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Michelle T

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Date: 11/30/12 1:00 AM

One of my co-workers is a single Mum with 3 young children (3,5,9) and a dead beat ex. She is working full time to make ends meet and is a wonderful woman.

I was a single mum many years ago and remember feeling just a bit disappointed that I did not get Christmas gifts, but I did my best to give my son a good Christmas.

I would like to give C a nice Christmas package. I have a few ideas, but would like some suggestions from some of the younger women here. C is 35, a beautiful woman who does a lot in the community, she is athletic, putting together teams for 2 10km races next year, always looking out for others.

I do know she appreciates a nice bottle of wine on a special occasion and I have that part sorted.

What else should I give her? I would prefer to not get her things she would feel she had to share with the kids.

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Date: 11/30/12 2:33 AM

I'd throw in a babysitting voucher, in addition to whatever gifts you choose. (or a 'take your kids to the movies', if you think she'd rather stay home!)

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Date: 11/30/12 4:32 AM

Maybe a good book to enjoy when the kids are in bed? At least, I always enjoy my reading (when I have time for it).

Or maybe a voucher to get a nice massage or beauty treatment somewhere? Or just an extra special bathing oil or nice skin cream or ehm...

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Date: 11/30/12 5:26 AM

I just wanted to say, as a single mother myself, YOU must be one of the sweetest people alive. She is blessed to have a friend like you!

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Date: 11/30/12 5:57 AM

Many years ago, our next door neighbor was a single mother (who liked to sew!). Her daughter and mine became best friends - virtually inseparable - and her daughter seemed like part of our household. It seemed only natural to take my extra child shopping for a Mother's Day present for her mother. That Sunday afternoon, Jan came over with tears in her eyes and said "I've never gotten a Mother's Day present before." I had never thought of that. Long-winded way of saying "you are doing something very special, Michelle."

I'm not one of the younger women here, but....Gift certificate for sporting goods store or Bath and Body Works? A pair of KwikSew yoga pants? Itunes gift card,if she listens to music while she runs.?

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Date: 11/30/12 6:45 AM

How about a voucher for a girls night out with you? Movie tickets so she can afford to take her children too. Spa day voucher? Grocery store gift card?

This is a thoughtful gift you are giving. Sometimes friendship and a listening ear is more valuable than any material object.

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Date: 11/30/12 10:06 AM

A gift certificate to the local pizza delivery place.
Girlie nail polish. Bubble bath and lotion.
An iTunes gift card.
A gift card to Starbucks or the like.

All things that a financially-strapped single mother would love to be able to buy for herself, but probably can't. Ask me how I know....I spent all of 2010-2011 in her shoes, and would have loved these things.

(PS - I think you are doing an absolutely wonderful thing!)

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Date: 11/30/12 10:09 AM

Michelle - what a great idea. I get lots of nice spa/personal care stuff at Winners. They have things like bath pillows and manicure sets, soaps, etc at really wonderful prices (NAYY but I do love bargain hunting there. Plus it is close to Fabricland )

This year my work secret Santa is getting a nice little leather bound journal, a fun page-a-day calendar and some super-strength hand cream from Lee Valley tools. And the gift bag thread has reminded me I need to make one before our staff party tonight!

I also like to give food gifts if you know her preferences. Good cheese with some fancy crackers, biscotti, coffee and of course, chocolate works well for almost everyone

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Date: 11/30/12 10:30 AM

definitely things she won't buy for herself. Make up, perfume, tol beauty products. Nice chocolates or candy. If she likes to read, a book coupon somewhere. babysitting coupons if that's a service you can supply.

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Date: 11/30/12 10:35 AM

Wow! Some great ideas here! I was thinking of a small basket filled with things that she can pamper herself with... lotions, polish, etc. You are a sweetie to do this for her!

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