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Old 12-21-08, 08:23 AM   #1
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What to give??

My LBS has done a couple of really good things for me this year-- such as tension my wheels (at no cost), give me stuff at discount, and generally been really good to me. I would like to give them something, but really do not want to give them beer. I have done that in the past, and felt something was not right (also found out later that one of the mechanics lost his license for DWI...) So, I am asking here, what would be an appropriate gift for the guys in the shop?

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Old 12-21-08, 08:30 AM   #2
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A gift certificate to Starbuck's. Let them buy their coffee or a pound of coffee so that they can brew their own at the shop.

Go to a health type food store, even Wholefoods, and buy them a case of Acai smoothie drinks.

Get them one of those fancy $40.00 battery chargers for AA and AAA rechargeables.
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A really nice pie.

I'm serious.
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How about a box of donuts and some coffee.
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A really nice pie.
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Giving them anything "bike related" is like giving Tiger woods some golf balls.
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Giving them anything "bike related" is like giving Tiger woods some golf balls.
+1 on the food items.

I'm baking cookies this afternoon and will be putting them in a holiday tin for my daughter's bus driver. I used to give one to my mailman but the one I have now.....maybe I'll leave a lump of coal in the mailbox for him.
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Cookies!!! Lots of cookies. If you can't bake them or know someone who does, then go to Starbucks (or to the best bakery in town) and get scones, muffins, and cookies.

Or, a variety of fresh bagels (so much better from a bagelry-type place) with spreads.
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Cookies!!! Lots of cookies. If you can't bake them or know someone who does, then go to Starbucks (or to the best bakery in town) and get scones, muffins, and cookies.

Or, a variety of fresh bagels (so much better from a bagelry-type place) with spreads.
Food is always welcome- Even Cream cakes. Apparantly Christmas only comes once a year so they can forget the health food for 5 minutes.
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Food is always welcome- Even Cream cakes. Apparantly Christmas only comes once a year so they can forget the health food for 5 minutes.
stapfam you sure know how to eat, but I don't know if it's good for you,or not.
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The guys at my shop always like pizza or food of any kind.
I took in a large pizza two weeks ago when one of the guys was leaving and moving to Seattle for grad school.
This afternoon I dropped off some "shipped from Florida" tangerines, a large bag of shelled pecans, and some "quality" Christmas candy. Everyone thought it was awesome and dove in head first. Luckily I stepped aside just in time.

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Food is always welcome- Even Cream cakes. Apparantly Christmas only comes once a year so they can forget the health food for 5 minutes.
I've got to agree with stapfam.
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Old 12-21-08, 11:52 PM   #11
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Sometimes plants can be a real winner. Maybe some poinsettias if you do it before Christmas.
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Most folks I know who work at bike shops (often including the owner) don't make a whole lot of money. And many who are also advid riders don't really want to be eating sweets and the like. In my favorite LBS I always go with a simple card to each of the mechanics with $5.00 and a card to the owner expressing my thanks and commitment to continue using the shop. I know some shops frown upon or even have policy against "tips", but I see this as something totally different. I've spoken with the owner and indicated that I expect no special treatment from the mechanics, and simply want to say thanks for good work. As I type this, it occurs to me that there are probably a good number of folks who would feel uncomfortable with this. So, I guess I'll say that anything that comes from you as sincere will be appreciated.
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Old 12-22-08, 08:50 AM   #13
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Man, did I just think of something. Kill 2 birds with one stone. Buy a new bike and let them get the commission
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The guys at my shop always like pizza or food of any kind.
I took in a large pizza two weeks ago when one of the guys was leaving and moving to Seattle for grad school.
This afternoon I dropped off some "shipped from Florida" tangerines, a large bag of shelled pecans, and some "quality" Christmas candy. Everyone thought it was awesome and dove in head first. Luckily I stepped aside just in time.


I've got to agree with stapfam.
+1 on the fruit and nuts. Healthy, tasty, and nutritious carbs and protein for pre and post ride enjoyment.
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Old 12-22-08, 10:55 AM   #16
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I am with a good pie, a coffee gift card and maybe a gift card to a book store for some good reading materials. Sounds like a nice, kind thing to do on your part.

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Where do they get their lunch? My LBS is next to a Winking Lizard, so I usually get them a $50 gift card or just buy em lunch during the busy season. For Christmas I get em a case or two of Becks.
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You guys are sure some big spenders.

A large pizza and a six pack of Flying Dog will be delivered to the guys at my LBS tomorrow.
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+1 Something homemade, like cookies.
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Consumables!

For as long as I can remember, I've given consumables, whenever it was gift-giving time. Whether it's pizza, wine, artisanal bread/cheese/chocolates, perfume, or whatever, the idea is for them to eat/drink/apply it and "fahgedaboutit" (but remember that they enjoyed doing so!)

By way of introduction, I'm 56, a Clydesdale, and recently bought a bicycle after a 40-year hiatus (1995 Cannondale M500, on ebaY)

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Old 12-23-08, 08:30 PM   #21
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thanks for all the posts--
I ended up making a basket, which included the following: 1/2 gallon of apple cider, 3 large chocolate bars (environmentally friendly), about 2 dozen nectarines, and 2 pounds of pecans/walnuts. Tied up with a big bow...

I took it over tonight, and thelook on their faces was priceless...''Get outta here-- for us???"

Made me feel really good-- that's what Christmas is all about-- the giving--

It sure made my day

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And THIS Is Why I Give "Consumables"

And THIS Is Why I Give "Consumables"

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...12-26-17-50-40

(which also opens the door to "re-gifting")
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