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Old 12-16-2011, 05:31 PM   #11
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My mother always had a couple of gifts wrapped and placed under the tree for those unexpected folks or orphans of the storm. I continue to do the same. A bottle of booze, cologne, candy, a couple of extra money envelopes etc...

Also more than once she pulled one of us aside and whispered that one of our gifts was going to be used for this purpose. Now that I think of it she very rarely used one of hers.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:43 PM   #12
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i only buy gifts for my family. i do bake for the people that make my life easier through out the year. delivery people mostly. i don't expect gifts from them in return.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:54 PM   #13
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I never feel snubbed when I give a gift and it's not reciprocated. I enjoy the giftee's appreciation. I don't expect anything else in return. And when I get an unexpected gift, I thank the giver and tell them how much it was appreciated.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:22 PM   #14
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I used to feel guilty in a way long ago but not any more. I just give them a big smile and a thank you and move on. One less element which can add to the holiday stress. I like the simple life.
Me, too!
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:48 PM   #15
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I quit the holiday gift buying, years ago. When I see something in a store during the year that reminds me of someone, and I think "He/She would love that!, I buy it, gift wrap it and give it to them right then, with a card that says "Thinking of you!". That keeps me out of the obligatory gift process that is so commercialized today.
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I quit the holiday gift buying, years ago. When I see something in a store during the year that reminds me of someone, and I think "He/She would love that!, I buy it, gift wrap it and give it to them right then, with a card that says "Thinking of you!". That keeps me out of the obligatory gift process that is so commercialized today.
Well put, good idea.
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:26 PM   #17
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Well put, good idea.
Thanks! My friends and family love it. They always call me and thank me profusly for the unexpected gift.

I think it means a LOT more when it's out-of-season and totally unexpected. They know that you truly ARE thinking of them and its not just another Gotta-buy-them-a-gift obligation.
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