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Dave Lartigue
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As the gift-giving season approaches, I'd like to take this opportunity for a gentle reminder regarding your non-gaming friends and family.

You are the one who's into boardgames, not them.

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Shouldn't the gift remind them of the giver?
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Dave Lartigue
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sdonohue wrote:
Shouldn't the gift remind them of the giver?


Gifts are to show your appreciation for others, not to remind them how much they appreciate you.
 
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I brought this up a couple of years ago:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/719611#719611

It got a pretty mixed response but some interesting discussion. I'm with you though, I only give a board game to someone that I know is into games.
 
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We got a friend who only gives things as gifts that he likes. This way if someone does not like one of his presents, then he more than willingly takes it off their hands. A weasel in more than just gaming.
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Dane Peacock
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I'm in the give what you like camp.

My sister likes to do crafts, like cross-stitch and crochet. My Mother-in-law likes to collect stamps. That's what they give every year. I love it.

I would much rather receive a gift that means something to them, than have them go through the hassle of searching for the perfect gift for me. Their gifts are much more meaningful to me that way.

I don't really feel that I am forcing my hobby on anybody. I am just giving a gift that I enjoy and I hope they like it.

 
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I woudn't give adults boardgames, but giving it to nices as I did last year is another thing (espacally as one of them said "I love boardgames" when she got Ticket to Ride)
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I bring games with me to play with my brothers and nephew. See whether I can subvert them.


This year, I'll pack in Through the Desert and Carc, I think. They're outdoors people, but maybe I can keep their brains focussed on a simple game for a while.
 
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If you have a pet, I think you owe them a boardgame. That way you can pool your collection together... Yeah....
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Dave Lartigue
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Here's a thought. Why not let the thrifters in your area send you wish lists, since they'll be benefitting from your work anyway?
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Yikes! I must say I had a pang of guilt when I saw what this thread was about, because I bought games for EVERYONE (except the cat, who prefers sardines in tomato sauce) for Xmas this year. But in my own defense, I only give to my immediate family and they're all gamers but one.

The one nongamer in our family is also notoriously difficult to buy for, and I've spent plenty of time over the years racking my brain about what he would like, and given him plenty of gifts that never got used. Being the lone muggle in a tribe of gamers, he gets dragged into playing light games a lot, especially around the holidays. The game I got him this year is a party game and one of the very few games that I'd say he actually enjoys and doesn't play just to humor the rest of the family.

So my conscience is clear, or clear enough, and I'm looking forward to a gaming holiday!
 
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