July 27, 2006

Need Gift Suggestions

I just got a call from a friend of mine, who also happens to be a colleague, who invited us (my husband and I only - no kids - very clear about that) to his daughter's Bat Mitzvah. I, or course, accepted the invite and just know that it will be loads of fun as it is here.

My question....as I am Catholic and have NEVER been to a Bat Mitzvah... what is the appropriate gift to give? And a price range? Is a Tiffany's bracelet out of the question? I mean like this one....

Help!

10 Comments:

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Dee Dee said...

It depends on how much you want to spend. If you want to spend that kind of money, a Tiffany bracelet would be nice. Otherwise, a Savings Bond for $50 or whatever works well.

I'm surprised it's no kids - usually those parties are FOR kids..

 
At 3:27 PM, Blogger Sheri said...

My vote is for a savings bond but the bracelet is very nice.

You get to go to all the swankt stuff don'cha? Lucky duck!

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger macboudica said...

My daughter has been to a drove of these in the last year. A gift certificate (card) to a department store is always nice for girls that age--they are picky about what they like. And believe me--they think anything an adult picks out is lame. A savings bond would work too, but you can't spend it right away.

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger JayMonster said...

When it comes to teens, Cash is king. Although gift certificates are nice.

Money Magazine has recently written up an article about what a waste of time and money savings bonds are because of the interest rates etc, so now I will generally avoid them.

If you want, you can also ask the parents if they have a 529 plan set up for their child (this is an untaxed account for College Savings), most 529 plans provide a way for people to "gift" money into the 529 plan.

 
At 7:38 PM, Anonymous lala said...

If you want to appear authentic and like you know what you're doing give her an amout that is a multiple of 18. That's a significant number and monetary gifts are usually along those lines. Or you could get her a nice Star od David or Chai charm.
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At 11:34 AM, Blogger Heather said...

I love the bracelet, but I say cash as well. Teens are fickle. At least MY neices are.

 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

call the mom and find out what kind of cell phone she has (the daughter) and get her an accessory. I like when the gift has a little homework attached. That or 100 bucks. (50 bucks for the friend, 50 bucks for the colleague)

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At 2:32 PM, Blogger OneCrueGirl said...

I'll jump on the gift card bandwagon, like to a trendy store, a music store, or for a mani/pedi.

 
At 7:17 PM, Anonymous sherry said...

Personally, I've never been to a Mitzvah of any sort, but I think the bracelet is an excellent idea, unless Tiffany bling is so very 5 minutes ago, then...whatever. She can always exchange it for something else.

I say, get what you want!!!

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger Dee Dee said...

I'd have to disagree that savings bonds are a waste of money. Cash is nice, but she'll spend it right away. My husband go loads of bonds when he was a baby and now they are hitting the 30 year mark (and then some) and we are thrilled to have the extra money. We cashed in some bonds last week with a face value of $150 and got almost $1,000 for them. That is huge in our life right now - much better than spending it on a few music CD's that she'll make fun of 5 years from now.

 

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