Holiday gift giving dilemma: I have two half-sisters. One always thanks me for gifts. The other rarely does. How to remain on good terms with both, but not feel like a chump?
posted by anonymous
on Dec 12, 2008 -
My wife and I have been together for 10 years and for the next few, she is giving me a gift that I fear I can never repay. I recently began medical school at the age of 32 and, as you might imagine, just getting to this point required several serious sacrifices on her part. I've just finished my first "block" and have a week of vacation before the next block begins. I'm at home all day while she's working and I want to spend my time showing her how much I love her, how much I appreciate her sacrifices, and how I realize that I couldn't do this without her.
I'm doing the normal things like making nice dinners, cleaning the house, and tackling honey-do items. But what else can I do? I'm looking to the hive to help me be creative. [more inside]
posted by stuboo
on Sep 29, 2008 -
I massively screwed up a finalist interview today. I got really nervous and just ... well ... babbled. In the interview before this one, the hiring manager (we'll call her Liz) had basically told me that I was the leading candidate for the job (which I really wanted) but that she needed me to meet with the area heads before she could make an offer. She even offered some advice on the best approach to take with this group. When I got in the room I just became tongue tied and talked all around the first question without ever really answering it, and things went downhill from there. Now I need to write Liz a Thank You note, and every draft I write is taking on a sort of apologetic tone. ("I'm sure everyone could tell how nervous I was....") In such a situation, what's the right thing to say or do now?
posted by anastasiav
on Sep 25, 2008 -
I totally botched a job interview today. I really want the job, and am just starting to write a follow-up / thank-you e-mail. Help me do it well! [more inside]
posted by fogster
on Aug 27, 2008 -
I'd never put only "question" here. I don't call my dog "Dog" or write out a check "for money
Dollars". When I call 911 and request a firetruck, they don't call me back and speak the words "a firetruck" and hang up. Why is it normal to congratulate someone by saying "congratulations"? [more inside]
posted by cmiller
on May 4, 2008 -
Do you suppose a bottle of vodka is a sufficient thank you for someone who puts together a new computer for you, goes and buys it, loads xp, Office, and whole bunch of other software, then brings it into work with the promise that if I bring in my hd he'll transfer all files over whilst at work? A bottle of vodka?
posted by mattoxic
on Apr 28, 2008 -
I want to buy a gift for a coworker who took a promotion and will be leaving my department. What's something cool but not overly sentimental that she might like?
posted by Coffeemate
on Jul 18, 2007 -
A woman I greatly admire gave me a pep talk about all the potential and promise I had and how I'd go out into the world and do something with myself. Being incredibly insecure and full of self-doubt, I didn't believe her. That was 10 years ago... [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce
on May 9, 2007 -
I'm moving cross-country. My boss's son attempted to help me find a place. He didn't come up with anything, but he tried, so I'd like to get him a thank you gift. But what? [more inside]
posted by Meifa
on Feb 8, 2007 -
I'd like to have cupcakes delivered to someone in New York City, I'm in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny
on Sep 18, 2006 -
My future boss has been extremely helpful and considerate about my upcoming move to the UK, so I'd like to bring him a gift as a thank you. What would a Brit like from the States/California/San Diego? [more inside]
posted by like_neon
on Sep 7, 2006 -
Suggestions for a gift for coworkers - Yesterday I broke my toe playing volleyball at a company retreat. I appreciated the support from two employees (coworker who cleaned it up, and taped it up, and one who took me to the ER, waited for me, gave me a good dinner, and offered to drive me home because I have a standard). I would like to give each of them a gift as a thank you. Suggestions?
posted by SirStan
on Aug 17, 2006 -
What should I write in the the thank card post job interview — especially for a position within my current company?
posted by dial-tone
on Jul 24, 2006 -
What would be the best gift to give the pediatric nursing staff that is caring for my daughter? [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r
on Jul 3, 2006 -
My boyfriend and I stayed with his friends near Aspen, Colo. What should we send them as a thank you gift? What interesting and useful thank you gifts have you received? [more inside]
posted by Airhen
on Oct 19, 2005 -
EtiquetteFilter: I've received an awful wedding gift from a couple of friends--a tchotchke so ugly and useless it makes me reconsider my opinion of the givers (worse yet, I know for a fact that it isn't a re-gift).
Any tips on a nicely worded thank-you note?
posted by adamrice
on Jul 17, 2004 -
My family would really like to send a thank you gift to the heart surgeon who operated on my father. First, this is okay to do, right? And second, if yes, what would a married doctor with kids like to get? I've spent 2 hours looking at gift baskets
, but many are for sweet foods and (1) I think he practices Lent; and (2) he just lost a bunch of weight. I may go with a healthy
) food basket
, but can anyone recommend something else, maybe unrelated to food, that I'm overlooking? Other than a heart gelatin mold
? Like a Netflix membership
, except I'm not sure he doesn't already have one.
posted by onlyconnect
on Mar 1, 2004 -