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by Megan Thome | 1
you know anyone who’s really going to give the $10,000,000 bra
and panty set from Victoria’s Secret to someone this year? Yeah, me
neither. Nor do I know of anyone who will be the recipient. It’s not
that my friends and I are chintzy, but we like to put at least as much
thought into a gift as money. And often times, I have more thought than
money. So here’s a little list of ideas that could help you put ten
mil worth of thought into a much, much, much, much, much, much smaller
I became an Ebay addict—er, advocate
this year. Who knew that it really is quite possible to find everything
you’ve ever wanted? Everything. Vintage Cuban travel posters, original
1950s aluminum tumblers, a Mr. Peanut serving spoon. For those on your
list who seem to have every piece of Simpson’s memorabilia or Elvis
45, Ebay is the one place you’re guaranteed to find something they don’t
already have. Two things to remember though: One, sometimes you can find
"brand new" items, but the majority of the items are used.
Since you will be giving these items as gifts, look for the best quality
and make sure the recipient is the kind of person who values your
originality or has the ability to overlook garage sale-ness. Two, you
may be getting an item from the other side of the country. Buy with
enough shipping time. Plus, the heavier the item, the more you’ll pay
in shipping costs.
Both of my parents are trying to reclaim pieces of their youth. So I
picked up an old vintage camera with a big, newspaper reporter-like
flash for my mom and an original Little League Louisville Slugger bat
for my dad to give this Christmas. Together, both cost me less than $50.
These gifts not only have special meaning but, Holy Mother of Martha
Stewart, they aren’t from the mall.
Some may see this as impersonal,
heartless and only slightly better than Aunt Gert’s annual five-dollar
bill she shoves at you with her bony, veiny hand. I say for the teens
and the twenties, you can’t go wrong with this one. The important part
of this gift, though, is where the giftcard/certificate is from. Try to
make that special. Choose someplace that really speaks to your best
friend or roommate. Take sephora.com. There might not be a
Sephora where your niece lives, but she might feel cool ordering Urban
Decay lip gloss or Philosophy bath gel online.
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