking a blanket, some kitchen stuff...things like that. Anybody have some specific ideas???


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Posted: 12/4/2009 10:59:13 AM
I think everyone loves gift cards. You can make the gift card more personal by packaging them in a cute way-for example put a starbucks gift card in a cute snowman coffee mug or put a blockbuster gift card in a popcorn bucket, together with theatre candy and a coke.


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Posted: 12/4/2009 11:03:49 AM
Harry and David relishes, jams, jellies,
Coffee, mugs or a travel thermos, chocolate
gift cards to pretty much anyplace



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Posted: 12/4/2009 11:19:31 AM
Yeah, I was considering buying some good coffee, since we're all coffee drinkers. I'd have to package it good to keep the scent from giving it away though.

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Posted: 12/4/2009 11:40:37 AM
My family does the same type of exchange. For one of the gifts, I bought a set of those plastic popcorn holder things that look like what you'd get in an old-fashioned movie theatre? They were packaged with popcorn and candy. I'm going to get a DVD to put with them.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do for the second gift, though.

I loathe the idea of doing gift cards for this type of thing. Why not just hand out cash? Or, let everyone keep their cash and skip the exchange all together? What's the point, you know? If there isn't anything fun to open/play with?

ETA: My uncle's family also does this type of exchange. However, every year there is a mannequin that is passed around! She lives with whomever gets her for the entire year - and is dressed up for the seasons, etc. She's fun You could always institute this type of thing!




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Posted: 12/4/2009 11:43:04 AM
Really nice personal care products that they might not splurge on for themselves? Like something from Kiehls, or L'Occitane?

Or if you go the kitchen route, really nice olive oil or balsamic vinegar? William Sonoma has great gifts like that.

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Posted: 12/4/2009 11:51:06 AM
This year our limit is 20.00, so I am doing a "snuggie" for the "woman" gift and a 20.00 car wash gift card for the "man" gift.

Around here, you have to blow out sprinklers and left out hoses freeze, so the car wash card is actually a well received gift.


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Posted: 12/4/2009 11:56:06 AM
Mid-range headphones

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Posted: 12/4/2009 12:02:36 PM
At my DH's family's gift exchange board games, DVD/CD combo (1 of each), and alchohol seem to go over well. Things I hate receiving are MORE bath and body products!

This year I'm planning on giving a board game and electronic handheld game together (same gift) for our first gift.

The other gift I *think* I'm giving a Christmasey rag quilt I made, a Christmas photo frame and a candle(all for the same gift)...I think...




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Posted: 12/4/2009 12:06:32 PM
I usually give some infused olive oils, gourmet sauces or good balsamic vinegars. This year I have one or two to do, and I made sets of gourmet sea salts and peppercorns.

I always like getting those as gifts and figure everyone has to eat. I'm horribly cheap and never buy them for myself.

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Posted: 12/4/2009 3:34:56 PM
Oh I am loving the olive oil idea. I hate spending $15 on the nice olive oil, so that would be a great idea. Am also liking that popcorn/movie idea too. Thanks everyone!

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Posted: 12/6/2009 9:50:49 AM
Bathy and Body works makes these great pump hand soaps with names like stress relief, energy, etc.. They are cute and would be great with 2-3 in a gift basket with a nice handtowel and ornament


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Posted: 12/6/2009 10:09:06 AM

I loathe the idea of doing gift cards for this type of thing. Why not just hand out cash? Or, let everyone keep their cash and skip the exchange all together? What's the point, you know? If there isn't anything fun to open/play with?


I completely agree with that.

My family does this and some of the really good gifts were handmade. My two sisters made knitted afghans and my brother made an awesome footstool. Those were the gifts that everyone wanted.

Other good gifts were a bucket with car washing supplies, a "bucket o' booze" (that the young adults were nuts over) which contained a bunch of single serving liquors, a tower of family games and a gift of emergency type items like a first aid kit, a smoke detector and a fire extinguisher.


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Posted: 12/6/2009 10:11:43 AM
I like the movie idea. YOu can even get movie tickets to put in the movie theater candy. I am too cheap to go to the movies but to have tickets paid for I would use. If there are kids include free babysitting.


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