Friday, March 10, 2006

Best gift?

My sister's just moved into a new apartment.

I'd like to send her a housewarming gift, but all I can think of is either a gift basket wrapped in cellophane, filled with flavored coffees (yuck), waxy cheese, and inferior cookies, or a houseplant. I'm considering a chocolate-only gift basket which could hardly be unacceptable.....

What's your best idea for a housewarming gift?

Candles? Soap? Food? Tools? None of the above?


Megan Frampton said...

I like candles, myself. or if you're ambitious, and you think she'd like this, call and find which restaurants deliver in her neighborhood and pre-pay for her to have dinner taken care of one night while she's unpacking.

Chocolate is good if she's not struggling with her weight.

One of those mega-cute all-in-one tools are good, too. I've got one of those screwdrivers with the different removeable bits in the top handle (phillips, small, large, etc.), and I love it.

Bev (BB) said...

Yeah, I think a dinner out sounds like a great no clutter gift for someone buried under boxes to unpack. Or a day at a spa to pamper herself. And, hey, they might have the chocolates too. (BG)

Suisan said...

OK, I settled on a nice candle, elegantly gift-wrapped, and a set of teas and canisters.

But I did research the restaurant-delivery thing. Hard to set up from across the country, but I'm definitely going to use that in the future. Excellent idea!!

She's actually my soon-to-be-ex-sister-in-law, which is awkward because I'm much closer to her than I ever was to my brother. She moved out of the house into an apartment, and I wanted to send a kind of "Thinking of You" gift that wasn't too cutesy or loaded.


Also sent an email to my brother reminding him of my phone numbers if he wants to talk. Hasn't spoken to me since September, and before that it was about three years since we had spoken. I'm not holding my breath.

(My husband won't call him by name but instead refers to him as "Your Idiot Brother.")

Is it possible to watch a couple divorce without being tempted to choose up sides? Is choosing sides morally wrong?

Suisan said...

Meant to say here that since spewing soon-to-be-ex-sister-in-law is TMI and cumbersome, and since I feel closer to her than I do to my brother, she's simply become my sister in my head.

CW said...

I find the saying true that you're stuck with family and you hold on to good friends. I don't think there a moral imperative to pick sides, nor any benefit. Heh.

It looks like you're doing a great job of being open and willing to help them through this period of their lives, which they probably appreciate. Sounds like a wonderful TOY gift, too. :)

CindyS said...

Suisan, my husband's first set of in-laws wouldn't let him go. They loved him and they accepted me into their lives.

I'm close to my brother while I don't know his 'wife' that well because they live far away.

However, Sue, Bob's first wife - one of her sisters was best friends with her sister-in-law and even though she divorced her brother, they remain very close friends. At one point she said she wasn't going to let him ruin her relationship with his ex-wife.

I think divorces are hard on everyone and I think many people don't know what to do with the people they have grown attached too.

Sad events.


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