A Gift For Every Party You Wish You Hadn’t Agreed To

Illustration by Louisa Cannell
The straightforward celebrations of our early years have morphed into complicated situations — from pricey destination weddings to redundant move-in anniversaries, and the like. Even though we no longer live in the simple age of once-a-year roller rink birthdays with ice cream cake (speaking of which, can we bring that back?) and must-have toys, there are still ways to make gifting just as fun as it once was.
We don't want to say bah humbug to the chosen celebration paths of others, so we created a simple shopping guide which we hope will help assuage our knee-jerk, locked-inside-a-glass-case-of-emotion reactions to them. Ahead, find ten creative presents for ten types of parties you wish you hadn't RSVP'd to. Whether it's an apartment-warming that you really don't want to buy another overpriced candle for or a dog’s birthday that you're actually allergic to, these under-$50 solutions should help. Golden Girls memorabilia and jumbo fortune cookies included.
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