Post # 1
I’m looking for some ideas for good gifts that aren’t super expensive.
I know a lot of the best gifts are super personal and have some story behind them, but I’d love the inspiration.
Concert tickets? Personalized something? Food/flowers/etc? Something connected to a hobby? Plans for some experience? A shopping trip? A night out? Memoribilia?
Post # 3
I paid for a maid service to clean my parent’s house for Mother’s Day. My mom LOVED it. But that might not be what you’re looking for…haha
Post # 4
I love getting a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine 🙂
Post # 5
A well-written, genuine, from-the-heart thank you note.
On fabulous stationary of course 🙂
Post # 6
My Kindle was the best present I ever got. I’ve gotten other awesome ones, my best friend gave me and our other best friend matching engraved bracelets with a special word we use on them. Things that I wouldn’t buy for myself – massage/spa gift certificates. This sounds cheesy but… I also love giving/getting Christmas ornaments, every year I use them I think about the person who gave it to me and a lot of them have very special meaning to me.
Post # 7
My ex best friend gave me tickets to see Martgaret Cho. The friendship didn’t last but the gift was awesome!
Post # 8
I bought Fiance Daniel Tosh tickets last year for his birthday. He was absolutely ecstatic. He’d been waiting to see him for the longest time (huge fan before Tosh.0).
The best present I received? A gym membership from Fiance this past birthday. He knew it was something I wanted to help lose weight. 🙂
Post # 9
best gift i have given im told is a bracelet i got my best friend(she lives in alaska so pretty far away). its really unique because its got her name and a couple words written on grains of rice. i out things like “fantastic” and “amazing” on one gran and then her name and “i <3 you” and things like that. i got it off of ebay and its really great because i could pick the style of bottle, color of the liquid, color of beads and all sorts of stuff. it wasnt really expensive (less that $20 after shipping) but she tells me all the time about how it makes her happy. she says that when she is feeling sad and lonely she will wear it and it makes her feel loved and not so alone. im also told that everyone she works with thinks its really pretty.
Post # 10
I love making things, since I think time is more than money and if you take the time to make something beautiful, it is always loved.
I re-made my baby book for my mom 2 years ago for Christmas. My old one was just pictures pasted to an old album, so I got a scrapbook and created beautiful pages for her. Since there were a lot of pictures of her, I knew she would like it because she loves to tell me about when she was pregnant (yes, 24 years later, haha). She really loved it.
I also did a book for my dad, which was a spoof off of ‘S*it my dad says”. Each page had a theme, and that theme revolved around things he has said that are legandary in our house. He almost cried laughing.
The best gift Fiance gave me, aside from my e-ring, was a blue topaz necklace for my birthday. He actually looked up the meaning of blue topaz, and one of the things it symbolizes is ‘fidelity’, so it just means he will stay true to me. You could always do that…find something beautiful with a hidden meaning.
Post # 11
A newlywed couple that were friends of mine were very touched by the gift of a pair of champagne flutes that were *not* part of their pattern, so that they would always be specifically just for the couple, privately. They loved it so much they made it their go-to gift for other marrying couples.
I’m always losing gloves, and Fella got me two lovely pair that had clearly been chosen with great care, – as we are long distance it was also a way of holding my hand.
In that sense I have gotten some robes and some shawl-scarf things that have been like long distance hugs.
I got him a reproduction antique astrolabe to bring him home to me
I also gave him Christmas tree ornaments so that we would one day be able to hang them on a tree together.
I was once told that I hit paydirt in giving a woman who was a French professor with a military husband and two boys a super girly Toile de Jouy kind of marie-antoinettish tea cup, so that she could kind of have her portable girly space…..
Post # 12
@Jazziberry: That’s actually really cool. My sister would adore that!
@soyjoy222: My sister and I made my mom a book a few years ago 🙂 She loved it. And I did a book of my grandma’s stories not long ago as well. I agree that the time spent is sometimes what makes it extra special.
Post # 13
I made albums for our parents of our wedding pics for christmas. And my Mom loves Thomas Kinkade stuff, so hubs and I won an oil painting at an auction and gave it to her for Christmas a few years back. She bawled her eyes out, and my mom is not a crier.
Post # 14
My aunt gave us a bear and forebear (be patient and endure) glass bears that are a family tradition, they sit on our sidebar. My mom says she remembered them sitting on her parents mantle and not knowing what they meant until she got married.
I also received a passed-down nativity set from an amazing family friend that was given to her from a very special woman in our community, that one definitely made me cry.
I got my husband a first edition book for an anniversary. he’s enamored!
Post # 15
Another bee in the hive mentioned how her Boyfriend or Best Friend at the time emailed all her friends and asked them to tell him two things they appreciated about her. He then compiled everything they said and presented it to her… I thought it was a very sweet idea.