No one Wants Socks for Their Birthday; Or, How to Buy Birthday Presents and Still Keep Your Friends


Have Fun & Be Creative

Have Fun & Be Creative

Take the edge off all this gift-giving pressure and have some fun with it. Um, it is called “happy” birthday, is it not? Forget super-goofy gag gifts à la bedazzled canes and cases of Pepto-Bismol. (But call me in 40 years; I’ll probably want it then).

I like searching for things that make the gift just as personal as it is fun–something that reminds your friend of that time she won that crazy karaoke contest (aspiring singer that she is) or that inside joke you share about astrology, Chinese food and cupcakes. While everyone else is giving her that standard blah (and oh-so-expected) gift, we like finding ones that stand out.

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  1. says

    Love TBF and your great tips! One small thing this longtime American Red cross volunteer would like to point out: with rare exception, the Red Cross does not generally solicit donations of clothing items. We defer to our colleagues at other fine organizations like The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries, which I’m sure will happily take that scarf (and where I as a thrift store shopper just might pick it up).

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