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post #1 of 22
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Hello,

 

Can you please give me some gift ideas for my girlfriend who is a professional chef? I would truly appreciate it.

post #2 of 22
Nothing kitchen related. As a chef she stand all day in a hot kitchen. So she needs a spa treatment with massage to destress.

Aside from that I have no clue what to get for someone I don't even know.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #3 of 22

A weekend at a B&B in Napa valley.....Nothing more relaxing than Napa valley in the spring. She would enjoy the food and wine and beauty of the area.

post #4 of 22

Spa treatment sound about right. And take the plunge and cook her a nice dinner on her day off. She will appreciate the thoughtfulness and effort. A candle or two probably wouldn't hurt. 

post #5 of 22
Second the getaway, it's almost impossible to really have days off unless she's not in the area. I like mountain cabins with no signal reception or wifi and a hot tub
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post #7 of 22
For the people I am closest to time spent together enjoying each others co is more precious than a gift. Spend time together dining out, sharing mutual activities, or exploring new and favorite pastimes together. For everthing else, there's always MasterCard, Kansas city steak, Godiva, and Harry Winston ;-).
Edited by Cerise - 12/8/15 at 10:55am
post #8 of 22
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For the people I am closest to time spent together enjoying each others co is more precious than a gift. Spend time together dining out, sharing mutual activities, or exploring new and favorite pastimes together. For everthing else, there's always MasterCard, Kansas city steak, Godiva, and Harry Winston ;-).

 

Very true!  I was actually reading somewhere that money CAN buy you happiness but only if you spend it towards experiences rather than material things.  Trips, adventures, skiing, taking classes, concerts, spas, things like that .... things that will live in your memories.  Stuff ultimately gathers dust.

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post #9 of 22

I like stuff. With or without dust.

Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
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Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
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post #10 of 22

A gift I always appreciated, especially as a younger cook (not sure how long your GF has been in the business) was a new knife or a gift certificate to buy one.  Find out exactly what she needs or wants, in  knife and do not deviate from what she says.  While I always loved getting good knives, or that 1 knife I really wanted or needed, I also hated it when a family member would buy me a mid-priced knife, thinking they had gotten my the best gift.  I appreciated the thought, but those knives never left my home kitchen, or, more often, if there was a gift reciept, it was returned for something that I could use.

 

I also second a gift certificate for a spa day, or massage.  Or if you want to do the B&B thing (another great gift) make sure to keep the dates open-ended.  Nothing worse than recieving that kind of gift with a specific date that I couldn't make because of work.

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I like stuff. With or without dust.

 

Dusting is the worst.

 

mimi

post #12 of 22
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I like stuff. With or without dust.

 

Dusting is the worst.

 

mimi

 

Then there is trying to hold off on mopping till it stops raining 'cuz the dog and Grands will just track it up (Texas is seriously lacking in mudrooms).

Then you walk thru in a pair of white sox .........

 

Where's that mop?

 

mimi

post #13 of 22
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I like stuff. With or without dust.

Where do you stand on pet hair? As long as you don't gift her one of those ugly Xmas sweaters. HA!
post #14 of 22

What i like is stuff given to me as gifts, with or without dust.

Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
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post #15 of 22

Unless it is for something like a specific restaurant or meant to purchase tickets to something the gift card is just not helpful for me.

IMO as always.

 

mimi

post #16 of 22

Maybe helpful is not right word.

Cannot say unwelcome because then I would sit in the corner...giftless.

 

mimi

post #17 of 22
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Unless it is for something like a specific restaurant or meant to purchase tickets to something the gift card is just not helpful for me.

IMO as always.

 

mimi

 

Gift cards are not my favorite option, but on the other hand I prefer them to being given something I won't ever use i.e. I would much prefer a $100 gift card to buy 1 good knife than receive a $100 knife set that has 8 crappy knives.  So if you really do not know what your chef friend/spouse/signifcant other needs or wants then a gift card is less of a waste of money.

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Unless it is for something like a specific restaurant or meant to purchase tickets to something the gift card is just not helpful for me.

