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Subject: Need Ideas
Date Posted: 3/22/2010 6:42 PM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2009
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I've never posted here before but I'm at a loss and need the advice of my paperbackswap friends.  I want to send a gift to a lady I used to work with several years ago.  We write to each other and lately, she's seemed really down.  I live 400 miles away now so stopping by to see her isn't an option.  I thought about ordering flowers but I would like something a little more personal.  She's in her 40s and I'm in my 20s so what seems like a great pick-me-up gift to me is probably not going to be the same for her.  Does anyone have any good ideas?  Thanks in advance!

Subject: Gift
Date Posted: 3/22/2010 7:33 PM ET
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Does she like to read?  A nice book with a pretty bookmark would be great.  You could also send her a small gift basket with nice lotions and bath stuff.  I'm over fifty so anything nice and simple, doesn't need to cost alot, it really is the thought that counts. 

Date Posted: 3/22/2010 7:37 PM ET
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Thanks Virginia!  That's a great idea about the nice lotions and bath stuff - she loves those kinds of things.

Date Posted: 3/22/2010 11:16 PM ET
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Hillary, you're welcome, just the fact that you care enough for your friend to try and cheer her up is great.  Virginia.

Date Posted: 3/23/2010 12:30 AM ET
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If not flowers, how about a nice plant?  There are some nice bamboo arrangements and bamboo is supposed to bring you good luck.  For example:

5 Tiered Tower

Date Posted: 3/23/2010 8:33 AM ET
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Hillary...the bath and body shop at our mall has some terrific sales right now on hand soaps and other items.  They'll also wrap them in a cello bag with ribbon at no charge.  It would be very easy to put in a box and send and perhaps you could also include a book, magazines, gift card to local bookstore, amazon, etc.  It would be simple to do and easy to work within a budget. 

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 3:51 AM ET
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What about a gift certificate for a massage or a facial or something at a local spa? It would make her feel loved & pampered.

Or do you do any kind of handiwork or craft that you could make something especially for her?

If you decide to go the plant/flower route then think about sending some bulbs or something that could be planted in her yard that will come back year after year.

Date Posted: 3/26/2010 12:58 AM ET
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What about one of those fruit arraigments that look like flowers?  Edible Arraigments I think they are called?  My mom just sent us one and it was really really good - and it came in a pretty container.  Really brightened up my day.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 12:30 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2009
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does she have a specific thing she likes, such as butterflies, dragonflies, etc? if so, you could get her something with that on it. as an example, I make pendants with all sorts of charms, themes, etc. a personalized pendant with the thing she likes on it would definitely cheer her up! or even a keychain with something special on it is a definite pick me up. you can look at my site for ideas.