Definitely just put a bunch of this stuff on the wish list that I linked my fiance's mom to for Christmas gift ideas for me.
@Allison Yes, I bought myself a cute apron at a craft fair last year, but I only really remember to use it once I have gotten food all over myself.
@Laurabean And give them a recipe for homemade eggnog along with that fresh nutmeg. Yum!!
@amyfrances Yeah, that one seemed weird to me. The only situation where that miiiiight be a reasonable option is if the two of you have discovered a mutual interest in make-up, and talk about it regularly and you knew for a fact it would be something that would be well-received. Like I have co-worker who I could conceivably buy make-up for as a gift, but 1) neither of us are the boss 2) we are actually really close friends 3) we signed up from random monthly make-up subscriptions together on more than one occasion(birch box type things). Even in this situation I don't think I'd get her make-up unless it was something she specifically stated that she wanted.
@Meaghano Yes, I do agree that in this situation it is a bit weird. If my boss were a CEO/business owner I would feel a bit weird about giving a gift or feeling obligated to pitch in for a group gift. In my personal situation I would totally happily pitch in for a gift for my direct supervisor, but we work in government and I am not making her a profit or anything, and we are fairly close. I would feel weird about about giving to anyone higher up than her though, because I don't really work closely with them or really know them on anything but a fairly superficial level.
@littlebitofK Yes, that is how I read it. They were emailing money to the people collecting for the gift, not to the boss. In one of the last sentences, there is something about using the email chain about collecting the money to suggest gift ideas.
@sea ermine I thought they were pooling cash in order to buy a (non-cash) gift?
The alt text thingy on this one is great.
@Fear Biter I just googled this, and I am right there with you. That sounds like a great lunch.
@ocello I prefer putting it all in a jar and shaking it like a maniac because I find that enjoyable.