OK… So being a Jew, I am a little confused about how Xmas gift giving works.(For Hanuka, we really just get the kids presents, if you happen to get something as an adult, you are lucky!) From what I gather from TV… people give each other CARS, expensive jewelry, laptops, ipods?
This cant be correct, can it?
So my questions:
1. How extended does the christmas gift list go? Just immediate family? Friends? Co-workers? How far do you stretch the gift giving hand?
2. How much do you spend on each person? Like $500 on spouse? $200 on kid? $100 on parents $20 on neighbors? (I just made up those numbers…so dont yell at me that $500 is a shitload- I know it is!)
3. How in HELL does anyone afford this?
4. Do you have to send Thank You cards? Or is that just implied?
5. Is buying Xmas gifts on sale allowed in polite society? Normally, I dont like to buy gifts off the sale rack, but when gift buying EN MASSE seems like sales are in order.
6. And last…. Do you ever get back the same thoughtful and quality gifts that you give? Does it make you feel appreciated? A lot of times I buy people gifts, and they pretty much dont give a shit, so I think, shoulda just saved my money and bought myself something! (Especially with baby gifts, I often think “PLEASE dont buy me anything, I will buy my own children clothing, you can buy your own children clothing and it will all be fine!” Everyone I know spends almost exactly the same amount that you spent on them – sometimes in the same stores- and exchanges the gift anyway. Shouldn’t we just save ourselves the hassle?)
Anyway… My holiday gift guide part one: The gifts that are ALWAYS rewarding: Buying stuff for yourself!
1. Leopard Scarf: $250
2. Cashmere Robe: $250
3. Leather Dress: $685
4. Fendi Bootie: $514
5. Sweater Pillow: $34
6. Sermonetta Leather Elbow Glove: $230
7. Pendleton Throw: $125
8. Bodum Teapot: $39.95
9. Wood & Brass Tray: $59
10. Lanvin bag: On Sale: $1339
11. Leather laptop case: $199
12. Sweater: $78
13. Midas Touch Glass: $25-60
Happy Holidays… Stay tuned for an under $100 version!