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Nov 9, 2010, 06:52 PM
 
Our company is having a Christmas party, and I have the task of getting some gifts/giveaways. All of the employees are under 35, and we will have an equal amount of guys/gals at the party. I am at a loss about what to get. If you were able to pick a non-computer-related, gender neutral gift under $100, what would you want for yourself?
     
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Nov 9, 2010, 06:53 PM
 
$100 (or less) Visa gift card?
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Nov 9, 2010, 07:00 PM
 
I already have a couple of those to give out; looking for something else.
     
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Nov 9, 2010, 07:15 PM
 
iPod shuffle?

Not *quite* non-computer-related, but…
     
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Nov 9, 2010, 07:16 PM
 

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Nov 9, 2010, 07:17 PM
 
For anyone you don't like, get them a used Zune, brown of course.
     
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Nov 9, 2010, 07:18 PM
 
putter for the "guys"; wine basket for the "gals".
     
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Nov 9, 2010, 07:18 PM
 
More seriously: is there a bar/restaurant nearby that is a popular happy hour spot for employees? Maybe a gift certificate there?

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Nov 9, 2010, 08:10 PM
 
Wine is always a popular gift at our Yankee Swaps, as are gadgets, thinkgeek items, and scratch tickets. Candles are scorned by most, and cocoa/mug or other food sets are safe. Last year the most swapped item was a Snugli. No joke.
     
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Nov 9, 2010, 10:30 PM
 
A little more information about our employees: none of our employees live near each other (everyone is in different cities/states), and they all work from home. So a local restaurant certificate unfortunately won't work. This will be the first time that everyone is meeting everyone else face-to-face.

The gifts most of you are suggesting are okay, but none of our employees drink wine (or any type of alcohol), and no one plays golf. Looking more for what *you* would want instead of generic office gift ideas (cocoa mugs, etc.). The iPod shuffle is a good idea. I have checked out thinkgeek but nothing on the site pops out at me. What specifically would you want from thinkgeek?
     
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Nov 9, 2010, 11:23 PM
 
iTunes gift cards. Are they good for the App Store too?
     
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Nov 9, 2010, 11:58 PM
 
Wine
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Nov 10, 2010, 12:23 AM
 
Thinkgeek: USB Tardis, or the cookie jar Tardis. Some of the tshirts and gadgets.

Perhaps we should have asked what the business does?
     
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Buckey Balls
     
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Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
iTunes gift cards. Are they good for the App Store too?
Yes.
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 01:34 AM
 
Originally Posted by torsoboy View Post
but none of our employees drink wine (or any type of alcohol), and no one plays golf.
What ? NONE ?

Does your employer make them sign wavers ?

-t
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 09:06 AM
 
Originally Posted by torsoboy View Post
The gifts most of you are suggesting are okay, but none of our employees drink wine (or any type of alcohol), and no one plays golf.

You definitely don't work for a bank...
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 09:10 AM
 
Give them $100 gift cards from Amazon or someplace like that.
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Nov 10, 2010, 09:45 AM
 
Take a look at thinkgeek. They have some cool stuff and much of it is reasonably priced.
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Nov 10, 2010, 11:07 AM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Thinkgeek: USB Tardis, or the cookie jar Tardis. Some of the tshirts and gadgets.

Perhaps we should have asked what the business does?
I had to lookup "Tardis" to see what this was. I wonder if many others would know what it is right off the bat.

The business is an online storefront provider for professional photographers (instaproofs.com).

Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
Buckey Balls
I actually already have a couple of sets of these to give out. They are a lot of fun

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What ? NONE ?

Does your employer make them sign wavers ?

-t
Of course we don't sign waivers. Everyone (14 people) just happens to be active Mormons, and none of them drink alcohol.

Originally Posted by osiris View Post
Give them $100 gift cards from Amazon or someplace like that.
Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
iTunes gift cards. Are they good for the App Store too?
These might be something we could get. I was hoping to get away from gift cards as much as possible though. Just to keep it a little more fun.

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The gifts are going to be given away in an auction-style event. Everyone starts with xxx fake dollars, and they can try to outbid others for the item(s) of their choosing. If everything is a gift card it will make it less fun, I think.

I appreciate the ideas, everyone. It seemed like it would be a pretty easy task to get these gifts, but it has turned out to be a bit more difficult than I anticipated.
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 02:15 PM
 
Liquor.
     
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Shakeweight.
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Pentagrams.
     
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Originally Posted by torsoboy View Post
The gifts are going to be given away in an auction-style event. Everyone starts with xxx fake dollars, and they can try to outbid others for the item(s) of their choosing. If everything is a gift card it will make it less fun, I think.
It's more fun if you vary the dollar amount of the gift cards and don't say what that amount is when each is auctioned.

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Nov 10, 2010, 03:11 PM
 
How about a stripper and 100 $1 bills?
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Nov 10, 2010, 05:42 PM
 
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Shakeweight.
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Lol

Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey View Post
It's more fun if you vary the dollar amount of the gift cards and don't say what that amount is when each is auctioned.

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I like it! Maybe I will try something variation of this. Some mystery gifts.

Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
How about a stripper and 100 $1 bills?
See the comment above about everyone being Mormon?
     
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Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
How about a stripper and 100 $1 bills?
Originally Posted by torsoboy View Post
See the comment above about everyone being Mormon?
Guys, let's show some respect and understanding.

He doesn't need just any strippers.

He needs Mormon strippers.

-t
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 06:04 PM
 
Yeah, but then the guys have to explain to their 8 wives that they were at the bowling alley all night.
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Nov 10, 2010, 07:38 PM
 
Are there women coworkers? You'll need two strippers then.
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 07:44 PM
 
Are there women coworkers? You don't need strippers then, just alcohol. The problem will solve itself.
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 08:20 PM
 
Ah, those drunken Mormon parties.
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 08:52 PM
 
IDK, there is a Mormon church in my neighbourhood and they all drive like they're high and drunk.
     
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Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
IDK, there is a Mormon church in my neighbourhood and they all drive like they're high and drunk.
With 8 wives, who wouldn't drive like he's nuts.

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Nov 10, 2010, 09:44 PM
 
Clearly, this would be the ultimate gift for the coworkers you describe:


Amazon.com: Mapplethorpe (9783832792145): Mapplethorpe. Robert: Books

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