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5 Meaningful IOU Gifts
5 Dog-Run Visits
This is a great gift for the dog lover in your life, the one who's feeling perpetually guilty about not getting their beloved poochie enough exercise (this applies to most dog people in the city). And it's also really good for the giver: fresh air, watching dogs play... and those dog runs are basically just singles bars, outside, with dogs.
A Full-body, 30-Minute Massage (for real, this time)
This one is pretty much reserved for significant others (DO NOT attempt to give this gift in your office's Secret Santa, you will get fired). So, you may have tried to give a gift like this in the past, to your special friend, and nine times out of, well, nine, it ends up being three or four minutes of vigorous kneading that leads pretty directly to sex (which isn't a bad thing!). But in this case, we're talking a real massage, people, with oil and everything. You might even want to check out this video for some tips.
A Five-Course Fancy Meal
This is another gift that is generally reserved for the more romantic giftees in a person's life, but there are situations in which it's appropriate to offer: roommates, siblings, pregnant/new parents, the perpetually sad... We think the key to IOU gifts is being as specific as you possibly can (which makes the IOU seems less like a last-second cop-out and more like something that's actually going to happen). To wit, may we recommend you peruse the Sussman Brothers' new cookbook, Recipes for Real Life? Because, you know, this is real life.
5 Airport Drop-offs and/or Pick-ups
This is an obviously good present if you have a car, but it's a really good present if you don't. How so? Being met at the airport with a sign and a hug is one of the lovelier things that can happen to a person: you feel important, loved, and, most of all, relieve that you don't have to struggle with luggage by yourself, on the subway.
Clean the Motherfucking House
Yeah, some people are squeamish about having other people clean up after them. Well, tough. That's the gift they're getting.