Post # 1
I’m going to an aquaintance’s 40th b’day party (it’s a female). I don’t know this person very well – and I barely know likes/dislikes. I also don’t have a lot of money to spend! Ideally, I’d like to keep the gift to no more than $20. I’d rather not go the gift card route or the bottle of wine route… I thought about a nice candle, but that may just get thrown out. Does anyone have any gift ideas for me?!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
@KCKnd2: That’s a great idea! I like to give gifts I’d want to receive, and I’d definitely want to receive that! 🙂
@LadyBlackheart: I thought about going the card route, but I’m from the camp that believes you should take a gift with you, when attending a celebratory party…. it’s a personal curse to my bank account.
@icetea: I know and I may fall back on that… I just feel wine is so generic in this circumstance… I wanted to get a little more creative than the standard “here’s your bottle of wine, thanks for the party invite”.
Post # 8
@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
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
@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.
Post # 11
I would just bring a card with a note!