Since I am All Grown Up and have few needs or wants I don't prefer to satisfy for myself I am not so much into birthday gifts. Except for my own children I generally do not buy birthday presents or expect any (exception being my spouse). If I am working on my birthday I bring cake or slutty brownies or some other kind of treat for everyone to share.
My grandparents, taught me to make it, grow it, and make it last, reinforced by my mother who can make or fix anything.
In my opinion as a car owner: Ordinary repairs that the owner may have had to do if you had not had custody of the car, owner pays. Damage to the car, you pay all unless insurance pays some in which case you pay the deductible plus a gift.
My first job was retail at F&R Lazarus, paying minimum wage of $1.00/hour, generously staffed. That job with the Major Retailer I work for now with the lack of experience I had then would pay $8.00 (MA minimum wage), skimpily staffed and you would be expected to be able to sell an entire house full of custom furniture almost immediately. Gasoline in 1968 cost .29/gallon full service, by way of comparison, and $5 paid for my full week of bus transport to and from work. We had a subsidized cafeteria, a lounge, 20% discount and a registered nurse on duty. I don't think you get as much for your work these days, and fewer people are hired to do the same amount of work.
The price for two is way out of our budget, but probably a pretty good deal compared to say a broadway show and dinner. I am clearly not their target audience.
I have always had horrible cell reception in my house anywhere I have ever lived, not to mention an ongoing problem with my cell that NO ONE could hear me (until I took my out-of-warranty iphone apart and fixed it, so if I want to communicate with anyone I need my land line. ATT, by the way.
Whale watching, for sure. I've only been once but I would do it again. I will never go to Sea World, for cruelty to animals and disregard for OSHA standards.
Cats are generally cheaper, in my experience. Small dogs of types that do not need professional grooming are second. Really it's not that hard to learn to groom a dog yourself, either. One thing I keep seeing is people who are willing to go to heroic lengths to keep an animal with otherwise terminal health problems alive. I am really not willing to do that myself. There is nothing wrong with adopting a healthy animal and limiting how far you are willing to carry vet care. Vet bills have skyrocketed in the last ten years, even for the normal yearly checkups and vaccines that comprise the minimum of pet care.
My experience with that clause, was during a hostile takeover of one oil company by another included making jokes about the acquiring company. You can imagine the hilarity that ensued, plus the faxing of the contract to our personal attorneys and everyone we knew or had ever heard of in the industry. In the end Apache Corp paid everyone the appropriate severance (MUCH more than 2 weeks pay) without anyone signing the contract.
For those who are thinking of foregoing the treatment after a bat encounter, a Cape Cod resident was bit by a bat in his sleep and subsequently died of rabies last year.