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[livejournal.com profile] ghoti posted a list of 5 things they felt they could never have too many of, for the times when someone wanted to give them a small present. I thought this was a great idea and (with permission) am hereby memeing it.

My list is:

  • postcards with thoughtful messages on
  • tiny bottles/packets/jars of interesting seasonings
  • gel pens in any colour other than blue
  • small packets of unusual types of rice
  • themed postal stamps (i.e. ones that cost the same as normal stamps but have different pictures on)

What's yours?

Date: 2016-09-11 10:56 am (UTC)
spiralsheep: Flowers (skywardprodigal Cog Flowers)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
I've never given anyone seasonings but that's an excellent idea.

My friends and I tend from anti-clutter to aggressive minimalism so we only rarely do material presents instead of vouchers but I have a shelf in the kitchen for presents from small children (arts n crafts, stones, feathers, small plastic toys, and "treasure" generally). The one thing I can never have too many of and, indeed, already have duplicates of in a drawer are small Lego polybags (the buildable ones such as Mixels or vehicles, not lone minifigures) because they provide instant occupation and entertainment for me children and one or two fit easily in my handbag when necessary.

Date: 2016-09-14 01:03 pm (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
The only one I can think of is book marks. Pretty much everything else I already have too much of. Once upon a time, I made the mistake of saying 'tea', and I'm still getting over that (although, a single sample tea bag might be fine). And while I eat a lot of chocolate, it isn't a good idea.

On the topic of stamps - used/collected unused, or for later use?

Date: 2016-09-18 01:50 pm (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
My rule on tea is 'must fit in the drawer'. Other than the bulk packets I buy, which go in the cupboard, and a jar full goes in the drawer. Amazingly useful for stopping impulse buys.

Stamps: Ah. No use offering some interesting ones I have around then, because they aren't going to be useful to you (I have quite a few unused ones, because I use them slowly, and AustPost keeps upping the charges).

Date: 2016-09-21 12:40 pm (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
The unused stamps don't so much become unusable as irritating. I often end up buying a pack of 10 of the next price, because I don't have the required matching values to make a 'correct' postage. I have to remember to get 5c or 10c stamps to add to the old ones, and while the post offices all stock them, not all of the post agencies do.

It would be amusing for a short while with the send UK mail with AU stamps, but I suspect that it would boomerang.

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