Thursday, December 20, 2007

Librarians' Breakfast

This morning was our staff's annual breakfast buffet and holiday party. I don't usually eat breakfast, so it is nice to have it every little once in a while. This year they served some sort of egg souffle dish with cheese and green chilies, along with croissants and several other pastries. So, there wasn't much to it, really, but it was fine. As long as I get some coffee, I am good.
We also did our gift exchange game. You are probably familiar with it. Anyone who wants to participate brings a gift (for us it is supposed to be in the $15-$20 range), then we draw numbers. Number 1 chooses a gift and opens it for everyone to see, then Number 2 can either take that gift or choose an unopened gift, etc. Once a gift has been stolen for the 3rd time it is locked down. Eventually, everyone ends up with something. This year I got a little box of bonbons with a $15 gift card for Target. Yay! I love gift cards and I love Target (as much as I am willing to love a store).
Now, the party is over and I am sitting on the public service desk freezing my butt off...yeah, don't I wish...but there is this cold draft that always seems to blow right on us here! It is dead quiet this morning, so I am doing this, while sitting in my jacket and sniffling. Hottie! haha!
Anyway, let me ask for your guys' opinions on something. When you are getting or giving gifts, do you think gift cards are sort of cheating? Some people don't like to get or give them, as they feel they don't require enough thought or effort or something. Other people, like me, love getting them and going stress free shopping. I know that stores love selling them, because a great number of them are never redeemed, so that sort of sucks. So, what do you think of the gift card option?

7 comments:

Tara said...

I LOVE the giftcard option. That stuns my brain to think that some of those cards go unredeemed! Gasp! I can see if you've spent all but 38 cents of a card, but to not redeem a whole giftcard is a waste!

Don't get me wrong, I like giving and getting stuff that can be wrapped and unwrapped as well, but I don't think there's anything wrong with the cards. Some of my brothers think of it as cheating.

Churlita said...

I think gift cards are the gifts that keep on giving. Not everyone knows what I have or want, but with a card, I have several options.

laura b. said...

Tara: Mind boggling, isn't it? I know that if I get a gift card it does get used. I guess as long as you know they don't care for the card you can go ahead with an actual gift and hope for the best :-)

Churlita: I agree. I get excited when I happen to get a couple of cards to the same place and I can really go nuts.

evil-e said...

I like it for me..I have no problem getting one. People usually are lost when it comes to music and movie purchases for me.

The Furtive Wangler said...

I think gift cards are fine. I probably wouldn't use them with kids because they like the surprise of unwrapping gifts but for anyone than 14, yeah people like to have the choice as you say.

Viki said...

I love gift cards, cause it gives me the option to buy whatever. I hate when someone/anyone buys me clothes - its just not done.
However, my irritation w/ gift cards is that no matter how much it says the card is worth - in reality it is always worth a lot less. So a $100 card is maybe worth $80 worth of stuff.

laura b. said...

Evil-E: The gift of choice!

FW: I agree they are not for the little ones. But for older teens sometimes they are the only way to go...that or cold, hard cash :-)

Viki: I tend to spend the entire card and put in what (usually) little extra it takes to make up any overage. I haven't had a lot of luck with other people buying me clothes either...