LondonCommerceFilter: Business trip to London (from US) coming up, and I've got a free initial jetlag day that I'd like to spend shopping-- preferably for cool, unique, not-too-expensive, suitable-for-gifting items I'd be unlikely to find in the US. I'm specially interested in women's accessories (scarves, jewelry); toys and games; (travel-friendly) foods; tchotchkes; and used/antique books. Any must-visit shops? [more inside]
As the holidays approach I'm again on the search for unused money in 20s, 10s, 5s, and 1s for gifts. I've been lucky over the years by finding the bank tellers that have ordered unused bills but there has to be a better more systematic way than going from bank to bank. Any suggestions? Thanks
Would it be acceptable if we ask people to deposit money into an account for our son's education instead of giving gifts? [more inside]
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One of the people at my job had to quit due to a heart attack. I volunteered to buy a gift on behalf of the office, but I have no idea what to get. What should I get for someone who is sick and probably in a dire financial situation? [more inside]
Is there a site where I can mass-order small restaurant gift cards, preferably with some financial advantage? [more inside]
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]
How do I give gifts to two friends in dire financial straits, so that they won't be offended? [more inside]
What date acquired and cost basis should I put for two items reported on a 1099-B, when there are several unknowns? [more inside]
Help! I just received an unexpected and unsolicited check for several thousand dollars from the sister of my best friend who died several years ago. What should I do? [more inside]
What are some creative ways to give rolled coins as a gift? [more inside]
How much do you spend on Christmas presents for your significant other / spouse (don't worry, you can give me a percentage!) [more inside]
How can I appropriately go the extra mile to show my literary agent (and his assistant) how much I appreciate their hard work? [more inside]
A friend just gave me $100 for Christmas with the express instructions that I wasn't allowed to spend it on anything that I needed, only fun stuff. What would you buy?
What would you do if $730 (US) fell into your lap unexpectedly? I want to surprise my wife with something really cool and unexpected, but my creativity is on its annual holiday vacation.