Finding the Perfect Gift
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gift – present; something that is given to another person, especially on a birthday or holiday * Meghan receives birthday gifts from her parents, grandparents, and all of her aunts and uncles.
present – gift; something that is given to another person, especially on a birthday or holiday * Ties and socks are common presents for Father’s Day.
to knock (someone’s) socks off – to impress someone very much; to do something that surprises someone in a good way, usually because it is very good, nice, and unexpected * It sounds like you really knocked their socks off in the interview! You’ll definitely get the job.
gift certificate – a piece of paper that one buys at a store and lets one spend a certain amount of money at that store, usually given to another person as a present * For his birthday, Joao asked for gift certificates to his favorite clothing store.
gift card – a small, rectangular piece of plastic that looks like a credit card and lets one spend a certain amount of money at a specific store, usually given to another person as a present * They gave her a $50 gift card to the bookstore as a graduation present.
to pick out – to choose; to decide which one of something one would like to have or buy * Why did we pick out such an ugly color of paint for the bathroom walls?
to put thought into (something) – to think about something carefully, considering all the options or considering another person’s opinion * Bettina hardly put any thought into college, and just decided to go the university closest to her parents’ home.
to rack (one’s) brain – to spend a lot of time thinking about something, especially when it is very difficult and one cannot find the answer or solution * Eberhard has been racking his brain for months, trying to figure out how he can make enough money to pay all of his bills, but it seems impossible.