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Then there was that year you thought you'd come up with a good idea for a gift. Turns out he did not really want the new TLC CD (the band, not the tv channel) even though it featured the hit single "Waterfalls" (it's in your head now isn't it? "Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that ya used to."). He also apparently did not enjoy the hand stenciled t-shirt you gave him a few years back. Well at least you never saw him wear it.
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You can take the easy way out and get him a gift card (I'm not going to lie, that's what I usually do). Or you can just make one of those agreements where you decide not to give each other anything at all (but he's in grad school and jobless for the next few months so you feel like you should be nice). Or you can just think really hard, in your brain and come up with something pretty good, like I think I did this year.
Yeah even though my Valentine's Day box of food is long gone, I'm still perusing Zingerman's on the daily, plotting my next purchase. Then it hit me. My brother likes food. I'm pretty sure he likes salami. I think his favorite sandwich is an Italian Sub (that might have salami on it). And I've definitely seen him eat chunks of cheese straight out of the fridge at my parent's house. So yeah I'll make him a box of food from Zingerman's. Score!
And I think he liked it, unless he's just trying to appease me. He wrote this in an email to my parents "J-M gave me one of the most exciting gifts I have received in quite some time - hard salami, gourmet cheese, gourmet mustard, and an excellent brownie. Great work."
Yay, go me!
PS-I'll be back tomorrow with the details on this weekend's birthday scavenger hunt extravaganza.