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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I was hoping that you people can be provide me with some inspirations and ideas on what gift should I get for a female friend who is in the 20s. Also, I would like to get a "permanent" present, that is, nothing that will disappear after usage, for example a gift voucher for some spa, soap, body lotion or the like. Also, no shoes, since the last thing I got for her was a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.

Nothing too expensive. I hope to spend somewhere between $200-$400.
post #2 of 23
jewelery? cant think of anything else that is permanent..?
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by fwan
jewelery? cant think of anything else that is permanent..?
Haha, were you thinking of the debeers diamond advertisement? I did not mean like diamond permanent. But rather it refers to things such as soap, a trip to a restaurant, vacation air tickets, you know things that "disappear" after it is used? I did not mean literally permanent to the end of time.
post #4 of 23
A handbag maybe?
post #5 of 23
Or if you want to spend $200-$400 you could get an Ipod Mini. Those are quite popular these days.
post #6 of 23
I was about to suggest a handbag too. Vera Bradley's are popular, colorful, and very durable. They'll last a while!
post #7 of 23
You could get her some books, a camera, music cds...
post #8 of 23
I like the Ipod idea.

What does she like to do? Does she collect anything?

There are sooo many things you could buy with a budget like that! If you are going to spend that much, I would make it be something she will truely enjoy. So, what is she like?

I myself am 30 and would love the Ipod. A good digital camera is another idea too.
post #9 of 23
A Tequila Bottle should be fine! .........just kidding! ...

Seriously, If she was my friend I investigate wich one is your super duper favourite artist and I to buy to her the last CD of music of this artist! ...
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by squirtle
A handbag maybe?
Yeah, that was one of my initial thoughts since she did mention she liked this particular bag but it was kind of expensive at close to $2000. Although I admit it is kind of nice but still... I was wondering if say a person tells you that they liked a particular bag but if I were purchase another bag instead (say a Vera Bradley) would it mean that I was not listening to the person or that she would be disappointed?

Ipod, hmm interesting but I do not think she is that much of a music on the go kind of person. I will investigate...
post #11 of 23
Good point about the handbag.... It could go either way. If she loves the bag you pick out then I don't think it would matter. If you get her a purse other than the one she picked and she doesn't like it, she may be disappointed.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by bumpy
<snip>...Nothing too expensive. I hope to spend somewhere between $200-$400.
Nothing too expensive ? Geez, I wish *I* had a friend who was spending the like on a "nothing too expensive gift for me!

Seriously, you have a very lucky friend, indeed!
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
Nothing too expensive ? Geez, I wish *I* had a friend who was spending the like on a "nothing too expensive gift for me!

Seriously, you have a very lucky friend, indeed!
I was thinking that exact thing!

I agree your friend is very lucky, and I am sure it goes both ways
post #14 of 23
How much do you have to spend???
Some artwork or a nice vase filled with a special floral bouquet???
I can become your new friend and you can buy me Jimmy Choos!!
post #15 of 23
How about a nice wooden sculpture/carving type thing? I think they go with everything, and mst people tend to like wood.

Other ideas (some just incredible long shots!):

A solid silver photo frame.

A clock? I know a man who bought a friend a genuine swiss cuckoo clock, imported from sweden, and I'm sure it wasn't too expensive.

A painting, or a print of a famous painting.

A tapestry? Something oriental to hang on the wall.

A star (you can name one) or a piece of the moon (I gather they are still selling!)

A newspaper from the day they were born.

A vase.

A pen - you can get some lovely silver/platinum pens/pencils/ink pens.

A watch with a engraving on the back.



I'm awful with presents!
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by bumpy
Yeah, that was one of my initial thoughts since she did mention she liked this particular bag but it was kind of expensive at close to $2000. Although I admit it is kind of nice but still... I was wondering if say a person tells you that they liked a particular bag but if I were purchase another bag instead (say a Vera Bradley) would it mean that I was not listening to the person or that she would be disappointed?.

