Would you recommend me a good gift?

@youless (90022)
Guangzhou, China
July 23, 2007 9:19pm CST
My dad knows a doctor for nearly 10 years. This doctor is very good and always cures my dad's illness. So they become to be friends. My dad wants to thank her, and probably we will visit her on this weekend. We would like to give her a gift, but wondering which is good gift for her. We don't want to give her shallow presents. This doctor is about 45 years old and we don't know her hobbies. She is a traditional Chinese medical doctor. Any good ideas?
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
24 Jul 07
Hello youless!:-) I think the best gift for someone should be something that he/she can put into some useful purpose. That's why I have never encouraged giving a decoration piece or something like that in gifts. I may be wrong but it should be something useful. Have you thought about a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant)? it is also called 'palm top' just like 'desk top' or 'lap top' or a 'palm pilot' or simply 'palm'. It has been a great success for doctors working in Africa. It can store data, can be used for emails, internet and information transfer etc. For Doctors, it can be a real gift because it can serve as a quick reference for them for quick consultation of information. They are also much cheaper in china. Other possibility could be a medical dictionary or medical encyclopedia. Probably she would already be having dictionary but not encyclopedia and I believe that she will appreciate any of these gifts. Whatever suits you as per your budget and availability, take it and whatever you will give, will always be appreciated because gifts are always loved:-)
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@youless (90022)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Jul 07
Frankly, in her age I think she is not interested in something like PDA. Here, the doctors who in the big hospitals may use computer. As to the traditional Chinese medical doctor, perhaps it's not the same. Well, actually I am quite familiar with PDA and smartphone because I have both.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
24 Jul 07
I very much expected that you would be familiar with PDAs because they are very common and especially china has excelled a lot in making them available and economical for almost everyone. What about encyclopedia then? but a traditional doctor may not be interested in general medical encyclopedia, I guess! What's her interests are, I mean if she likes to write then you can make her a gift about it, or anything related to her interest that can be useful for her. I am sorry I wasn't of any help! Best of luck in choosing a gift for her:-)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
30 Jul 07
Thanks for the best response, youless!:-)
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
24 Jul 07
Do you know if she likes coffee? I think gourmet coffee would be a good present. Maybe a beautiful scarf or shawl would be nice too.
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@youless (90022)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Jul 07
Here maybe tea is better than coffee as a gift. As we don't have a habit to drink coffee, especially for the elders.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
25 Jul 07
Yes, I was thinking that. I knew tea was popular there but didn't really know about coffee.
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@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
29 Jul 07
A beautiful colourful flowing waterfall wall hanger will be pleasant gift. Whenever we see it we get an energetic and fresh feeling. Since she is the doctor and busy always with sickness around her always, this picture will give her a change of scene and fresh feeling.
@youless (90022)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Jul 07
Your gift is very special, thanks a lot:)
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
26 Jul 07
Hi youless! She is a traditional Chinese, then maybe she would love to receive a lucky charm. In the chinese calendar, this is the year of the pig and it is believed that if you have figurines or ornaments of pigs, it will bring good luck to your home. I know because I love to follow that custom. Good luck and have a nice day!
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@youless (90022)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Jul 07
We don't know her age. You know this is a very sensitive question for a woman:)
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@sugarfloss (2140)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 07
Get her gift vouchers for a major departmental store.she'll make use of the vouchers for sure.
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@youless (90022)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Jul 07
I think the word "vooucher" is a new word for my dictionary. It's quite strange that I'm unable to find it from the dictionary. I found it via the net and I know what it is now:)
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25 Jul 07
a bunch of flowers is simple and every woman like it. with a note of thanks from your dad
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@youless (90022)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jul 07
In fact I also like flowers as a gift, but my dad doesn't belong to this age in this aspect. I believe he'll think it's so weird to give flowers. You know, sometimes the elders really have the opposite opinion to us.
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@drannhh (15044)
• United States
25 Jul 07
I would second the suggestion of a gift card. That way she can buy whatever she wants and will always remember your Dad's thoughtfulness. Even an inexpensive gift card would show appreciation. I have gotten lots of gifts that were sweet and appreciated at the time, but most of them end up getting thrown away because really, they just weren't something that was needed or wanted.
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@youless (90022)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jul 07
Perhaps the gift card will become to be a popular present here.
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@Lifez2short (4969)
• United States
24 Jul 07
Have you thought about maybe just getting her a gift card to a good resturant? Or maybe a gift card to a local mall?
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@youless (90022)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jul 07
In fact after we visit her, we will also invite her to have a meal in a nice retaurant.
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• Canada
29 Jul 07
I like to give gift cartificates to my loved one's favourite store. This way they can get what they really need. I wouldn't want to get the person something they already have, or don't need.
@youless (90022)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Jul 07
Thanks for your response.