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evilwomaniamshe
12-09-2010, 09:12 PM
A close friend lost his job going on 2 years now due to the economy, he now is selling his home and moving in with a sibling, 6 states over. He used up his savings trying to stay afloat. His parents sent him a plane ticket to fly home for the holidays being he couldn't afford a flight himself. I want to get him something for Christmas, but I don't know what to get. I feel terrible that no job opportunities have arisen for him & I want to make him feel worthy, of a nice gift. For his birthday I sent him a subway gift card, being he is health conscience but I do not want to re-peat that gift. Any suggestions, I am all ears? If you were outta work what would you like to receive? - besides CASH. I want the gift to have meaning... Help?


GradPhase
12-10-2010, 01:01 AM
The very first question is: How much are you wanting to spend???

Gas cards, if he's driving, are fantastic. Depending on where you live, maybe a metro card so he can get to job interviews.

Maybe you can find a nice key ring, or money clip, or business card holder for him. Something small (sterling silver, maybe?) that will make him feel a little more accomplished and put together as he's trying to get back on his feet. A little good luck charm.

Food gift cards are GREAT. As a VERY poor college student, I'm REALLY relying on food gift cards I've been given in the past as money is REALLY REALLY LOW right now. There's nothing like seeing 4 dollars in the bank, but a 20 dollar gift card in your wallet to get you through.

I can definitely come up with more ideas. But are these along the path you're thinking?

lizziep
12-10-2010, 01:27 AM
wow that is really tough. since he's in transition it seems like a gift of an item would be a burden, since he'd have to immediately decide whether or not to take it with him... it seems like a consumable gift would be best.
what about something along the lines of a gift card to get a haircut so he can feel and look his best for interviews? some nice clothes? or even just a dinner out together to spend some time together before he leaves?


ANewCreation
12-10-2010, 01:41 AM
If I were out of work I'd love a gift card. My brother is out of work, living with our folks and I always get him gift cards. I've given him Starbucks cards, TJMaxx cards, Walmart cards, even Mastercard gift cards.

I can't imagine not having a dime to myself and depending on my folks again for room and board. It's my hope that when I give him a gift card he can get himself a treat or take care of a basic need (like buying socks or a nice shirt for an interview) without asking my folks for money.

Plus, for your friend, it travels easily. One less thing to pack, just slip it in the wallet.

evilwomaniamshe
12-10-2010, 02:53 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. Yes I planned to make him his favorite meals while he is here, so FOOD will be consumed in his much empty tank. :) Plus I just found a small 5 inch adorable christmas tree with red christmas balls on it & I decided to roll BILLS of all sizes & increments & stick them throughout the branches & give him his very own MONEY TREE! I am sure this will put a SMILE on his face, he sure has been depressed! This way due to him traveling, he can just take the cash off and leave the tree behind. I am sure his relies will be giving him plenty of gift cards, books, movies etc. Thanks again, Wendalyn

xty
12-10-2010, 03:13 PM
That is a great idea with the tree and dollar bills.

I recalled what a blogger friend of mine used to do that I thought was SO cool.

I cant remember what he called it, but he would buy a small inexpensive treasure box and fill it with gold coins (as in real money, you can buy for face value of normal denominations).

The coins are $1, and he would give $100 worth of them arranged in a little treasure box and usually some groceries too. It made such an impact on the families that received it without being as boring as paper money, but as useful.

bargoo
12-10-2010, 07:15 PM
A gift card from WalMart or Target is good as you buy food or other necissities with it such as clothes, toiletries, etc.

EZMONEY
12-10-2010, 07:43 PM
EVIL with the guy's situation it is obvious that $$$ is probably what is needed most....

my only concern is that in his situation the $$$ tree (although I think it is a great idea!) may "feel" more like chairty than gift cards that can be used for basics like food and clothing if needed.

But you know him well so I trust your decision...lol...

just thought I would trow that out there....

Be Good...and EVIL...wink

evilwomaniamshe
12-11-2010, 02:35 PM
Hey xyt, that treasure box sounds kewl! :)

Thanks Bargoo- yup I agree on the necessity card, one can't live without BUTT WIPE! :)

Hey EZ, nah HE won't be thinkin charity case, he will be thinking GOSH Wend- you ALWAYS know how to put a SMILE on my face & make things somewhat better for me!!!!! He has mentioned it several times in the past 2 years, if only HE had a money tree, so I think this will be the "perfect prezie" for him! I know he will be FOREVER grateful, we are real TIGHT! By the way no worries, Iza always Good & Evil :) Happy Holidays to you & yours EZ...