January 26, 2012 3:39 am at 3:39 am #601791HLMMember
I am looking for (cheap) gifts for friends (girls). Something cute/origional and useful and creative, thanks a million. And what was your favorite gift you absolutely loveeeeedJanuary 26, 2012 4:17 am at 4:17 am #846648TheGoqParticipant
What age are they?January 26, 2012 4:24 am at 4:24 am #846649kapustaParticipant
What price range?
Maybe get something personalized, that’s always nice.January 26, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm #846650
How about a cute cosmetics case with their name on?January 26, 2012 4:46 pm at 4:46 pm #846651
Give them a gift certificate. That way you can just relax and let THEM figure out what they want.January 26, 2012 7:38 pm at 7:38 pm #846652
Definitely a gift certificate. Find out what store she ALWAYS gets stuff from – be it clothing, accessories, gadgets or books. Personalized chachtkes are okay, but they really aren’t as personal and meaningful as something you know caters to a person’s interests.January 26, 2012 8:36 pm at 8:36 pm #846653
Gift certificate from a close friend?? I would not appreciate that, it sounds like you could not be bothered getting them something and just took the easy way out, it is sooo impersonal definitely not for close friends. Rather just keep the receipt from whatever you buy and let them know they can change it.
Gift certificates are what you give to thank someone for doing you a favour or something, or a wedding gift.January 26, 2012 9:03 pm at 9:03 pm #846654SaysMeMember
how about a photo gift? like a keychain, cosmetic case, glasses cloth, mug etc that u decorated, or wiht a picture of the 2 of you on it? YOu can also do shrinkydink keychains for a cheaper versionJanuary 26, 2012 9:26 pm at 9:26 pm #846655NechomahParticipant
Along the lines of SaysMe’s suggestion, if it’s for a group of friends, you could make a photocalendar, with pictures of your group throughout and individuals, using their birthdays and any other special days to highlight throughout the calendar.January 26, 2012 9:40 pm at 9:40 pm #846656
skiaddict: I don’t think that’s true. A lot of times, trying to show how well you know them just shows how much you don’t know about them.
I’ll give you an example: I sketch a bit as a hobby, so friends/relatives who know me relatively well think it’s really personal to give me art-related gifts. Problem is, I like to use specific certain brushes/sketchpads/etc., so their gifts are usually useless. It’s a nice thought, sure, but the fact that they didn’t realize that I have specific likes in that area just shows that they don’t actually know me that well. Now, a gift certificate to my favorite art supply store would be a really personal gift. That would show that they know that I like art, and that I need to buy my own stuff. And even if they didn’t know that I specifically wanted the gift certificate over the actual supplies, it would feel more personal to me anyway.January 26, 2012 9:55 pm at 9:55 pm #846657
Yeah u might be right, but i mean not any random gift certificate, i dunno i just dont think thats personal, i guess youve got to know ur friends..January 26, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm #846658mazal77Participant
A nice set of personalized stationery.January 26, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #846659ED IT ORParticipant
a warmly written card goes further than $100January 27, 2012 3:09 am at 3:09 am #846660🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
My friends sell necklaces and keychains that have a grain of rice with your name on it in English or Hebrew. They are so cool and my kids buy them for friends (tons of varieties).They are actually free with minimal shipping costs and optional ‘extras’.January 27, 2012 3:24 am at 3:24 am #846661TheGoqParticipant
Tsk Tsk HLM you should not just start a topic requesting help and then not check in on it and respond to its posters, two minutes in the penalty box for you 🙁January 27, 2012 3:46 am at 3:46 am #846662
No, if a gift certificate is carefully chosen to suit the person who will receive it and is accompanied by a nice card/letter, it can be much nicer than a gift that may be useless. It’s like in the secular world they have bridal gift registries, where the bride and groom make a list of things they want from a particular store and you pick one of those things and give it to them. You don’t have it here, but if they’re going to get five sets of plates and no sets of silverware then you’re not doing them a great service.
To put it into this situation, if you feel that the point of a gift is just to express esteem and it shouldn’t matter what it is, then fine, but otherwise make the gift something useful.
For instance, at my bat mitzvah, I was given a beautiful necklace by an aunt— something that some people would find gorgeous but that I just didn’t. Another aunt gave me a gift certificate to a jewelry store and I picked out a different necklace that I wear often and think of as my aunt’s gift to me as much as if she had picked it out herself (which b”h she didn’t because she’s a lovely lady and all but we do NOT have the same taste).January 27, 2012 5:26 am at 5:26 am #846663
Syag – are these friends from our city? If so, I’d like to know who they are. Sounds like an interesting item. Of course you can’t post names here, but I think you can figure out how to let me know. 😉January 27, 2012 5:28 am at 5:28 am #846664
The OP said “cheap gifts”. If she gives a gift certificate, the recipient will know right away how much (or how little) she spent. However, if she buys a gift, it’s not so obvious.January 27, 2012 6:02 am at 6:02 am #846665
Gift registries – why don’t Jewish kallahs have gift registries?! They make so much sense…January 27, 2012 6:49 am at 6:49 am #846666
If she gives a gift certificate, the recipient will know right away how much (or how little) she spent. However, if she buys a gift, it’s not so obvious.
Bah, this annoys me. You give a gift to show how much someone means to you. Don’t you think it’s a little cheap to go out of your way to create a false impression in someone who you are ostensible close to?January 27, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm #846667
Lots of jewish kallas have gift registriesJanuary 27, 2012 1:47 pm at 1:47 pm #846668
OneOfMany – 1) In our city, kallahs actually do sign up with a gift registry. When I got engaged, my mother in law asked where I want to sign up. Being from New York, I had no idea what she was talking about. Now that I’ve been living here for 20 years, I see it all the time.
2) I wasn’t implying that you SHOULD davka get a cheap gift, it’s just that the OP said she wants to get a cheap gift. I just feel giving a gift certificate for $5 or $10 dollars looks funny (and cheap). However if you buy a gift for that amount, it might not look as bad. You can actually find great bargains at some stores.January 27, 2012 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm #846669
That’s funny— I’ve never known anyone who’s had a gift registry. Then again, maybe they just don’t do it where I live.January 27, 2012 5:05 pm at 5:05 pm #846670koillel101Member
Girls( especially young ones) all love getting things that are personalized. If you know their houses well, you can buy each of them a bath towel with thier name.January 27, 2012 5:56 pm at 5:56 pm #846671cinderellaMember
Get them a skin-it. They are stickers covers for iPods, laptops, phones… You design them, you can put pictures on them… It’s a great gift. Check out the skin-it website.January 27, 2012 6:08 pm at 6:08 pm #846672☕️coffee addictParticipant
Mine was my wife (awwwwwwww)
We got married a day after my solar birthday (my birthday was shabbos btw) and two days before my lunar birthdayJanuary 27, 2012 7:36 pm at 7:36 pm #846673
You’re right; you usually can’t buy anything useful with $5-10. But a gift that costs that much is likely to be just as useful. And I think we might be talking about different categories of gift recipients.
As for wedding registries, I know people do it out of town (because I come from out of town). But as you said, nobody does it in NY, for some reason.January 27, 2012 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm #846674dullradianceParticipant
Mmmm. Someone puts a girls name with a nice posuk into a pretty frame. They also have matching earing or note holders. Myjewishname dot net.January 28, 2012 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm #846675ED IT ORParticipant
funny, I had a gift registry, it didn’t work
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