What presents do you buy people you don't know very well?

(25 Posts)
ChristmasSALutations Mon 03-Dec-12 18:15:07

If you buy chocolates, where from? Same for bath products? What else would you buy a woman?

What do you buy for men?

ginslinger Mon 03-Dec-12 18:18:28

I don't buy presents for people I don't know very well.

LynetteScavo Mon 03-Dec-12 18:23:04

Generally I don't buy presents for people I don't know very well.

But when SIL was pg with my future DN I obviously had to buy her something, even though I'd only met her once before. She has lots of alergies and doesn't like chocolate I went for nice candles. I visited them when the baby was born and the candles were still in the box unused.

I gave champagne the next year, and that seemed to go down well.

ChristmasSALutations Mon 03-Dec-12 19:15:28

I have no choice but to buy for these people. I don't even know if they are drinkers

ChristmasSALutations Mon 03-Dec-12 19:17:43

It's a long story but I will know them well in the future but this year I have to wing it.

Frontpaw Mon 03-Dec-12 19:22:08

Chocolate. Definately. Depends how much you want to spend!

Olympicrock Mon 03-Dec-12 19:23:40

Lush stuff?

BendyBobsBrusselsSprouts Mon 03-Dec-12 19:25:26

If I have to buy something 'safe' for a woman and I'm not too sure what she likes I'll probably choose a lovely candle, maybe a reed oil air freshner or some good soap.

TKMaxx is great for that. I always want them for me though not to give away.

Thorntons chocolate?

ChristmasSALutations Mon 03-Dec-12 19:38:42

Thanks for the suggestions.smile

Any ideas for men?

ChristmasSALutations Mon 03-Dec-12 21:14:42

Bump

BeaLola Mon 03-Dec-12 21:14:43

I struggle with this.

Champagne, lovely candles, Posh chocolates. When I was staying with a friends Parents once I took a planted basket of cyclamen - looked really festive & friends Mum really liked them.

Coffee table book - David Attenborough, Downton Abbey. Any hints on what the like at all ? What is your budget ?

ChristmasSALutations Mon 03-Dec-12 21:23:54

I was thinking about £20 each roughly.

BeaLola Mon 03-Dec-12 21:34:46

you say you will know them well in the future so is it important to you that they like what you ultimately buy ?

Magazine subscription
CD
Cinema tokens
Make them something eg truffles, cake & put with a bottle of something
Bath Oil
Tie

Horsemad Mon 03-Dec-12 22:03:35

I get loads of chocolate bought for me and whilst I like chocolate, I get a bit fed up of it every year. So I usually save it for the school fair raffle smile

GreenShadow Mon 03-Dec-12 22:05:41

Please - not candles.

I would usually go for something to eat / drink

mysteryfairy Mon 03-Dec-12 22:41:47

Hotel chocolat chocs
Bottle of champagne
Jo Malone soap

Aftereightsaremine Tue 04-Dec-12 07:09:09

If they are a couple how about a mini hamper? I've been given a few of those over the years & have always been pleased to receive them.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Tue 04-Dec-12 07:15:04

I hare champagne so it goes to raffle prizes, I would go with gift vouchers, Amazon or Waterstones or similar.

Trumpton Tue 04-Dec-12 07:34:12

Has it got to be 2 separate presents ? What about an M&S bouquet in a container or vase . Next are also good . Do you know their colour scheme ? Or go for white . I would say a avoid Lily based arrangements as they make me ill with the fragrance .
But lovely fresh flowers are great at any time .

HyvaPaiva Tue 04-Dec-12 07:48:53

I can't really think of anything but as you asked for chocolate and bath suggestions around £20, I definitely recommend Amelia Rope Chocolate Cubes for 16 and Jo Malone Bath Oil for 15 They are both absolutely beautiful as gifts and under your budget. smile

Frontpaw Tue 04-Dec-12 08:27:31

Candles? I would probably go for chocolate - Leonadis are nice, so are the french truffles (what's the name again, Chabonel and doodah?).

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Tue 04-Dec-12 09:07:09

I think white flowers is a great suggestion, candles and bath stuff are a bit tricky when you don't know what fragrances they like and are quite likely to not get used,

ovenchips Tue 04-Dec-12 10:19:02

HyvaPalva Thanks for those really lovely suggestions. Think I will be buying both as a Christmas thank you for someone.

Jaynerae Tue 04-Dec-12 10:59:23

I have to buy for my Best friend new partner, only met him couple of times, but I know he loaes food, so am doing him a small hamper with 6 small jars of unusual chutneys made by Mrs Beeton's, some unusual cheeses, bottle red wine and box of crackers.

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