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Baby Gift?

A friend of mine who moved to a different state some years ago has had her second child! Yay!

I'd like to send a gift. But I don't know what to send, and I actually don't have her street address. Would an email-delivered gift certificate be appropriate? To what? And for how much?

I know that gift certificates can be problematic because to get all the value of the gift out of them, you usually have to spend more than the value of the gift certificate. So I would want the gift certificate to be to a place at which they probably already spend money.

Amazon struck me as a possibility: they sell a huge variety of stuff and as far as I know, most people have no political or ethical objections to shopping from them (as they might from, say, Wal-Mart.)

What do you folks think?

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wickedgillie
Aug. 18th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Amazon sounds like an excellent solution! Goodness knows we purchased a ton of baby items there ourselves. Just make sure you follow up with a personal email to make sure the digital gift card was received rather than mistaken for spam.
np_complete
Aug. 18th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea! (About following up.) Thanks!
sensiblecat
Aug. 18th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
another idea - you could send an adoption certificate of an endangered animal through WWF or a similar charity -an investment in the world she'll grow up in.
np_complete
Aug. 19th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea!
starmalachite
Aug. 18th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
I often give a couple of classic books for Mom & Dad to read to them & to start the kid's library.

When my niece was born, I found a gift set of Alice in Wonderland the book plus a soft sculpture baby-safe Alice doll.
starmalachite
Aug. 18th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oops, missed the part about not having the new address. But considering the reason, she'd probably be glad to give it to you.

(Clown = me!)
np_complete
Aug. 19th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. But I'd be concerned that if I could find such a thing, probably a lot of their other far-flung friends and relations might send the exact same thing! So, although it seems less personal, I think a gift certificate might be safer. They'd be able to get exactly what they want rather than deciding which copy of Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy World (one of my favorites as a child) they want to keep and which give away.
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