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Wow, it's beautiful, please can I take it back?

For a sentimental family occasion, my inlaws got me a very sweet present of some expensive jewelry-- after being told very clearly that I don't like expensive jewelry and don't really wear it. How terrible would it be (politically, ethically, relationally) if I were to return the item in question to the store? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2013 - 60 answers

R is for... really cool gift that begins with R?

I need to buy a few small gifts that begin with the letter R for a family gift exchange. My budget is $20, the potential recipients range from an 18 year old college freshman to a 70 year old. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Dec 26, 2012 - 18 answers

Fun for the whole family, Christmas edition.

Gift-filter: What are your best gift ideas for a family of 5 adults? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Nov 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Christmas Wish List Headache

[Xmas gift filter] My mother wants to know what I want for Xmas. I am out of ideas - and there are a few issues regarding shopping & shipping. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Nov 28, 2012 - 25 answers

Size XL, he likes them baggy

I recently travelled 8,000 miles home to visit family and see my sick grandad for possibly the last time. I brought $150s worth of gifts across for them from Montreal, Toronto, Paris, Lorraine, and Iceland. Now my mum is demanding an extra, more expensive gift that I post to my brother because his car broke down after he'd given me a lift to the airport. Reasonable or unreasonable? How would you navigate this? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Oct 9, 2012 - 64 answers

No lumps of coal

Suggestions for non-partisan charities that I can tell my siblings to donate to in lieu of a a Christmas present and advice on telling them I'll be doing the same for their presents? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 27, 2011 - 36 answers

Not Marmite, we already have that

Gift/Souvenir ideas from the UK? [more inside]
posted by midnightbarber on Oct 6, 2011 - 12 answers

What gifts should we bring for our Icelandic hosts?

I'm looking for ideas for gifts to give our Icelandic hosts when I visit (accompanied by 2 friends) this summer. [more inside]
posted by lulu68 on May 1, 2011 - 7 answers

The love of money is the root of all evil.

My father-in-law may have pocketed part of a gift intended for my husband and his brother. But then again, maybe not! How can I navigate this situation with maximum tact and minimal drama? And more concretely, how does one write a thank-you note that gracefully specifies the exact amount of the gift? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Dec 28, 2010 - 42 answers

It's A Girl! And Another! And Another!

Gift-filter: My cousin and his wife just adopted THREE little girls! YAY! [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Jul 22, 2010 - 24 answers

Family gift trainwreck

How do I extricate myself from a family gift trainwreck with the least impact? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2010 - 24 answers

Santa would've brought gifts if given enough warning!

My family decided in November on not buying Christmas gifts this year as we are all adults and have what we need anyway. I get paid once a month and right now am living cheque to cheque. So I spent the money I had saved up on extra credit payments. Now they've changed their minds and all want gifts. I have 25 dollars to last me til the 30th. How do I get through this holiday without being as bitter as I am now? And not feel like a loser for no one having a gift? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese on Dec 12, 2009 - 27 answers

Yay, I got #1. Now what do I want?

Please help me come up with a theme for our family holiday Yankee swap. [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on Nov 1, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I celebrate a Messianic Hanukkah, while my family celebrates Xmas?

How do I celebrate my first Messianic Hanukkah? No one else in my family is Jewish, and they're trying to "make me" celebrate Xmas. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 15, 2008 - 46 answers

Mom loves Christmas, but the whole family can't afford it this year...

My sister and I want to do a gift-free Christmas. What rules should we set? And how do we break the news to our mom? She's big on bargain hunting and spoiling us, so we're sure she's not going to take this well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2008 - 16 answers

How to stay 'connected' with my daughter while away from home?

I'm looking for ideas for things to give my daughter before I go away for 3 weeks. [more inside]
posted by valleys on Feb 11, 2008 - 26 answers

A gift for a new member of the family?

A gift for a new member of the family? [more inside]
posted by drycleanonly on Feb 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me be a cool older cousin and get awesome gifts for a 14 and 15 year old.

Help me find gifts for remarkably un-greedy teenage girls: they are 14 and 15, and absolutely refuse to tell me what they want (I think their mother, my aunt, raised them too well.) [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy on Dec 18, 2007 - 24 answers

Does anyone know the kind of book I'm aiming for?

Are there any books you think a smart, grieving preteen would find comforting or of use? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Dec 17, 2006 - 15 answers

Should I give back a ring that my ex's mom gave me?

Relationship Etiquette Filter: I had forgotten that I still have a gift that an ex's mom gave to me several years ago. It supposedly had sentimental value, and I feel weird about keeping it. Will I offend by trying to return it? Oh boy, there's way [more inside]
posted by wejones on Aug 16, 2006 - 43 answers

Giving the gift of dogma.

Fundy-In-Law-Filter: My husband's sister and her husband are hard-core evangelical fundamentalists. We are liberal Episcopalians. This causes a problem every Christmas. What do you say when you get a gift that was clearly meant to make a point? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Dec 27, 2005 - 84 answers

Parents + NYC + fun = ???

I am looking for suggestions for a gift for my parents in NYC. Something for them to do together like a class or short course (1-5 classes range). Something a little offbeat is fine (although they are in their 60s so not too offbeat...) preferably in Manhattan. I have been thinking cooking but am open for most ideas. [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey on Nov 2, 2005 - 9 answers

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