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I'm having real trouble trying to find a Christmas gift for a good friend of mine, and its really getting me down. Anyone got any ideas, and what do you think is the best gift you have ever given someone?
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Gifts based on quirky things you know about a person can be great. One of my favourite birthday presents was a number of old He-Man figures (all are proudly displayed on top of my monitors), which she knew suited me because of the age I am, and because we'd often joke about crap cartoons we'd grown up with. Her favourite gift from me was a rather goofy coffee mug, and a number of unusual records she'd wanted, again because it was visual proof that I pay attention to her, and what she likes. What's your friend into? What kind of stuff is avalabl to you, and are you willing to make something?

And if you still can't think of anything, consider a themed present, basically pick a theme, and find stuff to suit it (my brother got a lava lamp, CD of psychedelic music, and brownies with catnip baked in), or something reasonably all purpose like a collection of lip glosses or cookies (both of which you can make).

I think this'd be better suited to All About You (where we may already have some similar topics, in which case it'll be closed), and a mod will likely be moving it soon.


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from the Relationship FAQ Anniversaries/Gifts

this year, i'm doing some homemade things (with a little help from 'cause i'm a kitchen klutz). I'm buying decorative tins and packaging up some cookie mix (dry ingredients only). After lunch, I'm gonna go buy some nice organic flour, Scharfenberger chocolate bits and cocao nibs. And i'm enclosing some neatly scripted instructions.

I'm also going to bottle some infused oil and vinegar.

I've only bought one other gift so far and they were some pretty funky-looking champagne flutes.

I was also gonna make some wine and treats baskets for some friends.

The great thing is these things can be had on the cheap. The bottles and jars and tins are on sale at places like Pier 1 Imports, Crate and Barrel, or even Michael's Arts and Crafts. Quality ingredients can be found at fine grocers (i'll be shopping at Trader Joe's and Berkeley Bowl).

One idea I won't be using (but it's still a great idea) is buying a very large bottle with a cork in the top and filling it with candy.

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My boyfriends mom likes to be complimented by having people tell her,"wow your feet smell like roses!" so i bought her a pair of rose scented socks so that they really would.

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Thanx guys! I now have a better idea of what to buy, and I'm going to make some stuff 2. Thank you all for the help, and Happy Christmas!
Also, I love the action figure of Miz. Scarlet. What a fantastic gift!

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Well, how much are you willing to spend on said person?

My personal choice would be to order a $20 grab bag from Archie McPhee's--they take a bag and fill it to the brim with stuff. Look around on their website to get a taste. It's a lot of fun, too.

If you're not in for spending too much, make a special ornament that they can pull out every year. Make a favorite animal or something that represents this person's favorite place or memory.

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What I do is run around Wal-Mart or a similar store, and make up a personalized gift pack. All it takes is a basket, and then you are free to fill it (up to your price limit) - and it can include their favorite chocolate or candy, their favorite cosmetic/pamper product, and an assortment of odd things. It allows you to put a really personal touch on the present, it is something that will actually be used, and it shows that you have been to a lot of effort.

Best of all, if you are a bit of a gumby at wrapping (like moi), all it takes is a bit of cello-wrap! Easy as pie

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