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Q: I go to school in the southwest and the cooler painting trend has recently started to catch on for formals. I volunteered to be randomly set up with one of my guy friend’s fraternity brothers for their weekender, so do I need to make him a cooler? I’ve never met him before and I don’t really hang out with the fraternity in general.
A: I think it’s asking a lot to paint a cooler for a total stranger. It’s very tricky and time consuming. So my instinct is to say “no” you don’t have to do it in your situation. Maybe you could bring another gift instead, like a bottle of your date’s favorite liquor. Or a couple of fraternity beer glasses with his crest on them. It’s nice to make a gesture of appreciation, but painting an entire cooler is a big job.
On the other hand, if everyone else is getting a cooler, you may have to buckle down. If you can find out how “mandatory” this custom is in your group, it would really help make the decision. You don’t want your date to be the only one left out. I doubt that every girl crafts one, so you should be Ok, but do some asking around before you make your decision. It makes more sense for ‘girlfriends’ (who have a relationship with the guy) to go to such lengths for a formal. Hopefully some girls can do the crafting and others can give an appropriate thank you or party gift instead. xoxo ;)
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