Presents to people you don't know

@Porcospino (17931)
Denmark
January 9, 2011 12:27pm CST
My husband and I recently bought a house, and yesterday we visited the house. The previous owner still lives there and she invited us for coffee and showed us the things that she wants to give us (different kinds of furniture, flowers, lamps, paint, curtains, books and several other things and she no longer needs) She also showed us around the house and gave us some practical tips about the different things, she even wrote a list of practical information that she gave to us. She was really friendly and helpful, and we want to give her something to show her our appreciation, because we are so grateful for things she has given us and the many things she has done for us We want to give her something (a kind of present), but we hardly know her, so it is a little difficult to find the right thing. If you wanted to give a present to person you hardly knew which kind of present would you choose? Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to give a present without knowing which things the person likes?
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
9 Jan 11
Hello Porcospine. Well since the lady is giving you all the things you have listed It seems to me she is wanting to have less material things in her life. So I would get a gift card from some place like Macy's. That way she can get something to fit her taste.
@Porcospino (17931)
• Denmark
10 Jan 11
She is moving from a house to an apartment and that is the reason why she has decided to give away many of her things. My husband and I are in the opposite situation, and the house that we have bought is slightly better than the place where we live at the moment, so it is great that she wants to give us some of her things. Yes, a giftcard would give her the chance to buy something that she wants
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
10 Jan 11
Something else to consider is that as an older person I prefer gift cards that way I can get what I need and what fits me and my physical problems.
@TeamCholent (2843)
• United States
9 Jan 11
Its good to hear that there are still kind people out there in the world. Do you know if she is moving into another house or apartment? Look around the house to get a better idea of what she likes and if she collects anything. If you still can't decide you can't go wrong with a gift card to a large store.
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@Porcospino (17931)
• Denmark
10 Jan 11
She is moving into an apartment and her new place is smaller than the house where she used to live, and that is one of the reasons why she can't bring all of the furniture and other things. But I still think that is very nice of her to give us all those things, she could have sold them instead of giving them away...Yes, a giftcard would give her the chance to buy the things that she likes. There a big mall in one of cities on our island and I think it is possible to give her a gift card that she can use in any shop that she chooses. That way she would be able to choose the shop herself.
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
9 Jan 11
hello, How about taking a picture with her and the house as background. Then have it on a frame as her souvenir and a card/thank you note. So,wherever she goes,after she leaves the house she will always have a memory to remember each time she look at the picture frame. I never been in the same situation,and you are so lucky to have those things as a give-a-way/package with the house. Not to mention that she(the owner) maybe has some sentimental value with those things that she will be leaving at the house with you guys. Have a great week ahead
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@Porcospino (17931)
• Denmark
10 Jan 11
I think she would appreciate a picture like that, because I know that she enjoyed living there. She has chosen to move because of practical problems and not because she wanted to leave the place. I also think that some of things that she is leaving behind might have sentimental value. It is not always easy to decide what to bring and what to leave behind, but sometimes it is nessesary especially when you move to a something smaller. I also wish you a great week
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
11 Jan 11
And,once she misses the old place,she can look at the picture and assure herself that the house is well maintained by you. I knew the feeling,because i once leave a house where i grew up. I was 16 years old when my parents needs to sell our house because we need to go back home to my father's hometown. It hurts...i grew up from that house,i had my childhood memories in that house. And also same thing,we have to leave some things behind since the journey is really far and we can not bring all the stuffs. It was really sad,until now i still miss that house,and i still have clear memory of it Have a good day always
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• India
10 Jan 11
I would prefer choosing something which can be kept in her house since I do not know the person very well. Some decorative lamps, gifts which can be kept in the house and can be centre of attraction. Since you have already seen her house it is better you will be able to decide what to gift her.
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@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
10 Jan 11
Good to hear a nice story like this on and to know there are still nice people in the world. Well, since you don't know much about the lady, it will be difficult to give her a gift. It seems as if she is downsizing her life by giving away items, so a small impersonal gift is practical. If she is not moving so far away, you could invite her out to dinner after you are settle. Or, maybe take her to dinner before she leaves, if she is moving far away. That is very nice of you to want to do something to say thank you.