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Picky people?

I have an aunt who's really picky.  She has... expensive tastes... so simple gifts don't really suit her.  I was thinking of just buying her something but I don't want to be embarrassed if she doesn't like it.  Trust me, she's not afraid to let people know when she thinks a gift sucks.

She just bought her own house a little less than a year ago so I was thinking maybe something for the house?  But I don't know, seems kinda inappropriate for Christmas.

Any gifts that you made for someone who was kind of picky that they loved?


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Dec. 14th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
Maybe some sort of food item, something on the gourmet-ish side? I always try to go for consumables for those people who have everything/don't like anything else.
Dec. 14th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
i second the food thing. that works best for picky people. i'd get her a food item from somewhere like williams sonoma. pricey, but high end. they've also got a lot of homey items. i dont know what your price range is but that would be my choice
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
and now and forever more I will take my time and money and give it charity in there names.

anyways, I think something for the house should be fine.
Dec. 14th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of donating something on her behalf. I mean, what kind of mean person is judgmental of their gifts? That is terrible. And with it being something for charity, she would surely realize that she can't say anything bad about it!
Dec. 14th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
exactly! i love the idea!
Dec. 14th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
I agree if she's like that this is probably the best idea. Gift giving just shouldn't be stressful. Money is really tight for my hubby and myself this year and I was stressing about being able to get others enough. He told me to quit it and that's not the point of Christmas anyhow. You know he's totally right.
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
anything she can't immediately identify (and then FAIL), so a puzzle, a book (she won't know if its good till she's read it. See what I did there? =)...) Some kind of relaxation device (she sounds uptight) like those sand doodle things that have coloured water and you tip them and they spill and get all pretty and. Ok. I think *I* want one of those for xmas.
I'll stop now.
Dec. 14th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
cute response :)
Dec. 14th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
We could lock her and my mother in law in a room together and let them drive each other crazy!
Dec. 14th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
can we add my mother in law to the closet? im having the same hard time trying to find something for her. i think ill make a scarf there are so many cute tutorials in this community. =3

you should try cookies. sugar makes people happy.
Dec. 14th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
I second that, although I might want to bring my mother-in-law with them.
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Third, or fourthed this, my mother AND my mother-in-law!
Dec. 14th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
If she has expensive tastes and apparently doesn't mind being upfront about not liking a gift, she's not picky, she's an ungrateful snob.

Give a donation in her name to a place like http://www.heifer.org/. Then if she doesn't like the fact that you donated money in her name to purchase an animal for some less than fortunate folk, at least you know the people receiving the animal(s) are happy with what you got for them. =p

(That's not to say that its not okay to get upset if someone very close to you (significant other, parent, best friend) bought you something they should know you really dislike and its clear that they didn't put any thought into what they got you - but being upset AND making it known in front of other people you're not happy with it - definitely not cool.)

I wouldn't make her something because if you put a lot of effort into it and she doesn't like it you'll be even more upset then if you buy something for her and she doesn't like it.
Dec. 14th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Good idea -- Heifer International is a great organization.
Dec. 14th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
If she has expensive tastes and apparently doesn't mind being upfront about not liking a gift, she's not picky, she's an ungrateful snob.

This. I wouldn't even bother wasting my time either buying or making something for someone like that. So, I agree with the donation idea.
Dec. 14th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
yeah, i was about to say she doesn't deserve to be given anything if she acts like a child about gifts.

but the donation idea is pretty sweet :)
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Plus, on the bright side, something like heifer.org can be an amusing thing for you, too. Around here, a mild insult is to call a woman an old heifer. ;)
Dec. 15th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
Hehe. Exactly. I almost donated a donkey in my dad's name. =D
Dec. 14th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
my parents are very much like this. This year I found a wine decanter at the bay for $11.00 and I'm grabbing homemade wine from friends to add to the basket. I was also thinking of adding crackers, pate and cheese from the local farmers market. All in it should be around $50.00
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Don't bother trying to please people that refuse to be gracious. A token is all that is required. Give to a charity of your heart's choice in their name.
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Trust me, she's not afraid to let people know when she thinks a gift sucks.

People like this? They don't get gifts from me. That's because I am in no way obligated to buy gifts for ungrateful, demanding people, no matter how closely related we are. And neither are you.

Buy her a lovely card. If she wonders why she didn't get a gift, tell her the truth: "I couldn't afford anything you would have liked, and I know how much you hate getting substandard gifts."
Dec. 16th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
hahaha. love it.
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