I’ve been crunching some numbers, and my personal loan payoff probably won’t happen until my June 5 paycheck because May is going to be an expensive month for me. I have to buy 3 gifts, all for people who are important to me so I really don’t want to scrimp. All the gifts are for very different occasions, too. Which is stressful for me because I am: The. Worst. Gift. Giver. Ever. Seriously, I think really hard about the gifts I give and then I always blow it. So here are the three people/occasions for which I’m giving gifts and my potential ideas. Please help! Tell me if my ideas are okay, and any suggestions you have would be great:
Graduation Gift (for my beloved sister): She is graduating this year from a prestigious university, with the highest undergraduate GPA in her department, with a degree in….finance. I know what you’re thinking – she is f*cked. And so far her job search has been extremely depressing, especially for someone who is so bright and motivated. It’s looking like she’s going to be moving back in with our parents for a while, so I don’t want to get her any new apartment stuff as it might depress her more. I was thinking of getting her Suze Orman’s Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke. I want to tape a Visa gift card in the back of it with the instructions that she can spend the gift card only when she’s finished the whole book.
Birthday Gift (for T): I have absolutely no ideas. And he doesn’t either. His parents tend to give really boring gifts, so I always like to get something thoughtful and nice. But I’m stumped.
Wedding Shower Gift (for a work friend): She is actually marrying another teacher in my department (so cute – social studies love!) so it will really be a gift to both of them. They have a registry, so that’s a little easier, but it seems like their registry is a lot of little, random stuff that doesn’t really go together nicely for gift purposes. So this is a stumper, too.
My total budget is going to be about $250 for all three gifts. I know this is a lot, but again all of these people are important to me so I want to get everyone something nice.