Any Time of Year - Do You Buy People Food Gifts You Can\'t Have In Your Own Home?

Posted on: Sun, 12/24/2006 - 3:47am
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Anonymous (not verified)

As with most of my questions, this stems from a conversation with my children's Grandmother a few weeks back. She had bought one of her friends some new box of chocolates from President's Choice. It's not something that is PA safe. It's nothing to me, KWIM, because it's her buying something for her friend; nothing to do with my son and his PA.

But then, I did wonder, does anyone buy friends or family things that they can't bring into their own home?

I know that I don't, but then again, I'm dealing with PA only. Thinking it might be kinda hard to buy a food item for someone if you have MFA involved. Also remembering years and years ago making my own Christmas cake for people as gifts and it wouldn't be something I would do nowadays.

Just wondering, as always. [img][/img]

Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 12/24/2006 - 3:54am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

We send out Popcorn factory gifts all the time. I wish we could devour one of our own so we send them instead.

Posted on: Sun, 12/24/2006 - 4:00am
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Joined: 02/04/2006 - 09:00

We do all our baking for the food gifts we send, so yes, they are all safe for dds. No pn or tn.
But....we do give my mom some of those wonderful pralines from River Street Sweets and they aren't safe for us.
So, I guess it depends on whether or not I am making it and whether or not it is something that I KNOW the person adores.
Merry Christmas!

Posted on: Sun, 12/24/2006 - 6:22am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

I normally don't buy things we would not eat (Pnut and TNA free), since lots of times if they are "hostess" type things, I would hate to explain why they could not put out those treats that evening (assuming dd was with us). For adult parties we usally give wine or champagne as a hostess thing. Kid gifts for friends of dd we do things that would be safe for her - that is what she is comfortable with and it is nice to explore what is out there and think about how to package it/combine it with something else.
I guess if I sent food to someone for another occasion it wouldn't matter. However it is nice to encourage the folks who do the nut free stuff - if it works $$ wise (since sometimes that is more pricey depending on the type of food).
[This message has been edited by Chicago (edited December 24, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 12/24/2006 - 11:50am
mcmom's picture
Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

Interesting question! Since my son's PA, I have stopped giving any food gifts at all. *Especially* at school, since I am a big crusader there in trying to reduce the food that is given out to the kids on holidays, etc. (When we go to my in-laws at Christmas, I do bring home baked cookies, because everyone brings a dish and I want to make sure ds has a safe dessert there, but that's not really a gift.)

Posted on: Mon, 12/25/2006 - 2:06am
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Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

Yes. I don't buy actual peanut things, and mostly not nut things, but I do buy fancy food gifts that are may-contains.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 3:25am
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Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

Yes. I just ordered from Harry & David for my friends in Illinois (I ordered fruit). And I do buy Lindt chocolates for my DH sometimes. He likes the Lindt bunnies even though I don't like Lindt because I had a reaction before they started labeling for traces/may contains.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 3:57am
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Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

I don't buy things for others that wouldn't be safe in my house. I really don't give food as gifts at all any more. Mostly because I don't like the idea of unsafe things hanging around my house for any period of time. My guys are little and I'd hate for someone to accidentally open up unsafe food.
I did recently re-gift a Harry and David walnut cheescake that arrived by mail from DH's boss. (couldn't get it out of here fast enough) I brought it over to a neighbor's house as a hostess gift for a Christmas party.
Happy Holidays!

Posted on: Wed, 12/27/2006 - 2:26am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I did this year for the first time. I have a very good friend who would only eat PB and dark chocolate with nuts if possible. Once or twice a year she has her house professionally cleaned and avoids all peanut/nut products for a few days so that DS and I can visit. Anyway, this year I bought her a supply of some of the new Presidents Choice chocolates and cookies as part of her christmas gift.
Ali [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 2:06am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Quote:Originally posted by Peg541:
[b]I wish we could devour one of our own so we send them instead.
Peg, Thanks for bringing back such a happy, and funny, memory for me. [img][/img] DH and I had a tradition that Christmas Eve we would have cheese and crackers and wine or champaigne or sparkling pop. Added to that we would sometimes have various pickles. One year, we had planned it with lobster pate. Only one problem. I was pregnant and could not stand the taste or smell of lobster. So, we packed little gift packages for each of my brothers and sister with some really fancy crackers and a can of the lobster. We put a big sticker that said "DO NOT OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 25" but we crossed out the 25 and wrote 24. We told them all it was for a romantic Christmas Eve treat.
Everyone called the next morning thanking us. My entire family loves lobster. [img][/img] I think they all had one of their best Christmases that year, just because it started so happy.
As for the original question.... [img][/img]
I often give boxes of chocolate that I cannot eat. Also, I give one of my son's tins of nuts occasionally.
As long as it's sealed until it leaves my home it's fine. [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 11:18am
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Anonymous (not verified)

I'm actually pleased I asked this ? and I thank everyone for their responses. I've never bought food items for people that we couldn't have in our own home. Then again, I don't think I tend to buy food items anymore anyway as gifts.
But my one BIL, I'm making up a gift basket for him and my SIL and I keep looking at the almond bark ("may contain trace peanuts") and thinking it would make a nice addition to their gift basket (I also have visions of scarfing the whole box of it down myself [img][/img] ).
I'm not sure that I will buy it, but I am re-thinking my position.
I guess before I just always felt that somehow people got "the message" if I didn't buy "may contain" food for them. I don't know if that's true or not. I mean, how do you prove it really? And it's not like there are not other options out there that are safe to buy instead.
Anyway, I'm re-thinking. I appreciate everyone's responses. [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]


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