Thursday, January 10, 2008

Up to here with politics

I am absolutely politics weary. It’s time for me to let it rest for a while. Once all the dust has settled I’ll check in and see who is on first and if the bases are loaded.

So, I’m turning to a little problem that maybe you can help me with today.

For Christmas, among other things, a family member gave us a gift card for fifty dollars at Old Navy. I have no idea why this person picked that particular store because it is not one we ever visit. We did however go there last weekend to see what kind of clothes they sell. If I were a teenager or in my twenties I might find some of their clothes appealing, but I’m not.

So what to do with this card? I hate to toss away fifty dollars of the family member's hard earned money. So what do you think? What would you do?


Blogger Distributorcap said...

i am with you on the politics -- i will even take britney for a bit

as for the gift card --- i hate to say it, but i would re-gift it to someone who you know would use it at Old Navy .....i know people have strong feeling about re-gifting -- but better than letting it go to waste

i dont particularly like Old Navy either -- but they do sell some generic type sweaters and t shirts and a few other items that do appeal to people over the age of 21 -- so you could buy a few of those things.

January 10, 2008 2:12 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

Hi PoP- yes... politics... gagging now. Ugh.

As for the giftcard, I know I read an article over the holidays about how you can donate gift cards to charities.

Old Navy has great kids clothing and for pretty cheap. Maybe there is some local charity that can use it to buy clothes for some kids they may support?

I can tell you that from shopping for my step-daughter, $50 goes a long way at Old Navy. For her! For me- not so much!!

January 10, 2008 3:19 AM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

Give it to a homeless person.

January 10, 2008 3:38 AM  
Blogger The donut guy said...

Old Navy *has* to sell socks, don't they?

Buy 50 dollars worth of socks and you won't have to buy any for a couple years.

January 10, 2008 5:04 AM  
Blogger Darwin's Dagger said...

Find a local children's clothing charity and either donate the card directly or but some items with it to donate yourself.

January 10, 2008 5:15 AM  
Blogger JM said...

I see people selling gift cards on E-Bay all the time; maybe this is the reason/sollution.

January 10, 2008 5:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your readers have great ideas. If you want the $50, see if someone you know would be willing to swap you $50 for the card. Crass? Perhaps, but you'd know if you could ask that person, I suspect.

That way you still get your gift which is what the giver intended.

Also, see if you can use the card at Banana Republic and/or The Gap. They share credit cards so maybe gift cards are the same.

January 10, 2008 5:36 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Yup, regift it. Or buy sweatshirts for Fred and Murphy to lie upon.

January 10, 2008 6:00 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

I hate regifting, but I think gift cards are fair game for that, as long as you can find someone who would love it. They're just $$ after all.

The charity idea is a good one too - a women's shelter would find someone who needed it.

January 10, 2008 6:17 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Weary is an understatement! ; (

If it were me with this card, I'd find, whether in a shelter or whatever a "real" person and take them yourself, and maybe even have a coffee and donut or something. Would make the experience a better one with real interaction anyway.

January 10, 2008 6:28 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

i;d buy new kid's clothes and donate. it is great for a kid that always has to wear used to be able to wear a brand new piece of clothing.

January 10, 2008 6:28 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

Depends how close the family member is. If you can give the card to someone younger without them finding out, go for it.

Otherwise, I'd buy $50 worth of clothes for someone who needs it.

January 10, 2008 6:32 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I am growing weary of politics too. And to think, we only have 10 more months to go.

Gift card? Can you sell then on EBay?

January 10, 2008 6:49 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

buy some teenager clothes and donate them to a teen shelter or social services? salvation army or a battered women's shelter? their money would be going to a good cause- and it would feel double good if these were folks who leaned to the right :)

January 10, 2008 6:49 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Hell, everyone hit on a bunch of good ideas, so I've got nothing. As for the politics, I hear ya. Yawn. Every cycle there's a bunch of hope, and every cycle the continued degradation of American society continues. There's only so much a bunch of internet fuckers can do. Let me know when the Dems want to get fucking hardcore about changing things.

January 10, 2008 6:53 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Great ideas here for that gift card. I am big fan of socks, but see the wisdom in donating the gift to a worthy cause.

Yes, very weary of politics. Hate the choices. All of them. I feel like our democratic process has been hijacked by pollsters, pushers, and pundits. I wish they would all STFU.

January 10, 2008 7:13 AM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

donate the card to the local women's shelter--or sell it to someone for $40.00-- or re-gift it. or start shopping at old navy thats all I have.

January 10, 2008 10:34 AM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Based on the guy I saw yesterday outside of Trader Joe's, with no socks, you could buy a bunch of pairs and give them to a homeless shelter.
And all this cirucs over the upcoming election is sure distracting people from stuff going on right now, like Shrub et al giving away public lands, fucking up in the Middle East, oh, you name it...

January 10, 2008 11:16 AM  
Blogger Madam Z said...

I was going to say give it to a homeless shelter, but I like what "coffee messiah" said so much better:

"I'd find, whether in a shelter or whatever a "real" person and take them yourself, and maybe even have a coffee and donut or something. Would make the experience a better one with real interaction anyway."

January 10, 2008 11:48 AM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

I was going to say regift it too but I wouldn't want to insult anyone. The donutguy had a good idea maybe they wouldn't do that again. Either that or buy some nice unmentionables if they sell them. I am not a shopper.

January 10, 2008 1:35 PM  
Blogger G. said...

Sell it to a friend for $40.00 and buy a bottle of gin.


January 10, 2008 3:03 PM  
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January 10, 2008 3:03 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

Don't you have any younger friends or family you can take out to Old Navy! It would be nice to take niece nephew and make it a day trip
Otherwise I say hold onto it and when you get into your midlife crisis say what the heck! or you can always wait until senility sets in and you won't know the difference

January 10, 2008 5:09 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

This is why, whenever I give gift cards, I give the Visa or Mastercard gift cards, you can use them anywhere.

January 10, 2008 6:37 PM  
Blogger dguzman said...

A lot of great ideas here.

I'm not an Old Navy fan either, but then The Kat calls me "fashion-challenged."

January 11, 2008 10:18 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

My husband buys his jeans from Old Navy. Otherwise there is nothing we could use there either. I like the donating idea.

January 11, 2008 10:34 PM  
Blogger Fixer said...

Yeah, give it to somebody who really needs it.

January 12, 2008 9:18 AM  

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