I must be the only person out there who has never received a plastic trinket. (I'm not counting glowsticks; those were useful.) I admit that I am glad not to have received a poem, either. I wouldn't turn up my nose at a poem written expressly for me at the end of the week, but I don't want 1 of 100 copies of the same poem that someone is just handing out. If someone has a poem they need the world to see they should paint it on a wall and let us all read it and digest it (and maybe take a picture).
Best presents I've received:
* the chance to drive an amazing art car. dream come true.
* thoughtfully designed necklaces, esp. of the Man
* cold fresh fruit
* cold canned beer (esp. Sapporo), a mimosa, champagne
* amazing fresh-caught salmon, right off the grill. Holy cow.
* a misting with cold water - when asked first.
* the swift change of my bike tube. I brought an extra; just never changed one before. My neighbor swapped the tube so fast I didn't learn squat. (Sorry, Rob.) I will have to watch a youtube video.
As far as what I give: things I always have for my over-prepared self, but would be unhappy without: Drinks. First aid. 1-ply Camping t.p. Hand sanitizer. Lip balm. Toothbrushes. I don't bring a huge batch of most of those things, just extras of everything. Last year I also made necklaces for the first time--amazing how frightening it was to learn a new skill, & put myself out there creatively/socially. (I was afraid they would not be well-received. I was wrong.)
This year I will make a new style of necklace (to my great terror . . . probably again on a very small scale) and continue with my perennial favorites.