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    Miss MJMiss MJ
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    Any suggestions for thank you gift ideas in the age of COVID? My neighbors have been absolutely awesome this week and gone above and beyond to help us out with a couple of things, and we’re looking for thank you ideas. (Obviously, we’ve said thanks and these things aren’t the kind of things you’d pay people for and they’d refuse anyway.) Pre-Covid, we’d take them out to a very nice dinner, or my husband would take him out golfing or to the race track or whatever, and I’d take her out for a mani/pedi and brunch girls day. But “Hey, We’d Like to Treat You Guys if X Ever Opens Up and We’re Not Afraid It Will Kill Us All” isn’t the resounding thanks we’d like to express.

    They don’t have kids to offer to babysit and they take their dog everywhere, so no need to dog sit. He’s a big rum aficionado, so we’re thinking of getting him a very nice bottle of rum, but I’m kinda stumped for her.

    We’re friendly, but not too close, so I don’t know all her likes and dislikes. She likes to cook, but she’s got every gadget known to man. She is in the middle of a whole condo reno, and I know the general theme of where she’s going, so I thought about something decorative that fits in, but I’d hate to get her something she dislikes and feels stuck with and a gift card to one of the decorating shops feels kinda impersonal.

    I’m usually pretty good at this, but right now, I’m at a loss. Any ideas?

    #891086 Reply
    Miss MJMiss MJ
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    Thanks a lot bump!

    #891088 Reply
    avatarKate
    Keymaster

    I would probably do a Target or Amazon digital gift card.

    Or rum for him, flower delivery for her. I’ve sent my mom flowers during Covid, and my mom has sent them to people too, I think it’s safe.

    #891091 Reply
    Dear WendyDear Wendy
    Keymaster

    Yeah, a flower delivery, a nice bottle of wine or liquor, a gift card for take-out from a local restaurant, a gift basket delivery of high-end pantry ingredients for cooking (olive oils and fancy salts), or a gift basket with high-end charcuterie fixings.

    #891101 Reply
    avatarktfran
    Participant

    Same answer as everyone else.

    My manager sent me a Bloody Mary kit and waffle mix from a local restaurant. The cocktail kits at local restaurants have been pretty stellar, at least here.

    Flowers. And I sent several friends a plant in a cool pot.

    I also sent a friend dinner from a local restaurant on her 40th.

    #891105 Reply
    avatarKate
    Keymaster

    I think if you know what someone likes to drink, booze is a great option right now.

    #891111 Reply
    Miss MJMiss MJ
    Participant

    Thanks, everyone! My husband was thinking a gift card for take out from a nice place we know they really like. Normally, I’d think it was a bit impersonal, but in these covid times…everything feels kind of impersonal (to me, anyway). So, I think that’s what we’re going to do. I like the charcuterie and Bloody Mary and pancake mix basket idea, too! There’s not really any place around here order something like that already put together, but I’m definitely filing those away for when we’re back to normal and I can do them myself!

    #891116 Reply
    avatarFyodor
    Guest

    Tickets for a meatpacking cruise.

    #891117 Reply
    avatarktfran
    Participant

    Damn fyodor. Why wasn’t this Q asked last week. That would have been a perfect present for the husband’s birthday.

    #891121 Reply
    avatarFyodor
    Guest

    I’m sure there’s a crowded indoor Trump rally coming to a town near you sooner or later. Same experience.

    #891123 Reply
    avatarKate
    Keymaster

    I read that a lot of people signed up for an expensive Mediterranean cruise with Glenn Beck and other right wing guys like Sean Hannity… Now it’s indefinitely postponed and they aren’t giving them their money back.

    #891124 Reply
    avatarFyodor
    Guest

    There’s a metaphor there about the Republican party generally.

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