Post # 1
My family and I are doing a Yankee Swap again this year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant_gift_exchange) and I’m trying to think of some good ideas for gifts to buy. Last year Darling Husband & I bought a board game (Apples to Apples) and we’ve also done a popcorn gift set (air popper + popcorn & oil) and a cookie maker which were all huge hits. I know I will find something eventually, but I didn’t know if anyone out there had some really good idea of a neat gift that they’ve received in the past and were excited about. I was thinking about getting an electric wine opener, but it sort of seems kind of like more junk to have in someone’s house and also, see #2 below.
Here are the caveats:
1. It has to be under $25 (however, it could go up to $30 as long as Darling Husband & I don’t spend more than $50 on two gifts).
2. I’m trying to avoid any alcohol related gifts (my Uncle is a recovering alcoholic and my other Uncle’s Girlfriend is a substance abuse counselor, and while neither one of them frown upon social drinking in their prescence, I’d rather not make anyone feel uncomfortable).
Right now I’m thinking about possibly doing another board game (altough it’s a little bit “been there, done that”) or a large jar candle.
Post # 3
How about a Starbucks gift set?
Post # 4
Movie Gift Certificate for two movie tickets and popcorn?
Post # 5
I love the board game idea! I might stay away from the jar candle though because it’s not as much bang for your buck…
What about making a themed basket? Like movie snacks and a classic DVD, or home spa items, or gourmet foods (ie. crackers, cheese, spreads, etc.). I’m sure if you’re creative you can put a nice basket together for $25 – $30.
Post # 6
Last year at the Yankee Swap I brought a novelty gumball machine and it was a huge hit. It was fought over until the bitter end, and my Dad ended up winning it and putting it in his office.I got it at Target.
Post # 7
How about Shoppers Gift Certificate! I know boring but every age group will find it useful! I put some chocolate kisses so it rattles or with a can of pop with it to make it heavy! Anyways great post I’m interested to see what others recommend! ; )
Post # 8
If you do a game, I would suggest electronic catchphrase. My group of friends play it all the time – it’s really easy to get out and play. I got it for $15 on sale. Usually it’s about $25 I think.
It might be a cop-out but I’m sure people would like a gift card (maybe to somewhere unique) or movie tickets with candy or something?
Maybe some flowers in a vase? I don’t ever buy flowers, but they are nice to get as a gift. And a cool vase can be reused.
One-size-fits all slippers or fuzzy socks and a cozy blanket?
ETA – oops, I’m a bit slow and people beat me to some ideas 🙂
Post # 9
Pizza Stone set. I got one a few years ago as a gift and I use it for tons of stuff besides pizzas. I bought one last year for my dad and it was only $20 and came with a pizza cutter.
Post # 10
@Crabbabs: Where did you find the electronic catch phrase! We have it and it is alot of fun! Good idea!
Post # 11
while I haven’t received it, whenever i’ve done it people seem to really like it (and my old roommate still mentions it so I take her word that she loved it). I do a lot of gift baskets that are themed. So, for one friend she and her boyfriend love movies and nights in. So I put in a gift card for Blockbuster (the partner and i are thinking of doing soemthing similar for his bro, but instead a Netflix membership), some popborn packs, a gift certificate for a pizza place, and some sodas. Dependent on money, I put in a nice blanket. For one friend, I added a six pack of his favroite beer (obviously, skipthat). For my aunt and a few other relatives, as well as my co-worker I like, I bottled some tomato sauce I made, some fancy pasta (not made by me, but purchased at the market), I split up parmesan in little jars that looked pretty from Pier One, olive oil in similar fancy bottle, a bottle of wine (obv. skip), and some candles. For a friend who had a housewarming, Idid that, but added a pot and some wooden spoons.
We played Scattegories on Thanksgiving (but it was teh travel version) so I got that for my partner this year since he seemed to love it and (GRUMBLE) kicked my butt.
Last year my mom got me a neat desk organizer (at TJ Maxx soit wasn’t too pricey), a cute notepad, a few Post Its pads, pens, and fun colored binder clips and paper clips. I love having an organized desk (okay I know that’s weird).
Post # 12
It was at Target, day after Thanksgiving (yes, I’m crazy). Here it is online. $24.29
A bar we go to has tons of board games. We played catchphrase one night and we had so much fun.
Post # 13
@tksjewelry: Yeah, the pizza stone!! I’d never had one and my partner has one. We don’t make pizza a ton, but it is so nice! He’s had his for several years and the color has changed but it’s in great shape.
Post # 14
attack of the double post
Post # 15
a waffle maker, flavored syrups, real maple syrup.
pasta, colander, homemade sauce, grated cheese, kitchen towels, wooden spoons
homemade christmas ornaments, faux cranberry & popcorn garland, and a filled homemade stocking
an awesome floral wreath in my living room colors
a picnic basket for two filled with some amazing homemade goodies
nerf guns for the family to start our own war
a complete magazine quality tablescape
Oh and my favorite one housecleaning session (used day after Christmas to clean up all the mess)