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Old 06-27-2019, 02:19 PM
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... I think I'm going to send cash as a gift ...

Niece's birthday is coming up. To be fair, in the past, I have missed it on occasion. I believe I have valid reasons for doing so, but nonetheless ...

Most of those reasons are gone now (I'm no longer in school plus trying to hold down a job plus trying to LOOK for a job -- in my new field -- plus trying to spend quality time with my mother) and I've written to my sister asking what Niece, who is now in college, would like for her birthday, which is next month.

Sis says she is only aware of two things: boots (which Sis has already bought) and a very expensive item. It sounds as if she has passed along my question to Niece and is either not getting any response or some variant of "Whatever".

I should add that I am not even remotely close to Niece, as in: I have no direct contact with her at all and have not for many years now. The only contact I ever have with her is through my sister. So I'm not really inclined to wrack my brains trying to come up with something she might like.

So ... cash it is likely to be. Unless somebody here has some other suggestions ...
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Old 06-27-2019, 04:17 PM
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TBH, I'm a little biased, as cash is what I want MOST as a gift

But, not sending cash thru the mail or a shipping service is a practical thing -- If someone opens it en route, steals the cash, and reseals the package, you have no way to prove it was ever there. Send a "generic" prepaid (VISA/MC-branded rather than a specific store) gift card or a money order. Keep the receipt/stub so you can prove it/get it refunded if someone steals the thing. If the recipient has Paypal, use that, but mark the payment as a gift so you pay the transfer fee instead of them.
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Old 06-28-2019, 02:41 AM
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Actually, a money order is how I was going to go. I can't send a VISA card or similar because AFAIK such cards bought in Canada are not useable in the U.S. and vice-versa.
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Old 06-28-2019, 05:22 PM
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I would send cash, check, or something similar Niece would use for whatever she wants.
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My niece is 17, and I have no clue what she wants anymore, so I just send cash.
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I concur, cash is always welcome - it shows you didn't just go out and buy some random thing to give a physical gift to be 'proper'
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I resorted to gift cards for DBIL's new stepsons one year (they were in their teens at the time). I did ask DBIL for input on what type they might like, and took his advice of iTunes. Seemed to be well received.
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For my niece's last birthday, I gave a gift card to Orange Apron as she was starting her electrician apprenticeship. I had no idea what tools and supplies she already bought. My electrician steadies shop there and Menard's but as niece is in California that would be a problem.
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Old 06-30-2019, 12:28 AM
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For my niece's last birthday, I gave a gift card to Orange Apron as she was starting her electrician apprenticeship. I had no idea what tools and supplies she already bought. My electrician steadies shop there and Menard's but as niece is in California that would be a problem.
That's an excellent idea!

With niece, unfortunately, although I know she's in college, that's all I know ... I have no idea what's she's studying. She started off intending to study equine genetics or something similar, but has since apparently changed her mind ... at least once.

So it'll be a truly generic U.S. money order. She can buy something useful or blow it on beer, if she prefers.
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You should also be able to obtain an "International Money Order" from the post office, if need be.
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