What's an appropriate thank you gift for an otherwise discarded but big-ticket item?
July 16, 2011 11:19 AM Subscribe
What's an appropriate action in response to someone giving me their old car?
posted by ayerarcturus to human relations (12 answers total)
I've been living without a car for a while since I live close to work and amenities and have been able to get by with other means. I mentioned being carless to a friend that I see every couple of months who immediately suggested I take her old car (that was in her parent's name) that had been sitting for a year in her driveway. Apparently, her parents were planning on donating it to the National Kidney Foundation but never got around to it. After some hemming and hawing I decided to take her up on her offer and went to work on it. After quite a bit of labor and about a thousand dollars of parts/maintenance items, I have a car again.
Now that that's done with, I'd like to think of an appropriate thank you gesture. I was thinking at the very least a personally written thank you card, but I'd like to include a 25-100 dollar gift with it. Some gourmet item might be tricky, since they're first/second generation Indian immigrants and thus I'm not overly familiar with their tastes. I know her entertainment preferences, but I'm not sure of what DVDs she owns. I have personal vendettas against gift cards (I almost always forget about them and they get lost somehow), but maybe there is some kind of gift card that's not overly tacky? Would flowers be too small? How about a donation to the charity that they were planning on giving the car to? A bottle of wine's not on the table because I'm not sure if her parents drink.
If anyone has comments on those or anything I haven't thought of, let me know.