Sunday, April 15, 2018
Yesterday in may frugal recap, I listed a wide variety of assorted gift cards we have. Many are the same ones I've recapped before, and we just never have used them yet. We may or may not use in April or June either, but periodically, important to see what might be in the house. DD2 needs to do this. She has a drawer full from Target, Dairy Queen, I-tunes, Amazon etc., just to know what is there, though she currently needs or wants nothing. The DQ would be good to keep in her wallet for a pick me up-when the weather turns nice. I'm frustrated with myself as I cannot find where I put two different Caribou cards, each worth $10. These were actually gifts for someone else, not given because there ended up being a pooled gift. I kept in the gift area as they should come in handy as a last minute gift if needed.
My forgetfulness is not the point of this post though. Well, maybe it is. In thinking about all the gift cards we have, many were thank you's. DH helped a neighbor once with a hefty problem and they gave him some MCD's. I received coffee cards for volunteer work. Restaurant cards were for coaching and so on. Gift cards are a nice token of appreciation, a treat to show the efforts given were appreciated. Still, in needing to periodically inventory, and with the missing two cards, I realized that unless used pretty quickly, it is to misplace and never use a gift card. Sure, they are convenient and if you know the person likes a place but is not often going to treat themselves, much appreciated. But I wonder if there are other things equally appreciated that won't result in being part of the $1 billion dollars in gift cards that go unused each year.
Candy and flowers aside, the first alternative that comes to mind is taking the person out for coffee, a meal, or a movie. You could also for a friend or neighbor, drop off a meal or baked goods. We've had a heck of a winter, I know rambling again, but several times neighbors have dropped over as me or DD2 are trying to clear the end of our driveway, the one where the plow seems to pile it three feet high and wide, but leaving the rest of the driveway ends clear. I intend to drop off a few loaves of banana bread the next marathon baking day I have. Of course for people like coaches or teachers, that might be a bit odd. What about tickets for a specific event? You'd have to connect with them to see if they were open and interested, but if so, you could be sure the gift would not go to waste. I wish I would have thought about this idea earlier in the week and could have seen if either of DD2's choir teachers wanted to go to the Jazz night, though the weather made everything be cancelled. There are future community events I will try to keep in mind.
The little plate in the picture? My niece gave me and my sister-in-law one for throwing her a bridal shower. Do you have any ideas or go to thank you's to show appreciation for people that go out of their way to help you or your family? Are you a baker or gardener, sharing your bounty in appreciation? Of course there is always the tried and true heart felt personally penned thank you note. A person can't go wrong with that.