My hairstylist has become like a therapist in some ways. It's her birthday and I want to get her something. I don't want her to get the wrong idea though. What would you suggest?
This often happens when some form of physical contact is involved even if it's part of the job. It prompts us as customers to open up in a way we might not normally with just anyone. You may have gotten to know a thing or two about her interests outside of hair. Simply say, "Happy Birthday and thanks for listening to all of my concerns. Here's something for you." Tailor the gift to fit something she has expressed interest in.
I have not seen or spoken to my cousin in years. We used to be close but now I have NO idea what interests him. He's coming to town and staying with me on his Birthday. What should I give him?
Extending your home is a wonderful gift. If you want to go the extra mile, you could offer to take him to a local restaurant and pay for the tab. That's a warm birthday sentiment and a great way to show your cousin the town in which you live. If you give him a gift certificate - it's a great way for him to get what he wants, and for the two of you to spend time shopping for the perfect present together.
My younger teenage brother had an obsession with sports then moved on to rock music. Just when I think I know what band he likes- he's into someone new. I can't keep track of the clothing trends. What kind of gift do you buy for someone like this?
Your brother sounds like a normal teenager. Teenagers pick up on trends and the trends are constantly evolving. The best kind of gift is one that gives them free range of choice like a gift certificate to buy CD's or a DVD of his favorite band live in concert. If you aren't sure of the piece of clothing he'll like, but you know he prefers a certain store - see if you can get him a gift certificate to shop for whatever jacket or t-shirt fits his individual style of the moment.
I eat at one particular restaurant all the time. I've gotten to know the bartender and server there quite well. Is it ever OK to give them a gift instead of an actual tip?
Keep in mind that people who work for tips REALLY work for tips. It's their main means for paying their bills. If you know that they really have their eye on something but they say they feel guilty buying it - maybe you can allot part of the tip towards the gift with an explanation. Always try to at least pay the minimum percentage on the tab - keep in mind they must claim a percentage for tax purposes.