shopping is hard to do

we spent hours today looking for great gifts for friends of someone whom we’re staying with soon. man. it’s so hard to buy for people we don’t really know.

  • we want the gifts to mean something
  • we don’t want to get a gift that people get and go “what in the world were they thinking”?
  • we don’t want to get a gift that is once-use, then chuck-out
  • to certain cultures, a red money-envelope is a no-no
  • apparently store gift cards are thoughtless gifts…


books are easy, but what do people like reading? can you *really* pick it?

what inspires them? what would they like to learn?

do we *really* know?

wouldn’t it just be easier asking our friends and family what they’d prefer for a gift? instead of surprise gifts that we don’t really treasure?

what do you guys think?

27 February 2007



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    25 February 2007

    I agree with everything you say. It’s such a difficult decision. It is so meaningful to get a well-thought out gift, especially a home-made one (why not make a cake or something?) It’s such a crapshoot to figure out what gets regifted and what stays!

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    25 February 2007

    hey casapinka, i always wanted to get something homemade for these loving friends of my relative but we’re not at “my home” and so i have none of my supplies!! i scoured etsy even for soemthing special but i don’t know their interests and tastes! lol

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    25 February 2007

    hmm… didn’t i suggest maple syrup. that’s absolutely the best gift! Hope you didn’t get any handcrafted stuff because here it’s handcraft land.addie

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    26 February 2007

    yeah but andrew thought should get something better than maple syrup hehehe. believe me, i wanted to get the good stuff too, but it wasn’t good enough gifts!! we did manage to get nice stuff :)ok, good point about that handicraft stuff haahahaha

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    26 February 2007

    it’s really the thought that counts. just maple syrup good, good, quality for both Audrey and I would do just fine. Begging…Addie


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