BurningJim wrote:What would be a good gift item to share on the Playa? This is my first burn. I want to stay away from items that will be thrown away sand end up as MOOP.
I've got a dozen sewn bandanna-like head scarves with flame patterns. I also got a dozen flashy LED heart-shaped pendants, which I hear frequently end up as MOOP. (I'll probably end up wearing these so I don't get hit by a mutant vehicle or drunk/stoned bicyclist at night.) Any other suggestions?
For a burgin
- don't be hung up on "gifting". Sure it is fun to exchange trinkets and other items and make friends in the process, but seeing how you are a burgin - the priority for you is to experience burningman.
Somewhere - someone on a similar thread did offer a nice list of gifting ideas.
They include the following....
Bring some extra dust masks with you - during a dust storm, pass them to those in need.
Should you see someone whom is thirsty - offer them water.
Invite nieghbors to a pot luck dinner at your camp.
If someone needs help setting up camp - offer them a hand or tools.
After a dust storm, if a nieghboring camp was damaged (tents blown over) offer them a hand to secure their camp for the next storm.
Pick up some extra glow sticks at Home Depot - the crack and glow type, share those with "darkwads" at night.
Hugs work great as gifts.
Be nieghborly to those around you.
It's the simple things that make the best gifts.
I have offered to fix bikes, use solar to charge batteries, rebuild camps after dust storms, host pot luck parties, tools when asked, and many other items that require no offering of an object - just my time and assistance.
Enjoy your first burn, get a sense for the experience, and then next time worry about gifting.