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Old 06-07-2010, 06:53 AM   #21
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I agree with bbbami. I saw little humor in the black balloons, cardboard headstone, "over the hill" cards and all that nonsense.

Show a little more class.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:26 AM   #22
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Sheesh, you cheapskates couldn't even spare him any of your real Viagra?

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Old 06-07-2010, 04:39 PM   #23
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Sheesh, you cheapskates couldn't even spare him any of your real Viagra?
The "Viagra keychain" was one of those promotional things passed out to docs by a drug rep...it had a compartment where you could store a couple of pills. Uh, none of us had access to any real Viagra. Or, rather, no one admitted to having any.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:03 PM   #24
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When I turned 40, wife made a cake in the shape of a toilet (a lot of work) and put a few half- melted tootsie rolls at the bottom of the cake. The sign in front of the cake said: "Honey, you turned 40, but nobody gives a sh!t!. But I dunno if this is something she'd like.

Oh man, if someone made a cake like this for me, on ANY birthday, they would be my favorite person forever.
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which reminds me....men need something to aim for
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which reminds me....men need something to aim for

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Old 06-07-2010, 06:44 PM   #26
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I still think gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other events are something to give up except for children. I understand most folks still find this an important way to express love and hope your SIL has a very happy and healthy 50th!
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:13 PM   #27
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I still think gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other events are something to give up except for children. I understand most folks still find this an important way to express love and hope your SIL has a very happy and healthy 50th!
Quite a reasoned approach I think, Purron. For almost all of my friends, I give only small tokens as gifts (jams, coffees, teas, honey, etc). I buy extra tickets for cultural events and often invite a friend to go with me as my guest (without designating it as a gift per se). This Saturday I am taking a good friend to see "Othello". I have a series of tickets later in the summer for some Pinter plays. I suppose I am self serving in a way as I have company for things that interest me, but I think they also have a day out doing something they might not do otherwise. This supports the arts and fills up the theaters...a good use of money in my opinion.
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50 roses...

$50 Gift certificate to her favorite store/spa

50 Green M&M's...
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Not self serving at all, in my view. In fact, this is the perfect reason to ask someone out on a date. They'll no doubt have a nice time, and you learn whether they like the same things you do (or are extremely good at dissembling).

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50 roses...

$50 Gift certificate to her favorite store/spa

50 Green M&M's...
You can never go wrong with a spa/store gift certificate. I've never received negative feedback after giving these.
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For a much appreciated academic colleague turning 50, on the advice of the "senior ladies", we had some colleagues cover her classes with suitable lectures and sent her to a "day spa"
It was a hit
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We're heading to a 50th later this month ... I was thinking of back ordering the newspaper from the day they were born.

I set aside copies of the paper the day my boys were born for this reason.

Not quite sure if the full editions are readily available ... maybe the library can pull sections.
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For my sister's 50th we were able to get off of ebay the Time magazine with her birth date as the publication date. Fortuntely , with Time being a weekly magazine, the year she was born fell on the publication date.

It was not mint condition but in great shape. She (and her daughter) got a kick out of it - especially the advertisements.
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Just to let everyone know what we chose to do for my sister in law.

After consulting with my brother, no flowers – her allergies are too severe. Nothing was sent to work, at her request.

We mailed a nice card, I sent an inappropriate “someecard” to her without telling anyone else, and we invited them (brother and SIL) to a concert (Procul Harum and Jethro Tull) and we gave her a very nice Barolo (her favorite).

She sent an email thanks for the mail card and called me, laughing, about the someecard. The concert was a blast, we all had a great time.

There is a place for humor, even with milestone celebration dates. In this case the humor was very well received – but also discrete. I don't give lots of gifts, but I do think certain milestone moments are worthy of celebration and some people (like SIL) who give much more than they receive deserve the attention.

Thanks for all the feedback and advice.
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Wow - Barolo $$$$

Very nice!

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