We had our nephew's 13th and my mother in law's 60th birthdays this weekend. It was a struggle to know how to do this gift giving thing without buying anything new.
I feel like we did a pretty good job, but not perfect. My wife made the cards. She has a knack for doing this with just-right National Geographic photos. For our nephew, we burned him some funny videos, and my wife is wokring on making him a video of clips from all the video footage taken of him from birth until now. A long, long, labour of love. We also threw a few bucks in his card.
For my wife's mother, it was harder. I couldn't buy her cute things, the flowers looked crappy where I went, so I got her a gift certificate. I felt weird about just giving her cash. So I didn't buy things, but she likely will buy things with it. hmmm. What do you guys think?
I will go console myself by checking my free lottary ticket number...