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Christmas Gift Ideas. Help!!!

Sania Marsh
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I have 3 of those "grab-a-gift" parties coming up, and I have to get $10 gifts for each. I always used to get box of amaretto truffels for such ocasions, but I'm just bored to get the same thing over and over again..

Maybe someone here could suggest something.. I'm willing to spend upto $25 for each gift.

Thnks for help.
John Smith
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A copy of the Holy Bible.
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A copy of the Holy Bible.

Which could be offensive to just about any Jew, Muslim, Athiest or pretty much any other non-christian.

gift cards to bookstore/coffee shops/music stores/restarant/anywhere
a bottle of wine (although not everybody drinks)
a classic movie on DVD
[ December 09, 2005: Message edited by: fred rosenberger ]

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Jesse Torres
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Blockbuster gift card or McDonald's Coupons. Just about everyone eats at McDonald's.

Good Luck!
John Smith
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Which could be offensive to just about any Jew, Muslim, Athiest or pretty much any other non-christian.

Well, the question was about a Christmas gift, so why are we talking about Jews, Muslims, and atheists?
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I don't know about the others, but a lot of us atheists celebrate Christmas. I wouldn't be offended to receive a copy of the Bible, just mystified.
Sania Marsh
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Originally posted by John Smith:
Which could be offensive to just about any Jew, Muslim, Athiest or pretty much any other non-christian.

Well, the question was about a Christmas gift, so why are we talking about Jews, Muslims, and atheists?


I see where you are coming from, but I agree with Fred.



Thanks for the gift card ideas.. it never even occured to me..
Sania Marsh
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Originally posted by Paul Clapham:
I don't know about the others, but a lot of us atheists celebrate Christmas. I wouldn't be offended to receive a copy of the Bible, just mystified.


Heh, all christmas traditions were there on New Year in USSR... It was quite shocking for me to learn that christmas tree and santa come on christmas, not New Year

I also wouldn't be offended, but someone might..
Sania Marsh
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Now another question.. about gift cards..

It just seems too less for me to spend $10, so is it ok if I get $20 card, even though we were told to get $10 gifts.. Or should I really stick to $10?
[ December 09, 2005: Message edited by: Sania Marsh ]
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Stick with $10 - unless its for me.


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fred rosenberger
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i celebrate Christmas with my family, i go to my office Christmas party, i go to the Christmas sales, i eat Christmas cookies - but i am an athiest

and, to be honest, the subject said "Christmas gift ideas", but the message said "Grab-a-gift". since i usually open a bunch of topics in new tabs in my browser, then go back and read them all, i had forgotten the OP did specify Crhistmas - i just saw "grab-a-gift".
my apologies.

Now, if the limit is $10, i'd stick to $10. especially if this is something like an office party. if it's a small groups of friends, i might go over a little, but probably not even then...
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Christmas gift ideas? Just send me anything from here.


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Originally posted by Jesse Torres:
Just about everyone eats at McDonald's.


Shudder! More evidence that most people aren't ready for real food. (Yes, I've come to terms with being a food snob).


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Scott Selikoff
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Originally posted by John Smith:
A copy of the Holy Bible.


Whose Holy Bible? Multiple religions refer to their text as such. Even within Christainity there are multiple versions some only diff slightly and others, Mormons for example, differ radically.

I'd stick with gift certificate to Best Buy.
[ December 11, 2005: Message edited by: Scott Selikoff ]

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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by fred rosenberger:
i celebrate Christmas with my family, i go to my office Christmas party, i go to the Christmas sales, i eat Christmas cookies - but i am an athiest

Speaking as an agnostic/atheist (depending how you define them), I wouldn't be that bothered about receiving a bible. I'd probably find it worth a read as I'm interested in mythology/theology. On the other hand, some people may find it offensive if they think they've received it as a conversion attempt... although they would have to be quite cynical to think that!

Mostly I'd just think it was a bit odd, but then I'm from a very secular country and don't know anyone who has ever given or received a bible as a Christmas present.

Now, if the limit is $10, i'd stick to $10. especially if this is something like an office party. if it's a small groups of friends, i might go over a little, but probably not even then...
Its probably a good tactic to stick to the price limit. If enough people go over the limit, then next year's limit may be higher, so some people will go over again and then before you know it you'll be spending hundreds each year


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Ashok Mash
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I am preparing for something here, but we are not supposed to get anything useful - it should be fun, embarrassing if possible, and shouldn�t survive the Christmas work-do night-out.

If you are anything like folks here at work, you would look for chocolate willies, breast soap dispenser, briefs that groan, fart machines, swear-a-day diaries, light sabers, potato guns, swearing Homer... you get the idea!


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Cost Plus, if you have this store locally, is great for small gifts. A quick walk-through and you should have no problem finding a couple things.


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Paul Bourdeaux
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Originally posted by Scott Selikoff:
Whose Holy Bible? Multiple religions refer to their text as such. Even within Christainity there are multiple versions some only diff slightly and others, Mormons for example, differ radically.


Actually the Mormon Bible is no different that the traditional Christian Bible. They do, however, have an additional book entitled the Book of Mormon that is a continuation of the Bible.

Anyhow... I don't think anyone should be offended by getting a bible for Christmas. It is, after all, a Christian holiday, regardless of the religious beliefs of the person celebrating it. An athiest might appreciate a different gift more, but I think that taking offense to recieving one would be a little extreme...


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Sania Marsh
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Originally posted by Paul Bourdeaux:


Anyhow... I don't think anyone should be offended by getting a bible for Christmas. It is, after all, a Christian holiday, regardless of the religious beliefs of the person celebrating it. An athiest might appreciate a different gift more, but I think that taking offense to recieving one would be a little extreme...


More likely atheist won't mind any religious book, but I know few muslim and jewish people that would.. Some people see such gifts as a call to convert or something of that sort.

I also believe that religious books are too holy to sit in the pile of $10 gifts on christmas party. You give such gifts hand-to-hand.
 
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