IMO as always.

 

mimi

 

Gift cards are not my favorite option, but on the other hand I prefer them to being given something I won't ever use i.e. I would much prefer a $100 gift card to buy 1 good knife than receive a $100 knife set that has 8 crappy knives.  So if you really do not know what your chef friend/spouse/signifcant other needs or wants then a gift card is less of a waste of money.

 

True that.

 

mimi

post #19 of 22
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What i like is stuff given to me as gifts, with or without dust.

smile.gif I got it. I was joking with you, I.e. stuff with pet hair on it, from eBay, etc.

I've been watching the shopping channels, and there's some kewl ideas. Saw some items that interested me, but sometimes it's difficult to shop for other people.
post #20 of 22
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Unless it is for something like a specific restaurant or meant to purchase tickets to something the gift card is just not helpful for me.
IMO as always.

mimi
What do you mean? You can always do something with a gift card, especially make it a regift if you don't want it. Nowadays most gift cards are prepaid credit cards that are as good as cash. Seriously if I gave you a gift card to williams Sonoma you couldn't make use of it? Or Macy's? Look at the positives!

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #21 of 22
Of course I wouldn't give it away if just for the fact that someone remembered and cared enuf to gift in the first place.

I guess I have just reached the point in my life that things like gifts are just not all that important.
When queried re what I would like for (fill in gift giving occasion) and I tell them send me and some of the Grands to the zoo or something.
Aghhhh.... I have become my mother lol.

I do enjoy fresh cut flowers or a nice box of sweets and like someone brought up I wouldn't spit on anything from Harry Winston lol.
Or pitch in on the summer beach rental.
Come pick up my car and have it serviced and detailed.

I find the gift wish lists on my favorite web sites can come in handy but plz no more kitchen stuff lol.
Still going thru all of my baking paraphernalia and finding good homes for them.

mimi
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by ordo View Post

What i like is stuff given to me as gifts, with or without dust.

smile.gif I got it. I was joking with you, I.e. stuff with pet hair on it, from eBay, etc.

I've been watching the shopping channels, and there's some kewl ideas. Saw some items that interested me, but sometimes it,s difficult to shop for other people.
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Of course I wouldn't give it away if just for the fact that someone remembered and cared enuf to gift in the first place.

I guess I have just reached the point in my life that things like gifts are just not all that important.
When queried re what I would like for (fill in gift giving occasion) and I tell them send me and some of the Grands to the zoo or something.
Aghhhh.... I have become my mother lol.

I do enjoy fresh cut flowers or a nice box of sweets and like someone brought up I wouldn't spit on anything from Harry Winston lol.
Or pitch in on the summer beach rental.
Come pick up my car and have it serviced and detailed.

I find the gift wish lists on my favorite web sites can come in handy but plz no more kitchen stuff lol.
Still going thru all of my baking paraphernalia and finding good homes for them.

mimi
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Originally Posted by flipflopgirl View Post

Of course I wouldn't give it away if just for the fact that someone remembered and cared enuf to gift in the first place.

I guess I have just reached the point in my life that things like gifts are just not all that important.
When queried re what I would like for (fill in gift giving occasion) and I tell them send me and some of the Grands to the zoo or something.
Aghhhh.... I have become my mother lol.

I do enjoy fresh cut flowers or a nice box of sweets and like someone brought up I wouldn't spit on anything from Harry Winston lol.
Or pitch in on the summer beach rental.
Come pick up my car and have it serviced and detailed.

I find the gift wish lists on my favorite web sites can come in handy but plz no more kitchen stuff lol.
Still going thru all of my baking paraphernalia and finding good homes for them.

mimi

"Talk to me Harry Winston." Lol

Right now, I'm watching Kansas city's prime rib and Junior's white chocolate swirl Cheesecake on TV. ("Gourmet" Food Holiday.) the chicken wellington stuffed w duxelles didn't look too shabby either. Sometimes, after a long day, it's nice to have somethIng quick and on hand to make life easier. You know her best though.
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