Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
My mother just sent me a novel of a nasty email for not sending my cousin's new baby a Baptism gift. Truth of the matter is I have been delaying it because I simply don't know what to get her. Everybody says money, but that seems like a cop out, or not sentimental enough for such an occassion.
For these kinds of occasions where I have no idea what to get someone I always get the kid a US savings bond. This does several things.
1. The face value of the bond is double what you pay for it. But nobody knows how bonds work so they think you spent more than you actually did.
2. They can't cash in the bonds for sometime so the parents will see it as an investment in their little kid, like you care whether or not little Dopey McDope goes to college in two decades.
3. It is very easy for you but again, as nobody knows how bonds work, they'll think you spent a lot of time to get it.
4. It's classier than just cash in an envelope.