Wow, $2,000.00 would be a lot of money for me to spend on a handbag! Is that a fairly common purchase for her? If that is something either of you could easily purchase for yourselves...and she is a good friend then maybe she would be offended if you got her the cheaper bag. But if she was just dreaming about something that is way out of range, I don't think she'd be disappointed. Don't we all dream about that certain special something?

You didn't say what the occasion is, but I would say go with something you really want to give her, and stay within your budget.

I have one wealthy friend, but I am in the lower middle class. She is always very conscientious about what we do together and doesn't buy me extravagent gifts. I like that because otherwise I would feel uncomfortable.
post #17 of 23
Is this a birthday gift? I agree with the others, she's very lucky to have a friend like you! What does she like to do?
post #18 of 23
Take her on a Bumpy Spree set an amount tell her what she can spend and go with her to spend it.
I did this with my 20 year old niece for graduation and she loved it. Because she got what she wanted and needed. Plus I got to spend the day with her. Was not as much as what you are spending but we did have a good day!
post #19 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by bumpy
Haha, were you thinking of the debeers diamond advertisement? I did not mean like diamond permanent. But rather it refers to things such as soap, a trip to a restaurant, vacation air tickets, you know things that "disappear" after it is used? I did not mean literally permanent to the end of time.
lol? i have no idea what youre talking about since i dont think we have the same advertisements as you do
post #20 of 23
Make a donation in her name to her favorite charity. This is something she problably always put off herself, and this way, she's happy and you've both helped someone. Or you could go with old faithful and get her Jello.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Doc-n-SamsMom
Make a donation in her name to her favorite charity. This is something she problably always put off herself, and this way, she's happy and you've both helped someone. Or you could go with old faithful and get her Jello.


mmmm What one could do with $400 dollars worth of jello........


Does she have any one that she loved dearly that might be passed on, like a pet or a mother or grandparent, someone she really looked up to? Or maybe she has a cat or another pet that she is fond of, or a place she loves and contract an artist to paint it, do it in pastels, or maybe a charcoal. It will be a memory for her and really the possibilities are endless, you could even do one that is current, and just carry around a throw away camera and say you are trying to use it up (a small white lie isnt always bad) so you can get it developed. When the pics come back if there is one you really like you could use that as well. Use the rest in a small photo album of you and her together.

Do any of those help?
post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the ideas, still am decided but notwithstanding that, thanks!

It is a "thank you for being my friend" gift, haha. Actually, it is gift to her for doing me a favor by attending a particularly dreary function with me. As for the more expensive gucci handbag, she did not know the price when she remarked on it since it had no price tags and I had to go back to the shop to check it out. I guess it may be an ok gift for her birthday but I do not think it is too appropriate for a thank you gift.

Purity, I got her a watch something back and as for the naming of the star, well it is an interesting idea, I do have a star named after me somewhere out there, but it was interesting for a few minutes. If I could get the Sun or our Moon renamed, then that would be spectacular. One question, is it ok to get things for another person's house since the design of one's home is a personal thing and the last thing you want to get, is a painting or tapestry which the person may not think would fit into the general design of the house. Is this just me? How do you people feel when you get home furnishings and decorations, especially if you do not like it. Do you feel obliged to put it up?

As for the donation to charity, I don't know. I mean how do you people, truthfully, feel about getting such a present? I do know of some people who would be very thrilled especially if it is their pet project. As for a Bumpy Spree, hmm I have to check with my cat whether is she ok with the Spree. And although I am not too sure, I would hazard a guess that most shops would not accept payment from a cat.

As for what she likes to do (travelling, clubbing, playing golf) I cannot think of anything to get that reflects those interest that are within the budget.
post #23 of 23
OMG $200 > $400

Can you be my friend???

Seriously, what about a voucher for a health spa , you know, massage, scrub, manicure, facial kind of course.
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