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ASK DR. DISH: Gifts for mom

ASK DR. DISH: Gifts for mom

Question: My mom is so hard to shop for. Every year we have the same problem: what do we get mom for her birthday, for Christmas and now for Mother’s Day. Any suggestions?

Answer: I have the same problem! Except the way we deal with it is to ask Mom what she wants — or let her buy it herself. I know, I know, it’s no fun. But at least she gets exactly what she needs or wants without the hassle of having to return whatever we bought.

I went online this morning to look for gift ideas. A lot of sites — like Red Envelope and Amazon — categorized their suggestions by personality. For the workout mom, get her a new set of yoga mats. For the foodie mom, get her cooking tools or gadgets.

But Howard Dicus of Hawaii News Now said it best this morning on his “Ask Howard” segment. Someone asked him what to get for his mom for Mother’s Day — which is May 9, by the way — and he answered, “Time.”

Your mom probably has everything she needs. But what she would probably like is you spending quality time with her. Take her out to a nice dinner, invite her kids and grandkids, talk story and be together. I’m pretty sure my mom would like that, too — with some cheesecake, of course.

Any other ideas?

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Roses? I'll take Ben & Jerry's instead

Roses? I'll take Ben & Jerry's instead

I’ve never been the romantic type.

You won’t catch me swooning over moonlit serenades or cooing over rose petals strewn all over the living room floor. (I mean, who’s going to clean that up?)

A room filled with lit candles makes me worry about house fires and bouquets of balloons remind me of the circus. And I’ve never been to one.

Valentine’s Day, obviously, is not my kind of holiday.

I’m practical to a fault. Meaning, I would prefer a toaster oven over a champagne-filled bath. And spending hundreds of dollars on roses that won’t last a week is, well, a bit excessive. That’s a month’s worth of groceries!

But it really comes down to this: I think being romantic should involve thought and consideration. I find it utterly romantic when my boyfriend brings home a pint of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream when I’ve had a rough day at work. It’s better — and, let’s be honest, much tastier — than a bouquet of star-gazer lilies.

I read a column by Karen Templer in Salon.com where she talks about her disdain for red roses. And here’s why:

It requires no thought, no time, and no effort to send someone red roses. They are as ubiquitous as they are obvious. All that’s required is some method of payment. So how does a gift so entirely impersonal add up to romance?

Exactly.

So save your money this Valentine’s Day and do something thoughtful. It might requires a little more effort but, trust me, it will be worth it.

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Still don’t know what to get your significant other today? Here are some thoughtful gift ideas for him, for her or just for yourself.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Heart-ful gifts for Valentine's Day

Heart-ful gifts for Valentine's Day

I’ve never been a flower kind of girl.

I much prefer gifts that are practical and useful. Give me a crock pot or a flat iron before a stuffed animal and bouquet of overpriced roses.

See, I don’t think the commercialized image of “romance” is really “romantic.” Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a thoughtful card like the next woman. But I find a home-cooked meal — where I don’t have to wash the dishes — way more romantic than a scented bath strewn with rose petals. (I mean, who’s going to clean that up?)

Since Valentine’s Day is Monday — yes, Monday, guys! — you have an entire weekend to shop.

Here are some gift ideas for her, for him and maybe even just for you:

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FUUD: Shogunai Tacos

FUUD: Shogunai Tacos

Matt Duffy waited a little too long.

He had been working on a unique taco truck — loosely based on the Korean taco trucks popular in L.A. and something Hawaii hadn’t seen — but within a year, several new ones opened up, stealing a bit of his thunder.

Not that he doesn’t have something to set him apart from the rest.

For starters, Shogunai Tacos, which opened earlier this month and sets up shop around downtown and at late-night venues, offers an international assortment of tacos, from Greek to Moroccan to Thai. Duffy has about 17 to 20 different tacos, which he rotates daily to keep the menu fresh.

Then there’s the truck itself.

Custom-made by a company in New Jersey, this food truck is as interesting (visually) as the menu.

It’s stylish and hip, with tattoo-style artwork all over it, strung together by an interpretation of Hokusai’s famous woodblock print, “The Great Wave at Kanagawa.”

Fitting for Duffy, since he spent about four years in Osaka, Japan, where he gets some of his culinary inspiration.

“I wanted to do something international,” said Duffy, 35, who’s actually a trained mortician and deejay. (Long story.) “Not just the normal tacos.”

And so far, he’s succeeded.

Here’s what our recent visit looked like:

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Shogunai Tacos,, Usually Punchbowl and Queen streets in downtown. Hours: Around 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, various other venues. Follow @Shogunai_Tacos on Twitter to get updated times and locations. Phone: 808-256-4020.

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CAT’S GIFT IDEAS

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TODAY’S GIFT IDEA: Tickets to “Cats” at the Blaisdell Concert Hall

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Got a gift idea? Send ‘em my way at cat@nonstophonolulu.com.

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ASK DR. DISH: Regifting is great!

ASK DR. DISH: Regifting is great!

Question: I am sure you get this question ALL THE TIME about regifting. But I still do not know if it’s okay to do it. I do it all the time and my friends give me grief about it. What’s so bad about giving away a gift you don’t need???? What is someone else out there can actually use a Ninja (food processor)???? Why is regifting so bad?????

Answer: I don’t think there’s a person who’s reading this that either 1) has regifted something or 2) been the recipient of a regift, whether you knew it or not. Oh, yeah, it’s that prevalent!

Even I’ll admit I’ve given away a gift that I’ve received — and found no use for — but I don’t disguise them as gifts. I literally just give them away. I’m like you, if there’s someone else out there who can make better use of something I have, by all means have it. There’s no point in me having an iron, for example, when I don’t use one. (Hint to Mom.)

But still, no one likes to talk about regifting, at least in public. We may do it in the privacy our own homes, in total secrecy, not even revealing what we’ve done to our spouses or best friends — some of whom might be recipients, as a matter of fact — and so the discussion doesn’t get very far.

So if you’re going to do it, do it right. Here’s some advice:

  • Don’t mention it. Meaning, don’t tell the person you’re giving them something you don’t want — from someone else. Better to keep that to yourself.
  • Don’t give only a part of the gift. Like, don’t give a gift card after you’ve used some of it. Or don’t break apart a set and give a portion away. That’s just tacky.
  • Don’t regift something old. You shouldn’t be “gifting” used items or hand-me-downs. It should be an actual gift, something you received recently. Not something you got in 1986 that you finally decided to give away.
  • Don’t use the same wrapping — and card. Seriously. If you’re not going to spring for an actual gift, you may as well pony up the cash for new wrapping paper and a card.
  • Don’t give the gift back to the person who gave it to you. (That’s pretty obvious.)

Anyone got a regifting story to tell? Anyone willing to admit they do it? Let’s hear it!

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CAT’S GIFT IDEAS

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TODAY’S GIFT IDEA: Laka Signature Massage from Laka Skin Care & Spa on Ward Avenue

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Got a gift idea? Send ‘em my way at cat@nonstophonolulu.com.

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