I am leaving my company for a new job next week, and yesterday some of my team took me out to lunch - I had specified a nice Italian restaurant nearby that does a deal - £8 [$12] for a main meal and a soft drink, everyone loved it and commented how cheap it was for the quality and quantity of food. A colleague had very kindly baked a cake, so we had that when we went back to work. I was very happy with all that.
Then, they surprised me with gifts: £50 [$80] gift card to a huge department store, a stick blender, wine, and "because you always bring your lunch to work!" a very fancy glass lunch box! I was very touched, and overwhelmed by their generosity but a little part of my mind was thinking "WTF?! I have a lunch box. And a stick blender that works fine. And what the hell am I going to buy in the department store?!"
And then today, I looked up how much the blender was - £50! and the lunchbox was £20!
I am the first person to leave the company, as the project we have been working on ends in October and I didn't want to be sitting around waiting for that. And I have been here 6 years. But still, I'm pretty amazed they seem to have spent about £150 on me...Wow!
I think I'm going to return the blender to the very fancy kitchen ware place they bought it from and see if I can get the cash, or if not some other useful utensils.