Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. melmarsh9v

    melmarsh9v said, almost 3 years ago

    Rena’s approach is very practical— I plan to do the same thing later today!

  2. Lauren M

    Lauren M said, almost 3 years ago

    Gift cards are the best!

  3. DKendra

    DKendra said, almost 3 years ago

    I’ll probably be the odd one out, here. I think gift cards show a lack of caring.

    Yes, yes, I know the arguments: “They can buy what they want that way.”

    But, if you’d paid attention during the last three months what they’ve been ooohing and ahhhing over, you’ll have a good idea what they want and can get it for them. I guarantee they wouldn’t forget your thoughtfulness.

    The only exceptions I can think of are 1) when the person is out of state and won’t tell you what they want or 2) when giving to a community chest to pass out later to a needy family.

  4. gkid

    gkid said, almost 3 years ago

    I don’t mean to be tacky, but I like Gift Cards. Let’s me get something I like. It’s hard to buy for someone else. This simplifies it.

  5. gkid

    gkid said, almost 3 years ago

    Well, except for my other half. That’s different. For rest of family I think gift cards are a really good solution, especially
    with family overseas. Talk about simplification…yahoo.

  6. YatInExile

    YatInExile GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I used to buy gift cards until I found out that people would stick them in their bags, sock drawers, etc. and forget about them.

  7. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, almost 3 years ago

    My kids all got each other gift cards. I don’t see the point of even doing anything at all then. “Here is your $50 gift card”, “Well here is your $50 gift card I got you”. The idea is to show someone that you care and took some time and effort. If their not worth that then they are not someone you should be buying a gift for anyway.

  8. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker said, almost 3 years ago

    Well, I disagree. Except in special cases a gift card says, “I don’t care enough about you to observe and consider what you might like or appreciate. So here’s some money and I won’t have to think about you anymore.” Time is the gift that the gift carder is not willing to give.

  9. GSJ Olé

    GSJ Olé said, almost 3 years ago

    It depends on what the gift card is for. I work for a fabric store, and the ladies who receive gift cards love them because they can buy fabric they normally couldn’t afford (or, for quilters, buy MORE fabric…). One of my sons is buying another one a gift card for a brewing supply shop – the 2nd son loves to brew his own beer. First son wouldn’t have a clue what 2nd son needs; this way it’s practical and thoughtful.

  10. PhoebeDog

    PhoebeDog said, almost 3 years ago

    I used to feel the same way—I’d pay attention, and then surprise the people. But I don’t spend a fortune on gifts, and it’s become my experience that people don’t ooh and ahh over $25-$50 things—they just go ahead and buy them. Plus everyone is so specific—they don’t want an Ipod, they want the so many gigabyte such a color etc. It’s become impossible. Plus with my nieces’ schedules, I don’t get to spend any time with them shopping—we’re always at a family function or a ball game (they are all athletes but also great students!).

  11. mrssaskfan

    mrssaskfan said, almost 3 years ago

    @GSJ Olé

    Yes, that’s when a gift card IS the thoughtful gift. A bookstore card for a bookworm, if you’re not sure where their passions are heading at the moment. A music store card for someone who has you utterly confused about pedals and reverb and distortion. A quality clothing store card for someone who’s starting a new job and needs to spiff up the wardrobe. One year our eldest got a gift card from his uncle for his favorite fast food joint. It came in very handy the day before payday.

  12. sfreader1

    sfreader1 said, almost 3 years ago


    I’m with you. However, I also buy a little something, like their favorite gum, candy or nuts so there will be a package to unwrap.

  13. sfreader1

    sfreader1 said, almost 3 years ago


    So give them cash! It is always the right color and size.

  14. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, almost 3 years ago

    For most of the commenters gift cards impersonal if your not around family members or friends gift cards are great. means no returns to dept stores. One friend wants books we have no idea what kind of books friend wants gift card allows friend to select what they want and since friend has Iphone can download ebooks.
    I like gift cards or cash I do not find impersonal and I can get what I need without saying if something is too personal.

  15. georgiiii

    georgiiii said, almost 3 years ago

    Ideally we would all do personal handcrafted gifts for everyone on our lists. In the real world, I buy the small grandkids presents and clothes. My son and DIL get cash – their needs are for things like remodeling the bathroom and major preventative maintenance on their cars.

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