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I know it's too late for Meaghan, but the best thing I've found for showers is having something for people to do while the parents open presents -- decorating a onesie or whatever. So you're not just sitting there oohing and aahing.
@amyfrances So good, right? It's also always fun to me getting a little personal insight -- like of COURSE Sonari Glinton can pull this off, but Ben Calhoun can't.
@CaddyFdot Yeah, I have an annual trip with friends, and we just use a spreadsheet. Maybe an app would be easier! (But also, no, a person would not include their $15 trail mix in the calculations, just the big stuff.)
@notpollyanna (And I only don't want to be That Person because I am literally never the one who is giving the perfect handmade gift....)
I hate to be That Person, but these do seem like the situations where the thoughtful gift is better than the expensive one. Like Mike's cookbook -- he didn't just get them a cookbook, it was the right cookbook. So like a great framed photo of the two of you that you've picked out (and get a cheap off-the-shelf frame).
@jfruh I wouldn't be surprised if it's something we totally forget would be weird elsewhere. Or how about CSA coordinator?
@LookUponMyWorks Yeah, it was grody. And especially disappointing because he would have been a really good professional contact!
So, one time I had a networking drink that I KNEW was not a date because the guy was married...until he stuck his tongue in my mouth. I was like, NO. You get on your goddamn Metro North train and home to your goddamned family!