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Should I re-think this gift?

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SeasonallySnowyPeasant Mon 10-Dec-12 21:45:40

I got a bit carried away with getting bargains on Amazin Black Friday blush and bought DBro's girlfriend casserole/braising tongs. I don't know her very well but apparently she likes cooking and I didn't want to get her something too generic. She is absolutely lovely and would accept a roll of bin bags with good grace but should I get her something else?

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Wed 12-Dec-12 08:46:23

Thanks Thumbwitch, that's really cute smile I'm tempted.

Thumbwitch Wed 12-Dec-12 03:02:34

Maybe something like this? - if she likes chocolate, that is. Or there are others here if you don't like that one - that makes me one up on your brother for ideas then! wink

RacHoHoHog Tue 11-Dec-12 21:29:16

snowkey not sure if that comment was for my benefit but I will have a look there anyway. I get tong envy everytime I watch15 min meals.

Snowkey Tue 11-Dec-12 21:23:59

Tongs are fantastically useful but you can buy very good ones for a couple of quid no need to spend £££s. Try Nisbets.

RacHoHoHog Tue 11-Dec-12 20:07:04

I really want some tongs, Jamie Oliver makes them look so useful!

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Tue 11-Dec-12 19:40:32

Idea for an alternative? Of course not hmm

It will have to be a book voucher or something equally boring.

Merrin Tue 11-Dec-12 18:11:23

I think your over thinking it, its a fine gift. grin

Thumbwitch Tue 11-Dec-12 13:35:02

I hope he gave you some idea for an alternative then smile

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Tue 11-Dec-12 13:32:07

Reply from DBro. He thinks she wouldn't use them. I shall unwrap them and put them in my kitchen grin (and stop feeling so smug about having finished my Christmas shopping)

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Tue 11-Dec-12 12:58:26

A Brie-baker?! That's worse than mine, fantastic. Someone got hooked on the Lakeland catalogue...

She lives with her parents or her sister depending on where she's studying so she doesn't need crockery.

No reply from DBro yet but he is at work.

INeedThatForkOff Tue 11-Dec-12 12:51:49

What about some nice crockery (Cath Kidston / Emma Bridgewater type stuff if she's into it)?

INeedThatForkOff Tue 11-Dec-12 12:50:39

TBH, we have loads of cookery-related gifts given to DH that we never, ever use - garlic roaster, brie baker, pasta machine etc ...

Thumbwitch Tue 11-Dec-12 10:29:26

I like the tongs but might be a bit hmm about getting them as a first Christmas present from you!

See what your brother says though. smile

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Tue 11-Dec-12 10:26:53

Ok, I'm going to put it to my brother. Here goes...

Theala Tue 11-Dec-12 10:06:59

I like the posh tongs. I would like to receive them as a gift, I think.

DoubleMum Tue 11-Dec-12 09:54:18

I have tongs and use them often (although never for a casserole!). I use them for all kind of things - turning meat, lifting something like bacon, roast potatoes etc off a cooking tray, loads of things. I'll be honest though, mine are £3 ones from Tesco, I'd be a bit bemused with posh tongs.

CajaDeLaMemoria Tue 11-Dec-12 09:43:53


I think if you'd got her a casserole set, or a casserole pot thing, it'd be okay. But tongs are bizarre. I've never known anyone use them. I like to cook but I'd never heard of them...I don't know what I'd do with them.

I think they might be one of those weird things that some people will find really useful, and others would be baffled by. Like silicon cake cases.

If I was you I'd keep the tongs for myself and buy her something edible, or a little cooking set, or something.

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Tue 11-Dec-12 09:38:26

Alright, alright, I know it was a bit of a silly impulse buy but I didn't pay £17. I'm not that much of a mug, honest.

sausagesandwich34 Tue 11-Dec-12 09:35:05

tongs for casserole? what's wrong with a fork?

pictish Tue 11-Dec-12 09:31:55

£18 for tongs!!

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Tue 11-Dec-12 09:27:48

I'll talk to DBro and see what he thinks. If worst cones to worst, I get to keep them grin

Snowkey Tue 11-Dec-12 06:24:52

Honest opinion - I think they are a bit of an odd gadget....I'd send them back and get something useful or edible - make her some peppermint bark or home made fudge rather than buying a gift. Who would pay £17.99 for tongs though - that price was seriously inflated.

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Mon 10-Dec-12 22:46:26

angry just spotted that I paid 8p more for them than they cost now. So much for a bargain!

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Mon 10-Dec-12 22:41:29

Pictish here they are. I'd use them for turning and picking up meat.

Well, they seemed like a good idea at the time but I am wondering whether it's a bit odd. I only have my mum's word for it that she's into cooking and I don't know much about her other interests. It's also the first time I've bought for her and I very much doubt she'll buy for me or DH and the DCs so I don't want to embarrass her with a big gift.

starfishmummy Mon 10-Dec-12 22:27:50

What cazza says!!

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