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December 20th, 2012, 02:55 PM
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So Most of DH and my friends are the career type. They are, for the most part, delaying having kids/ not having kids. They all also LOVE Micah. Micah is seriously getting extremely spoiled this Christmas by all of our friends. They haven't sent anything to Scott and I but my goodness is Micah scoring with the presents! I am sending Christmas cards and I will also send thank you cards but am I required to get them something? I feel like I should? I have no idea what to get them though if I do and they have all been so generous!
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December 20th, 2012, 03:38 PM
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It might be a nice gesture to try sending something small. My best friend is very career oriented & I got a bunch of stuff for her desk at work. Post-its, pens, paper clips, etc.
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December 20th, 2012, 03:45 PM
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I am running into the same problem, well, with our friends without children. I bought a bunch of chocolate (kisses, etc.) today and am going to make up little bags of them to carry around in the diaper bag. Its inexpensive and everyone likes chocolate! And its just a token since you don't expect everyone to buy the baby something but you still have that feeling that you need to reciprocate! But its up to you if you want to do something...I know in the past I have given gifts for new babies and had absolutely no expectation of anything in return.
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December 20th, 2012, 03:51 PM
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I think something small, just a token, would be great. However, as someone who has been giving gifts to children of our friends for years, I have never expected something in return. And, actually, I don't think I've ever gotten anything in return, except a thank you card.
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December 20th, 2012, 04:46 PM
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I would give a food gift to let them know you appreciate it and are thinking of them. Something like cookies or something sweet.
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December 20th, 2012, 06:03 PM
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People just love to buy baby things! I think a nice thank you note is perfect, and if/when they have kids you will return the favor. I don't think adults expect gifts in return when they give to children. A cup of coffee next time you're out or an extra batch of cookies would be sweet.
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December 20th, 2012, 08:33 PM
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My Dad always said to me that people give you things because they WANT to, not because they want things back. I think about it with myself and it's true.

I think the thank you cards are enough.
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December 21st, 2012, 05:26 AM
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...and it happened again last night before I could make up the little bags.

He's going to be the best dressed little man around!
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I think token gifts or just the thank you cards. If someone gets ME a gift I like to reciprocate. If someone gets the kids a gift, but not me, as far as I'm concerned a thank you suffices.

I buy presents for who I want and can afford to buy presents for, usually people who have been wonderful to me during the year. I don't expect them back or mind if I don't get anything back because not everyone can afford the extravagance. I'm sure your friends are exactly the same.
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December 21st, 2012, 11:43 AM
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I'm glad you brought this up, Brittany! We're having the same "problem"!
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December 21st, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Thanks for all of the advice!! I went ahead and for someone who absolutely spoiled Micah rotten I know they are having trouble connecting lately as a couple so I got a Starbucks gift card (also a good excuse to get myself a little coffee gift this morning lol.) I put it in our christmas card and wrote an extra note about how they can go get a yummy drink, a sweet treat and I hope they have good conversation and a bit of time to relax in a cozy coffee house together. Everyone else I am going to try to do the baking thing for but I don't have time to bake so I think I am going to do one of those pintrist pile ingredients in a jar thing lol. I have to go find jars though :-/

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December 21st, 2012, 12:56 PM
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Thanks for all of the advice!! I went ahead and for someone who absolutely spoiled Micah rotten I know they are having trouble connecting lately as a couple so I got a Starbucks gift card (also a good excuse to get myself a little coffee gift this morning lol.) I put it in our christmas card and wrote an extra note about how they can go get a yummy drink, a sweet treat and I hope they have good conversation and a bit of time to relax in a cozy coffee house together. Everyone else I am going to try to do the baking thing for but I don't have time to bake so I think I am going to do one of those pintrist pile ingredients in a jar thing lol. I have to go find jars though :-/

Thanks everyone!
I did 2 of those jars last night....make sure you get a wide funnel to help...I had a smaller funnel and I just gave it up and cleaned up a giant mess after
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December 21st, 2012, 06:29 PM
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thanks for the tip!
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December 23rd, 2012, 09:12 PM
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People have different choices.Thank You cards gives the actual gestures .You may choose chocolates and cookies along with Thank You cards. I must say one of my friend is also very career oriented but she likes Strawberries so i am holding her weakness so i will give thank you card with Strawberries.
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December 24th, 2012, 06:23 AM
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I thnk the jars are a great idea! I always love giving/receiving those
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