Yes, thinking about Christmas already. Sorry.
October 16, 2013 6:30 AM Subscribe
My brother and I would like to give my parents a large chunk of cash this Christmas with the intent that they use it to travel. How do we do this most effectively?
posted by anonymous to grab bag (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My mom is always whinging about how she'd like to be able to travel, and she and my dad always cite "it's so expensive!" as the reason why not. My parents aren't hard up for cash--they're comfortable. I think mostly it's just inertia and laziness coupled with the idea that a "vacation" is a "luxury" and therefore not worth spending money on. My brother and I have both had a really good year and both the parents just hit milestone birthdays (that passed without any fanfare) and we think this is a good time to give them a BIG GIFT. We can't just buy them tickets someplace, since neither of them are too keen on flying and I'm sure my mom would want to do months and months (and months) of planning.
So my question(s) is this:
What is the best way to give them money and actually make them use it for travel?
-I know if I give them a check they'll just let it sit and molder without ever cashing it.
-Giving them just cash seems...I don't know, weird? I'm trying to think of creative ways to present it to them, like origami folded bills in the shapes of boats and planes and such.
-Short of threatening them at knifepoint until they go to the airport, how can I best encourage them to actually make a plan? What helping hands should I give them, materials-wise? I'm not really a traveler, so I don't know what would be useful here.
I know that the real answer here is that we can't make them do anything--I'm really looking for tips to give them a not-so-gentle nudge. They never, ever spent any money on just themselves while we were kids, and we really want them to be able to go and do something totally frivolous and fun, finally, for the first time in nearly 30 years.