Need a generic, inexpensive b'day present idea!

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
3677 posts
Sugar bee

Is there a Penzey’s Spices near you? I like to get their mini-gift boxes and fill them with spices/seasonings. For ~$20 you can get a box that holds 4 little jars or 2 bigger jars of whatever you pick out. You could go with some really basic things like cinnamon, garlic powder, etc., if you don’t know her well enough to know whether she cooks much. They also have great salad dressing mixes, grill rubs, etc.

Post # 4
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

If she’s an acquaintance, then why are you bothering to spend money on her?


I only spend money on my good friends and family. But then I’m a bit of a cheapskate lol. 


ETA: Since she’s an acquaintance, I would just get her a birthday card and write a nice message inside. 

Post # 5
3303 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Personally I don’t think you can go wrong with a bottle of wine…maybe a wine and cheese basket or wine and cupcakes or something.

Post # 6
1787 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Everyone loves lottery tickets!  For bday parties or mailings of friends, I normally get a card and put a few lottery tickets in it.  You can choose your amount from just a few $1 scratch offs to $3 or $5 dollar crosswords to $20 ones.  They’ve alwasy been a hit!  

Post # 8
2189 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

@oracle:  I always go to the grocery store and get potted orchids, they are like 8 dollars, look pretty, and are always a hit. And maybe some chocolates.


Post # 9
59 posts
Worker bee

You could make a gift basket with all the items needed for a pedicure – nail polish, a scrub brush, exfoliating scrub, lotion, etc

Post # 10
3677 posts
Sugar bee

@oracle:  Just beware … Penzey’s is like Candyland, it is very easy to spend a lot of money (on yourself!) when you go in there! Or it is for me, at least. Seriously dangerous. Tongue Out

Post # 11
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would just bring a card with a note!

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